In Vitro Growth of Coriolus Versicolor, a Wood-Decay Fungus, Responds Differentially to Catechol and Tannic Acid

  • Rosannah Taylor
  • Gerald C. Llewellyn
  • Charles E. O’Rear
  • John E. Mayfield
  • Kevin T. Smith
  • Arthur L. Williams
  • William V. Dashek


Both decay and disease of trees are of great economic importance to the commercial wood products industry. Certain micro-organisms such as the white-rot fungi can literally live upon wood via their abilities to secrete cellulolytic and ligninolytic enzymes (Highley and Kirk, 1979). The capacity of white-rot fungi to degrade lignin involves in part their elaboration of an extra-cellular polyphenol oxidase (Agrios,.1978; Highley and Kirk, 1979; Nobles, 1958, 1965).


Phenolic Compound Tannic Acid Gallic Acid Mycelial Growth Malt Extract 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rosannah Taylor
    • 1
  • Gerald C. Llewellyn
    • 2
  • Charles E. O’Rear
    • 3
  • John E. Mayfield
    • 4
  • Kevin T. Smith
    • 5
  • Arthur L. Williams
    • 6
  • William V. Dashek
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of BiologyAtlanta UniversityAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Bureau of Toxic Substances InformationVirginia Department of HealthRichmondUSA
  3. 3.Department of Forensic SciencesGeorge Washington UniversityUSA
  4. 4.Department of BiologyNorth Carolina Central UniversityDurhamUSA
  5. 5.Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment StationUnited States Department of AgricultureDurhamUSA
  6. 6.Department of BiologyAtlanta UniversityAtlantaUSA

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