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A Method for Citizen Scientists to Catalogue Worldwide Chlorociboria spp. Distribution

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Wood Science & Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA
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Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA
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Challenges 2018, 9(1), 11; https://doi.org/10.3390/challe9010011
Received: 24 January 2018 / Revised: 3 March 2018 / Accepted: 12 March 2018 / Published: 14 March 2018
The blue-green pigment known as xylindein that is produced by species in the Chlorociboria genus is under heavy investigation for its potential in textile dyes, wood dyes, and solar cells. Xylindein has not yet been synthesized, and while its production can be stimulated under laboratory conditions, it is also plentiful in downed, decayed wood in forested lands. Unfortunately, little is known about the wood preference and forest type preference for this genus, especially outside New Zealand. To map the genus would be a massive undertaking, and herein a method by which citizen scientists could contribute to the distribution map of Chlorociboria species is proposed. The initial trial of this method found untrained participants successfully identified Chlorociboria stained wood in each instance, regardless of forest type. This simple, easy identification and classification system should be well received by citizen-scientists and is the first step towards a global understanding of how xylindein production might be managed for across various ecosystems. View Full-Text
Keywords: Chlorociboria; spalting; xylindein; citizen-scientist; sampling protocol Chlorociboria; spalting; xylindein; citizen-scientist; sampling protocol
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Gutierrez, S.M.V.; Kramer, O.E.; Andersen, C.C.; Gutierrez, P.T.V.; Robinson, S.C. A Method for Citizen Scientists to Catalogue Worldwide Chlorociboria spp. Distribution. Challenges 2018, 9, 11.

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