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Title: Durability And Wood Protection Research At The Forest Products Laboratory [Brochure].

Source: Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, 2015

Author(s)Clausen, Carol

Publication Year: 2015  View PDF »

Category: Brochure

Abstract: The sustainability and health of America’s forests depends upon efficient use of our timber resources. However, vulnerability to moisture, insects, and decay are important limitations to the expected long service life of wood and can result in significant economic and resource loss. Chemical treatments can be used to improve wood’s resistance to fungal decay and insect damage, but more effective treatments are needed that improve the durability and performance of wood products and engineered composites. Fundamental research is the foundation for development of targeted wood preservatives based on physiological characteristics of decay fungi and termites. Applied research develops improved wood treatments and accelerated performance methods that can predict long-term durability of preservative-treated wood products. Decay fungi and termites are beneficial decomposers that affect forest health and nutrient cycling as well as detrimental decomposers that cause economic destruction of in-service wood. Links between wood decomposition in the forest ecosystem and the built environment will serve as a platform for development and implementation of integrated treatment strategies. One of the surest ways to extend the available timber supply and increase utilization of the forest resource to meet present and future demands is by improving the durability of wood in service. Equally important, improved durability of in-service wood products contributes to healthy forests, biomass reduction, and lowers the annual repair and maintenance cost of wood structures.

Keywords: durability, wood protection, biodeterioration, wood decay, decay fungus, mold, copper tolerance, subterranean termite, termiticide, wood preservation, treatment, biocide, leaching, field performance

File size: 1,030 kb(s)

Date posted: 04/06/2015
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Clausen, Carol A.
Supervisory Research Microbiologist

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