Iron uptake by plants focus of I-CARES grant

aspidistraL4Both humans and plants need iron in their diets, or else they get sick and don’t grow. Humans can eat iron-rich foods or a supplement, but for plants, the process is more complicated, as iron in the soil has to be dissolved before the plant can absorb it.

With a one-year grant from Washington University in St. Louis’ International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability, researchers at WUSTL plan to use some high-tech methods to better understand the processes, mechanics and interfaces that plants use to move iron from the soil, through water and into the plant.

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