Measurements of rot fungal activity as a function of moisture content by isothermal calorimetry

IRG/WP 10-20428

L Wadsö, A Pilgård, G Alfredsen

Measurements of heat production rate have been made on wood samples with the brown rot fungus Postia placenta at different moisture contents. The results clearly indicate that the heat production rate (a measure of respiration rate and activity) is moisture dependent. When the moisture content is decreased, less heat is produced, and when the moisture content is increased, more heat is produced. Isothermal calorimetry seems to be a measurement technique well suited to the study of rot fungal activity as a function of temperature and moisture content.

Keywords: brown rot, early decay, heat production rate, Postia placenta

Conference: 10-05-09/13 Biarritz, France

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