Effects of anaerobic root growth and nutrient limitation to the photosynthetic response and exudation of tomato and reed mannagrass plants

I. Kalarchakis, C. Blok, M.G. Warmenhoven, R. Khodabaks, J.W. Steenhuizen, D.P.B.T.B. Strik, I. Gerritsen, J.F.H. Snel

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Abstract

The Plant-MFC is based on two principle ideas, first the energy provided by sun can be stored into the root system of the plants through photosynthesis and second that bacteria can convert the rhizodeposits from plants into usable electrical energy via the microbial fuel cell. To make the Plant-MFC a viable technique, the efficiency of the processes needs to be optimised. In other studies it has been found that rhizodeposition can be stimulated by nutrient limitation, notably iron and phosphate. The aim of this study is to investigate if limitation of iron and phosphate can improve exudation and the maintain photosynthetic rate of tomato and reed mannagrass plants that are grown under anaerobic root conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherWageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture
Number of pages39
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • energy
  • solar energy
  • photosynthesis
  • electrical energy
  • resource development
  • microbial fuel cells

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