ProjectMuciAfri – Determining root mucilage exudation as a key adaptive trait mitigating drought impacts

Basic data

Acronym:
MuciAfri
Title:
Determining root mucilage exudation as a key adaptive trait mitigating drought impacts
Duration:
15/05/2023 to 14/05/2024
Abstract / short description:
Increasing climate risks such as intensified and recurrent drought has significantly put and will continue to pose pressure on the crop production practices worldwide. Mucilage is a polymeric gel exuded by plants at the root tip - and used as strategy mitigating drought impacts. It has been shown to facilitate root water uptake during soil drying by keeping the rhizosphere wet, connected to the root surface and hydraulically well conductive, especially in drying soil This project aims to develop an in-situ method to quantify and characterize mucilage exudation amount and its properties and by that characterize a key biophysical rhizosphere trait improving plant performance under drought.

Involved staff

Managers

Center for Applied Geoscience
Department of Geoscience, Faculty of Science

Other staff

Center for Applied Geoscience
Department of Geoscience, Faculty of Science

Local organizational units

Department of Geoscience
Faculty of Science
University of Tübingen

Funders

Montpellier, France
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