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A Technique for Making Thin Sections of Soil with Roots in Place1


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  1. Vol. 29 No. 5, p. 633-635
    Received: Feb 26, 1965
    Accepted: Apr 30, 1965

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  1. Z. F. Lund and
  2. H. O. Beals
  1. U SDA, Agronomy and Soils Department
    F orestry Department, Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.



A short dehydration series was combined with a plasti-embedding technique to study cotton roots in place. This was an effort to see if there was much particle orientation at the root surface-soil interface. A limited number of sections failed to show much orientation but did show a packing effect. The use of colored plastic was investigated. It greatly facilitates thin section work as it makes identification of pore space much easier.

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