Published Online: 15 APR 2003
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Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals
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Raaijmakers, J. M. 2003. Rhizosphere. Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals. .
- Published Online: 15 APR 2003
The rhizosphere is the narrow zone of soil influences by living roots, as manifested by the leakage and exudation of substances that affect microbial activity. The term rhizosphere was initially introduced in 1904 by Lorentz Hiltner in reference to the soil layer of intense bacterial activity surrounding roots of the Leguminoseae. Later, this definition was extended to include all plant species. The rhizosphere is an environment that the plant helps to create and where microbial activity constitutes a major influential force.
- microbial activity;
- crop production systems;