White Rot Fungus (Earliella Scabrosa)
White rot fungus is a type of wood-decaying fungus that can cause significant damage to trees and other woody plants. It is a broad term that includes several different species of fungi, all of which have the ability to break down the cellulose and lignin that make up wood.
White rot fungi are found in a variety of habitats, including forests, woodlands, and even urban areas. They are most active in moist, warm conditions, but they can also survive in dry and cold environments.
The symptoms of white rot infection can vary depending on the species of fungus involved and the stage of the infection. In general, however, infected trees will show signs of decline, such as wilting leaves, weakened branches, and dead limbs. In severe cases, the entire tree may die.
There is no cure for white rot infection, but there are steps that can be taken to prevent it. These include:
- Planting resistant tree species
- Maintaining good tree health
- Avoiding injuries to trees
- Removing infected trees promptly
White rot fungi can be a serious problem for trees and other woody plants. However, by taking steps to prevent infection, you can help to protect your trees from this destructive fungus.
Here are some of the most common species of white rot fungi:
- Brown rot fungus (Serpula lacrymans): This fungus is one of the most destructive white rot fungi. It can cause extensive damage to trees, buildings, and other structures.
- Coniophora puteana: This fungus is also known as cellar fungus. It is a common cause of wood decay in buildings.
- Phellinus rimosus: This fungus is known as ring rot fungus. It is a common cause of wood decay in trees.
- Trametes versicolor: This fungus is also known as turkey tail fungus. It is not as destructive as some other white rot fungi, but it can still cause damage to trees.
If you think that your tree may be infected with white rot fungus, it is important to contact a certified arborist for diagnosis and treatment.