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dc.contributor.authorSantner, J.en
dc.contributor.authorSmolders, E.en
dc.contributor.authorWenzel, W.en
dc.contributor.authorDegryse, J.en
dc.identifier.citationPlant Cell and Environment, 2012; 35(9):1558-1566en
dc.description.abstractDiffusion towards the root surface has recently been shown to control the uptake of metal ions from solutions. The uptake flux of phosphorus (P) from solutions often approaches the maximal diffusion flux at low external concentrations, suggesting diffusion-controlled uptake also for P. Potential diffusion limitation in P uptake from nutrient solutions was investigated by measuring P uptake of Brassica napus from solutions using P-loaded Al(2) O(3) nanoparticles as mobile P buffer. At constant, low free phosphate concentration, plant P uptake increased up to eightfold and that of passive, diffusion-based samplers up to 40-fold. This study represents the first experimental evidence of diffusion-limited P uptake by plant roots from nutrient solution. The Michaelis constant of the free phosphate ion obtained in unbuffered solutions (K(m) = 10.4 µmol L(-1) ) was 20-fold larger than in the buffered system (K(m) ∼0.5 µmol L(-1) ), indicating that K(m) s determined in unbuffered solutions do not represent the transporter affinity. Increases in the P uptake efficiency of plants by increasing the carrier affinity are therefore unlikely, while increased root surface area or exudation of P-solubilizing compounds are more likely to enhance P uptake. Furthermore, our results highlight the important role natural nanoparticles may have in plant P nutrition.en
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityJakob Santner, Erik Smolders, Walter W. Wenzel & Fien Degryseen
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltden
dc.rights© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.en
dc.subjectAl2O3 nanoparticles; diffusion limitation; diffusive gradients in thin films; Michaelis constant; Michaelis–Menten kinetics.en
dc.titleFirst observation of diffusion-limited plant root phosphorus uptake from nutrient solutionen
dc.typeJournal articleen
pubs.library.collectionAgriculture, Food and Wine publicationsen
dc.identifier.orcidDegryse, J. [0000-0002-4875-2944]en
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