Investigations of soft rot fungi in timber in New Zealand
The primary aim of the investigation was to identify the fungi throughout the country which were responsible for causing soft rot of timber and to determine their relative importance in terms of frequency of occurrence and virulence of attack. Subsequently, some aspects of the effects of the different fungi on beech wood (Nothofagus menziesii (Hook f.) Oerst.) were considered, along with interactions between the fungi in various combinations. Detailed reviews of the literature dealing with each of these aspects have been included at the beginnings of the appropriate chapters.