Sustainable Cropping Requires Adaptation to a Heterogeneous Rhizosphere

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Wang, X., Whalley, W. R., Miller, A. J., White, P. J., Zhang, F. and Shen, J. 2020. Sustainable Cropping Requires Adaptation to a Heterogeneous Rhizosphere. Trends in Plant Science. 25 (12), pp. 1194-1202.

AuthorsWang, X., Whalley, W. R., Miller, A. J., White, P. J., Zhang, F. and Shen, J.

Root–soil interactions in the rhizosphere are central to resource acquisition and crop production in agricultural systems. However, apart from studies in idealized experimental systems, rhizosphere processes in real agricultural soils in situ are largely uncharacterized. This limits the contribution of rhizosphere science to agriculture and the ongoing Green Revolution. Here, we argue that understanding plant responses to soil heterogeneity is key to understanding rhizosphere processes. We highlight rhizosphere sensing and root-induced soil modification in the context of heterogeneous soil structure, resource distribution, and root–soil interactions. A deeper understanding of the integrated and dynamic root–soil interactions in the heterogeneously structured rhizosphere could increase crop production and resource use efficiency towards sustainable agriculture.

KeywordsNutrient acquisition; Rhizosphere ; Root–soil interaction; Soil nutrient heterogeneity; Soil physical structure; Mechanical resistance
Year of Publication2020
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Journal citation25 (12), pp. 1194-1202
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Open accessPublished as non-open access
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Funder project or codeDesigning Future Wheat - WP1 - Increased efficiency and sustainability
China: A Virtual Centre for Monitoring the Rhizosphere
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online20 Aug 2020
PublisherElsevier Science London

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