Effect of compression of green wood chips on conidial germination and colonization of a biopulping fungus, Phanerochaete chrysosporium
Wood and Fiber Science
Compression and baling of green wood ships inoculated with a biopulping fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporium has produced pulps with increased strength properties and reduced energy inputs without the need for steaming of chips or specialized bioreactor conditions. Use of a contact-agar method to study spore germination has shown that compression of green wood enhances rates of sapwood colonization by two strains of this white-rot fungus. This response was verified by SEM observation and is thought to occur as a result of parenchyma death during chip compression. The colonization of this fungus on softwood chips was also improved as a result of compression.
Chen, Y., Schmidt, EL and Olsen, KK. 1998. Effect of Compression of Green Wood Chips on Conidial Germination and Colonization of A Biopulping Fungus, Phanerochaete Chrysosporium. Wood and Fiber Science 30(1):18-26