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One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726-2398
Phone: (608) 231-9200
Fax: (608) 231-9592


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Katie Ohno
Katie Ohno

Katie M. Ohno

Durability and Wood Protection Research
Unit: FPL-4723
Research Biologist
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI
United States

Phone: 608-231-9367

Current Research

  • Fungal decay of treated wood
  • Mechanisms of copper-tolerant decay fungi
  • Coatings
  • Durability of CLT

Research Interest

Understanding fungal decay mechanisms during breakdown of wood products in service


  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D. Forestry Copper Tolerance of Fibroporia radiculosa Plant Pathology (minor), 2019
  • Mississippi State University, Master Of Science Forest Products , 2012
  • Mississippi State University, Bachelor Of Science Biochemistry , 2009

Below are the 23 US Forest Service publications sorted by year. You may re-sort the list by: Title, Date Posted, Category, Publication or Year.

Publication Year: 2020
Title: Analysis of a wide range of commercial exterior wood coatings
Source: Coatings. 10(11): 1013. 19 p.
Author(s) Gibbons, Michael J.; Nikafshar, Saeid ; Saravi, Tina ; Ohno, Katie , M.; Chandra, Sanjeev ; Nejad, Mojgan
Year: 2020   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Biological resistance of nanoclay-treated plastic composites with different bamboo contents to three types of fungi
Source: Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials. 33(8): 1048-1060
Author(s) Taghiyari, Hamid ; Bari, Ehsan ; Sistani, Asghar ; Najafian, Mohammad ; Ghanbary, Mohammad Ali Tajick; Ohno, Katie M.
Year: 2020   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Determining the role of siderophores from brown-rot fungi in copper tolerance
Source: Res. in Prog. RIP-4723-044. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 2 p.
Author(s) Ohno, Katie, M.; Arango, Rachel ; Stubbendieck, Reed ; Currie, Cameron
Year: 2020   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Effect of exterior wood coatings on the durability of cross-laminated timber against mold and decay fungi
Source: BioResouces. 15(4): 8420-8433.
Author(s) Bobadilha, Gabrielly S.; Stokes, C. Elizabeth; Kirker, Grant ; Ahmed, Sheikh Ahmed; Ohno, Katie M.; Junior Verly Lopes, Dercilio
Year: 2020   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Efficacy of alternative copper-based preservatives in protecting decking from biodegradation
Source: Maderas. Ciencia y tecnología. 22(3): 259-268, 2020.
Author(s) Lebow, Stan T.; Ohno, Katie M.; Lebow, Patricia K.; West, Michael
Year: 2020   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Gene Expression Analysis of Three Putative Copper-Transporting ATPases in Copper-Tolerant Fibroporia radiculosa
Source: Frontiers in Microbiology
Author(s) Ohno, Katie M.; Bishell, Amy B.; Stanosz, Glen R.
Year: 2020   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Use of ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungi for mycoremediation of treated wood wastes
Source: Res. in Prog. RIP-4723-043. Madison, Wisconsin: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 2 p.
Author(s) Kirker, Grant ; Ohno, Katie M.; Presley, Gerald
Year: 2020   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2018
Title: Fungal–copper interactions in wood examined with large field of view synchrotron-based X-ray fluorescence microscopy
Source: Wood Material Science & Engineering. 16(5): 1-11.
Author(s) Zelinka, Samuel L.; Jakes, Joseph E.; Tang, Juliet ; Ohno, Katie , M.; Bishell, Amy ; Finney, Lydia ; Maxey, Evan R.; Vogt, Stefan ; Kirker, Grant T.
Year: 2018   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Increasing durability of mass timber products in interior applications
Source: Research In Progress FPL-RIP-4723-037. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 2 p.
Author(s) Nejad, Mojgan; Ohno, Katie, M.; Arango, Rachel
Year: 2018   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Monitoring the cell wall characteristics of degraded beech wood by white-rot fungi: Anatomical, chemical, and photochemical study
Source: Maderas. Ciencia y tecnología. 35-57.
Author(s) Bari, Ehsan ; Mohebby, Behbood ; Naji, Hamid Reza; Oladi, Reza ; Yilgor, Nural ; Nazarnezhad, Nouredin ; Ohno, Katie M.; Nicholas, Darrel D.
Year: 2018   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2017
Title: Conifer species influence Heterobasidion irregulare sporulation on stem discs exposed to natural inoculum and root wood decay in soil-block tests
Source: Forest Pathology. 48(1): e12381-.
Author(s) Ohno, K. , M.; Myers, L.J. ; Smith, D.R. ; Clausen, C.A. ; Mausel, D. ; Stanosz, G.R.
Year: 2017   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Evaluation of nonpressure wood preservatives for military applications
Source: Res. Pap. FPL-RP-693. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 32 p.
