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Phyllosphere microbiology with special reference to diversity and plant genotype
There is significant recent evidence that plant genotype can play a major role in determining the structure of phyllosphere microbial communities, which is influenced by numerous environmental factors in addition to leaf physico‐chemical properties.
Biological costs and benefits to plant-microbe interactions in the rhizosphere.
Overall the general rhizosphere effect could help the plant by maintaining the recycling of nutrients, through the production of hormones, helping to provide resistance to microbial diseases and to aid tolerance to toxic compounds.
The role of local environment and geographical distance in determining community composition of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi at the landscape scale
The Baas-Becking hypothesis was tested by investigating the distribution of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi at the landscape scale and the influence of environmental factors and geographical distance in determining community composition, demonstrating the strong influence the local environment has on determining AMF community composition.
Impact of biochar on mineralisation of C and N from soil and willow litter and its relationship with microbial community biomass and structure
Using a laboratory experiment, we investigated the effect of applying willow biochar to short rotation coppice soil on C and N dynamics and microbial biomass and community composition, in the
Meeting the demand for crop production: the challenge of yield decline in crops grown in short rotations
Gaps are identified in understanding of yield decline, particularly with respect to the complex interactions occurring between the different components of agro‐ecosystems, which may well influence food security in the 21st Century.
Development of novel assays for lignin degradation: comparative analysis of bacterial and fungal lignin degraders.
Two spectrophotometric assays have been developed to monitor breakdown of the lignin component of plant lignocellulose: a continuous fluorescent assay involving fluorescently modified lignin, and a
Degradation of contrasting pesticides by white rot fungi and its relationship with ligninolytic potential.
The capacity of nine species of white rot fungus from a variety of basidiomycete orders to degrade contrasting mono-aromatic pesticides was investigated and there were significant positive correlations between the rates of degradation of the different pesticides.