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Title: DNA-based separation of Norway Spruce lumber from American Spruce lumber

Source: Research In Progress FPL-RIP-4714-035. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 2 p.

Author(s)Wiedenhoeft, Alex C.; Kretschmann, David E.; Dentelbeck, Chuck

Publication Year: 2019  View PDF »

Category: Research In Progress

Abstract: Plantations of Norway Spruce (Picea abies), a species originally from Europe, in the American northeast have begun producing commercial structural lumber for the American market for construction applications. Testing has indicated that mechanical properties of Norway Spruce are lower than the North American spruces. The American lumber industry, including the American Lumber Standard Committee (ALSC), and the Canadian Lumber Standards Accreditation Board Lumber Council, sees the need for a laboratory forensic test that can definitively separate Norway Spruce from the other American spruce species. This project uses DNA sequence information to make that separation and conducts the missing wood molecular biological research necessary to bridge the gap between existing significant knowledge of Spruce genetics to develop a viable forensic test. This forensic test will all for proper management of Norway spruce in the supply chain.

Keywords: Norway Spruce; Picea abies; SPF; forensic wood identification

Publication Review Process: Non-Refereed (Other)

File size: 674 kb(s)

Date posted: 03/22/2019
RITS Product ID: 93807
Current FPL Scientists associated with this product (listed alphabetically)
Kretschmann, David E.
Research General Engineer
Wiedenhoeft, Alex C.
Research Botanist

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