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Mesocosms for Root Evaluation

Plant grown in pot

Plant grown in pot

Small volume pots do not allow extensive root system development which results in the plant becoming potbound and the confounding of the studies of root system architecture.

Mesocosms made from PVC cylinders allow much deeper rooting and can at least prolong the period before a plant becomes potbound. The Roots Lab grows maize plants to 40 days in this system.

Plants grown in PVC cylinders

 

WARNING: The use of this system involves moving heavy weights. Please use caution all the time.