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The role of fungi in self-organisation of the soil-microbe complex

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Soil harbours most of the world’s biological diversity and its functionality supports the rest of the terrestrial ecosystem. To manage the soil system in a sustainable way, we need to understand the origins of its dynamical state and characterise the stability and efficiencies of associated processes. Recent ideas on the importance of the interaction between physical and biological processes in determining its dynamical state will be discussed, along with the possibility that the soil-microbe complex is self-organising. Evidence that the contribution to the dynamics from soil fungi is key will be presented and it will be shown that this presents special challenges to the development of a theoretical framework for soil. A model for the fungal phenotype will be described and some ideas on how this model may be extended to explore the interaction between the community dynamics of fungi and the dynamics of the soil-microbe complex will be given.

This talk is part of the Plant Sciences Departmental Seminars series.

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