25 - Brown Rot

Kemp Natural Resources Station - Nature Trail

25 - Brown Rot

Woodruff, Wisconsin 54568, United States

Created By: UW-Madison


Notice the cubical shape of the decaying wood on this old tree. This is what's known as brown-rot. A particular brown-rot fungi is at work here, breaking down the cellulose in the wood's structure. During this process, the wood shrinks, turns brown and cracks into cubical shapes.

One brown-rot fungi is Laetiporus sulphureus, commonly known as sulphur polypore, sulphur shelf, and chicken-of-the-woods.

Here are the coordinates:

N 45 50.272

W 89 40.474

45°50'16.3"N 89°40'28.4"W

45.837867, -89.674567

This point of interest is part of the tour: Kemp Natural Resources Station - Nature Trail


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