21. Root Exudates and Soil: Crucial for Molecular Understanding of Interactions in the Rhizosphere

  1. Frans J. de Bruijn
  1. Nicholas C. Uren

Published Online: 18 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118297674.ch21

Molecular Microbial Ecology of the Rhizosphere: Volume 1 & 2

Molecular Microbial Ecology of the Rhizosphere: Volume 1 & 2

How to Cite

Uren, N. C. (2013) Root Exudates and Soil: Crucial for Molecular Understanding of Interactions in the Rhizosphere, in Molecular Microbial Ecology of the Rhizosphere: Volume 1 & 2 (ed F. J. de Bruijn), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118297674.ch21

Editor Information

  1. INRA-CNRS Laboratoire des Interactions Plantes-Microorganismes (LIPM), UMR441-2594 BP52627, F-31320 Castanet-Tolosan, France

Author Information

  1. Department of Agricultural Sciences, La Trobe University, Melbourne 3086, Victoria, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 3 MAY 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118296172

Online ISBN: 9781118297674

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Keywords:

  • root exudates;
  • root growth;
  • rhizosphere interactions;
  • microbial ecology;
  • longitudinal and radial gradients

Summary

The rhizospheres of soil-grown plants develop along the length of roots as they explore soil for water and nutrients. The root exudates interact with the soil and, of the organisms in soil, it is the microbes which respond most rapidly. Their proliferation and distribution may or may not have impact on the growth of the roots or of the plants themselves. This brief chapter discusses some of the important issues that relate to understanding the microbial ecology in the rhizosphere of soil-grown plants.