Root and leaves growth differentially respond to soil mineral content and microbiota

Custódio, Valéria (2022) Root and leaves growth differentially respond to soil mineral content and microbiota. MRes thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Plants integrate complex regulatory networks to ensure the adaptative growth of roots and leaves. These networks combine internal signals and external cues, such as nutrient availability and plant-colonising microorganisms – plant microbiota. The extent to how microbial communities, nutrient availability and internal signalling are coordinated to ensure adaptative growth of plant organs remains poorly understood. To study root and leaf responses to the different environmental cues, we planted four maise genotypes in three selected soils with different mineral nutrient contents and bacterial compositions. While root growth of the different genotypes was not affected by soil variability, leaves differentially integrated the soil effect. To understand the factors modulating the development of individual leaves, we investigated their mineral nutrient content and microbiome composition. We demonstrated that the soil effect on leaf development results from changes in the concentration of individual mineral elements impacting distinct leaf-associated bacterial communities.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (MRes)
Supervisors: Castrillo, Gabriel
Keywords: Root growth, Leaves, Soil mineral content, Microbiota
Subjects: Q Science > QK Botany > QK640 Plant anatomy
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Science > School of Biosciences
Item ID: 68917
Depositing User: Custódio, Valéria
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2022 04:40
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2022 04:40

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