Elke van Nieuwenhuijzen TU/e schimmel

A fungus that does not attack wood, but preserves it. It sounds strange, but it is possible. Elke van Nieuwenhuijzen will be receiving her doctorate 7 November for her study of black fungi on oiled wood that behave like a ‘biofinish’. This layer colours the wood and protects it from wood rot and degradation by sunlight. An additional advantage: the fungus automatically repairs damage in the protective layer.

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