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Fungal degradation and bioremediation system for creosote-treated wood
- Illman, B.L., Yang, V.W., Ferge, L.A.
- United States Department of Agriculture patents 2002 no.US 6,387,689 B1
- patents, USDA, preservative treated wood, biodegradation, bioremediation, decay fungi, inoculum, fungicide resistance, waste wood, new methods, environmental technology, United States
- A method for degrading and/or bioremediating waste wood containing creosote using a fungal inoculum is disclosed. The fungal inoculum comprises of at least one creosote-tolerant fungi, a lignocellulosic substrate and a nutrient supplement. The fungal inoculum is applied to the waste wood and maintained in an aerated and hydrated environment having temperature conditions sufficient to allow the inoculum to grow and metabolize the creosote. The inoculum and the waste wood are combined until an end product is achieved that is at least partially remediated or of a reduced volume.