The present investivation was initiated during the
summer of 125 at the suFFestion of Dr. T'alcolm
Wilson. The work was undertaken with a view to discovering what species of the Mucorales are present in
the soil in Scotland.and also to ascertain whether
soil conditions have any influence on their distribtion and ecology.
This first study revealed twenty -three species of
the Mucorales occurring in seven soil types and from
these results it has been shown that there is no
specific distribution in the soils investigated.
A full account of the research has been published
in the Trans. Roy. Soc. Edinburgh, vol:lix, 2, N° 16,
Sept. 1928, pp. 411-436.
The work is still largely of a systematic nature
and until considerably more is known about the species
which are liable to be found little work on their
unction in soil microbiology can be attempted.