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Influence of plant roots on electrical resistivity measurements of cultivated soil columns
Maloteau, Sophie; Blanchy, Guillaume; Javaux, Mathieu et al.
2016EGU 2016


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Keywords :
roots; resistivity; induced polarization
Abstract :
[en] The goals of this experiment are to quantify the effect of plant roots on electrical resistivity of the soil subsurface and to map a plant roots system in space and time with ERT technique in a soil column. For this research, it is assumed that roots system affect the electrical properties of the rhizosphere. Indeed the root activity (by transporting ions, releasing exudates, changing the soil structure,…) will modify the rhizosphere electrical conductivity (Lobet G. et al, 2013). This experiment is included in a bigger research project about the influence of roots system on geophysics measurements. Measurements are made on cylinders of 45 cm high and a diameter of 20 cm, filled with saturated loam on which seeds of Brachypodium distachyon (L.) Beauv. are sowed. Columns are equipped with electrodes, TDR probes and temperature sensors. Experiments are conducted at Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, in a growing chamber with controlled conditions: temperature of the air is fixed to 20°C, photoperiod is equal to 14 hours, photosynthetically active radiation is equal to 200 µmol m-2s-1, and air relative humidity is fixed to 80 %. Columns are fully saturated the first day of the measurements duration then no more irrigation is done till the end of the experiment.
Disciplines :
Geological, petroleum & mining engineering
Agriculture & agronomy
Author, co-author :
Maloteau, Sophie ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Form. doct. sc. agro. & ingé. biol. (paysage)
Blanchy, Guillaume  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Master bioingé.: sc. & techno. env., fin. spé (ex 2e master)
Javaux, Mathieu;  Université Catholique de Louvain - UCL > Earth and Life Institute
Garré, Sarah  ;  Université de Liège > Ingénierie des biosystèmes (Biose) > Echanges Eau-Sol-Plantes
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Title :
Influence of plant roots on electrical resistivity measurements of cultivated soil columns
Publication date :
April 2016
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Event name :
EGU 2016
Event date :
17 au 22 avril 2016
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