Results of an international cooperative research programme on the biodeterioration of timber submerged in the sea.
Reports the results of an investigation to determine the various species of wood borers and marine fungi that attack wood submerged in the sea at 23 testing stations. Observations were made on the colonization by marine borers of test blocks of Pinus sylvestris sapwood submerged for 4- and 8-week periods, and the % reduction in cross-section of large test blocks after 27 and 54 weeks at 20 of the test sites. The occurrence of 33 species of marine fungi on test blocks at 18 sites is recorded. Marine fungi are recorded for the first time from the coastal waters of Greece, Cameroun, Ivory Coast, Malaysia, Norway, Portugal and South Africa. The results are discussed in relation to species of borer and fungi, and water conditions.