n-blair at northwestern dot edu
Fungi are ubiquitous in soils. However, it remains virtually unknown how dead fungal mass (fungal necromass) is degraded, and what portion of it contributes to the slow turnover of soil organic matter pools. We are interested in determining the rate of fungal necromass breakdown under a variety of scenarios (field experiments, lab experiments, breakdown by microbes, breakdown by macrofauna,...
Isolation and characterization of recalcitrant materials from Aspergillus using FTIR
Isolation and identification of recalcitrant mterials in Rhizopus as potential sources of sequestered soil carbon