WIT Press


The Wood-destroying Fungi In Buildings In Estonia

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/STR090221

Volume

109

Pages

9

Page Range

243 - 251

Published

2009

Size

371 kb

Author(s)

K. Pilt, J. Oja & K. Pau

Abstract

From 2002 until the end of 2008, 633 private and public buildings damaged by wood-destroying fungi were inspected in Estonia. Most of the inspections have been carried out in Tallinn – 101 (16%) and Tartu – 89 (14%), and also in the counties around these cities – Harju and Tartu Counties. The analysis revealed that the true dry rot fungus, Serpula lacrymans, was the most common fungus (79%) in buildings all over Estonia. The next most frequent fungi were Coniophora puteana (7%) and different species of the family Corticiaceae (4%). The Estonian data were compared to the results of Finnish, Latvian and Norwegian studies. Occurrences of wood-destroying fungi correlated with the monthly mean temperatures while there was no correlation with mean relative humidity. Keywords: cultural heritage, dry rot, wood-destroying fungi, Serpula lacrymans, Coniophora puteana.

Keywords

cultural heritage, dry rot, wood-destroying fungi, Serpula lacrymans, Coniophora puteana