The group is involved with a broad spectrum of experimental work on the dynamics and control of epidemics.
We work at a range of scales that extend from:
- the spread of fungal colonies through soil;
- pathozone dynamics and disease transmission between individual plants;
- disease spread through plant populations using microcosms;
- large scale field experiments.
The experimental programme is designed:
- to answer specific questions about the epidemiology and control of soil-borne plant disease;
- to use these plant systems as experimental models to test hypotheses about more generic epidemiological mechanisms that control the spatial and temporal dynamics and efficiency of control in a broad range of pathogens including aerial pathogens and certain animal and even human diseases.