An Artificial Microcosm to Study Microbial Interactions in the Rhizosphere

David Pearce, Michael Bazin, James Lynch

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An artificial microcosm for the ectorhizosphere is described where a growth-limiting nutrient is supplied by diffusion at a predetermined rate from a cylindrical ultrafiltration membrane in the form of a hollow fibre. The artificial microcosm is thermodynamically open, reflecting the nature of soil, allowing tighter control of both growth-limiting nutrient and energy fluxes and it incorporates a leaching mechanism. To date the system has been shown to reach steady-state and the control parameters are currently under investigation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Release of Genetically Modified Microorganisms—REGEM 2
EditorsDuncan Stewart-Tull, Max Sussman
Place of PublicationLondon
ISBN (Print)978-1-4612-7654-8
Publication statusPublished - 1992

Publication series

NameFederation of European Microbiological Societies Symposium Series


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