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Rhizosphere: biophysics, biogeochemistry and ecological relevance
Life on Earth is sustained by a small volume of soil surrounding roots, called the rhizosphere. The soil is where most of the biodiversity on Earth exists, and the rhizosphere probably represents theExpand
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Spatial distribution of bacterial communities and their relationships with the micro-architecture of soil.
Biological soil thin-sections and a combination of image analysis and geostatistical tools were used to conduct a detailed investigation into the distribution of bacteria in soil and theirExpand
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Changes to water repellence of soil aggregates caused by substrate‐induced microbial activity
Summary Soil microbes produce exudates which upon drying become water-repellent, thus altering hydraulic properties. The influence of microbial activity caused by adding plant nutrients on theExpand
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Plant roots release phospholipid surfactants that modify the physical and chemical properties of soil
Summary • Plant root mucilages contain powerful surfactants that will alter the interaction of soil solids with water and ions, and the rates of microbial processes. • The lipid composition of maize,Expand
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Root‐ and microbial‐derived mucilages affect soil structure and water transport
ummary The production of exudates by plant roots and microbes in the rhizosphere, together with intense wetting and drying cycles due to evapotranspiration, stimulate changes in soil structure. WeExpand
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Microbial distribution in soils: physics and scaling
In a handful of fertile soil there are billions of microorganisms and yet, even with a conservative estimate, the surface area covered by these organisms is considerably less than 1%. What does thisExpand
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Hardsetting Soils: Behavior, Occurrence, and Management
Hardsetting soils are soils that set to a hard, structureless mass during drying and are thereafter difficult or impossible to cultivate until the profile is re wetted. The term hardsetting,Expand
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Three-dimensional Microorganization of the Soil–Root–Microbe System
Soils contain the greatest reservoir of biodiversity on Earth, and the functionality of the soil ecosystem sustains the rest of the terrestrial biosphere. This functionality results from complexExpand
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Subcritical water repellency of aggregates from a range of soil management practices
Subcritical water repellency is a poorly acknowledged physical property of soil. It refers to soil where water uptake appears to occur readily, get is impeded to some extent by the presence ofExpand
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Tillage, habitat space and function of soil microbes
This review examines the effect of tillage on microbial habitat space, and the roles of microbes in influencing N-transformation processes within a heterogeneous soil environment. Literature relatingExpand
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