Optimum growth conditions for the metal-tolerant wood decay fungus, Meruliporia incrassata TFFH 294
V W Yang, B Illman
There is a worldwide need for alternative methods for the treatment and disposal of CCA-treated waste wood. Illman and Highley (IRG/WP 96-10163) reported the isolation of a unique strain of Meruliporia incrassata (TFFH 294) with tolerance to CCA. The strain is capable of degrading CCA treated waste wood, giving a 40% weight loss in the ASTM soil block test. The strain is an ideal candidate for degrading CCA-treated waste wood, which is accumulating in landfills at a rapid rate. In this study, we report the optimum growth conditions of the fungus, including the effect of chemically defined liquid media, growth temperature, light sensitivity, oxygen requirement and nutrient supplements. The results of a metal-tolerance test and SEM evidence of fungal growth on CCA-treated wood are given to support M. incrassata TFFH 294 tolerance.