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Saturday, 26 January 2008

Parasite or Saprophyte?

The collage of pictures below displays wood degrading fungi. Some of them degrade living tissue and are termed parasitic, some degrade dead tissue only and are termed saprophytic.

There are many significant parasitic fungi which, when identified on a tree, may indicate a level of degradation of woody tissue; more specifically within a particular part of a tree.

Fungi may be classified into degraders of roots and stem bases, and stems and branches, and by their colonisation strategy i.e. how do they get into the wood? Furthermore specific fungi degrade different components of woody tissue at different rates.

Correct identification of a fungus allows the arborist to judge the severity and significance of the infection with regard to the trees health and structural integrity. A fungal fruiting body may be of no significance or extreme significance.


  1. Thankyou for your visit today and your comment. A landy lover.. well done... I have just got back in an hour ago after I picked up my Jane and her friend Paula.. I could not resist the chance to take them along a single track green lane with lots of bumps and mud.

    More on that again sometime.

  2. You are welcome. I always enjoy exploring some new blogs! Well it was a good day for a little off - roading and if it's anything like it is round here there'll be plenty of mud! Bye for now!


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