Resistance of Scots pine wood to Brown-rot fungi after long-term forest fertilization

Juha Heijari (Corresponding Author), Anne-Marja Nerg, Seija Kaakinen, Elina Vapaavuori, Hannu Raitio, Teuvo Levula, Hannu Viitanen, Jarmo K. Holopainen, Pirjo Kainulainen

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

14 Citations (Scopus)


The susceptibility of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) sap- and heartwood against the wood decaying brown-rot fungus (Coniophora puteana) was investigated after long-term forest fertilization at three different sites in central Finland. Different wood properties: wood extractives, wood chemistry, and wood anatomy were used to explain sap- and heartwood decay. Scots pine sapwood was more susceptible to decay than its heartwood. In one site, sapwood seemed to be more resistant to wood decay after forest fertilization whereas the susceptibility of heartwood increased. Significant changes in the sapwood chemistry were found between treatment and sites, however, no relationship between wood chemistry and wood decay was observed in the factor analysis. The results of this study show that there was an inconsistent relationship between decay susceptibility and fertilization and the measured physical and chemical attributes of the wood were not consistently correlated with the decay rate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)729-735
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2005
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • decay resistance
  • forest fertilization
  • pinus sylvestris
  • wood extractives
  • wood properties


Dive into the research topics of 'Resistance of Scots pine wood to Brown-rot fungi after long-term forest fertilization'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this