Wood Degrading Enzymes and their Decay Strength: A Review

Priya Anand

Department of Agriculture, G.G.D.S.D College Hariana, Hoshiarpur, Punjab, (PIN-144208), India.

Phulan Rani *

Department of Agriculture, G.G.D.S.D College Hariana, Hoshiarpur, Punjab, (PIN-144208), India.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


The degradation of wood is a major point of concern in the economy. The microbes that degrade the wood release various enzymes that decay the wood. In the present review article, we have collected the data for various decay strengths of different decay enzymes released by the various microbes from several peer-reviewed articles. The fungus basidiomycetes and some wood-degrading bacteria are responsible for the degradation of wood. The degraded wood is a major loss to the economy timber decay and many more. The degradation of wood or wood decay is also a major loss to the ecosystem by losing some precious plant species. Various data mining techniques have been used in this review to collect the data from the publications. The data in this article covers the various fields, the Name of the plant being degraded, the name of the wood degrading microbe, the Enzyme released by the microbe, the Decay strength of that enzyme, and the total loss to the economy by that decay. The unwanted decay of plant wood can be minimized if the causative agent and the enzyme released by it are found.

Keywords: Wood-degrading microbes, wood-degrading enzymes, decay strength, wood-degrading fungi, wood-degrading bacteria, carbohydrate-degrading enzymes

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Anand, P., & Rani, P. (2024). Wood Degrading Enzymes and their Decay Strength: A Review. International Journal of Plant & Soil Science, 36(5), 253–265. https://doi.org/10.9734/ijpss/2024/v36i54523


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