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International Journal of Forestry ResearchVolume 2012 2012, Article ID 572903, 5 pages

Research Article

Department of Forest Production, Faculty of Forestry, University Putra of Malaysia, Serdang, 43400 Selangor, Malaysia

Bioresource, Paper and Coating Technology, School of Industrial Technology, University of Science Malaysia, 11800 Penang, Malaysia

Faculty of Science and Technology, National University of Malaysia, Selangor, 43600 Bangi, Malaysia

Received 7 August 2012; Accepted 13 September 2012

Academic Editor: Piermaria Corona

Copyright © 2012 Norul Hisham Hamid et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The decay resistance and hyphae penetration of bamboo Gigantochloa scortechinii decayed by white and brown rot fungi were investigated using scanning electron microscope SEM. The bamboo grown in natural stand from three different age classes of 0.5, 3.5, and 6.5 years was harvested, oven dried, sterilised, and exposed to agar media containing 4% malt extract and 2% agar technical no. 3 under laboratory condition for 8 weeks. The deterioration was expressed as percentage of weight loss, and the decay resistance classes were measured according to ASTM D 2017-81 1986. This study found that the percentage weight loss was greatly reduced with the bamboo ageing. Regardless of age, the G. scortechinii was classified as highly resistant to decay by white and brown rot fungi. The scanning electron microscope SEM observation showed that the fungi hyphae mostly penetrated into the vessel and proceeded to the pit and parenchyma cells.

Autor: Norul Hisham Hamid, Othman Sulaiman, Azmy Mohammad, and Norasikin Ahmad Ludin



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