This area includes the subareas of mycology, microbiology and molecular biology as well as wood anatomy, wood protection and wood modification.

Structural units are the Laboratory for Wood Anatomy as well as the Mykolabor Dresden, in which are summarised the research and development activities of the areas biology/mycology and molecular biology.

Wolfram Scheiding

Dr. rer. silv.

Wolfram Scheiding

Head of Departement · Wood preservation · Wood modification (TMT) · Building biology · Insulation materials

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+49 162 2696 332

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Molecular diagnostics and bioinformatics

  • Qualitative and quantitative diagnostics of microorganisms, in particular of fungi, by conventional PCR, real-time PCR, PCR-ELISA and DNA microarrays
  • Sequency and database analyses,
  • Design of PCR primers, array probes and  RFLP patterns,
  • Databases for biomolecular diagnostics,
  • Genome and proteome analysis of enzyme producing microorganisms

Microbiology and Mycology

  • Improvement of the effectiveness of biocides
  • Improvement of the biological durability of wood, wood-based materials and coatings
  • Development of alternative biocides
  • Interaction between materials and harmful organisms
  • Enhancement of biological test methods
  • Diagnostics of microorganisms by cultivation and microscopy
  • Building biology, indoor hygiene
  • Investigations on mould and airborne germ sampling
Test cultures (fungi)
Test cultures (fungi)


Algae extracts
Algae extracts
  • Process optimisation on a laboratory scale
  • Biotechnological modification of materials
  • Extraction and application of enzymes
  • Development of biotechnological wood protection procedures
  • Development of biocide formulations
  • Cultivation of fungi (both edible mushrooms and medical fungi)
  • Development of alternative substrates for cultivation of fungi

Wood anatomy and wood knowledge

  • Wood species identification and their properties
  • Detection and characterization of features of wood
  • Wood quality and grading
  • Investigation of wood enhancement measures
  • Transmitted and reflected light microscopy
  • Investigation of interfaces (coatings, glued joints) and of structural changes
  • Damage analyses
  • Digital image processing, macrophotographic and microphotographic documentation
  • Wood knowledge
Corundum in laminate overlay
Corundum in laminate overlay

Wood protection and wood modification

Heartwood decay
Heartwood decay
  • Damage analysis and expert reports
  • Assessment and recommendations on structural and constructive measures
  • Durability of wood species and wood-based materials
  • Recommendations on combat and remediation measures
  • Microscopic determination of harmful organisms (wood-decay and discolouring fungi, insects)
  • Quality assurance after combat measures
  • Advanced training, lectures
  • Wood protection

Wood modification, particularly the thermal modification, is one of the special business fields of the Institute for Wood Technology Dresden (IHD) for many years. IHD has been established here as an internationally accepted partner.

Services and activities are, in particular:

  • Research projects on product and technology development
  • Provision of specific information, technical TMT leaflets
  • Organising the European TMT Workshop (biennial)
  • Thermal modification of wood and wood-based materials thermokiln
  • Classification and assessment of thermally modified timber (TMT)
  • Certification programme "Quality Mark TMT" (operated by EPH)

Services Biology

  • Wood species identification
  • Wood knowledge; Determination and assessment of wood properties and quality
  • Wood protection; Damage analysis and expert reports
  • Microscopic determination of harmful organisms (fungi, insects, bacteria)
  • Microscopic/microstructural investigations (coatings, glue lines, compartments)
  • Biomolecular diagnostics of fungi by DNA array (proof of 24 building rot fungi) and ITS sequencing
  • Biomolecular yes/no proof of soft dry rot fungus (Serpula lacrymans)
  • Thermal modification (wood, veneers, wood-based materials) in pilot scale
  • Technical kiln-drying (up to 3 m length)
  • Moisture-controlled warm air pest-control acc. to WTA 1-1 (stationary chamber)
  • Training and seminars (wood species, wood in exterior applications)
  • Hygienic and building-biological assessment of materials and indoor rooms

Technical equipment

  1. Mykological laboratory
  2. Biomolecular laboratory (DNA extraktion robot), PCR/qPCR cycler, gel electrophoresis, array scanner)
  3. Collection of cultures of microorganisms
  4. Device for airborne germ sampling
  5. Devices for artificial ageing of samples (wind channel, QUV and Xenon test device)
  6. Test field for use class 3 and 4
  1. Reflected light microscopes up to 400x, transmitted light microscopes up to 1000x magnification
  2. Xylotheque (wood collection) with more than 2000 wood species, collection of veneers and permanent preparations
  3. Grinding and polishing device for embedded preparations
  4. Devices for inspection of constructions (endoscope, drilling resistance measurement)
  5. Kiln dryer (2100 mm usable length)
  6. Thermokiln (1200 mm usable length)