Wood Decay: A Review Including Recent Developments

  • William V. Dashek
  • Nina L. Moore
  • Ann C. Williams
  • Arthur L. Williams
  • Charles E. O’Rear
  • Gerald C. Llewellyn
Part of the Biodeterioration Research book series (BIOR, volume 3)


Wood decay of living trees, which has been explained by the CODIT (corapartmentalization of decay in trees - Shigo and Marx, 1977) model and/or the functional compartmentalization concept (Shigo, 1984), results in substantial losses of revenue to the United States each year. This decay is caused via a succession of micro-organisms (Shigo, 1967) but, in the main, by a group of wood-rotting fungi, the Hymenomycetes (Shigo and Sharon, 1968). The latter belong to the Basidiomycetes, a fungal Division in which fruiting bodies, basidiocarps, are produced. In this connection, fungi appear to be more significant than bacteria in the biodeterioration of wood (Henningsson, 1988).


Polyphenol Oxidase Lignin Degradation Wood Decay Trichoderma Harzianum Syringic Acid 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • William V. Dashek
    • 1
  • Nina L. Moore
    • 1
  • Ann C. Williams
    • 1
  • Arthur L. Williams
    • 1
  • Charles E. O’Rear
    • 2
  • Gerald C. Llewellyn
    • 3
  1. 1.Biology DepartmentClark Atlanta UniversityAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Forensic SciencesGeorge Washington UniversityUSA
  3. 3.Bureau of Toxic Substances InformationVirginia Department of HealthRichmondUSA

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