TitleRhizosphere microflora of winter wheat plants cultivated under elevated CO2
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsElhottova, D, Triska, J, Santruckova, H, Kveton, J, Santrucek, J, Simkova, M
JournalPlant and Soil

We studied an effect of elevated atmospheric CO2 on rhizosphere microorganisms in a hydroponics system where young wheat plants provided the only source of C for microorganisms. Plants were cultivated in mineral solution in sterile silica sand and exposed to control (ambient) and elevated (double) CO2 concentrations for periods of 13, 20, 25 and 34 days. Microbial biomass C (C content in fraction of size 0.3-2.7 mu m) was not affected by the elevated CO2 concentration during the first 25 days of plant growth and was increased after 34 days of plant growth. A content of poly-beta-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) reserve compounds (measured as derivatized product of 3-hydroxy-butyric acid and N-tert-butyldimethylsilyl-N-methyltrifluoracetamide using GC-MS) was lowered significantly (p