HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Tips from the Journals of the American Society for Microbiology

Fungi Cause of Wood Decay in Historic Antarctic Huts
Soft rot fungi appears to be the cause of some decay in historic wooden huts in Antarctic, say researchers from Minnesota, Iowa and New Zealand. Their results appear in the March 2004 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Three huts the Discovery hut, the Cape Royds hut and the Cape Evans hut --were built in Antarctica the early 20th century and were used to shelter men and equipment for several years during scientific investigations and explorations in the South Pole region. These huts, now international historic sites, have begun to exhibit wood degradation over the past several decades.

"It is a great misconception that the cold, dry polar climate protects organic material from decomposition and significant deterioration has occurred in the 90 to 100 years since the huts were built," say the researchers. "Nonbiological deterioration of wood from the huts and artifacts caused by salt corrosion has resulted in significant damage. Microbial degradation of wood at these historic sites may also occur, but nothing is known about the organisms responsible."

In the study, samples of wood were taken from three expedition huts built between 1901 and 1911 and transported to Antarctica. Several species of Cadophora fungi were identified in two of the three samples and researchers determined the cause to be moisture in the ground from extreme melting and thawing during certain seasons.

"The presence of Cadophora species, but only limited decay, suggests there is no immediate threat to structural integrity of the huts," say the researchers. "These fungi, however, are widely found in wood from the historic huts and have the capacity to cause extensive soft rot if conditions that are more conducive to decay become common."

(R.A. Blanchette, B.W. Held, J.A. Jurgens, D.L. McNew, T.C. Harrington, S.M. Duncan, R.L. Farrell
'"/>

Contact: Jim Sliwa
jsliwa@asmusa.org
202-942-9297
American Society for Microbiology
19-Mar-2004


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Tips from the Journals of the American Society for Microbiology
2. Tips from the Journals of the American Society for Microbiology
3. Oxford Journals takes bold step towards free access to research
4. Tips from the Journals of the American Society for Microbiology
5. Tips from the Journals of the American Society for Microbiology
6. Tips from the Journals of the American Society for Microbiology
7. Tips from the Journals of the American Society for Microbiology
8. Tips from the Journals of the American Society for Microbiology
9. Tips from the Journals of the American Society for Microbiology
10. Tips from the Journals of the American Society for Microbiology
11. Tips from the Journals of the American Society for Microbiology

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:8/21/2020)... ... 19, 2020 , ... The 19th Annual Bio-IT World ... science, informatics and IT leaders goes VIRTUAL and announces its updated event features ... Bio-IT takes the leadership role of keeping our life science community connected by ...
(Date:8/7/2020)... Ky. (PRWEB) , ... August 06, 2020 , ... ... selected to participate in the prestigious National STEM Scholar Program, a unique professional ... network building, and project support for middle school science teachers nationwide. , Created ...
(Date:7/22/2020)... ... July 21, 2020 , ... ... innovation in technology and compliance, announces a new solution to manage regulated workloads ... every layer of their technology stack complies with FDA and global regulations. USDM's ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:7/1/2020)... ... June 30, 2020 , ... ... data insights, today announced that the launch of a new clinical ... data about the tumor microenvironment (TME). , “Flagship’s TissueInsight is a service ...
(Date:6/28/2020)... ... June 25, 2020 , ... ... develop a vaccine or drug treatment. In an effort to better understand the ... released the world’s largest imaging dataset portraying therapeutic compound effects from over 1,600 ...
(Date:6/28/2020)... ... June 26, 2020 , ... The Security ... announced its strong opposition to the recently introduced bicameral Facial Recognition and ... on most federal use of nearly all biometric and related image analytics technologies, ...
(Date:6/23/2020)... ... 2020 , ... DeCurtis Corporation, the premier provider of location ... has been appointed CEO and President. Founder and former CEO, David DeCurtis, will ... Corporation has been on an incredible journey for the last twenty years, and ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: