Mutez Ali Ahmed: Publications

Peer reviewed


Abdalla, M., Carminati, A., Cai, G., Javaux, M., Ahmed, M.: Stomatal closure of tomato under drought is driven by an increase in soil–root hydraulic resistance. Plant, Cell & Environment, 44(2), 425-431 (2021).


Carminati, A., Ahmed, M., Zarebanadkouki, M., Cai, G., Goran, L., Javaux, M.: Stomatal closure prevents the drop in soil water potential around roots. New Phytologist, 226(6), 1541-1543 (2020).

Hayat, F., Ahmed, M., Zarebanadkouki, M., Cai, G., Javaux, M., Carminati, A.: Transpiration reduction in maize (Zea mays L) in response to soil drying. Frontiers in Plant Science, 10 (2020).

Cai, G., Ahmed, M., Dippold, M., Zarebanadkouki, M., Carminati, A.: Linear relation between leaf xylem water potential and transpiration in pearl millet during soil drying. Plant and Soil, (2020).


Hayat, F., Ahmed, M., Zarebanadkouki, M., Cai, G., Carminati, A.: Measurements and simulation of leaf xylem water potential and root water uptake in heterogeneous soil water contents. Advances in Water Resources, 124, 96-105 (2019).

Naveed, M., Ahmed, M., Benard, P., Brown, L., George, T., Bengough, A., Roose, T., Koebernick, N., Hallett, P.: Surface tension, rheology and hydrophobicity of rhizodeposits and seed mucilage influence soil water retention and hysteresis. Plant and Soil, 437(1/2), 65-81 (2019).

Ellerbrock, R., Ahmed, M., Gerke, H.: Spectroscopic characterization of mucilage (Chia seed) and polygalacturonic acid. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, 182(6) (2019).


Holz, M., Leue, M., Ahmed, M., Benard, P., Gerke, H., Carminati, A.: Spatial Distribution of Mucilage in the Rhizosphere Measured With Infrared Spectroscopy. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 6, No. 87 (2018).

Meunier, F., Zarebanadkouki, M., Ahmed, M., Carminati, A., Couvreur, V., Javaux, M.: Hydraulic conductivity of soil-grown lupine and maize unbranched roots and maize root-shoot junctions. Journal of Plant Physiology, 227, 31-44 (2018).

Ahmed, M., Sanaullah, M., Blagodatskaya, E., Mason-Jones, K., Jawad, H., Kuzyakov, Y., Dippold, M.: Soil microorganisms exhibit enzymatic and priming response to root mucilage under drought. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 116, 410-418 (2018).

Ahmed, M., Banfield, C., Sanaullah, M., Gunina, A., Dippold, M.: Utilisation of mucilage C by microbial communities under drought. Biology and Fertility of Soils, 54, 83-94 (2018).

Ahmed, M., Zarebanadkouki, M., Meunier, F., Javaux, M., Kaestner, A., Carminati, A.: Root type matters : measurement of water uptake by seminal, crown and lateral roots in maize. Journal of Experimental Botany, 69(5), 1199-1206 (2018).

Zarebanadkouki, M., Ahmed, M., Hedwig, C., Benard, P., Kostka, S., Anders, K., Carminati, A.: Rhizosphere hydrophobicity limits root water uptake after drying and subsequent rewetting. Plant and Soil, 428(1/2), 265-277 (2018).

Ahmed, M., Passioura, J., Carminati, A.: Hydraulic processes in roots and the rhizosphere pertinent to increasing yield of water-limited grain crops : a critical review. Journal of Experimental Botany, 69(13), 3255-3265 (2018).


Benard, P., Zarebanadkouki, M., Hedwig, C., Holz, M., Ahmed, M., Carminati, A.: Pore-Scale Distribution of Mucilage Affecting Water Repellency in the Rhizosphere. Vadose Zone Journal, (2017).

Ahmed, M., Zarebanadkouki, M., Ahmadi, K., Kroener, E., Kostka, S., Kaestner, A., Carminati, A.: Engineering Rhizosphere Hydraulics : Pathways to Improve Plant Adaptation to Drought. Vadose Zone Journal, (2017).

Carminati, A., Passioura, J., Zarebanadkouki, M., Ahmed, M., Ryan, P., Watt, M., Delhaize, E.: Root hairs enable high transpiration rates in drying soils. New Phytologist, 216(3), 771-781 (2017).

Ahmadi, K., Zarebanadkouki, M., Ahmed, M., Ferrarini, A., Kuzyakov, Y., Kostka, S., Carminati, A.: Rhizosphere engineering : innovative improvement of root environment. Rhizosphere, 3(1), 176-184 (2017).

Carminati, A., Benard, P., Ahmed, M., Zarebanadkouki, M.: Liquid bridges at the root-soil interface. Plant and Soil, 417(1/2), 1-15 (2017).

Kroener, E., Holz, M., Zarebanadkouki, M., Ahmed, M., Carminati, A.: Effects of mucilage on rhizosphere hydraulic functions depend on soil particle size. Vadose Zone Journal, (2017).


Carminati, A., Kroener, E., Ahmed, M., Zarebanadkouki, M., Holz, M., Ghezzehei, T.: Water for Carbon, Carbon for Water. Vadose Zone Journal, 15(2) (2016).

Ahmed, M., Zarebanadkouki, M., Kaestner, A., Carminati, A.: Measurements of water uptake of maize roots : the key function of lateral roots. Plant and Soil, 398(1/2), 59-77 (2016).

Zarebanadkouki, M., Ahmed, M., Carminati, A.: Hydraulic conductivity of the root-soil interface of lupin in sandy soil after drying and rewetting. Plant and Soil, 398(1/2), 267-280 (2016).

Zickenrott, I., Woche, S., Bachmann, J., Ahmed, M., Vetterlein, D.: An efficient method for the collection of root mucilage from different plant species : A case study on the effect of mucilage on soil water repellency. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, 179(2), 294-302 (2016).

Ahmed, M., Kroener, E., Benard, P., Zarebanadkouki, M., Kaestner, A., Carminati, A.: Drying of mucilage causes water repellency in the rhizosphere of maize : measurements and modelling. Plant and Soil, 407(1/2), 161-171 (2016).

Carminati, A., Zarebanadkouki, M., Kroener, E., Ahmed, M., Holz, M.: Biophysical rhizosphere processes affecting root water uptake. Annals of Botany, 118(4), 561-571 (2016).


Kroener, E., Ahmed, M., Carminati, A.: Roots at the percolation threshold. Physical Review E, 91, No. 042706 (2015).

Ahmed, M., Holz, M., Woche, S., Bachmann, J., Carminati, A.: Effect of soil drying on mucilage exudation and its water repellency : a new method to collect mucilage. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, 178(6), 821-824 (2015).


Ahmed, M., Kroener, E., Holz, M., Zarebanadkouki, M., Carminati, A.: Mucilage exudation facilitates root water uptake in dry soils. Functional Plant Biology, 41(11), 1129-1137 (2014).

Other publications


Carminati, A., Kostka, S., Zarebanadkouki, M., Ahmed, M., Ahmadi, K.: Plant rhizosphere engineering rhizo signaling gel matrix
US 2016/0278368 A1, (2016-09-29)

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