Soil aeration effects on root growth and activity

Bingru Huang, D. Scott NeSmith

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Poor soil aeration or oxygen deficiency is a major factor limiting seedling establishment. Oxygen deficiency in the soil can occur because of improper soil management, such as over- irrigation and soil compaction; poor soil quality, such as heavy fine-textured soils or layered soils with inadequate drainage; excessive rainfall or flooding; usage of excessively small containers for transplant production. Inferior stand establishment can occur due to the inhibitory effects of low aeration on root elongation, proliferation, viability, respiratory capacity, carbohydrate accumulation, hormone synthesis, and water and nutrient uptake. Plants that are tolerant to low soil aeration may develop morphological and anatomical features in roots that facilitate oxygen utilization and plant survival of low oxygen stress. These adaptive responses include the formation of aerenchyma tissues in the root cortex, development of adventitious roots near the soil surface, and increases in root diameter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationVI Symposium on Stand Establishment and ISHS Seed Symposium
PublisherInternational Society for Horticultural Science
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9789066057821
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameActa Horticulturae
ISSN (Print)0567-7572

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Horticulture


  • Anoxia
  • Hypoxia
  • Nutrient uptake
  • Oxygen
  • Respiration
  • Water uptake


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