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Title: Determining the role of siderophores from brown-rot fungi in copper tolerance

Source: Res. in Prog. RIP-4723-044. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 2 p.

Author(s)Ohno, Katie, M.; Arango, Rachel ; Stubbendieck, Reed ; Currie, Cameron

Publication Year: 2020  View PDF »

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Category: Research In Progress

Abstract: Wood is one of the most sustainable and versatile building materials available. If protected from biological degradation, wooden structures can provide years of service. Basidiomycete fungi, specifically brown-rot decay fungi, cause the greatest economic loss to wood products in-service. Pressure treatment with chemical preservatives is most often used to extend the service life of wood products and structures. Most current preservative treatments for exterior or in-ground applications are copper-based. Exposure to copper is effective at inhibiting most fungal species through oxidative damage, enzyme inhibition, nutrient transport interruption, protein denaturation, and cell death. However, a subset of brown-rot fungi has been identified as “copper-tolerant” because they are able to tolerate high concentrations of copper and can degrade copper-treated wood. These copper-tolerant fungi represent a major source of economic loss.

Keywords: wood preservatives; copper tolerance; wood decay; siderophores

Publication Review Process: Non-Refereed (Other)

File size: 546 kb(s)

Date posted: 08/11/2020
RITS Product ID: 98505
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Ohno, Katie
Research Biologist

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