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The Rhizosphere and Plant Growth

Volume 14 of the series Beltsville Symposia in Agricultural Research pp 3-13

Rhizosphere research - 85 years of progress and frustration

  • A. D. RoviraAffiliated withCSIRO, Division of Soils

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Abstract

This paper reviews the major steps which have contributed to our knowledge of rhizosphere biology since 1904. The progress made has been very considerable, and the frustrations limited. Prospects are bright for improving our understanding of the biology of the rhizosphere and for managing the rhizosphere microflora to increase plant growth.

Key words

biology biological control models plant growth promotion rhizodeposition rhizosphere rhizoplane root exudation