Postia placenta gene expression of oxidative and carbohydrate metabolism related genes during growth in furfurylated wood

IRG/WP 09-10701

G Alfredsen, C G Fossdal

A range of studies the last decade have shown that modified wood can provide excellent protection against a range of wood deteriorating organisms, including decay fungi. However, we still lack information about why the modified wood is protected from microbial attack. Several hypotheses have been put forward e.g. inhibition of action of specific enzymes, but they still need testing. An understanding of the mechanisms utilized by decay fungi when exposed to modified wood is important for further optimisation of new modified wood products. In this study gene expression of the brown rot fungus Postia placenta has been monitored after 2, 4 and 8 weeks of colonization in furfurylated Scots pine and control samples. Preliminary results are given. The main finding was that genes related to oxidative metabolic activity was higher in furfurylated wood compared to untreated Scots pine, and that carbohydrate metabolism related expression was lower in furfurylated wood compared to untreated control.

Keywords: furfurylation, gene expression, fungal colonization, metabolic genes, Postia placenta

Conference: 09-05-24/28 Beijing, China

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