Shaping the Other Sides: Exploring the Physical Architecture of Rhizosphere

  • Madhurima Chatterjee
  • Raktim Bhattacharya
  • Rabindranath BhattacharyyaEmail author


The root system is immediately surrounded by a narrow zone of soil called the rhizosphere. A major proportion of biodiversity of the soil resides in the rhizosphere, hence accounting for the various activities found in that area. There are various abiotic and biotic factors which help in modifying the physical structure of the rhizosphere. The main abiotic factors are light, temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide, water uptake, pH change, etc. The physical architecture determines the richness of the microbial community which in turn affects the plant growth. In this chapter, the various physical and chemical processes occurring in the rhizosphere and how the change in environment hampers these factors and how that affects the rhizospheric diversity in modifying the microbial ecology and root architecture will be discussed.


Soil Temperature Root Growth Fine Root Bulk Soil Mycorrhizal Hypha 
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  • Madhurima Chatterjee
    • 1
  • Raktim Bhattacharya
    • 1
  • Rabindranath Bhattacharyya
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesPresidency UniversityKolkataIndia

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