Effect of Trophic Complexity on Apparent Fitness of a Recombinant Fungus in Soil
A. The potential for an introduced recombinant microbial pest control agent to survive and proliferate in a natural habit, such as field soil, is a fundamental consideration for risk assessment for environmental release of the agent. B. However, ecological trophic complexity may significantly modulate the apparent relative fitness and proliferation of an introduced recombinant agent. A. This project will measure and develop a predictive methodology for effects of trophic complexity on apparent and real fitness of an introduced fungal agent in soil.