Linking hyphal growth to colony dynamics: Spatially explicit models of mycelia

Graeme Boswell, Steven Hopkins

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The processes responsible for the growth of fungal mycelia act over a cast range of spatial scales; while nutrient uptake occurs at the molecular level, the fungal colony can expand by the order of centimetres each day. Although experiments can provide exceptionally detailed information on processes at specific scales, it can be difficult to relate those processes between different spatial scales. In this article a series of mathematical models are described that link the different spatial scales found within a mycelium. The models are all closely related to each other and are applied to a range of growth environments, and the advantages and limitations of each modelling approach are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143 - 154
Number of pages11
JournalFungal Ecology
Issue number4
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Nov 2008


  • anastomosis
  • cellular automata
  • fractal dimension
  • hybrid model
  • individual-based
  • lattice-based
  • lattice-free


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