Shallower plant root (IMAGE) Technical University of Munich (TUM) Caption A shallower root with many root hairs is good for phosphate uptake, as phosphate is mostly found in the upper soil layers. Credit Kartikye Varshney / TUM Usage Restrictions Free for use in reporting on TUM, with the copyright noted. License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.