#088: Types of Wood Rot

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  1. November 4, 2016

    […] F. hepatica decomposes dead trees and is sometimes weakly parasitic on living trees. The mushroom most often grows on oaks and chestnuts, but sometimes attacks the wood of other hardwoods as well. It usually appears on recently dead trees, so look for it especially at the bases of dead but still standing trees. 1 F. hepatica may also produce mushrooms on stumps or logs of recently downed trees. 2 As I noted above, I have found it growing in mulch, although that was a rare occurrence. The fungus is a brown rot fungus, 1 so it primarily decomposes the wood’s cellulose (for more on types of rot, see FFF#088). […]

  2. November 11, 2016

    […] In North America, Chlorociboria staining is usually seen in well-decayed wood, particularly oak wood.1,5 Elsewhere in the world, Chlorociboria spp. also decompose wood but certain species prefer newer wood while others stick to partially rotted to well-rotted wood.4 Chlorociboria is not very picky about the size of its substrate: it decays small sticks as well as large logs. The fungi can rot wood from both hardwoods and conifers.5 Chlorociboria species cause soft rot of wood and are not known to decompose lignin or cellulose. They either extract resources from other cellular components or from the byproducts of decomposition produced by other fungi (for more on types of rot, see FFF#088).4 […]

  3. December 9, 2016

    […] with the S. noctilio is Amylostereum areolatum. This fungus causes a white rot in pine trees (see FFF#088 for more on types of rot). Because it is primarily spread by woodwasps, it rarely makes fruiting […]

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