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Researchers at the University of Nottingham report the development of a way to observe how plant roots take in and circulate water at the cellular level. The work could help to identify future drought- and flood-resistant crops.
The inability to monitor water uptake inside roots without damaging the specimen has been an obstacle for researchers seeking to understand the motion of fluids in living plant cells and tissues.
An image of the water-filled pore space of wheat roots. Courtesy of the University of Nottingham.
To observe water uptake in living plants without damaging them, Kevin Webb of the Optics and Photonics Research Group and lead on the study, with his team, applied a sensitive, laser-based optical microscopy…