Feeder roots

Last Updated: August 31, 2018

Definition - What does Feeder roots mean?

Feeder roots are small, thin roots in plants that absorb water and nutrients from the soil. The hair like structure of feeder roots enhance its water retention abilities. This type of roots are usually found in the upper few inches of the soil. Feeder roots are also home to a few species of fungi like Mycorrhizae.

MaximumYield explains Feeder roots

Feeder roots are small, thin, white roots that are difficult to see and barely visible. Their primary function is to absorb water and nutrients from the upper layers of soil. Along with absorbing water and nutrients, these roots also absorb oxygen, which is why these roots spread across the upper layers of the soil. Species of fungi like Mycorrhizae live on the feeder roots, but these fungi don't cause any harm to the plant. Instead, some species of fungi have a very beneficial relationship with the plant.

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