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Inhibition of wood-inhabiting fungi by actinomycetes
1981 - IRG/WP 1137
Actinomycetes of the genera Streptomyces, Micromonospora, Microtetraspora, Nocardia and Rhodococcus, isolated from wood, were laboratory tested for their inhibitory effects against the Basidiomycete fungi Polystictus sanguineus and Sistrotrema brinkmannii. One-third of the representatives of the genus Streptomyces which were tested produced significant inhibitory zones whereas actinomycetes belonging to the other genera did not.
M S Cavalcante, R A Eaton

A summary of current information on actinomycetes and wood
1978 - IRG/WP 177
B King, R A Eaton, A A W Baecker

A method of isolating actinomycetes from decayed wood
1974 - IRG/WP 126
This paper deals with a tentative method of isolating Actinomycetes from dacayed wood.
T Haraguchi

A technique for the quantitative isolation of Actinomycetes from decayed wood
1980 - IRG/WP 1116
A technique combining comminution and high-speed homogenisation has been developed for the preparation of suspensions of micro-organisms in colonised wood. When standard inocula of Streptomyces spores were applied to wood, constant proportions of the inocula were recovered. This method was used in conjunction with selective culture media to isolate actinomycetes from wood which had been buried in soil for varying time-periods. It was found that numbers isolated rose from 6x102/g colonised wood after 1 week's burial in soil to 9x108/g colonised wood after 21 weeks experience suggesting that a considerable proportion of the microbial population at the end of succession in decaying wood are actinomycetes.
A A W Baecker, B King

IRG/COIPM INTERNATIONAL MARINE TEST - to determine the effect of timber substrate on the effectiveness of water-borne salt preservatives in sea-water. 3rd Interim Report
1983 - IRG/WP 4101
This paper updates the results of microbiological examination and marine borer assessment of untreated wood samples (15 x 2 x 2 cm³) and samples treated with 3, 6 and 10% CCA and CCB preservatives. Three reference species - Alstonia scholaris, Fagus sylvatica, Pinus sylvestris were used at all the test sites in addition to local species chosen by participants in the test.
R A Eaton

The isolation of actinomycetes from wood in ground contact and the sea
1980 - IRG/WP 1110
M S Cavalcante, R A Eaton

Decay types observed in small stakes of pine and Alstonia scholaris inserted in different types of unsterile soil
1990 - IRG/WP 1443
The attack of various wood-degrading microorganisms occurring in mini-stakes of pine and Alstonia scholaris buried in various types of unsterile soil was studied. Attacks by white rot, brown rot, soft rot, erosion bacteria, tunnelling bacteria and actinomycetes were found. Soft rot occurred in all soils, whereas attack by white rot and especially brown rot and erosion bacteria was rare. The type of soil influenced the occurrence of attack by tunnelling bacteria and actinomycetes. The former were mainly associated with horticultural soils whereas the latter were associated with soils from coniferous forests.
T Nilsson, G F Daniel

Evidence for actinomycete degradation of wood cell walls
1990 - IRG/WP 1444
Several unique patterns of degradation occurring in wood cell walls have been observed in wooden stakes inserted in unsterile soil in the laboratory. Some of the patterns have also been observed in coniferous wood taken from forest floors. All the observed attack types occur within wood cell walls, mainly within the S2 layer. Attack is characterised by channels of varying diameter or small fusiform cavities arranged in the form of a rosette. Some channels are narrow, 0.5-1.0 µm, and form a highly branched network. Other channels are wider, up to approx. 2-3 µm and less branched. All channels are produced by hyphae growing within the wood cell walls. Attack has been observed to arise from the branching of thin hyphae growing longitudinally in the fibre lumina. The small diameter of the hyphae and the fact that these decay patterns have not been described for wood degrading fungi indicate that actinomycetes may be responsible.
T Nilsson, G F Daniel, S L Bardage

Isolation and identification of the fungal flora in treated wood. Revised technique
1977 - IRG/WP 159
At the 8th Annual Meeting in Wildhaus a paper was presented for discussion on the isolation of fungi from treated wood.·Since then work of this nature has been undertaken at Imperial College and as a result a revision of that document has been made and is presented here. The main alterations are: 1) To streamline the isolation procedure 2) Modification of the benomyl agar 3) The inclusion of a standard, low concentration malt medium, for the comparison of all isolates. This was found to be necessary due to the similar appearance of the same organism on different mediar. This isolation procedure thus supersedes the previous one outlined in Document No: IRG/WP/144.
C P Clubbe, J F Levy