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The soil region subject to the influence of plant roots and characterized by a zone of increased microbiological activity.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



the layer of soil (2-3 mm) that surrounds the root of a plant and is inhabited by a large number of microorganisms.

The composition of the microflora of the rhizosphere depends on the soil type, ecological conditions, and the age of the plant. The surface of the root is inhabited by microorganisms predominantly of the epiphytic microflora of the seed. The microorganisms, which together are called the rhizoplane, play various roles: they convert certain compounds that are difficult for the plant to assimilate into readily assimilable ones, they synthesize biologically active substances, they enter into symbiosis with the plant, they excrete toxins, and they participate in the process of denitrification. Some representatives of the microflora parasitize plants.

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