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Synonyms: Discosphaera deusta, Hypoxylon deustum, Hypoxylon magnosporum, Hypoxylon ustulatum, Nemania deusta, Nemania maxima, Sphaeria albodeusta, Sphaeria deusta, Sphaeria maxima, Sphaeria versipellis, Stromatosphaeria deusta, Ustulina deusta, Ustulina maxima, Ustulina vulgaris.
Common name: brittle cinder.
Russian name: Ustulina obyknovennaya.
Extract from Wikipedia article: Kretzschmaria deusta, commonly known as brittle cinder, is a fungus and plant pathogen found in temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. It is common on a wide range of broadleaved trees including beech (Fagus), oak (Quercus), lime (Tilia), and maple (Acer). It causes a soft rot, breaking down both cellulose and lignin, and decays the trunk and/or roots of living trees. The fungus continues to decay wood after the host tree has died, making K. deusta a facultative parasite. The resulting brittle fracture has a ceramic-like fracture surface. Black zone lines can be seen in cross-sections of wood infected with K. deusta.
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