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Root Hair Is The Key To Reducing Soil Erosion

Baoji Herbest Bio-Tech Co.,Ltd | Updated: Apr 13, 2020

A new study has found that tiny hairs found in the roots of plants play a key role in helping to reduce soil erosion。 The research, led by the university of Bristol and published in communications biology, provides compelling evidence that when root hairs interact with the surrounding soil, they reduce soil erosion and improve soil cohesion by binding to soil particles。


Soil erosion can have devastating effects globally and poses a serious threat to modern agriculture. Increased demand for agriculture has led to the conversion of forests and natural grasslands into farms and pastures.

soil erosion

But many growing plants, such as coffee, cotton and palm oil, can greatly increase soil erosion beyond the soil's ability to sustain and renew. It may also lead to increased pollution and deposition in streams and rivers, or may exacerbate flooding because these areas often struggle to maintain water levels. The issue is particularly pressing given the growing population and climate change.


Researchers at the universities of Bristol and Exeter have revealed that microscopic root hairs play a crucial role in binding and strengthening the soil.


Although large scale root properties such as diameter, length, and surface area have been extensively studied to understand their role in preventing soil erosion, little is known about the effects of microscopic scale properties such as root hairs。


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