|Publication Year: 2019|
Highlight ID: 1323
|Development of New Kinetics Models for Water Vapor Sorption in Wood|
Wood is constantly exchanging water with its environment and these exchanges control nearly all of wood's amazing properties. Research has recently shown that this process is still not understood and ...
Highlight ID: 1332
|Going Big with Mass Timber Protection|
Researchers are leading efforts to better understand mass timber as a next generation building material and provide safe effective protection strategies to ensure public safety and responsible forest ...
Highlight ID: 1324
|Method for Estimating Wood Preservative Leaching|
Pressure-treated wood is widely used for construction projects in sensitive environments. This research project developed a method to estimate biocide leaching from pressure-treated wood exposed to pr ...
|Publication Year: 2018|
Highlight ID: 1302
|Examination of Historic National Park System Ship Eureka|
Researchers collaborated with the National Park Service (NPS) to examine a historic ship preserved at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. ...
Highlight ID: 1305
|Giving Termites "Stomach Aches"|
Chitosan can be used to upset the microbial imbalance in the termite hindgut, leading to the establishment of three different bacterial pathogens. ...
Highlight ID: 1301
|Wood Adhesives at High Temperatures|
Researchers examined the performance of finger-jointed lumber to understand how it performs in fire. ...
|Publication Year: 2017|
Highlight ID: 1279
|Assessing termite impact on cross-laminated timber panels|
Forest Service and Mississippi State University researchers are in the process of determining the impact of termites found in the Southeastern U.S. on cross-laminated timber (CLT), a mass timber produ ...
Highlight ID: 1278
|Eco-friendly biopesticide protects wood from termites by affecting their hindgut symbionts|
Chitosan kills termites by targeting their hindgut protists rather than the termite itself. ...
Highlight ID: 1298
|Effective utilization of naturally durable wood biomass offers an overlooked source of potential wood protectants|
Forest Service researchers at the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisc., are evaluating extractives as potential next-generation wood preservatives. This bio-rational approach offers environmen ...
Highlight ID: 1273
|Fire performance of CLT buildings|
Fire tests demonstrate that CLT buildings can be designed to withstand fire. ...
Highlight ID: 1286
|Rational approach for discovering new, targeted biocides for wood protection|
Forest Service researchers used a rational approach based on gene expression studies to identify a novel application of a fungicide for use in copper-based wood preservative systems. ...
|Publication Year: 2015|
Highlight ID: 616
|A Knowledge-based Approach for Developing Green Building Solutions|
Scientists are using gene discovery to accelerate their understanding of copper tolerance in wood decay fungi and create green solutions for wood protection. ...
Highlight ID: 602
|Cellulose Nanocrystals Chemically Entrap Biocide in Wood|
Forest Service scientists evaluated naturally occurring cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) that are reported to have unique chemical properties and impart high strength were evaluated for the potential to i ...
Highlight ID: 608
|Comparison of Two Bench-scale Tests Used for Obtaining Heat Release Rate|
There is a growing demand for material properties to be used as inputs in fire behavior models designed to address building fire safety. This comparative study evaluates using the mass loss calorimete ...
Highlight ID: 604
|Effects of Diet on Brood Development in the Carpenter Ant|
A Forest Service scientist fed carpenter ants an artificial diet, and variations of this diet, with nutrient components removed to examine the effects on brood development. The potential B vitamin and ...
Highlight ID: 603
|USFS Termiticide Report for 2014|
The most recent efficacy data for termiticides currently on the market were reported as part of the USDA Forest Service Termiticide Testing Program. This report allows consumers and applicators natio ...
|Publication Year: 2012|
Highlight ID: 7
|Natural Wood Durability Studied to Estimate Wood's Performance|
Naturally occurring chemicals in some wood species make them more durable against deterioration ...
Highlight ID: 10
|New Guide Advises Treatments and Technologies To Protect Historic Wooden Bridges|
Forest Service and university researchers collaborate to evaluate methods of protecting wooden bridges from fire and biodegradation. ...
Highlight ID: 24
|Scientists Find the Achilles' Heel of Wood Fungi Tolerance to Preservatives|
Inhibiting the enzymatic pathway in copper tolerant brown rot fungi can block its tolerance of commercial wood preservatives ...
