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Plant roots — Living and sensing underground: Elsa Matthus

How plant roots sense and react to their environment

Already in 1880, Darwin realised "that there is no structure in plants more wonderful, as far as its functions are concerned, than the tip of the radicle". Nowadays, we are interested in plant roots as they are one of the main players in feeding the world. In agriculture, we try to optimise root systems too, for example, better take up nutrients (fertilizers are running out!) and water (climate change!). Elsa works on how plant roots sense and react to their environment — which is much more proactive than you might imagine. This talk includes movies. Of roots. What's not to love!

Presented 28 October 2017.

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