Has the Gene code for dry rot been cracked?

The end of dry rot?

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It seems the gene code for dry rot has been cracked by researchers from a joint project within the University of Helsinki and the University of Swansea.

Published within a recent issue of Science magazine, the research may pave the way towards creating new opportunities for more cost effective and practical dry rot treatments.

The dry rot fungus is considered one of the most destructive decaying agents for timber in buildings that can lead to serious consequences to the structural integrity of a property. Researchers however, have a better grasp on this insidious visitor now that the dry rot gene code has been sequenced in a multiyear research project.

Professor Asiegbu regarding the gene code for dry rot

According to the Professor of Forest Pathology, Fred Asiegbu, the gene code project for dry rot revealed a better insight towards the dry rot lifecycle and new aspects on the evolution of wood decaying fungi, which is divided into white and brown rot. White dry rot fungi attack the lignin and cellulose components of wood whereas the brown dry rot preferentially consumes mostly celluloses and hemicelluloses.

The findings are the first step to the possible development of environmentally friendly dry rot treatment methods. It may even lead to the possibility of preventing dry rot in building in the future.

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