Iron in stone wool - one reason for the increased growth and decay capacity of Serpula lacrymans
L Paajanen, A-C Ritschkoff
The chemical compositions of stone wool and glass wool were analysed. There was more iron in the stone wool than in the glass wool. It was found that iron present in stone wool was easily dissolved by oxalic acid that Serpula lacrymans is able to produce. The stone wool promoted the decay of pine wood by Serpula lacrymans. The glass wool had no effect on the decay capacity of Serpula Iacrymans. The iron derived from the stone wool may be one reason for the increased growth and decay capacity of Serpula lacrymans. Transition metals (Fe2+, Mn2+, etc.) combined with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) are believed to be necessary for the oxidative breakdown of polysaccharides.
Keywords: DECAY CAPACITY; DRY ROT; GLASS WOOL; GROWTH; HYDROGEN PEROXIDE; IRON; MINERAL WOOL; OXALIC ACID; SERPULA LACRYMANS; STONE WOOL