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Identifying the types and features of Dry Rot

21st August 2014

If you have dry rot its important to firstly identify the rot type, then you can decide on the appropriate treatment.

  1. Strands - fibres which , that look similar to small plant roots, with a dirty off-white to silver-grey colour. This can be easily confused with different Wet Rots.
  2. Sheets - called Mycelium - colour is a dirty off-white skin tone, although can be tinged with yellow, occasionally this type of dry rot has billowing cushions of off-white growths. Can be confused with Wet Rots.
  3. Mushroom - Fruiting Body - this produces the Spores which are rust red in colour, can easily spread onto different surfaces, normally found as a flat body containing red spores in the centre and a off-white rim. Quite rare but very distinctive so it is usueally not confused with other types ofRot, but can it can look similar to brick dust.
  4. Cubing - wood tens to break-up in large cubes, with larger deep cracks along the grain rather than across the grain. This can often be confused with different Wet Rot types, which can produce similar cuboidal cracking, however with much smaller true cubes, instead of the rectangular Dry Rot type.

Examples of Dry Rot below:
dry rot
Dry Rot - large splits, curvature and strands.
Note the cuboidal type cracking.

Mycellium on wood - NOT brilliant white
more of a dirty, off white to grey colour.

Dry Rot Sporophore - flat and red rust coloured.
Fruiting body is very distinctive, usually with red dust everywhere around.

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