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Plant and Soil

Plant and Soil

An International Journal on Plant-Soil Relationships

Editor-in-Chief: Hans Lambers
Managing Editor: Lieve Bultynck

ISSN: 0032-079X (print version)
ISSN: 1573-5036 (electronic version)

Journal no. 11104

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Welcome to the Marschner Reviews page of Plant and Soil

This site provides FREE access to our Marschner Reviews initiative. In view of the rapid development of studies on soil–plant interactions, these papers are authoritative reviews on topics that are highly relevant to soil–plant interactions, ranging from molecular to ecosystem levels.

It is not all about sodium: revealing tissue specificity and signalling roles of potassium in plant responses to salt stress 

Honghong Wu et al.

It is not all about sodium: revealing tissue specificity and signalling roles of potassium in plant responses to salt stress 

Honghong Wu,Xianchen Zhang, Juan Pablo Giraldo, Sergey Shabala

Ureide metabolism in plant-associated bacteria: purine plant-bacteria interactive scenarios under nitrogen deficiency 

María Luisa Izaguirre-Mayoral, George Lazarovits, Bikash Baral

Defining plant growth promoting rhizobacteria molecular and biochemical networks in beneficial plant-microbe interactions 

Amanda Rosier et al.

Functional implications of root cortical senescence for soil resource capture 

Hannah M. Schneider, Jonathan P. Lynch

Soil or fire: what causes treeless sedgelands in Tasmanian wet forests? 

David M. J. S. Bowman, George L. W. Perry

Maintaining connectivity: understanding the role of root order and mycelial networks in fine root decomposition of woody plants 

Katilyn V. Beidler, Seth G. Pritchard

Opportunities for mobilizing recalcitrant phosphorus from agricultural soils: a review 

Daniel Menezes-Blackburn, Courtney Giles, Tegan Darch, Timothy S. George, Martin Blackwell, Marc Stutter, Charles Shand, David Lumsdon, Patricia Cooper, Renate Wendler, Lawrie Brown, Danilo S. Almeida, Catherine Wearing, Hao Zhang, Philip M. Haygarth

How belowground interactions contribute to the coexistence of mycorrhizal and non-mycorrhizal species in severely phosphorus-impoverished hyperdiverse ecosystems 

Hans Lambers, Felipe Albornoz, Lukasz Kotula, Etienne Laliberté, Kosala Ranathunge, François P. Teste, Graham Zemunik

Zinc Homeostasis and isotopic fractionation in plants: a review 

Cristina Caldelas, Dominik Jakob Weiss

Global overview on nitrogen dynamics in mangroves and consequences of increasing nitrogen availability for these systems 

Carla Roberta Gonçalves Reis, Gabriela Bielefeld Nardoto, Rafael Silva Oliveira

The value of soil respiration measurements for interpreting and modeling terrestrial carbon cycling 

Claire L. Phillips, Ben Bond-Lamberty, Ankur R. Desai, Martin Lavoie, Dave Risk, Jianwu Tang, Katherine Todd-Brown, Rodrigo Vargas

Rhizodeposition under drought and consequences for soil communities and ecosystem resilience 

Catherine Preece, Josep Peñuelas

Root-emitted volatile organic compounds: can they mediate belowground plant-plant interactions? 

Benjamin M. Delory, et al.

Ecological importance of soil bacterivores for ecosystem functions 

Jean Trap, Michael Bonkowski, Claude Plassard,Cécile Villenave, Eric Blanchart

Ecological relevance of strigolactones in nutrient uptake and other abiotic stresses, and in plant-microbe interactions below-ground  

Beatriz Andreo-Jimenez, Carolien Ruyter-Spira, Harro J. Bouwmeester, Juan A. Lopez-Raez

Ecological interpretations of nitrogen isotope ratios of terrestrial plants and soils 

Joseph M. Craine, E. N. J. Brookshire, Michael D. Cramer, Niles J. Hasselquist, Keisuke Koba, Erika Marin-Spiotta, Lixin Wang

