Decay capabilities of basidiomycetes colonizing air-seasoning red oak and blackgum railroad ties


  • Leon Rogers
  • Jed Cappellazzi
  • Jeffrey



Blackgum, brown-rot, fungal decay resistance, red oak, soil block test, white rot


Fungi cultured from air-seasoning blackgum and red oak timbers were assessed for their ability to cause wood decay using two hardwoods and one soft wood species in an AWPA E10 soil block test. Weight losses were greatest for bigleaf maple and tended to be much lower on southern pine. Almost a quarter of the 35 taxa tested caused less than 5 % weight loss, suggesting they posed a relatively low decay risk, even under ideal laboratory conditions; despite all fungi tested having the ability to depolymerize wood. Three of the four fungi causing the largest weight losses were brown-rot fungi, although brown-rot fungi represented only small proportion of the total isolates from the original hardwood timbers. These results illustrate wide array of decay capabilities of fungi colonizing air-seasoning red oak and blackgum timbers, and the potential of many isolates to negatively affect wood properties through biodeterioration.


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Rogers, L. ., Cappellazzi, J. ., & J. Morrell, J. . (2021). Decay capabilities of basidiomycetes colonizing air-seasoning red oak and blackgum railroad ties. Maderas-Cienc Tecnol, 23, 1–8.