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Fungal degradation of bamboo samples

  • Olaf Schmidt EMAIL logo , Dong Sheng Wei , Walter Liese and Elisabeth Wollenberg
From the journal Holzforschung


The degradation of several Asian bamboo species by white-, brown-, and soft-rot fungi was investigated under laboratory conditions by means of different test methods. Severe deterioration was caused by all three fungi types. The bamboo species differed in durability. Samples from 6 months young culms decayed more than older ones. There were no significant differences between 1- and 3-year-old culms. Samples taken from the culm top were more vulnerable to decay than those from the bottom. Wet bamboo samples with soil contact were especially degraded by the white-rot fungus Schizophyllum commune, whereas the brown-rot fungus Coniophora puteana produced the greatest mass loss in drier samples. The sealing of bamboo crosscut ends reduced the rate of decay.

Corresponding author. Division of Wood Biology, Department of Wood Science, University of Hamburg, Leuschnerstr. 91d, D-21031 Hamburg, Germany

Received: 2011-1-10
Accepted: 2011-4-4
Published Online: 2011-05-20
Published Online: 2011-05-20
Published in Print: 2011-10-01

©2011 by Walter de Gruyter Berlin Boston

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