What is it about?
Soil flooding leads to depletion of oxygen in the rhizosphere and therefore the energy metabolism switches from aerobic respiration to anaerobic fermentation. We use a new CO2 microsensor in conjunction with a traditional O2 sensor to reveal an anoxic core that expands throughout the root tissues with time of soil flooding.
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Why is it important?
Our study demonstrates the gradual shift from aerobic respiration to anaerobic fermentation as we are now able to follow O2 consumption and CO2 production simultaneously. Moreover, we have also provided insight into tissue CO2 concentrations at a spatial resolution which has never before been achieved.
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production and tissue concentration profiles in chickpea, as influenced by environmental hypoxia, New Phytologist, December 2019, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/nph.16368.
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