About the book
Throughout history, people have been interested in plants, plant nutrition and metabolic activity taking place in plants. Aristotle asserted that plants get the nutrients they need through their roots as these substances are present in the soil as in the plants. The root system is an essential part of the plant and therefore understanding roots and their functioning is the key to successful agricultural production. It is the part of the plant under the ground that has four important tasks:
1. Allows the plant to hold onto the soil.
2. It absorbs water and substances dissolved in water.
3. Roots store nutrients.
4. Synthesizes plant hormones and other organic compounds.
This book addresses root-soil interactions, the genetic basis of root growth and development, plant hormone action and signaling pathways that control root growth and development, mechanisms that determine the root structure and architecture and soil resource acquisition from agricultural and ecological perspectives.
Furthermore, it combines comprehensive investigations with the latest technologies and challenges that affect root growth to facilitate sustainable, economic and environmentally crop production.