ABILITY OF NATURAL EXTRACTS TO LIMIT MOLD GROWTH ON DOUGLAS-FIR SAPWOOD

Michal Maoz, Joseph J. Karchesy, Jeffrey J. Morrell

Abstract


The ability of selected plant extracts from wood and foliage to inhibit mold regrowth on fungal colonized wood was evaluated on Douglas-fir sapwood. Most foliage extracts produced some inhibition of Graphium or Trichoderma species, but isolations of other fungi increased following treatment. Five out of eight wood extracts produced 50% reductions in isolations, and those from Alaska cedar, western juniper, and incense cedar produced at least 80% reductions. The results indicate that wood extracts may be useful for reducing the incidence of mold on wood products, but none of the materials evaluated completely inhibited the test fungi. These extracts may provide a useful value-added application for by-products of lumber production from these species.

Keywords


Mold; Graphium spp.; Trichoderma spp.; Aspergillus spp.; Penicillium spp. leaf extracts; Xylem extracts; Douglas-fir sapwood

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