Manganese as a Probe of Fungal Degradation of Wood

  • Barbara L. Illman
  • Dore C. Meinholtz
  • Terry L. Highley


Transition state metals, such as manganese (Mn) and iron (Fe), have been reported to be involved in fungal degradation of wood (Ellis, 1959; Shortle and Shigo, 1973; Blanchette, 1984; Glenn et al., 1986). Manganese is also involved in the enzymatic degradation of lignin model compounds by the white-rot fungus Phanaerochaete chrysosporium Burds. (Tien and Kirk, 1984; Glenn et al., 1986). Iron is believed to be involved in the oxidative degradation of cellulose by brown-rot fungi (Cowling and Brown, 1969; Koenigs, 1974; Schmidt et al., 1981).


Electron Spin Resonance Electron Spin Resonance Spectrum Electron Spin Resonance Signal Wood Decay Wood Sliver 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara L. Illman
    • 1
  • Dore C. Meinholtz
    • 1
  • Terry L. Highley
    • 1
  1. 1.Forest Service, Forest Products LaboratoryUSDAMadisonUSA

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