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Fungal colonies

We use a combination of immunological techniques and soil physics to analyse the dynamics of spread of Rhizoctonia solani through soil

The epidemiological challenges are:

  • to quantify the dynamics of colony behaviour in a porous medium;
  • to identify how soil physical conditions affect the spread of saprotrophic and parasitic fungi and microbial antagonists;
  • to visualise fungal spread on and through soil;
  • to identify criteria to prevent invasion of harmful organisms and to promote the spread of beneficial organisms.