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  • Plant roots release phospholipid surfactants that modify the physical and chemical properties of soil 

    Read, D. B.; Bengough, A. Glyn; Gregory, Peter J.; Crawford, John W.; Robinson, D.; Scrimgeour, C. M.; Young, Iain M.; Zhang, K.; Zhang, Xiaoxian (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 2003)
    Plant root mucilages contain powerful surfactants that will alter the interaction of soil solids with water and ions, and the rates of microbial processes. •The lipid composition of maize, lupin and wheat root mucilages ...