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What keeps trees grounded?
When asked to sketch a tree, you'll likely draw branches reaching towards the sky and roots delving into the earth. Sounds alright, but have you ever wondered how trees know where the earth is?
If you were to tip over a potted plant, its roots wouldn't... click to read more
How roots help us fight against hard soils
Soil is a vital commodity for food security - more than 95% of global food production depends on soil. Modern intensive farming practices help us to meet the growing demand for food today. On the downside, they often compromise the health of agricultural soils. Increasingly heavy... click to read more
The yin and yang of lateral roots
We worldwide face an increasing frequency of heat waves and drought. As a result, soil in the fields becomes drier, which reduces agricultural productivity. Therefore, it is important to better understand how the roots system of plants can be adapted to drier environments. We can... click to read more
Building a community: Plants can choose their root’s neighbours
Root microbiota is the term for the community of microorganisms living in and around plant roots. The microorganisms making up the root-microbiota include multiple species of bacteria, fungi, and archaea, forming a complex network of interaction with the plant's roots. These interactions could either be... click to read more
One root for every soil: a double-personality tale
In biology, life success is based on the ability to have offspring. For that, before reproduction, organisms must deal with different and sometimes unfriendly situations. The capacity to overcome environmental challenges increases the possibility to have descendants, and will determine then that organism's life success. A... click to read more