Source: Science Daily


Scientists from the United Kingdom have shed light on a mystery plaguing researchers as to how a plant controls the nutrient mining cells to extract nutrients from the soil.


Researchers at the John Innes Centre and the University of Oxford have discovered which genes control the specialized nutrient mining machine that develops on the surface of plant roots.


Root hairs develop on roots and burrow into the soil releasing acids and other scouring chemicals that crack open rocky minerals releasing valuable nutrients such as iron and phosphate that are necessary for plant growth.


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