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RE: Ganoderma applanatum/australe on n.maple - implications

Subject: RE: Ganoderma applanatum/australe on n.maple - implications
From: luke steer
Date: Dec 30 2011 12:09:36
Dear Tony and Gerrit,
As all the published references I've found to date indicate that F. Hepatica 
is primarily a heartwood decay fungus, they provide substantial credibility 
for that notion.  I suggest that to disprove that concept will require 
scientific method and rigour and publication in a peer reviewed Journal such 
as The New Phytologist. 

Since I sent my previous email I've been told that Cartwright (1937, cited in 
Cartwright & Findlay 1946, "Decay of timber and its prevention") found that 
F. hepatica grew better on heartwood than on sapwood blocks.  I don't have a 
copy of that publication so I'm unaware whether or not the sapwood contained 
live cells and, if so, whether the hyphae were able to colonise these or were 
restricted to physiologically dysfunctional cells, aerated or otherwise.  

Finally, many of the concepts you suggest are interesting but, for me at 
least, I consider that additional evidence is required to prove them, ideally 
reviewed by established experts.  Keep up the good work and one day you may 
get there.  

All the best for the New Year celebrations.


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