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Forest Products Laboratory
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726-2398
Phone: (608) 231-9200
Fax: (608) 231-9592


Wood Anatomy and Forest Mycology in a Changing Global Environment

Project Title :  Research and tools to both protect our nation’s forests from invasive fungal species and characterize wood anatomy as needed to protect the
Project Number : FPL-4715-3
Status : NEW
Start Date : 08-31-2015
End Date : 08-30-2020

View the 35 publications associated with this project.

Principal Investigator:
Thomas Eberhardt

Non Technical Summary
Forest-derived biological materials like wood are largely renewable, but their long-term sustainable use requires a broad understanding of their formation, structure, function, and behavior, as well as management of their natural environment. Unmanaged or illegal harvest of forest-derived biomaterials is now recognized as a major global threat, influencing: climate change and carbon sequestration; U.S. and global economics of the forestry sector; issues of social justice; biodiversity; organized crime; and wildlife habitat and other ecosystem-level services. Regulatory agencies tasked with protecting our nation’s forests from invasive species also need technology for rapid identification of non-native fungi as well as protocols for risk assessment to determine which non- native organisms have the potential of becoming established and causing forest disease outbreaks. Basic research, and the development applied research tools, is needed to protect our nation’s forests from the introduction of invasive fungal species and characterize, detect, and protect forest-derived biomaterials for the sustainable management of the world’s forest resources.

Objectives Summary
The objective of the problem area is to conduct basic research and develop applied research tools needed to protect our nation’s forests from the introduction of invasive fungal species and characterize, detect, and protect forest-derived biomaterials for the sustainable management of the world’s forest resources.

Approach Summary
• Core research in forensic, botanical, biocentric, and basic wood anatomy and wood science will be used to facilitate the management, protection, utilization, and understanding of wood and other forest-derived biomaterials.• Molecular tools, protocols and assessments will be used to identify and prioritize potentially invasive species in order to prevent or mitigate their introduction and establishment.

Publications associated with this Project

Publication YearTitleDate Posted
2015Anatomically informed mesoscale electrical impedance spectroscopy in southern pine and the electric field distribution for pin-type electric moisture metres07/07/15
2016Bending strength and stiffness of loblolly pine lumber from intensively managed stands located on the Georgia Lower Coastal Plain05/03/16
2016Best practice guide for forensic timber identification08/28/18
2017Black pitch, carved histories: radiocarbon dating, wood species identification and strontium isotope analysis of prehistoric wood carvings from Trinidads Pitch Lake07/17/18
2016Caratteri macroscopici per lidentificazione dei legni09/01/16
2018Classification of CITES-listed and other neotropical Meliaceae wood images using convolutional neural networks03/01/19
2015Collection of wood quality data by X-ray densitometry: a case study with three southern pines06/19/15
2020Comparison of two forensic wood identification technologies for ten Meliaceae woods: computer vision versus mass spectrometry09/10/20
2018DNA barcode authentication and library development for the wood of six commercial Pterocarpus species: the critical role of xylarium specimens03/12/19
2017DNA barcoding of vouchered xylarium wood specimens of nine endangered Dalbergia species12/14/17
2020Field identification manual for Ghanaian timbers06/16/20
2015Forensic Analysis of Cites-Protected Dalbergia Timber from the Americas08/31/15
2015Forensic timber identification: It's time to integrate disciplines to combat illegal logging08/05/16
2019Fraud and misrepresentation in retail forest products exceeds U.S forensic wood science capacity09/27/19
2019General sampling guide for timber tracking09/04/19
2017Identification of selected CITES-protected Araucariaceae using DART TOFMS10/06/17
2016Identification of the origin of Big- leaf mahogany wood from five Latin American countries via NIRS and PLS-DA09/20/16
2019Image based identification of Ghanaian timbers using the XyloTron: opportunities, risks and challenges03/12/20
2016Lista dei caratteri macroscopici per lidentificazione dei legni09/21/16
2019Machine learning approaches outperform distance- and tree-based methods for DNA barcoding of Pterocarpus wood09/27/19
2019Machine Learning Models with Quantitative Wood Anatomy Data Can Discriminate between Swietenia macrophylla and Swietenia mahagoni03/16/20
2016NIRS Identification of Swietenia Macrophylla is Robust Across Specimens from 27 Countries09/09/16
2016Opportunities for improved transparency in the timber trade through scientific verification07/12/18
2020Overview of current practices in data analysis for wood identification: a guide for the different timber tracking methods.09/17/20
2018Potential field-deployable NIRS identification of seven Dalbergia species listed by CITES03/01/19
2017Radiocarbon dating wooden carvings and skeletal remains from Pitch Lake, Trinidad07/17/18
2016Relationships between Loblolly Pine small clear specimens and Dimension Lumber Tested in Static Bending07/13/16
2017Species verification of Dalbergia nigra and Dalbergia spruceana samples in the wood collection of the Forest Products Laboratory03/30/17
2016Structureproperty characterization of the crinkle-leaf peach wood phenotype:a future model system for wood properties research?10/05/17
2015Subcellular Electrical Measurements as a Function of Wood Moisture Content06/19/15
2019The timber tracking tool infogram: overview of wood identification methods capacity03/10/20
2019The XyloScopeA field-deployable macroscopic digital imaging device for wood11/20/19
2020The XyloTron: flexible, open-source, image-based macroscopic field identification of wood products09/15/20
2019Timber species identification from chemical fingerprints using direct analysis in real time (DART) coupled to Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FTICR-MS): comparison of wood samples subjected to different treatments12/09/19

Project Summaries last modified: 02-17-2017