rhi·​zo·​sphere | \ ˈrī-zə-ˌsfir How to pronounce rhizosphere (audio) \

Definition of rhizosphere

: soil that surrounds and is influenced by the roots of a plant

Examples of rhizosphere in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One species of bacteria that grows in the rhizosphere of birch roots is a fluorescent pseudomonad. Richard Schiffman, Scientific American, 4 May 2021 But that will soon change, if researchers who study the rhizosphere, (as the zone of interaction between plants’ roots and microbes is known) have anything to do with it. The Economist, 20 Feb. 2020 This study is hard, for the rhizosphere is a habitat as complex, in its way, as a rainforest or a coral reef. The Economist, 20 Feb. 2020 But the rhizosphere’s exact dimensions can vary by species and even climate, reflecting the roots’ activity. Lacy Schley, Discover Magazine, 11 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of rhizosphere

1921, in the meaning defined above

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“Rhizosphere.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhizosphere. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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