The aim of this study was to investigate the possible effects of coppice conversion to high forest on the beech fine-root systems. We compared the seasonal pattern of live and dead fine-root mass (d52 mm), production and turnover in three beech stands that differed in management practices. Tree density was higher in the 40-year-old coppice stand than in the stands that were converted from coppice to high forest in 1994 and 2004, respectively. We found that a reduction in tree density reduced the total fine-root biomass (Coppice stand, 353.8 g m72; Conversion 1994 stand, 203.6 g m72; Conversion 2004 stand, 176.2 g m72) which continued to be characterised by a bimodal pattern with two major peaks, one in spring and one in early fall. Conversion to high forest may also affect the fine-root soil depth distribution. Both fine-root production and turnover rate were sensitive to management practices. They were lower in the Coppice stand (production 131.5 g m72 year71; turnover rate 0.41 year71) than in the converted stands (1994 Conversion stand: production 232 g m72 year71, turnover rate 1.06 year71; 2004 Conversion stand: production 164.2 g m72 year71, turnover rate 0.79 year71).