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    Wood decay fungi are any species of fungi that utilise the structural components of wood as a source of nutrients. They comprise a very diverse group and have a worldwide distribution normally wherever trees are found. Wood decay fungi are vital to ecosystem functioning as they facilitate the decomposition of woody materials into soil. Wood decay fungi are also major contributors to damage to wood in service in both residential and industrial applications, leading to estimated $1B in losses annually. Wood decay fungi have also been exploited for use in industrial processes ranging from product development to waste breakdown. This article focuses on the taxonomic and physiological diversity of wood decay fungi and their importance both on economic and environmental scales.

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    Citation

    Kirker, Grant T. 2018. Wood decay fungi. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester. 1-6.

    Keywords

    Wood decay fungi, biodeterioration, nutrient cycling, ecosystem services, industrial processes

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