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  • Challenges and opportunities for quantifying roots and rhizosphere interactions through imaging and image analysis 

    Downie, Helen F.; Adu, M. O.; Schmidt, Sonja; Otten, Wilfred; Dupuy, Lionel X.; White, P. J.; Valentine, Tracy A. (Wiley, 2014-11-17)
    The morphology of roots and root systems influences the efficiency by which plants acquire nutrients and water, anchor themselves and provide stability to the surrounding soil. Plant genotype and the biotic and abiotic ...
  • Transparent soil for imaging the rhizosphere 

    Downie, Helen F.; Holden, Nicola; Otten, Wilfred; Spiers, Andrew J.; Valentine, Tracy A.; Dupuy, Lionel X. (Public Library of Science, 2012-09)
    Understanding of soil processes is essential for addressing the global issues of food security, disease transmission and climate change. However, techniques for observing soil biology are lacking. We present a heterogeneous, ...
  • Transparent soil microcosms allow 3D spatial quantification of soil microbiological processes in vivo 

    Downie, Helen F.; Valentine, Tracy A.; Otten, Wilfred; Spiers, Andrew J.; Dupuy, Lionel X. (Taylor & Francis, 2014-10-01)
    The recently developed transparent soil consists of particles of Nafion, a polymer with a low refractive index (RI), which is prepared by milling and chemical treatment for use as a soil analogue. After the addition of a ...