Fungal decay Biotic decay occurs mostly during the storing and seasoning of timber. The durability of timber exposed to weather or in contact with the soil is largely the result of its resistance to fungal decay. Fungal attack can cause discolouring of wood. Blue-stain fungi do not impair the mechanical strength of wood; the hyphae
Authors & references
Pertti Harstela and Antti Asikainen
Curling, S.; Clausen, C.A.; Winandy, J.E. 2001. The effect of hemicellulose degradation on the mechanical properties of wood during brown rot decay. In: The 32nd Annual Meeting of the International Research Group on Wood Preservation. IRG Secretariat SE-100. Stockholm, Sweden. p.9-11.
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