Zinc-enriched fertilisers as a potential public health intervention in Africa 

Edward J. M. Joy, Alexander J. Stein, Scott D. Young, E. Louise Ander, Michael J. Watts, Martin R. Broadley

Advances in coupling of kinetics and molecular scale tools to shed light on soil biogeochemical processes 

Donald L. Sparks

Arbuscular mycorrhiza and nitrogen: implications for individual plants through to ecosystems 

Angela Hodge, Kate Storer

Agricultural uses of plant biostimulants 

Pamela Calvo, Louise Nelson, Joseph W. Kloepper

Rhizobacterial salicylate production provokes headaches! 

Peter A. H. M. Bakker, LongXian Ran, Jesús Mercado-Blanco

Molecular mechanisms of Al tolerance in gramineous plants 

Jian Feng Ma, Zhi Chang Chen, Ren Fang Shen

Impacts of acid deposition, ozone exposure and weather conditions on forest ecosystems in Europe: an overview 

W. de Vries, M. H. Dobbertin, S. Solberg, H. F. van Dobben, M. Schaub

Plant genetic effects on soils under climate change 

D. G. Fischer, S. K. Chapman, A. T. Classen, C. A. Gehring, K. C. Grady, J. A. Schweitzer, T. G. Whitham

Advances in plant growth-promoting bacterial inoculant technology: formulations and practical perspectives (1998–2013) 

Yoav Bashan, Luz E. de-Bashan, S. R. Prabhu, Juan-Pablo Hernandez

Ecological mitigation of hillslope instability: ten key issues facing researchers and practitioners 

Alexia Stokes et al.

Plant: soil interactions in temperate multi-cropping production systems 

Jürgen Ehrmann, Karl Ritz

Organic N molecules in the soil solution: what is known, what is unknown and the path forwards 

Charles R. Warren

Deposition rates in growing tissue: Implications for physiology, molecular biology, and response to environmental variation 

Wendy K. Silk, Marie-Béatrice Bogeat-Triboulot

Back to the basics: The need for ecophysiological insights to enhance our understanding of microbial behaviour in the rhizosphere 

Francisco Dini-Andreote, Jan Dirk van Elsas

Zinc fertilizer placement affects zinc content in maize plant 

Yue-Qiang Zhang et al.

Interaction of aluminium and drought stress on root growth and crop yield on acid soils 

Zhong-Bao Yang, Idupulapati Madhusudana Rao, Walter Johannes Horst

The extent of mycorrhizal colonization of roots and its influence on plant growth and phosphorus content 

Kathleen K. Treseder

Nitrogen acquisition by roots: physiological and developmental mechanisms ensuring plant adaptation to a fluctuating resource 

Philippe Nacry, Eléonore Bouguyon, Alain Gojon

Sodium as nutrient and toxicant 

Herbert J. Kronzucker, Devrim Coskun, Lasse M. Schulze, Jessie R. Wong, Dev T. Britto

Mycorrhizas and mycorrhizal fungal communities throughout ecosystem development 

Ian A. Dickie, Laura B. Martínez-García, Nina Koele, G.-A. Grelet, Jason M. Tylianakis, Duane A. Peltzer, Sarah J. Richardson

The production and turnover of extramatrical mycelium of ectomycorrhizal fungi in forest soils: role in carbon cycling 

A. Ekblad, H. Wallander, D. L. Godbold et al.

Plant-soil interactions in Mediterranean forest and shrublands: impacts of climatic change 

J. Sardans, J. Peñuelas

Application of ground penetrating radar for coarse root detection and quantification: a review 

Li Guo, Jin Chen, Xihong Cui, Bihang Fan, Henry Lin

Application of ground penetrating radar for coarse root detection and quantification: a review 

Li Guo, Jin Chen, Xihong Cui, Bihang Fan, Henry Lin

The importance of root-produced volatiles as foraging cues for entomopathogenic nematodes. 

