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Soil Physics - Prof. Dr. Andrea Carminati

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Benard, P; Zarebanadkouki, M; Carminati, A: Physics and hydraulics of the rhizosphere network, (2018), online: 2018-03-24, doi:10.1002/jpln.201800042 [Link]
Abstract:
Mucilage secreted by roots and EPS produced by microorganisms alter the physical properties of the soil solution and impact the water dynamics in the rhizosphere. The high viscosity of mucilage and EPS is responsible for the formation of thin filaments and interconnected thin lamellae that span throughout the soil matrix maintaining the continuity of the liquid phase across the pore space even during severe drying. The impact of these mechanisms on plant and microorganisms needs to be explored.
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