SUMMARY: A simple glass slide technique has been devised for the continuous microscopical observation of growth and infection of root hairs of clover seedlings. The method involves an aseptic cultivation of seedlings on microscope slides which are partly immersed in a mineral salts medium. The roots are protected by a cover-slip.

By this procedure, the root hairs of white clover inoculated with nodule bacteria were studied. The earliest infection was observed to take place within 48 hr. of inoculation, on 4-day-old seedlings. In branched hairs the growth of the thread from a lateral branch towards the hair tip is tentatively explained as an effect of the position of the hair nucleus relative to the site of infection.


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