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Wood-trimmers' disease, generally called extrinsic allergic alveolitis, which affects workers in sawmills, is thought to be caused by fungal diaspores. The importance of Aspergillus fumigatus on the surface of wood dried in kilns is accentuated by its ability to produce tremorgenic mycotoxins. Eight strains of A. fumigatus from five different sawmills were(More)
Natural durability of wood is determined by the European standard EN 252 for specimens in ground contact and EN 113 for basidiomycetes in the laboratory, but no test exists for above ground conditions. For above ground conditions, the European prestandard ENV 12037 and EN 330 are used to determine the durability of treated wood. The most important factors(More)
Biofilm formation and adherence properties of 13 bacterial strains commonly found in wastewater treatment systems were studied in pure and mixed cultures using a crystal violet microtiter plate assay. Four different culture media were used, wastewater, acetate medium, glucose medium and diluted nutrient broth. The medium composition strongly affected(More)
Five strains of Aspergillus fumigatus (A, B, D, H, and K) isolated from sawmills were used to expose groups of three rats by intratracheal intubation. The dose was 10(9) spores per rat. At 48 h after administration, two rats from the D group and all rats from the K group died with symptoms of strong dyspnea and tachypnea. At 72 h postadministration and(More)
Extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) play an important role in the formation and activity of biofilms in wastewater treatment (WWT). The EPS of the denitrifying biomarker Comamonas denitrificans strain 110, produced in different culture media and growth modes, were characterized. The EPS mainly contained protein (3–37%), nucleic acids (9–50%), and(More)
Mold dust exposure in the trimming departments of sawmills may cause inhalation fever as well as allergic alveolitis. Responses to questionnaires sent to 2,052 workers from trimming departments of 233 Swedish sawmills showed that one of five workers experienced work-related febrile attacks. A single case of allergic alveolitis was found.
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