Shaping an Optimal Soil by Root–Soil Interaction

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Jin, K., White, P. J., Whalley, W. R., Shen, J. and Shi, L. 2017. Shaping an Optimal Soil by Root–Soil Interaction. Trends in Plant Science. 22 (10), pp. 823-829.

AuthorsJin, K., White, P. J., Whalley, W. R., Shen, J. and Shi, L.

Crop production depends on the availability of water and mineral nutrients, and increased yields might be facilitated by a greater focus on roots–soil interactions. Soil properties affecting plant growth include drought, compaction, nutrient deficiency, mineral toxicity, salinity, and submergence. Plant roots respond to the soil environment both spatially and temporally by avoiding stressful soil environments and proliferating in more favorable environments. We observe that crops can be bred for specific root architectural and biochemical traits that facilitate soil exploration and resource acquisition, enabling greater crop yields. These root traits affect soil physical and chemical properties and might be utilized to improve the soil for subsequent crops. We argue that optimizing root–soil interactions is a prerequisite for future food security.

Keywordsheterogeneity; root–soil interaction; root system; soil structure
Year of Publication2017
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Journal citation22 (10), pp. 823-829
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Open accessPublished as non-open access
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Funder project or codeDesigning Future Wheat (DFW) [ISPG]
DFW - Designing Future Wheat - Work package 1 (WP1) - Increased efficiency and sustainability
DFW - Designing Future Wheat - Work package 2 (WP2) - Added value and resilience
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online10 Aug 2017
Elsevier Science London
Copyright licenseCC BY

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