The role of oxidation in wood degradation by brown-rot fungi

Anne-Christine Ritschkoff, Jaakko Pere, Johanna Buchert, Liisa Viikari

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    Brown-rot fungi are suggested to degrade cellulose by oxidation with hydrogen radicalsformed eg. in the conversion of hydrogen peroxide in the Fenton type reactions. The stuctural changes in the holocellulose in wood induced by Fenton's reaction on wood components are very similar to those caused by brown-rot fungi. In this work the effect of the Fenton reaction on wood components was studied. The brown-rot fungi produce extracellular hydrogen peroxide while growing on sawdust medium and on crystalline cellulose. Hydrogen peroxide is apparently formed by the action of an oxidase enzyme. In this work the role of enzymatic oxidation in cellulose degradation by the brown-rot fungus, Poria placenta was studied.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationStockholm
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 1992
    MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study
    EventThe 23rd Annual Meeting of The International Research Group on Wood Preservation - Harrogate, United Kingdom
    Duration: 10 May 199215 May 1992

    Publication series

    SeriesIRG Documents
    NumberIRG/WP 92-1562


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