The Hidden Half

Congo Grass

Brachiaria ruziziensis, known as congo grass, is a tropical grass. In the tropics it is one of the most common feeds for livestock.

The grass is native to Rwanda and Eastern Congo but can now be found through most of the topics.

Despite being an important crop, very little is known about this species.

The roots of this Congo grass have many fine branches in order to reach as much soil as possible.

Image showing the root structure of a congo grass.

3D Root Architecture

This video shows the development of four Congo grass root systems grown together in a soil column.  The roots that have developed over a four week period have resulted in a fine matt of both thicker roots and very fine lateral roots.

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