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Title: Regional biodeterioration hazards in the United States

Source: Development of commercial wood preservatives : efficacy, environmental and health issues. Washington, DC : American Chemical Society ; [New York] : Distributed by Oxford University Press, c2008. ACS symposium series ; 982: Pages 120-141

Author(s)Lebow, Stan T.; Highley, Terry

Publication Year: 2008  View PDF »

Category: Journal Articles
Associated Research Project(s):   FPL-4723-3

Abstract: It is well recognized that the rate of wood biodeterioration varies by geographic region across the United States. However, our understanding of the relationship between geographic location and biodeterioration hazard remains largely qualitative. This paper reviews the current state of the knowledge on biodeterioration hazard zones, including a discussion of the basis for, and experiences with, the classic Scheffer climate index for aboveground exposure. The discussion is expanded to cover biodeterioration hazard zones for wood placed in ground contact and the geographic implications for attack by termites and other insects. Finally, this paper discusses the relevance of biodeterioration hazard zones to the development and interpretation of durability tests for wood products.

Keywords: Biodegradation, wood deterioration, deterioration, climatic zones, humidity, architecture, climate, United States, wood biodegradation, biodegradation, insect pests, termites, temperature, weather, resistance to decay, decomposition of wood, termite control, durability, climate index

File size: 183 kb(s)

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RITS Product ID: 4245
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Lebow, Stan T.
Research Forest Products Technologist

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