Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
1. understand the rhizosphere environment
2. learn how the root system develops under soil stress conditions
3. be able to solve root system problems related to soil stress
4. understand interactions between rhizoplane and soil particles
5. understand the effects of soil mechanical and physical properties on root growth and function
6. appreciate the interactions between the root system and soil properties.
Course Content (Syllabus)
The soil environment. Development, structure and function of the root system. Soil particle surface, rhizosphere and rhizoplane. Water relationships in the plant-soil system. Simple and combined effects of physical and mechanical soil properties (structure, mechanical impedance, soil water, air and temperature) in root growth and function. Managing soils for better root growth. Root effects on soil properties and the soil environment. Simulation of nutrient flow to the roots. Uptake and accumulation of heavy metals in the root system. Microbial activity in the rhizosphere.
Rhizosphere, rhizoplane, water uptake, biochemical plant-soil interactions, heavy metals, soil microorganisms, mechanical impedance to root growth