Fungal colonisation on wood surfaces weathered at diverse climatic conditions

Faksawat Poohphajai*, Olena Myronycheva, Olov Karlsson, Tiina Belt, Lauri Rautkari, Jakub Sandak, Ana Gubenšek, Polona Zalar, Nina Gunde-Cimerman, Anna Sandak

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Abstract

Natural weathering test at two different European climatic zones were conducted to investigate simultaneously both, the fungal colonisation and weathering process of Scots pine wood (Pinus sylvestris L.). The hypothesis was that the wood performing differently in various climate conditions might affect fungal infestation. The colour changes, wettability, and glossiness were measured as indicators of weathering progress of wood together with an assessment of fungal diversity. Different intensities in weathering, occupancy, and colonisation of fungi on wooden surface were detected. A higher number of fungal species was found on wood exposed to the warm temperate climates compared to subarctic or boreal climates. The dominant fungal species in both locations were from the genera Cladosporium and Aureobasidium.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere17355
Number of pages16
JournalHeliyon
Volume9
Issue number6
Early online date21 Jun 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Ascomycetes fungi
  • Biofilm formation
  • Colonisation rate
  • Fungal infestation
  • Mould
  • Natural weathering

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