, Volume 31, Issue 10, pp 1153–1155 | Cite as

The tolerance of fungal cellulase and amylase to some wood preservatives

  • R. F. Sharp


Enzymes from a range of fungi have been obtained from culture filtrates and by squeezing wooden cubes in which fungi had penetrated. They were directly mixed with 2 concentrations of 3 wood preservatives and incubated with either starch or cellulose (CMC) so that any subsequent formation of glucose would indicate the in vitro enzymic tolerance to the toxicants. With every fungus, substrate and method of obtaining the enzymes there was some enzymic activity irrespective of the presence of a preservative. The implications of this tolerance for wood preservation are discussed.


Glucose Enzyme Cellulose Enzymic Activity Starch 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. F. Sharp
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  1. 1.Department of BotanyImperial College of Science and TechnologyLondon(England)

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