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PARAsite

benefiting from

SYMbiotic relationship

host


parasite

fungi


fungi

microstructure hyphae

mycelial networks

fungi growth as hyphae


fungi

microstructure secretion of nutrients to the soil - then absortion

mitosis


Cryphonectria parasitica

microstructure

on a tree


Cryphonectria parasitica

microstructure

on a tree


Cryphonectria parasitica

microstructure

underground structure


fractals

microstructure


fractals

microstructure


parasitica

morphogenesis differentiation

Self-organization of transport dynamics Embedded within the physical structure is a set of physiological processes that contribute to uptake, storage and redistribution of nutrients throughout the network. We have developed a novel scintillation imaging technique to map solute transport dynamics in fungal mycelial networks. This has revealed a marked pulsatile component to flux superimposed on a rapid underlying translocation. The network seems to self-organize into well demarcated domains that differ in phase of the oscillations. There is also abrupt switching between different pre-existing transport routes. To analyze these complex events we are developing Fourier, Hilbert and wavelet based phase-mapping techniques.


Research on fungi - microstructure