Colonization of the Vascular System of Plants by Fungal Wilt Pathogens: A Basis for Modeling the Interactions between Host and Parasite in Time and Space
When we undertake the study of phenomena as dynamically complex as wilt diseases, we are faced with the problem not only of obtaining the information we seek, but also of organizing many bits of information to show significant relationships. This is true because to understand the dynamics of a phenomenon we must use reductive methods to dissect the processes into finer, more detailed, measurable bits, whereas to understand the complexity we must somehow integrate the resulting information to show the relationships within the whole sweep of events. A system of realistic inter-connected models is required. It is my purpose, first, to propose that we all join together in an ongoing process of modeling wilt diseases of plants, and, second, to propose a basis for modeling that has evolved and that places known events within a framework of interconnected time and space frames. The overall framework is derived from our understanding of the disease cycle involving a soil-borne, fungal, vascular parasite and its host.
KeywordsFusarium Oxysporum Fusarium Wilt Verticillium Wilt Wilt Disease Trapping Site
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