Fine-scale cation dynamics and control by Rhodonia placenta and Pleurotus ostreatus during wood decay

Claire E. Anderson, Jesus D. Castaño, Jonathan S. Schilling

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Fungi are the primary decomposers of wood across the globe. They redistribute the vast pool of wood carbon to other parts of the carbon cycle using mechanisms that also have intriguing potential in bioconversion and biotechnology applications. To make a living in the relatively sparse microenvironment of wood, these filamentous fungi must import many of their needs, including cations. Understanding the timing of cation import can help us validate the functions of cations in wood decay and create a clearer understanding of these complex wood degradation mechanisms. In this study, we resolved cation timing dynamics across space for two fungi (brown rot fungus Rhodonia placenta and white rot fungus Pleurotus ostreatus) using a wood wafer system. We found some expected patterns of the cation dynamics for both fungi, and a clear role for iron at the early stages of brown rot decay. On the other hand, the lack of an increase in manganese during initial white rot decay was surprising. Unexpectedly, we also saw a spike in copper during early brown rot decay that demands more investigation as a potential player in the brown rot mechanism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number105643
JournalInternational Biodeterioration and Biodegradation
StatePublished - Sep 2023

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  • Cation
  • Copper
  • Fenton
  • Fungi
  • Hyphae
  • Translocation


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