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MUCILAGE: The hydraulic bridge between soil and plants


From 01/2013 to 12/2017

Principal Investigator: Andrea Carminati
Staff: Mutez Ali Ahmed, Andrea Carminati
Grant: DFG CA921/2-1 MUCILAGE: The hydraulic bridge between soil and plants

The aim of the project is to characterize the physical and chemical properties of root exuded mucilage and its effects on water flow in soils and root water uptake. This project is a collaboration with the University of Landau (Prof. Gabriele Schaumann) and UFZ-Halle (Prof. Doris Vetterlein).

List of publications of this Project

Kroener, E; Holz, M; Zarebanadkouki, M; Ahmed, MA; Carminati, A: Effects of mucilage on rhizosphere hydraulic functions depend on soil particle size, Vadose Zone Journal (2017)
Benard, P; Zarebanadkouki, M; Hedwig, C; Holz, M; Ahmed, MA; Carminati, A: Pore-Scale Distribution of Mucilage Affecting Water Repellency in the Rhizosphere, Vadose Zone Journal (2017), doi:10.2136/vzj2017.01.0013
Ahmed, MA; 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), doi:10.2136/vzj2016.09.0090
Zickenrott, IM; Woche, SK; Bachmann, J; Ahmed, MA; 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 Nutr. Soil Sci., 179, 294-302 (2016), doi:10.1002/jpln.20150051
Carminati, A; Zarebanadkouki, M; Kroener, E; Ahmed, MA; Holz, M: Biophysical rhizosphere processes affecting root water uptake, Annals of Botany, 118 (4), 561-571 (2016), doi:10.1093/aob/mcw1132016.
Ahmed, MA; 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 (2016), doi:10.1007/s11104-015-2749-1
Kroener, E; Ahmed, MA; Carminati, A: Roots at the percolation threshold, Physical Review E, 91, 042706. (2015)
Ahmed, MA; Holz, M; Woche, SK; 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 (2015), doi:10.1002/jpln.201500177
Benard, P; Kroener, E; Vontobel, P; Kaestner, A; Carminati, A: Water percolation through the root-soil interface, Advances in Water Resources (2015), doi:10.1016/j.advwatres.2015.09.014
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