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Andrea Carminati: Publications

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Steiner, F., Wild, A., Tyborski, N., Tung, S., Koehler, T., Buegger, F., Carminati, A., Eder, B., Groth, J., Hesse, B., Pausch, J., Lüders, T., Vahl, W., Wolfrum, S., Mueller, C., Vidal, A.: Rhizosheath drought responsiveness is variety‐specific and a key component of belowground plant adaptation. New Phytologist, (2024).

Wild, A., Steiner, F., Kiene, M., Tyborski, N., Tung, S., Köhler, T., Carminati, A., Eder, B., Groth, J., Vahl, W., Wolfrum, S., Lüders, T., Laforsch, C., Mueller, C., Vidal, A., Pausch, J.: Unraveling root and rhizosphere traits in temperate maize landraces and modern cultivars : Implications for soil resource acquisition and drought adaptation. Plant, Cell & Environment, (2024).


Köhler, T., Schaum, C., Tung, S., Steiner, F., Tyborski, N., Wild, A., Zebene, A., Pausch, J., Lüders, T., Wolfrum, S., Mueller, C., Vidal, A., Vahl, W., Groth, J., Eder, B., Ahmed, M., Carminati, A.: Above and belowground traits impacting transpiration decline during soil drying in 48 maize (Zea mays) genotypes. Annals of Botany, 131(2), 373-386 (2023).

Cramer, A., Benard, P., Zarebanadkouki, M., Kaestner, A., Carminati, A.: Microplastic induces soil water repellency and limits capillary flow. Vadose Zone Journal, 22(1), e20215 (2023).

Cramer, A., Schmidtmann, J., Benard, P., Kaestner, A., Engelhardt, M., Peiffer, S., Carminati, A.: Ferrihydrite coating reduces microplastic induced soil water repellency. Environmental Science : Processes & Impacts, 25(6), 1094-1101 (2023).

Mganga, K., Kuhla, J., Carminati, A., Pausch, J., Ahmed, M.: Leaf gas exchange characteristics, biomass partitioning, and water use efficiencies of two C₄ African grasses under simulated drought. Grassland Research, 2(1), 37-45 (2023).

Cai, G., Carminati, A., Gleason, S., Javaux, M., Ahmed, M.: Soil-plant hydraulics explain stomatal efficiency-safety tradeoff. Plant, Cell & Environment, 46(10), 3120-3127 (2023).


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).


Hayat, F., Zarebanadkouki, M., Ahmed, M., Buecherl, T., Carminati, A.: Quantification of hydraulic redistribution in maize roots using neutron radiography. Vadose Zone Journal, 19(1), e20084 (2020).

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).

Schaller, J., Cramer, A., Carminati, A., Zarebanadkouki, M.: Biogenic amorphous silica as main driver for plant available water in soils. Scientific Reports, 10, 2424 (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, 447(1-2), 565-578 (2020).


Holz, M., Zarebanadkouki, M., Carminati, A., Hovind, J., Kaestner, A., Spohn, M.: Increased water retention in the rhizosphere allows for high phosphatase activity in drying soil. Plant and Soil, 443(1/2), 259-271 (2019).

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).

Benard, P., Zarebanadkouki, M., Brax, M., Kaltenbach, R., Jerjen, I., Marone, F., Couradeau, E., Felde, J., Kaestner, A., Carminati, A.: Microhydrological Niches in Soils : How Mucilage and EPS Alter the Biophysical Properties of the Rhizosphere and Other Biological Hotspots. Vadose Zone Journal, 18(1), 180211 (2019).

Benard, P., Zarebanadkouki, M., Carminati, A.: Physics and hydraulics of the rhizosphere network. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, 182(1), 5-8 (2019).

Zarebanadkouki, M., Trtik, P., Hayat, F., Carminati, A., Kaestner, A.: Root water uptake and its pathways across the root: quantification at the cellular scale. Scientific Reports, 9, 12979 (2019).

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, 1695 (2019).


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, 17(1), 170056 (2018).

Ahmadi, K., Razavi, B., Maharjan, M., Kuzyakov, Y., Kostka, S., Carminati, A., Zarebanadkouki, M.: Effects of rhizosphere wettability on microbial biomass, enzyme activities and localization. Rhizosphere, 7, 35-42 (2018).

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, 17(1), 160090 (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., 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., Carminati, A.: Impact of Pore-Scale Wettability on Rhizosphere Rewetting. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 6, 16 (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, 17(1), 170013 (2018).

Holz, M., Zarebanadkouki, M., Kaestner, A., Kuzyakov, Y., Carminati, A.: Rhizodeposition under drought is controlled by root growth rate and rhizosphere water content. Plant and Soil, 423(1/2), 429-442 (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., 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).

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, 87 (2018).

