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Title: Changes to water repellence of soil caused by the growth of white-rot fungi: studies using a novel microcosm system
Authors: White, Nia A.
Hallett, Paul D.
Feeney, Debbie
Palfreyman, John W.
Ritz, Karl
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. Scottish Informatics, Mathematics, Biology and Statistics Centre
Keywords: White-rot fungi
Heterogeneity
Soil microcosm
Repellence
Issue Date: Mar-2000
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: Published version (c)Blackwell Publishing, available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1574-6968.2000.tb08993.x
Citation: White, N.A., et al. 2000. Changes to water repellence of soil caused by the growth of white-rot fungi: studies using a novel microcosm system. FEMS Microbiology Letters. 184(1): pp.73-77. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1574-6968.2000.tb08993.x
Abstract: A microcosm system is described which permits assessment of the progressive growth of filamentous fungi through soil. We report on its application to measure the effects of Coriolus versicolor and Phanerochaete chrysosporium upon the sorptivity and water repellence of a mineral soil, measured using a miniature infiltration device. Both fungal species caused moderate sub-critical repellence. Since the pore structure was unaffected, the repellence was probably due to hydrophobic substances of fungal origin. This is the first report of changes in soil repellence caused by the growth of potential xenobiotic bioremediating fungi. The potential consequences are discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/1134
ISSN: 0378-1097
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