SEM of dry rot in plywood

SEM of dry rot in plywood

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Caption: Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of dry rot in a piece of domestic plywood (probably birch). Dry rot is a fungus (Serpula lachrymans) which infects damp timber. As the fungal network, or mycelium, grows, it destroys the cellulose in the wood & weakens its structure. The right hand side of this material has crumbled under the compression of a razor blade. The mycelium consists of thin strands known as hyphae, some of which are visible here. The micrograph shows the structure of the wood; the large cylindrical cells are xylem vessels, while the smaller ones are xylem parenchyma. Magnification: X 340 (at 10x8 inch size).

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Keywords: dry rot, eumycota, fungal, fungi, fungus, hyphae, mycology, nature, naturemycology, scanning electron micrograph, sem, serpula, serpula lacrymans, type, wood

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