Holz, M., Zarebanadkouki, M., Kuzyakov, Y., Pausch, J., Carminati, A.: Root hairs increase rhizosphere extension and carbon input to soil. Annals of Botany, 121(1), 61-69 (2018).


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


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).

Roose, T., Keyes, S., Daly, K., Carminati, A., Otten, W., Vetterlein, D., Peth, S.: Challenges in imaging and predictive modeling of rhizosphere processes. Plant and Soil, 407(1/2), 9-38 (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).

Zarebanadkouki, M., Meunier, F., Couvreur, V., Cesar, J., Javaux, M., Carminati, A.: Estimation of the hydraulic conductivities of lupine roots by inverse modelling of high-resolution measurements of root water uptake. Annals of Botany, 118(4), 853-864 (2016).

York, L., Carminati, A., Mooney, S., Ritz, K., Bennett, M.: The holistic rhizosphere : integrating zones, processes, and semantics in the soil influenced by roots. Journal of Experimental Botany, 67(12), 3629-3643 (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).

Schwartz, N., Carminati, A., Javaux, M.: The impact of mucilage on root water uptake - A numerical study. Water Resources Research, 52(1), 264-277 (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).

Kroener, E., Zarebanadkouki, M., Bittelli, M., Carminati, A.: Simulation of root water uptake under consideration of nonequilibrium dynamics in the rhizosphere. Water Resources Research, 52(8), 5755-5770 (2016).

Carminati, A., Kroener, E., Ahmed, M., Zarebanadkouki, M., Holz, M., Ghezzehei, T.: Water for Carbon, Carbon for Water. Vadose Zone Journal, 15(2), vzj2015.04.0060 (2016).

Benard, P., Kroener, E., Vontobel, P., Kaestner, A., Carminati, A.: Water percolation through the root-soil interface. Advances in Water Resources, 95, 190-198 (2016).

Wen, Y., Chen, Z., Dannenmann, M., Carminati, A., Willibald, G., Kiese, R., Wolf, B., Veldkamp, E., Butterbach-Bahl, K., Corre, M.: Disentangling gross N₂O production and consumption in soil. Scientific Reports, 6, 36517 (2016).


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).

Zarebanadkouki, M., Carminati, A., Kaestner, A., Mannes, D., Morgano, M., Peetermans, S., Lehmann, E., Trtik, P.: On-the-fly neutron tomography of water transport into lupine roots. Physics Procedia, 69, 292-298 (2015).

Kroener, E., Ahmed, M., Carminati, A.: Roots at the percolation threshold. Physical Review E, 91(4), 042706 (2015).


Bechmann, M., Schneider, C., Carminati, A., Vetterlein, D., Attinger, S., Hildebrandt, A.: Effect of parameter choice in root water uptake models – the arrangement of root hydraulic properties within the root architecture affects dynamics and efficiency of root water uptake. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 18(10), 4189-4206 (2014).

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).

Kroener, E., Zarebanadkouki, M., Kaestner, A., Carminati, A.: Nonequilibrium water dynamics in the rhizosphere : How mucilage affects water flow in soils. Water Resources Research, 50(8), 6479-6495 (2014).

Zarebanadkouki, M., Carminati, A.: Reduced root water uptake after drying and rewetting. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, 177(2), 227-236 (2014).

Zarebanadkouki, M., Kroener, E., Kaestner, A., Carminati, A.: Visualization of root water uptake : quantification of deuterated water transport in roots using neutron radiography and numerical modeling. Plant Physiology, 166(2), 487-499 (2014).


Carminati, A., Zarebanadkouki, M.: Comment on: “Neutron imaging reveals internal plant water dynamics”. Plant and Soil, 369(1/2), 25-27 (2013).

Carminati, A., Vetterlein, D., Koebernick, N., Blaser, S., Weller, U., Vogel, H.: Do roots mind the gap?. Plant and Soil, 367(1/2), 651-661 (2013).

De Biase, C., Carminati, A., Oswald, S., Thullner, M.: Numerical modeling analysis of VOCs removal processes in different aerobic vertical flow systems for groundwater remediation. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 154, 53-69 (2013).

Carminati, A., Vetterlein, D.: Plasticity of rhizosphere hydraulic properties as a key for efficient utilization of scarce resources. Annals of Botany, 112(2), 277-290 (2013).

Carminati, A.: Rhizosphere wettability decreases with root age : a problem or a strategy to increase water uptake of young roots?. Frontiers in Plant Science, 4, 298 (2013).

Zarebanadkouki, M., Kim, Y., Carminati, A.: Where do roots take up water? Neutron radiography of water flow into the roots of transpiring plants growing in soil. New Phytologist, 199(4), 1034-1044 (2013).

Spohn, M., Carminati, A., Kuzyakov, Y.: Soil zymography : A novel in situ method for mapping distribution of enzyme activity in soil. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 58, 275-280 (2013).


