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Glyn Bengough

Staff picture: Glyn Bengough
Ecological Sciences
Ecological Sciences
Honorary Associate
+44 (0)1382 568792

The James Hutton Institute
Dundee DD2 5DA
Scotland UK


Current research interests

  • Effects of soil physical conditions on root growth. My interest is in the physical stresses experienced by roots growing in soil, with a particular focus on the effects of soil strength (mechanical impedance) and structure.
  • New methods of measuring and screening root systems, including electrical capacitance.
  • Border cell production by roots and their physical and biological roles in the rhizosphere.
  • Bioengineering slopes with root reinforcement. We are studying how roots mechanically support soil slopes. We are trying to unravel how root length density and orientation, root branching, and root strength contribute to soil reinforcement.
  • In-vivo imaging and analysis of root cell expansion. This work aims to develop powerful methods to analyze root growth responses to environmental perturbations. Confocal microscopy and computer vision techniques are being developed to track the growth of living root cells.


Scientific Posters / Conferences

File Computer visualisation of root morphogenesis 121.03 KB
File Root border cells in the rhizosphere 119.07 KB
File Root growth responses to soil physical conditions 125.51 KB
File Fungal and plant influences upon soil wetting 381.06 KB
File A phenotypic screen for genetic analysis of barley seedling root traits 234.79 KB
File Role of border cells in root growth and rhizosphere interactions 420.13 KB
File Computer visualisation and modelling of plant morphogenesis: In-vivo segmentation and tracking of cells using confocal microscopy 230.65 KB
File Computer visualisation and modelling of plant morphogenesis: Optical flow analysis of time-lapse confocal microscopy images 209.85 KB
File Root growth responses to soil physical properties 192.39 KB
File Do mixed cultivars outperform monocultures under defined soil tillage regimes? 289.42 KB
File How do cultivar mixtures perform under defined soil tillage regimes? 411.09 KB
File Genetic variation and interactions of root traits involved in plant:soil physical interactions 134.99 KB
File Plant growth responses to soil physical constraints 203.87 KB
File Defining the soil for controlled environments and in the field : SCRI examples 897 KB
File PlantVis: Quantitative motion analysis of time-lapse confocal laser scanning microscopy images: application to plant root growth 962.38 KB
File Quantitative analysis of root responses to multiple physical constraints: effects of soil pore structure 629.95 KB
File Can the size of a root system be estimated by its electrical capacitance?
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File Visualising and quantifying rhizosphere processes: root-soil contact
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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.