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Soil strength influences wheat root interactions with soil macropores (2019)
Journal Article
Atkinson, J. A., Hawkesford, M. J., Whalley, W. R., Zhou, H., & Mooney, S. J. (2019). Soil strength influences wheat root interactions with soil macropores. Plant, Cell and Environment, https://doi.org/10.1111/pce.13659

Deep rooting is critical for access to water and nutrients found in subsoil. However, damage to soil structure and the natural increase in soil strength with depth, often impedes root penetration. Evidence suggests that roots use macropores (soil cav... Read More about Soil strength influences wheat root interactions with soil macropores.

Interaction between contrasting rice genotypes and soil physical conditions induced by hydraulic stresses typical of alternate wetting and drying irrigation of soil (2018)
Journal Article
Fang, H., Zhou, H., Norton, G. J., Price, A. H., Raffan, A. C., Mooney, S. J., …Hallett, P. D. (2018). Interaction between contrasting rice genotypes and soil physical conditions induced by hydraulic stresses typical of alternate wetting and drying irrigation of soil. Plant and Soil, 430(1-2), 233-243. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11104-018-3715-5

Background and aims: Alternate wetting and drying (AWD) saves water in paddy rice production but could influence soil physical conditions and root growth. This study investigated the interaction between contrasting rice genotypes, soil structure and... Read More about Interaction between contrasting rice genotypes and soil physical conditions induced by hydraulic stresses typical of alternate wetting and drying irrigation of soil.

Bimodal Soil Pore Structure Investigated by a Combined Soil Water Retention Curve and X-Ray Computed Tomography Approach (2017)
Journal Article
Mooney, S. J., Zhou, H., Mooney, S. J., & Peng, X. (2017). Bimodal Soil Pore Structure Investigated by a Combined Soil Water Retention Curve and X-Ray Computed Tomography Approach. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 81(6), 1270. https://doi.org/10.2136/sssaj2016.10.0338

Well-structured soils are generally considered to have bimodal pore structure, including textural pores between soil particles and structural pores between soil aggregates. Bimodal pore structure has previously been inferred indirectly from the soil... Read More about Bimodal Soil Pore Structure Investigated by a Combined Soil Water Retention Curve and X-Ray Computed Tomography Approach.