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An Artificial Microcosm to Study Microbial Interactions in the Rhizosphere

  • D. Pearce
  • M. J. Bazin
  • J. M. Lynch
Part of the Federation of European Microbiological Societies Symposium Series book series (FEMS, volume 63)

Abstract

An artificial microcosm for the ectorhizosphere is described where a growth-limiting nutrient is supplied by diffusion at a predetermined rate from a cylindrical ultrafiltration membrane in the form of a hollow fibre. The artificial microcosm is thermodynamically open, reflecting the nature of soil, allowing tighter control of both growth-limiting nutrient and energy fluxes and it incorporates a leaching mechanism. To date the system has been shown to reach steady-state and the control parameters are currently under investigation.

Keywords

Nutrient Solution Nutrient Medium Hollow Fibre Supply Rate Ultrafiltration Membrane 
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Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Pearce
    • 1
  • M. J. Bazin
    • 1
  • J. M. Lynch
    • 2
  1. 1.Microbial Physiology Research Group, King’s CollegeLondonUK
  2. 2.Horticulture Research InternationalWest SussexUK

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