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Controlling Pathogen Spread in Resistograph Drilling

Start date:
01 Jan 2014
End date:
31 Dec 2017
Matthew Laurence, Edward Liew
Project partners:
Martin Peacock (Martin Peacock Tree Care)

Project aims

Investigate chemical and biological control methods to prevent the spread of wood decay fungi (Ganoderma sp. and Phellinus sp.) after resistograph drilling.

Project Summary

Resistograph drilling is commonly used in Arboriculture to investigate the extent of decay within living trees. There is concern that resistograph drilling can breach containment zones within an infected tree, spreading the pathogen into healthy tissue. This study tests if the fungicide Propiconazole and the biocontrol agent Trichoderma can prevent post resistograph spread of the wood decay fungi Ganoderma sp. and Phellinus sp.