Modelling root-induced solubilization of nutrients uri icon

abstract

  • Theory for coupled diffusion processes in soil is briefly described and three examples of its application to understand root-induced solubilization of nutrients given. The examples are: (1) solubilization of P through root-induced pH changes in the rhizosphere of rice plants growing in flooded soil; (2) solubilization of P through excretion of organic chelating agents from rice roots growing in aerobic soil; and (3) the effects of root geometry on P solubilization, particularly cylindrical versus planar geometry and the effect of excretion of a solubilizing agent being localized along the root axis. The theory is tested by comparing measured concentration profiles of P near roots with the predictions of the theory made using independently measured parameter values. In the examples given, the agreement between the observed and predicted concentration profiles is very good, indicating that the theory is sound and the processes involved well understood.

publication date

  • 2002
  • 2002