Date of Award
Bachelor of Science
There are two possible methods by which wood could be protected from the attack of saprophytic fungus growth. Either the conditions can be so controlled as to be unfavorable for the growth of the attacking organism, or the wood can be permeated with a poisonous substance which will in some way disrupt the vital processes of the fungus. It is the obvious that the first suggested preventative would not at all be practical due to the wide geographical range over which wood is used and to the various types of weather conditions to which it may be subjected. Consequently, the latter approach to the problem has been the one followed by the wood preservation industry and by scientific investigators in the field.
Hayes, Robert Earl, "A Modified Agar Test Method for Wood Preservatives" (1950). Honors Theses. 1947.