I thought it was about time for an update from the AR_Lab!
Aside from full recruitment mode there have also been some fun stuff going on wtih the plants. The new rhizoboxes are in the glasshouse and the plants are very happily growing. I'm still amazed (even as a root physiologist) by how extensive the root system can be for a comparatively small shoot - and these are all growing with sufficient nutrient availability.
While we're talking about plants in action the second edition of this very useful text book is now online and freely available for all to use. You can find it at http://plantsinaction.science.uq.edu.au/
These boxes will never look this clean ever again! This was the evening they were delivered. :)
This is my advertising shot - beautiful blue skies at Sutton Bonington that day :) Boxes filled with potting mix and ready to go! (by the way blue skies are not actually unusual here!)
Plants in action! Measuring nutrient uptake from root types without disturbing the plants. Check out how long the roots are compared to the shoots! After half an hour the treated roots were cut off and the windows were replaced, retilted and recovered with opaque plastic as if nothing had ever happened!
So many great experiments to do! :)