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Improvement of penetrability of sugi wood by impregnation of bacteria using sap-flow method

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The sap flow method of wood impregnation was conducted to aid the movement of bacteria through the living tree, thereby accelerating their distribution through wood within a short time. When log-pond water containing mixed species of bacteria were introduced in the living trees by butt-end dipping and then laid horizontally for 6 months, bacteria could be delivered by sap flow vertically through the sapwood tracheids up to the high portions from the butt-end of trees; they could be detected in the ray parenchymal cells. The sap-flow method was assumed to deliver the bacteria to sapwood and heartwood at high levels of standing sugi (Cryptomeria japonica D. Don) trees. Degradation of the pit membranes was observed even at more than 3 m upward from the butt-end after the treatment in sapwood, as well as around the butt-end of the trees. The uptake of the aqueous dye solutions in sapwood of the treated logs were about eight times more than those of control specimens after 8h.

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Kobayashi, Y., Iida, I., Imamura, Y. et al. Improvement of penetrability of sugi wood by impregnation of bacteria using sap-flow method. J Wood Sci 44, 482–485 (1998). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00833414

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Keywords

  • Sugi (Cryptomeria japonica)
  • Sap-flow method
  • Bacterial degradation
  • Penetrability