College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Environmental Science & Technology

microbe-plant interactions

The rhizosphere is the area of the soil in close contact to the plant root surface. This area has the largest and often most diverse collection of microorganisms. The rhizosphere is the active exchange site between newly fixed plant carbon that is exuded into the soil and mineral nutrients that the plant takes up from the surrounding soil. By targeting the rhizosphere we are able to examine the effect that microbes have on plant growth and vice-versa.

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