rhizosphere

[rahy-zuh-sfeer]

noun

the area of soil that surrounds the roots of a plant and is altered by the plant's root growth, nutrients, respiration, etc.

Nearby words

  1. rhizomorphous,
  2. rhizophagous,
  3. rhizopod,
  4. rhizopodea,
  5. rhizopus,
  6. rhizotomy,
  7. rho,
  8. rho.,
  9. rhod-,
  10. rhoda

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British Dictionary definitions for rhizosphere

rhizosphere

noun

the region of the soil in contact with the roots of a plant. It contains many microorganisms and its composition is affected by root activities
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Science definitions for rhizosphere

rhizosphere

[rīzə-sfîr′]

The soil zone that surrounds and is influenced by the roots of plants. Within the rhizosphere, roots secrete a slimy lubricating substance, called mucigel, that cause the particles of soil to adhere to the roots, assisting in the uptake of water, and encourages the growth of nitrogen-fixing bacteria and other beneficial microorganisms.
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