New Service: Exudate Capture and Analysis

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Corn Root Tip with Exudate, root diameter approx 0.7mm

The Semi-Hydroponic growth system used by Phenotype Screening Corporation offers the opportunity to capture root exudate without the complications of soil or soil biota. This method of collecting exudate may be useful for studying differences in plant root exudate due to genetics or treatments. This may prove useful for understanding the mode of action of a treatment or for modifying (by genetics or treatment) the exudate to suit a desirable bacterium or to protect the plant against undesirable rhizosphere biota.

This service is offered in collaboration with Dr. Gladys Alexandre and the Alexandre Lab at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Alexandre studies soil-dwelling bacteria and their interaction with plant roots.