Research Unit: Durability and Wood Protection Research
Primary Goals: Efficient utilization and serviceability of wood through basic and applied research on the nature and control of biodeteriorating organisms.
Replacement of decayed wood resulting from moisture damage to homes is responsible for an estimated 10 percent of the annual timber cut in the United States. 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 performance and service-life of wood products and engineered composites that are being developed from our changing forest resources. Wood protection systems need to be developed with the environmental impact, climate change and disposal in mind.