Forest Service Scientist Uses X-Rays to Understand Wood-Decay Mechanism

February 2006
Forest Products Journal;Feb2006, Vol. 56 Issue 2, p14
Academic Journal
The article looks at the fundamental advances in understanding the molecular and chemical processes involved in fungal wood decay which are attributed to innovative use of physics technology by Barbara L. Illman, a research plant pathologist at the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Forest Service's Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin. In recognition of this and other scientific achievements, she received the 2005 Chief's Honor Award for Distinguished Science. Her resulting discoveries about the biochemical mechanisms of brown-rot fungi, considered the most destructive wood-decay organism, could lead to improved methods for protecting wood.


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