Root Engineering

Basic and Applied Concepts

  • Asunción Morte
  • Ajit Varma

Part of the Soil Biology book series (SOILBIOL, volume 40)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Anatomical and Morphological Strategies of Roots

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Smriti Shrivastava, Ram Prasad, Ajit Varma
      Pages 3-22
    3. Nieves Fernández-García, Carmen López-Berenguer, Enrique Olmos
      Pages 23-37
    4. Beata Orman-Ligeza, René Civava, Sophie de Dorlodot, Xavier Draye
      Pages 39-56
    5. Tomé Matos, Cristina Cruz, Luís Correia
      Pages 57-73
    6. María Victoria Alarcón, Pedro G. Lloret, Julio Salguero
      Pages 75-103
  3. Rhizosphere and Microorganisms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Rosario Azcón
      Pages 107-143
    3. Beatriz Dreyer, Mario Honrubia, Asunción Morte
      Pages 145-169
    4. Javier Parladé, Beatriz Águeda, Luz Marina Fernández-Toirán, Fernando Martínez-Peña, Ana María de Miguel
      Pages 171-191
    5. K. Sowjanya Sree, Manjita Mishra, Aditya Saran, S. K. Singh, R. K. Sharma, K. V. S. S. Ram et al.
      Pages 193-201
    6. Hinanit Koltai, Yoram Kapulnik
      Pages 203-219
  4. Physiological Strategies of Roots

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. José S. Rubio-Asensio, Carmen López-Berenguer, Jesús García-de la Garma, Martin Burger, Arnold J. Bloom
      Pages 251-267
    3. Thorsten Knipfer, Wieland Fricke
      Pages 269-296
    4. S. De Baets, T. A. Quine, J. Poesen
      Pages 297-323
    5. M. Jesús Sánchez-Blanco, Sara Álvarez, M. Fernanda Ortuño, M. Carmen Ruiz-Sánchez
      Pages 325-352
    6. Alejandra Zúñiga-Feest, Mabel Delgado, Ángela Bustos
      Pages 353-367
    7. Vamsi J. Nalam, Punya Nachappa
      Pages 369-384
  5. Applied Engineering of Roots

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 385-385
    2. Jutta Ludwig-Müller, Jianfeng Xu, Elizabeth Agostini, Milen I. Georgiev
      Pages 387-405
    3. Mohammad-Zaman Nouri, Setsuko Komatsu
      Pages 407-421
    4. Antonio Cano, José Manuel Pérez-Pérez, Manuel Acosta
      Pages 423-441
    5. Aparajita Das, Vipin M. Dan, George Varughese, Ajit Varma
      Pages 443-467
    6. Binggan Lou, Bing Peng, Nianhang Rong, Yunqin Li, Hanmin Chen, K. Sowjanya Sree et al.
      Pages 469-486
  6. Beatriz Águeda, Javier Parladé, Luz Marina Fernández-Toirán, Fernando Martínez-Peña, Ana María de Miguel
    Pages E1-E1
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 487-493

About this book


This volume illustrates the complex root system, including the various essential roles of roots as well as their interaction with diverse microorganisms localized in or near the root system.

Following initial chapters describing the anatomy and architecture as well as the growth and development of root systems, subsequent chapters focus on the various types of root symbiosis with bacteria and fungi in the rhizosphere. A third section covers the physiological strategies of roots, such as nitrate assimilation, aquaporins, the role of roots in plant defense responses, and in response to droughts and salinity changes. The book’s final chapters discuss the prospects of applied engineering of roots, i.e., inventing new root structures or functions through genetic modification, but also with conventional breeding and manipulation of root symbionts. The budding field of root engineering is expected to promote a second green revolution.


Mycorrhiza Mycorrhizosphere Nitrate assimilation PGPR Root Aquaporins Root Exudation Root Fungal Endophytes Symbiosis

Editors and affiliations

  • Asunción Morte
    • 1
  • Ajit Varma
    • 2
  1. 1.Facultad de BiologíaUniversidad de MurciaMurciaSpain
  2. 2.Amity Institute of Microbial TechnologyAmity University Uttar PradeshNoidaIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-54275-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-54276-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1613-3382
  • Series Online ISSN 2196-4831
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