Ted C. J. Turlings, Ivan Hiltpold and Sergio Rasmann

Roles of root border cells in plant defense and regulation of rhizosphere microbial populations by extracellular DNA ‘trapping’.  

Martha C. Hawes, Gilberto Curlango-Rivera, Zhongguo Xiong und John O. Kessler

Plant growth and physiology under heterogeneous salinity.  

Nadia Bazihizina, Edward G. Barrett-Lennard und Timothy D. Colmer

Developing X-ray Computed Tomography to non-invasively image 3-D root systems architecture in soil 

S. J. Mooney, T. P. Pridmore, J. Helliwell and M. J. Bennett

Aboveground–belowground interactions as a source of complementarity effects in biodiversity experiments 

Nico Eisenhauer

Nitrogen transformations in boreal forest soils—does composition of plant secondary compounds give any explanations? 

Aino Smolander, Sanna Kanerva, Bartosz Adamczyk und Veikko Kitunen

Plant mineral nutrition in ancient landscapes: high plant species diversity on infertile soils is linked to functional diversity for nutritional strategies 

Hans Lambers, Mark C. Brundrett, John A. Raven und Stephen D. Hopper

Acquisition of phosphorus and other poorly mobile nutrients by roots. Where do plant nutrition models fail?  

Philippe Hinsinger, Alain Brauman, Nicolas Devau, Frédéric Gérard and Christophe Jourdan, et al.

Root hairs: development, growth and evolution at the plant-soil interface.  

Sourav Datta, Chul Min Kim, Monica Pernas, Nuno D. Pires and Hélène Proust, et al.

Verticillium wilt of olive: a case study to implement an integrated strategy to control a soil-borne pathogen. 

Francisco Javier López-Escudero und Jesús Mercado-Blanco

Does the combined application of organic and mineral nutrient sources influence maize productivity? A meta-analysis 

Pauline Chivenge, Bernard Vanlauwe und Johan Six

Potential mechanisms for achieving agricultural benefits from biochar application to temperate soils: a review 

Christopher J. Atkinson et al.

Plant mineral nutrition in ancient landscapes: high plant species diversity on infertile soils is linked to functional diversity for nutritional strategies 

Hans Lambers et al.

Release of plant-borne flavonoids into the rhizosphere and their role in plant nutrition 

Stefano Cesco et al.

Integrated effects of abiotic stresses on inoculant performance, legume growth and symbiotic dependence estimated by 15N dilution 

Phillip M. Chalk et al.

Arsenic uptake and toxicity in plants: integrating mycorrhizal influences 

Sally E. Smith et al.

Desirable plant root traits for protecting natural and engineered slopes against landslides 

Alexia Stokes, Claire Atger, Anthony Glyn Bengough, Thierry Fourcaud, Roy C. Sidle

Mycorrhizal associations and other means of nutrition of vascular plants: Understanding the global diversity of host plants by resolving conflicting information and developing reliable means of diagnosis 

Mark C. Brundrett

Synchrotron-based techniques for plant and soil science: opportunities, challenges and future perspectives 

Enzo Lombi and Jean Susini

Plant hydraulic lift of soil water - implications for crop production and land restoration 

Hans-Holger Liste and Jason C. White

Global inputs of biological nitrogen fixation in agricultural systems 

David F. Herridge, Mark B. Peoples, Robert M. Boddey

Assessing and analyzing 3D architecture of woody root systems, a review of methods and applications in tree and soil stability, resource acquisition and allocation 

Frédéric Danjon and Bert Reubens

Rock-eating mycorrhizas: their role in plant nutrition and biogeochemical cycles 

Laura van Schöll

Enrichment of cereal grains with zinc: Agronomic or genetic biofortification? 

Ismail Cakmak

Monovalent cation transporters; establishing a link between bioinformatics and physiology 

Frans J. M. Maathuis

Mycorrhizal responses to biochar in soil – concepts and mechanisms 

Daniel D. Warnock et al.

A new initiative in delivering cutting-edge science in soil–plant interactions 

Hans Lambers et al.

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