|Name||: Amjad Iqbal|
|Email address||: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Postion||: PhD student (2007-2009)|
When roots grow through soil they release soluble polysaccharides and oligosaccharides from the cell walls of the root cap and epidermis. These carbohydrates contribute to the rhizosphere, lubricate roots, signal to specific micro organism, and have an allelopathic effect on neighbouring plant roots (for example lepidimoide from cress seed mucilage). Lepidimoide was identified as an usual unsaturated disaccharide produce by the action of lyases on cell wall polysaccharide. Other substances whose metabolism is governed by enzymes located in the plant cell wall include vitamin C (ascorbate).
In the present study we shall explore the apoplastic metabolism of oligosaccharides and vitamin C in roots, release and longitivity of these metabolites in the soil and the take up of these metabolites by neighbouring plant roots, using radio labelling techniques in living plants.
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