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Rhizotron (from Ancient Greek: rhízōma "mass of roots",[1] from rhizóō "cause to strike root")[2] is a laboratory constructed underground in order to study the soil and its interactions with plants and animals.[3] Typically equipped with a central corridor with viewing windows into the soil profiles on either side. On the outside, separate bays are constructed to enable specific experiments to be carried out by varying the soil composition and the plant and animals contained therein.

Rhizotrons are in use at Kew Gardens, at the USDA Northern Research Station at Houghton,[4] and at Treborth Botanic Garden, near Bangor.


  1. ^ ῥίζωμα. Liddell, Henry George; Scott, Robert; A Greek–English Lexicon at the Perseus Project
  2. ^ ῥιζόω
  3. ^ A rhizotron to study root growth under flooded conditions tested with two wetland Cyperaceae
  4. ^ About the Rhizotron