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Roots are more than just the location where soil and plants come into contact. They play a critical role in the environment and hold a great deal of promise for helping us improve agricultural sustainability.
Wolfgang Busch, Ph.D., associate professor in the plant molecular and cellular biology laboratory at Salk, presented "To grow or not to grow - novel genetic and molecular mechanisms that determine root growth" as part of the Research Seminar Series at 9 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 5.
Auxins, which are naturally found in plants, trigger root formation. Scientists are testing ways to improve how auxins are absorbed and used by plant cells.
Soil color and structure, the presence of biological activity like earthworms and dung beetles, rooting resistance, and soil smell can help farmers and ranchers determine the health of their soils.