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Crop Seminar Series lecture with Prof. Dr. Andrea Carminati, University of Goettingen  Event

Crop Seminar Series
13:00 - 14:00
3 March 2017
07 / 3021 (L/R D), Highfield Campus

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Event details

I am interested in understanding the processes controlling water flow in soils and plants. My hypothesis is that the root-soil interface, where soil and plants meet, is a central region in soil-vegetation process. Although it is a small-scale process, it has significant applications for water use efficiency, agriculture, plant breeding and grass lands. My recent studies showed that the soil near roots, the rhizosphere, has particular properties that favour root water uptake from drying soils. However, the rhizosphere may ultimately turn hydrophobic after being dried. What are the consequences for root water uptake? Is this a strategy of plants to isolate roots from dry soils? Could the rhizosphere hydrophobicity affect soil moisture dynamics at larger scale (evaporation, preferential flow, etc…), as well as vegetation patterns?

Speaker information

Prof. Dr. Andrea Carminati,University of Goettingen, Division of Soil Hydrology, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences,Junior Professor of Soil Hydrology, Goerg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany.

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