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© 2021Rhizospheres are microecological zones at the interface of roots and soils. Interactions between bacteria and roots are critical for maintaining plant and soil health but are difficult to study because of constraints inherent in working with underground systems. We have developed an in-situ rhizosphere imaging system based on transparent soils and molecular probes that can be imaged using confocal microscopy. We observed spatial patterning of polysaccharides along roots and on cells deposited into the rhizosphere and also co-localised fluorescently tagged soil bacteria. These studies provide insight into the complex glycan landscape of rhizospheres and suggest a means by which root / rhizobacteria interactions can be non-disruptively studied.
Author(s): Jones CY, Engelhardt I, Patko D, Dupuy L, Holden N, Willats WGT
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: The Cell Surface
Print publication date: 01/12/2021
Online publication date: 16/07/2021
Acceptance date: 12/07/2021
Date deposited: 28/01/2022
ISSN (electronic): 2468-2330
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
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