Effect of soil management on pore geometry and the implications for fungal invasion and interactions

Alexandra Kravchenko, Ruth Falconer, Dmitri Grinev, Wilfred Otten

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    Despite the importance of fungi in soil functioning they have received comparatively little attention and our understanding of fungal interactions and communities is lacking. This study aims to combine a physiologically based model of fungal growth and interactions with digitized images of undisturbed soil samples from contrasting management practices to determine the effect of physical structure on fungal growth and colonization. We quantified pore geometries of the undisturbed soil samples from long-term agricultural and native vegetation land uses, modelled invasion of a single fungal species and of two different fungal species within the soil samples; and evaluated the role of soil structure on fungal invasion and species interactions; in particular, we identified those characteristics of the pore volume that promote or exclude fungal invasion.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th World Congress of Soil Science
    Subtitle of host publicationSoil Solutions for a Changing World, Brisbane, Australia 1-6 August 2010
    EditorsRobert Gilkes, Nattaporn Prakongkep
    Place of PublicationBrisbane
    PublisherInternational Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS)
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Print)9780646537832, 9781618391025
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010
    Event19th World Congress of Soil Science 2010: Soil Solutions for a Changing World - Brisbane, Australia
    Duration: 1 Aug 20106 Aug 2010
    Conference number: 19


    Other19th World Congress of Soil Science 2010


    • Fungal growth model
    • 3D pore space
    • X-ray microtomography
    • Land use


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