Non Wood Decaying Fungi
Non wood decaying fungi live on plant or animal matter. The presence of surface fungi can be confused with wood decaying fungi. Although non wood decaying fungi organisms may discolor the wood, they do not break down wood fibers and thus do not weaken its structure. However, these organisms could indicate a moisture level in the wood high enough to also support the growth of wood decay fungi. Non wood decaying fungi also can increase the capacity of wood to absorb moisture, opening the door for an attack by wood decay fungi. Moisture control methods used to inhibit wood decay fungi will also eliminate conditions favorable for mold to grow.