Rudolph, N., Esser, H., Carminati, A., Moradi, A., Hilger, A., Kardjilov, N., Nagl, S., Oswald, S.: Dynamic oxygen mapping in the root zone by fluorescence dye imaging combined with neutron radiography. Journal of Soils and Sediments, 12(1), 63-74 (2012).

Moradi, A., Carminati, A., Lamparter, A., Woche, S., Bachmann, J., Vetterlein, D., Vogel, H., Oswald, S.: Is the Rhizosphere Temporarily Water Repellent?. Vadose Zone Journal, 11(3) (2012).

Carminati, A.: A model of root water uptake coupled with rhizosphere dynamics. Vadose Zone Journal, 11(3) (2012).

Zarebanadkouki, M., Kim, Y., Moradi, A., Vogel, H., Kaestner, A., Carminati, A.: Quantification and Modeling of Local Root Water Uptake using Neutron Radiography and Deuterated Water. Vadose Zone Journal, 11(3) (2012).


Carminati, A., Schneider, C., Moradi, A., Zarebanadkouki, M., Vetterlein, D., Vogel, H., Hildebrandt, A., Weller, U., Schüler, L., Oswald, S.: How the rhizosphere may favor water availability to roots. Vadose Zone Journal, 10(3), 988-998 (2011).

Moradi, A., Carminati, A., Vetterlein, D., Vontobel, P., Lehmann, E., Weller, U., Hopmans, J., Vogel, H., Oswald, S.: Three-dimensional visualization and quantification of water content in the rhizosphere. New Phytologist, 192(3), 653-663 (2011).


Carminati, A., Moradi, A., Vetterlein, D., Vontobel, P., Lehmann, E., Weller, U., Vogel, H., Oswald, S.: Dynamics of soil water content in the rhizosphere. Plant and Soil, 332(1/2), 163-176 (2010).

Moradi, A., Carminati, A.: Micro-scale distribution of water around plant roots using neutron tomography. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 74(Suppl. 1), A724 (2010).

Esser, H., Carminati, A., Vontobel, P., Lehmann, E., Oswald, S.: Neutron radiography and tomography of water distribution in the root zone. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, 173(5), 757-764 (2010).


Carminati, A., Flühler, H.: Water Infiltration and Redistribution in Soil Aggregate Packings. Vadose Zone Journal, 8(1), 150-157 (2009).

Carminati, A., Vetterlein, D., Weller, U., Vogel, H., Oswald, S.: When Roots Lose Contact. Vadose Zone Journal, 8(3), 805-809 (2009).


Koliji, A., Lehmann, P., Vulliet, L., Laloui, L., Carminati, A., Vontobel, P., Hassanein, R.: Assessment of structural evolution of aggregated soil using neutron tomography. Water Resources Research, 44(5), W00C07 (2008).

Berli, M., Carminati, A., Ghezzehei, T., Or, D.: Evolution of unsaturated hydraulic conductivity of aggregated soils due to compressive forces. Water Resources Research, 44(5), W00C09 (2008).

Oswald, S., Menon, M., Carminati, A., Vontobel, P., Lehmann, E., Schulin, R.: Quantitative imaging of infiltration, root growth, and root water uptake via neutron radiography. Vadose Zone Journal, 7(3), 1035-1047 (2008).

Carminati, A., Kaestner, A., Lehmann, P., Flühler, H.: Unsaturated water flow across soil aggregate contacts. Advances in Water Resources, 31(9), 1221-1232 (2008).


Carminati, A., Kaestner, A., Flühler, H., Lehmann, P., Or, D., Lehmann, E., Stampanoni, M.: Hydraulic contacts controlling water flow across porous grains. Physical Review E, 76(2), 026311 (2007).

Carminati, A., Kaestner, A., Hassanein, R., Ippisch, O., Vontobel, P., Flühler, H.: Infiltration through series of soil aggregates : Neutron radiography and modeling. Advances in Water Resources, 30(5), 1168-1178 (2007).

Carminati, A., Kaestner, A., Ippisch, O., Koliji, A., Lehmann, P., Hassanein, R., Vontobel, P., Lehmann, E., Laloui, L., Vulliet, L., Flühler, H.: Water flow between soil aggregates. Transport in Porous Media, 68(2), 219-236 (2007).


Hassanein, R., Meyer, H., Carminati, A., Estermann, M., Lehmann, E., Vontobel, P.: Investigation of water imbibition in porous stone by thermal neutron radiography. Journal of Physics D, 39(19), 4284-4291 (2006).

Other publications


Kaule, G., Carminati, A., Huwe, B., Kaule, R., Müller-Kroehling, S., Schwarz-von Raumer, H.: Die Hochmoorwälder des süddeutschen Voralpengebietes : Moorökologische Bedeutung und zukünftige Entwicklung im Klimawandel = Raised bog forests in the South German prealpine bog region, ecological importance and development in global change scenarios. Telma, 48, 13-48 (2018).


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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