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Dynamics of Decay in Trees and Timber

  • Kevin T. Smith

Abstract

Deterioration of wood is caused by a host of organisms including fungi, bacteria, insects, and marine organisms. The most common example of biodeterioration in the ecosphere is wood decay caused by fungi, the subject of this review. Decay is an interactive process of many steps leading to the structural degradation of wood and the nourishment of decay organisms and their ecological associates. Analytical techniques for understanding wood decay may be as dynamic as the decay process itself.

Keywords

Acoustic Emission Decay Process Living Tree Middle Lamella Wood Decay 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin T. Smith
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  1. 1.Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment StationU.S. Department of AgricultureDurhamUSA

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