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Sap-staining fungi from logs and boards of two commercially important pines in Korea

Gyu-Hyeok Kim1 / Jae-Jin Kim2 / Colette Breuil3

1Division of Environmental Science & Ecological Engineering, Korea University, Seoul, Korea

2BK 21 Environmental and Ecological Engineering Research Team, Korea University, Seoul, Korea

3Department of Wood Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Corresponding author. BK 21 Environmental and Ecological Engineering Research Team, Korea University, Seoul, Korea

Citation Information: Holzforschung. Volume 61, Issue 3, Pages 333–336, ISSN (Online) 1437434X, ISSN (Print) 00183830, DOI: 10.1515/HF.2007.042, April 2007

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To collect more information about the organisms causing sap-stain, a thorough survey was conducted in Koreas sawmills that process logs and boards of Japanese red pine and Korean pine. Sap-staining fungi were isolated and identified using morphological and molecular methods. The 482 isolates obtained were distributed into at least nine species of ophiostomatoid fungi. In both pine species, the frequency of ophiostomatoid isolates was much higher in boards than in logs. Three species, Ophiostoma koreanum, O. floccosum, and O. piliferum, were found on both logs and boards. Two Pesotum species from Japanese red pine were isolated only from logs. Our results show that the dominant species in both logs and boards was O. koreanum from Korean pine. However, O. koreanum, O. floccosum, and O. ips were the most frequently found species in this study.

Keywords: β-tubulin gene sequence; Japanese pine; Korean pine; ophiostomatoid fungi; sap-staining fungi

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