Root Exudation and Rhizosphere Biology

Friday, November 18, 2016

Excellent research article on how root exudation impacts the soil community.

“The chemicals secreted into the soil by roots are broadly referred to as root exudates. Through the exudation of a wide variety of compounds, roots may regulate the soil microbial community in their immediate vicinity, cope with herbivores, encourage beneficial symbioses, change the chemical and physical properties of the soil, and inhibit the growth of competing plant species”

http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/132/1/44.full