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Title: New approaches to wood protection

Source: 2009 Wood and Fiber Product Seminar: VTT and USDA Joint Activity, September 22-23, 2009. Edited by Ali Harlin & Minna Vikman. (VTT Symposium 263) Helsinki, Finland : VTT, c2010. 176, A3 p. ISBN 978-951-38-7589-3.

Author(s)Clausen, Carol A.; Green, Frederick

Publication Year: 2010  View PDF »

Category: Journal Articles
Associated Research Project(s):   FPL-4723-4

Abstract: In the United States, billions of dollars are spent annually to replace wood damaged by decay fungi or infested with termites. Equally costly are the insurance claims for mould clean up in houses. All three wood inhabiting organisms are attracted to excess moisture. Realistically, moisture control is undermined by a combination of factors including architectural style, workmanship, building materials, building practices, weather, energy efficiency, and maintenance. Protection of wood from biological agents is also achieved by preservative treatments with biocides. Since chromated copper arsenate (CCA)-treated wood was restricted from most residential applications in the U.S. the need for new 'green' wood protection systems has increased. Several environmentally friendly approaches to heavy metal-free wood protection are being investigated including targeted biocides, synergistic combinations of new and existing biocides, nanotechnology, and naturally durable wood species. Developments in each area will be discussed.

Keywords: Insect pests; insect control; biodegradation; molds; fungi; deterioration; wood-decaying fungi; wood preservatives; environmental aspects; nanostructured materials; nanotechnology; preserved wood; termites; insecticides; fungicides; antifungal agents; moisture; buildings; environmental engineering; dampness in buildings; humidity; wooden buildings; moisture; essences; essential oils; plant extracts; fatty acids; biocides; decay fungi; wood decay; resistance to decay; termite control; preservatives; nanometals; preservative treated wood; treated wood; moisture content; moisture control; service life; nanocarriers; durability

Publication Review Process: Non-Refereed (Other)

File size: 113 kb(s)

Date posted: 07/15/2010
RITS Product ID: 35769
Current FPL Scientists associated with this product (listed alphabetically)
Clausen, Carol A.
Supervisory Research Microbiologist
Green, Frederick
Research Microbiologist

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