Plant and Soil

, Volume 73, Issue 3, pp 395–402 | Cite as

Isolation, purification and chemical composition of maize root cap slime

  • Annie Chaboud


The total root exudate isolated axenically from roots is shown to constitute an extremely heterogenous population of particulate and soluble material. Differences in protein and total sugars contents, and neutral sugar composition throughout stages of total root exudate purification are reported. The importance of controlled collection and purification conditions to ensure valid analysis and composition of purified maize root cap slime are discussed.

Key words

Analysis Neutral sugar components Polysaccharides Purified root cap slime Zea mays L. 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Annie Chaboud
    • 1
  1. 1.Departement de Biologie Végètale, Reconnaissance Cellulaire et Amélioration des PlantesUniversité LyonVilleurbanne CedexFrance

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