Author(s) Lebow, Stan T.; Zelinka, Samuel L.; Arango, Rachel A.; Woodward, Bessie M.; Lebow, Patricia K.; Ohno, Katie M.; Chotlos, Nathaniel P.
Year: 2017   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Performance criteria for natural-looking coatings on mass timber products using exterior applications
Source: fplrip-4723-029-MSU-Ohno-Nejad. 2 p.
Author(s) Nejad, Mojgan; Stokes, C. Elizabeth; Ohno, Katie, M.
Year: 2017   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Untreated and copper-treated wood soaked in sodium oxalate: effects of decay by copper-tolerant and copper-sensitive fungi
Source: In: The international research group on wood protection, Section 1, Biology: Paper prepared for the IRG48 Scientific Conference on Wood Protection. Ghent, Belgium: 1-11.
Author(s) Ohno, Katie M.; Kirker, Grant T.; Bishell, Amy B.; Clausen, Carol A.
Year: 2017   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2016
Title: Evaluating decay resistance of mass timber
Source: fplrip-4723-026-MSU-Kirker-Ohno-Stokes.
Author(s) Kirker, Grant T.; Ohno, Katie; Stokes, C. Elizabeth
Year: 2016   view abstract, download publication »
Title: The copper-transporting ATPase pump and its potential role in copper-tolerance
Source: The International Research Group on Wood Protection, section 1, Biology, IRG/WP 16-10859.
Author(s) Ohno, Katie; Clausen, C.A.; Green, Frederick; Stanosz, G.
Year: 2016   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2015
Title: Influence of xylem ray integrity and degree of polymerization on bending strength of beech wood decayed by Pleurotus ostreatus and Trametes versicolor
Source: International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation
Author(s) Bari, Ehsan; Oladi, Reza; Schmidt, Olaf; Clausen, Carol A.; Ohno, Katie; Nicholas, Darrel D.; Daryaei, Mehrdad Ghodskhah; Karim, Maryam
Year: 2015   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Insights into the mechanism of copper-tolerance in Fibroporia radiculosa: The biosynthesis of oxalate
Source: International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation
Author(s) Jenkins, Katie; Clausen, Carol A.; Green, Frederick; Diehl, Susan V.
Year: 2015   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2014
Title: The effects of copper proximity on oxalate production in Fibroporia radiculosa
Source: The International Research Group on wood Protection, section 1, Biology, IRG/WP 14-10823; 2014; pp. 2-12.
Author(s) Jenkins, Katie M.; Clausen, Carol A.; Green III, Frederick
Year: 2014   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2012
Title: Evaluating the Mechanism of Oxalate Synthesis of Fibroporia Radiculosa Isolates Adapting to Copper-Tolerance
Source: A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of Mississippi State University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Forest Products in the Department of Forest Products, 2012; 146 p.
Author(s) Jenkins, Katie Marie
Year: 2012   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2011
Title: Chronicles of Fibroporia radiculosa (= Antrodia radiculosa) TFFH 294
Source: USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, General Technical Report, FPL-GTR-204, 2011
Author(s) Carol A. Clausen; Katie M. Jenkins
Year: 2011   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Enzymatic mechanism of oxalate production in the TCA and glyoxylate pathways using various isolates of Antrodia radiculosa
Source: Proceedings, one hundred seventh annual meeting of the American Wood Protection Association ... Fort Lauderdale, Florida, May 15-17, 2011: Volume 107. Birmingham, Ala. : American Wood Protection Association, c2011: p. 108-113.
Author(s) Jenkins, K.M.; Diehl, S.V.; Clausen, C.A.; Green, F.
Year: 2011   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2010
Title: Towards Understanding the Biology of Wood Decay
Source: From IRG CD titled 41st iRG Biarritz, May 9-13, 2010 in the 4st annual meeting of the International Research Group on Wood Protection; pp.
Author(s) Tang, Juliet; Jenkins, Katie; Parker, Leslie; Diehl, Susan V.
Year: 2010   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2019
Untreated CLT samples exposed in a modified ground proximity test after approximately 6 months exposure. Pictured shelter tubes are of the subterranean termite, Reticulitermes spp. USDA Forest Service
Highlight ID: 1332
Going Big with Mass Timber Protection

Researchers are leading efforts to better understand mass timber as a next generation building material and provide safe effective protection strategies to ensure public safety and responsible forest stewardship. ...

Publication Year: 2012
The brown rot fungus Fibroporia radiculosa is very tolerant to copper. Steve Schmieding, Forest Service
Highlight ID: 24
Scientists Find the Achilles' Heel of Wood Fungi Tolerance to Preservatives

Inhibiting the enzymatic pathway in copper tolerant brown rot fungi can block its tolerance of commercial wood preservatives ...