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Title: Biodeterioration of wood

Source: Chapter 14 in FPL-GTR-282

Author(s)Arango, Rachel; Lebow, Stan; Glaeser, Jessie A.

Publication Year: 2021  View PDF »

Category: General Technical Reports

Abstract: Under proper conditions, wood will give centuries of service. However, when wood is exposed to conditions that allow the growth of wood-degrading organisms, protection must be provided during processing, merchandising, and use. The organisms that can degrade wood are principally fungi, insects, bacteria, and marine borers. Molds, most sapwood stains, and decay are caused by fungi, which are microscopic, thread-like microorganisms that must have organic material to live. For some of them, wood offers the required food supply. The growth of fungi depends on suitably mild temperatures, moisture, and air (oxygen). Chemical stains, although not caused by organisms, are mentioned in this chapter because they resemble stains caused by fungi.

Keywords: Fungi; insects; mold; bacteria; marine borers

Publication Review Process: Informally Refereed (Peer-Reviewed)

File size: 6,144 kb(s)

Date posted: 03/25/2021

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RITS Product ID: 10135
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Lebow, Stan T.
Research Forest Products Technologist
  

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