Microorganisms (fungi, algae, lichens and bacteria) can colonize biofilms, shorten their life span, impair their function and aesthetic appearance and cause hygienic problems. Most fungi are considered to be a public safety hazardalthough the beneficial effects of fungi far outweigh their negative. If they are applied selectively they can optimize material properties. For pure and appliedresearch we use a range of fungal species and enzymes to positively enhance the properties of wood. The application of wood inhabiting fungi results ina significant improvement of the acoustic properties of tonewood. Wood durability of refractory, native tree species such as Norway spruce and Fir is enhancedby the bioincising process which results in a significant increase in wood permeability. Bioincising is a promising technology to enable an efficient distributionof wood modification substances and to promote the efficiency of the desired property improvement.
Competences / methods
- Determination of the cause for microbial decomposition of wood plastics, metals, organic and an organic materials
- Research on the selective modification of wood with fungal species and fungal-derived enzymes
- Elucidation of the durability of wood against microorganisms under different environmental conditions
- Determination of the efficiency of wood preservatives and wood modification methods against microbial colonization and decomposition.