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A baiting technique to monitor the development and control of decay in utility poles



A baiting technique to monitor the development and control of decay in utility poles



International Biodeterioration Bulletin 17(3): 95-100



A new technique is described for the detection of fungi actively growing within utility poles. A sterile Scots pine sapwood dowel is inserted into a pre-drilled hole through a sterilizable, sealable, entry port. After a predetermined time interval the dowel is removed and incubated on a selective medium. Basidiomycetes causing decay, and antagonistic organisms being assessed for the biological control of decay, can be readily isolated and identified. This technique enables the construction of a limited 3-dimensional picture of the progress of decay and control organisms over a time period. The number of replicates, damage to individual poles and labor required, are less than those necessary for alternative methods of isolation.

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