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Given a piece of wood, how does putting it in the sun or not influence the rate of decay due to rot (assuming that it's in an otherwise humid environment)?

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  • $\begingroup$ its not going to degrade the lignin in the wood directly that's for sure! $\endgroup$
    – shigeta
    Jan 3, 2014 at 22:12

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Ultraviolet light is microbicidal. See this post. As I answered in this previous post, micro-organisms are essential for rotting. Since UV kills these microbes it will reduce the rate of rotting. The heat from sun will also dry the wood and further decelerate rotting.

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