The extreme heterogeneity and interconnectivity of the 3-dimensional pore space within soil makes it a unique habitat for the diverse microbial population and has a pivotal role in microbial interactions. Manipulation and quantification of the 3-dimensional pore space and the spatial distribution of micro-organisms is therefore essential if we are to fully understand microbial interactions. Here we pack soil microcosms at different bulk-densities to manipulate soil structure and use x-ray micro tomography and soil thin sections to analyse the effect on the connectivity of the pore volume and on fungal exploration.
|Title of host publication||IOBC-WPRS Bulletin|
|Subtitle of host publication||Proceedings of the meeting at Dijon (France): Multitrophic interactions in soil|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
|Event||IOBC Conference Working Group: Multitrophic Interactions in Soil - Dijon, France|
Duration: 24 Jun 2007 → 27 Jun 2007
|Other||IOBC Conference Working Group|
|Period||24/06/07 → 27/06/07|
Otten, W., Binnie, K., Young, I. M., Villot, J., & Grinev, D. V. (2009). Interconnectivity of habitats in soil: combining X-ray micro tomography and thin sectioning to reveal fungal-soil structure interactions. In IOBC-WPRS Bulletin: Proceedings of the meeting at Dijon (France): Multitrophic interactions in soil (Vol. 42, pp. 131-134). IOBC-WPRS.