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.