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Oxygen Free Radical Detection in Wood Colonized by the Brown-Rot Fungus, Postia Placenta

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

Abstract

Rapid depolymerization of cellulose occurs shortly after brown-rot fungi colonize wood. The chemical agent responsible for this initial depolymerization is most likely a low molecular weight compound (Cowling, 1961; Cowling and Brown, 1969) that diffuses through the crystalline microfibrils of cellulose, degrading the amorphous non-crystalline regions (Cowling and Brown, 1969; Highley, Palmer, Murmanis, 1983). It is important to identify the depolymerizing agent(s) produced by brown-rot fungi, because such information could serve as a foundation for the development of new methods to prevent wood decay.

Keywords

Electron Spin Resonance Electron Spin Resonance Spectrum Electron Spin Resonance Signal Spin Trap Cotton Cellulose 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1989

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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