As the roots of Avena fatua push through soil to acquire nutrients and water, they also provide carbon to a complex microbial community inhabiting the soil environment adjacent to the plant roots.
Credit or Source: E. Nuccio, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
U.S. DOE. 2014. Research for Sustainable Bioenergy: Linking Genomic and Ecosystem Sciences, Workshop Report, DOE/SC-0167. U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. genomicscience.energy.gov/sustainability/. (p. 15) (PDF)