Wood floor decay

Jeffrey C. May jmhi at cybercom.net
Mon Apr 28 08:45:37 EST 1997

   A client's family has miscellaneous allergies, asthma.  They removed a
basement wood floor that was all rotten.  A sample of wood was shown to
me.  It is deteriorated to the point of dust.  Very few spores present in
the wood, a few oval brown ones and many brown hyphae.  The air in the
house is full of amber respirable fragments of the wood.  These fragments
are identical tothose from solid wood sample:  cell walls.  These
fragments have no activity with polarizers, are very friable.  Is this
lignin without cellulose?  Is it allergenic due to mold metabolites?

Jeff May
jmhi at cybercom.net

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