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Moradi, A B; Oswald, S E; Nordmeyer-Massner, J A; Pruessmann, K P; Robinson, B H; Schulin, R (2010). Analysis of nickel concentration profiles around the roots of the hyperaccumulator plant Berkheya coddii using MRI and numerical simulations. Plant Soil, 328(1-2):1-12.

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Abstract Investigations of soil-root interactions are hampered by the difficult experimental accessibility of the rhizosphere. Here we show the potential of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) as a non-destructive measurement technique in combination with numerical modelling to study the dynamics of the spatial distribution of dissolved nickel (Ni2+) around the roots of the nickel hyperaccumulator plant Berkheya coddii. Special rhizoboxes were used in which a root monolayer had been grown, separated from an adjacent inert glass bead packing by a nylon membrane. After applying a Ni2+ solution of 10 mg l−1, the rhizobox was imaged repeatedly using MRI. The obtained temporal sequence of 2-dimensional Ni2+ maps in the vicinity of the roots showed that Ni2+ concentrations increased towards the root plane, revealing an accumulation pattern. Numerical modelling supported the Ni2+ distributions to result from advective water flow towards the root plane, driven by transpiration, and diffusion of Ni2+ tending to eliminate the concentration gradient. With the model, we could study how the accumulation pattern of Ni2+ in the root zone transforms into a depletion pattern depending on transpiration rate, solute uptake rate, and Ni2+ concentration in solution.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Biomedical Engineering
Dewey Decimal Classification:170 Ethics
610 Medicine & health
Date:March 2010
Deposited On:03 Mar 2010 17:18
Last Modified:27 Nov 2013 19:32
Additional Information:The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Publisher DOI:10.1007/s11104-009-0109-8

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