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Plants modify hydraulic properties of soil in rhizosphere to create a water reserve [Registered]

It has long been known that roots alter the soil in their immediate vicinity, where other microorganisms live and the chemical composition is altered compared to that further away from the roots. An international research team has now demonstrated in experiments at the Paul Scherrer Institute that the soil in the vicinity of roots also contains more water – contrary to the earlier belief that there must be less water in this region, as the plant takes up water from the soil. The research, led by Ahmad Moradi was published online in New Phytologist on 8th August ’11. Using non-destructive…

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