Delignification by wood-decay fungi

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Abstract

Wood decay fungi are unique in their ability to decompose lignified cell walls. Patterns of delignification are noted, and factors influencing delignification examined. Of the 1600-1700 species of North American wood-rotting fungi, 94% are white-rotters. White-rot fungi may cause a simultaneous type of attack that degrades all wood cell components, but some can selectively remove lignin leaving large concentrations of cellulose. -P.J.Jarvis

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)381-398
Number of pages18
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

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