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New water-hunting power of plant roots discovered

New water-hunting power of plant roots discovered
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Our scientists have discovered how the presence of even small amounts of water can influence the structure of plant roots in soil, a finding that opens up new possibilities to improve water and nutrient foraging for important food crops.

Stefan and Craig win in a Nikon image competition

Stefan and Craig win in a Nikon image competition
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Congratulations to Stefan Mairhofen and Craig Sturrock who's MicroCT visualisation of plant roots was awarded a prize at the Tomography for Scientific Advancement conference.

Funding awarded to uncover the mechanism behind the water hunting power of plant roots

Funding awarded to uncover the mechanism behind  the water hunting power of plant roots
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The distribution of water in soil profoundly influences root branching. Lateral roots form on the side of the main root in contact with water, but rarely on the dry side. Prof. Malcolm Bennett and his team have been given funding from BBSRC to investigate the molecular mechanisms behind this.
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Nikon prize winner

MicroCT visualisations of maize (left) and wheat (right) roots growing in soil which won a prize in a Nikon image competition at the Tomography for Scientific Advancement (ToScA) symposium which took place at the Natural History Museum 1-3 September 2014. The image was produced by Stefan Mairhofer and Craig Sturrock using data collected by PhD student Jim Johnson.

 

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