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

Wilfred Otten, Kirsty Binnie, Iain Young, Jonathan Villot, Dmitri 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

    Other

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

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