Interconnectivity of habitats in soil: combining X-ray micro tomography and thin sectioning to reveal fungal-soil structure interactions

Wilfred Otten, Kirsty Binnie, Iain M. Young, Jonathan Villot, Dmitri V. Grinev

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication IOBC-WPRS Bulletin
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the meeting at Dijon (France): Multitrophic interactions in soil
PublisherIOBC-WPRS
Pages131-134
Number of pages4
Volume42
ISBN (Print)9789290672166
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventIOBC Conference Working Group: Multitrophic Interactions in Soil - Dijon, France
Duration: 24 Jun 200727 Jun 2007

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OtherIOBC Conference Working Group
CountryFrance
CityDijon
Period24/06/0727/06/07

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    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. http://www.iobc-wprs.org/pub/bulletins/index.html