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Moisture in modified wood and its relevance for fungal decay

Emil Engelund Thybring (1)   , Maija Kymäläinen (2), Lauri Rautkari (2)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 11, Issue 3, Pages 418-422 (2018)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor2406-011
Published: Jun 05, 2018 - Copyright © 2018 SISEF

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Collection/Special Issue: COST action FP1407
Understanding wood modification through an integrated scientific and environmental impact approach
Guest Editors: Giacomo Goli, Andreja Kutnar, Dennis Jones, Dick Sandberg

Water plays an essential role in fungal decay of wood, and limiting the cell wall moisture content by chemical modification can effectively improve the durability of the material. Investigating the wood-water relations of modified material under climatic conditions relevant for fungal decay are, however, experimentally challenging. Most studies in literature therefore focus on moisture sorption under conditions outside those of importance for fungal decay. This review discusses the validity of such data for characterising the wood-water relations at very humid climatic conditions, relevant for fungal decay. Moreover, the review attempts to cover the basics of fungal decay, the important role of water, and how controlling water content by modification can improve durability.


Modification, Wood, Moisture, Experimental Techniques

Authors’ address

Emil Engelund Thybring
University of Copenhagen, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Rolighedsvej 23, DK-1958 Frederiksberg C (Denmark)
Maija Kymäläinen
Lauri Rautkari
Aalto University, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, PO BOX 6300, F-00076 Aalto (Finland)

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Emil Engelund Thybring


Thybring EE, Kymäläinen M, Rautkari L (2018). Moisture in modified wood and its relevance for fungal decay. iForest 11: 418-422. - doi: 10.3832/ifor2406-011

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Giacomo Goli

Paper history

Received: Feb 13, 2017
Accepted: Mar 18, 2018

First online: Jun 05, 2018
Publication Date: Jun 30, 2018
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