Encyclopedia of Soil Science

2008 Edition
| Editors: Ward Chesworth


Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-3995-9_5

The assimilation of one substance by another, or by an organism (water or aqueous solution by plants for example). Absorption of chemical elements by roots may modify the chemistry (pH and redox potential for example) in the immediate soil environment. This has been called the “rhizosphere effect” (McBride, 1994, P. 310).



  1. McBride, M.B., 1994. Environmental Chemistry of Soils. New York: Oxford University Press, 406 pp.Google Scholar

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