dry rot(redirected from dry rot fungus)
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- a rotting of timber caused by the fungus Serpula lacrymans in which infected timber shows characteristic cubical cracking. Only damp wood is attacked initially although other, drier wood can be attacked later via long water-conducting structures.
- any general symptoms of plant disease in contrast to WET ROT, e.g. dry rot of gladioli.
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