SUMMARY: Based on the assumption that mycelial growth follows the logistic growth law, formulae have been developed to express the growth of fungal colonies under a variety of geometric constraints. Analysis was done of Deppe's (1973) results on surface colony growth, where the mass of the colony grew exponentially during most colonial growth, and of Trinci's (1970) results on submerged ‘pellet’ growth, where the mass of the colony increased as the cube of time during most colony growth. In both cases the linear dimensions of the colony were increasing linearly while the mass was changing in these quantitatively different manners. It is concluded that these disparate growth behaviours result from different habits of growth; in two-dimensional colony growth a new region of space is invaded by an amount of mycelium small in proportion to the final ‘carrying capacity’ of the region, and in three-dimensional colony growth a region is invaded with an amount of mycelium almost equal to the region's final limiting mycelial mass. Thus, the types of growth law for colony mass which are applicable for a particular organism in a particular physical environment depend critically on the degree to which the invading hyphae initially occupy the space.


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