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Germination of Spores of Wood Decay Fungi on Wood. E. Richard Toole, Assistant Technologist, Forest Products Utilization Laboratory, Mississippi State University, State College, Mississippi 39762; Phytopathology 61:88-90. Accepted for publication 18 August 1970. DOI: 10.1094/Phyto-61-88.

Basidiospores of wood-decay fungi produced in pure culture were used to compare germination and growth on pine (Pinus sp.) and sweetgum (Liquid-ambar styraciflua) wood sections. Two brown-rot fungi, Lenzites saeparia and L. trabea, germinated and grew better on pine than on sweetgum. The reverse was true for a white-rot fungus, Polyporus versicolor. These relationships were not affected by incubation temperature within the range of 15 to 41 C.

Additional keywords: Poria monticola, Schizophyllum commune, extraction.