Examples of characteristics of wood that affect mould growth: a meta-analysis

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Building materials differ in their susceptibility to mould growth. Wood is a material often considered to have a low mould resistance. However, wood is not a homogenous material and different characteristics of the material are expected to have an impact on mould growth. In this paper, it was shown that wood species (pine or spruce), sawing pattern (centre-board or side-board) and surface structure (planed or sawn) affected mould growth. In addition, it was indicated that the susceptibility cannot be described by one single parameter, but also depends on other parameters. It is therefore difficult to estimate the susceptibility of wood in general. These conclusions were drawn from a meta-analysis, using data from five separate, previously performed laboratory studies conducted at 90% relative humidity and 22 °C, and from a laboratory study performed at 95% RH and 22 °C.


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  • SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden
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  • Wood Science
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)603-613
JournalEuropean Journal of Wood and Wood Products
Issue number4
Early online date2016 Nov 15
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jul
Publication categoryResearch