Modelling and quantifying the effect of heterogeneity in soil physical conditions on fungal growth

Radoslaw Pajor*, Ruth Falconer, Dmitri Grinev, Wilfred Otten

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    Abstract

    Soil is very complex and diverse ecosystem providing services (including water supply and food production) valued over 33T$. Soil structure determines functionality of this ecosystem by regulating the distribution of water, oxygen and nutrients. The structure of soil is dynamic and subject to various physical and biological factors. Fungi are ubiquitous organisms in soil playing significant role in the stabilisation of soil aggregates, nutrients and carbon cycles. Fungal colonisation has been studied previously however only recent techniques allow 3-D analysis that is crucial to fully understand the impact of various physical properties of the pore space on fungal growth. This work combines X-ray microtomography with a modelling approach to develop a protocol allowing quantification and visualisation of the internal structure of soils, and its effect on fungal colonisation. We show an example of such analysis and indicate potential future development that will lead to better understanding of the dynamics of soil ecosystem.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication1st International Conference and Exploratory Workshop on Soil Architecture and Physico-Chemical Functions "CESAR"
    EditorsLis Wollesen de Jonge, Per Moldrup, Anders Lindblad Vendelboe
    Place of PublicationDenmark
    PublisherAarhus University
    Pages283-287
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Electronic)8791949599
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010
    Event1st International Conference and Exploratory Workshop on Soil Architecture and Physico-Chemical Functions - Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Aarhus University, Research Centre Foulum, Tjele, Denmark
    Duration: 30 Nov 20102 Dec 2010
    Conference number: 1st
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    Conference

    Conference1st International Conference and Exploratory Workshop on Soil Architecture and Physico-Chemical Functions
    Abbreviated titleCESAR
    CountryDenmark
    CityTjele
    Period30/11/102/12/10
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