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Experimentation

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.