Highlight ID: 2
|Wood Can Last for Centuries if Protected From Moisture|
Report dispels myths about wood construction through proper information that educates and empowers the public ...
Highlight ID: 6
|Wood-Plastic Composites Are More Desirable With Fire Retardant Treatments|
Wood-plastic composites treated with fire retardants addresses fire concerns in the wildland-urban interface ...
|Publication Year: 2011|
Highlight ID: 302
|Colony collapse of Eastern subterranean termites|
Termite colonies in laboratory and field tests were rapidly eliminated using a trap, treat and release method with commercial termite toxicants and a patented termite bait developed at the Forest Prod ...
Highlight ID: 291
|Durable wood product evaluations|
In an effort to reduce the amount of time required to obtain meaningful durability data for wood products, it has become widely accepted to use smaller specimens in field tests. Smaller specimens gene ...
|Publication Year: 2010|
Highlight ID: 170
|Centennial Edition, Wood Handbook—Wood as an Engineering Material|
The Wood Handbook—Wood as an Engineering Material serves as a primary reference document for a wide variety of users-from the general public through architects and design engineers who use wood ...
Highlight ID: 161
|Evaluation of Various Fire Retardants for Use in Wood Flour/Polyethylene Composites|
Wood-plastic composites (WPCs) represent a class of materials increasingly used in residential construction and furniture-making. The fire performance of WPCs is not well understood, however, and ther ...
Highlight ID: 186
|Identification of economically significant death-watch and spider beetles in Wisconsin|
Two widely distributed beetle families, the death-watch (Anobiidae) and spider beetles (Ptinidae), include a number of economically significant species which cause damage to wooden materials and/or st ...
Highlight ID: 156
|Improving Accelerated Testing of Durable Wood Products|
Durable wood products such as posts, poles and timbers are expected to resist decay and termite attack for several decades. Testing the durability of new types of wood products is challenging because ...
Highlight ID: 152
|Natural fumigants protect wood against termites|
Forest Products Laboratory researchers discovered that essential oils from some common plants such as dill, rosemary and lemongrass can be used as fumigants to kill termites. ...
Highlight ID: 157
|Public Access to Actual Data Files for Cone Calorimeter Tests of Wood Products|
The cone calorimeter test is a fire test used internationally for research and development of new fire retardants and to provide input data to models for predicting the reaction of building materials ...
Highlight ID: 171
|Recalculating the Decay Hazard Index|
Climate index values for estimating decay hazard to wood exposed outdoors above ground, commonly known as Scheffer index values, were calculated for 280 locations in the United States (270 locations i ...
Highlight ID: 190
|Sol-gel technology to enhance performance properties of wood or wood fiber|
With support from industry partners, FPL researchers are developing new sol-gel technologies to enhance performance properties of wood or wood fiber. Sol-gel technologies are wet-chemical techniques t ...
Highlight ID: 155
|Termite Eradication: A search for the Holy Grail|
Regarding Wisconsin termines, laboratory tests were initiated to evaluate transfer of a number of different dusting compounds to un-dusted colony mates with varied results. ...
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|Publication Year||Title||Date Posted|
|2021||Biodeterioration of wood||03/25/21|
|2021||Double duty: Boron rods as a simple, low capital alternative for dual treatment of ties and timbers||03/17/21|
|2021||Durability of enhanced domestic hardwoods for U.S. Army tactical trailer deckings||03/19/21|
|2021||Effects of loblolly pine extract, primary and quaternary alkyl ammonium chlorides combined with burgundy oil from eastern red cedar against subterranean termites and wood-decay fungi||03/12/21|
|2021||Oxidation states of iron and manganese in lignocellulose altered by the brown rot fungus Gloeophyllum trabeum measured in-situ using X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy (XANES)||03/19/21|
|2020||A study of the gut bacterial community of Reticulitermes virginicus exposed to chitosan treatment||11/06/20|
|2020||Analysis of a wide range of commercial exterior wood coatings||01/06/21|
|2020||Bio-acoustic termite control||01/08/21|
|2020||Biological resistance of nanoclay-treated plastic composites with different bamboo contents to three types of fungi||07/29/20|
|2020||Bonding performance of adhesive systems for cross-laminated timber treated with micronized copper azole type C (MCA-C)||11/05/19|
|2020||Defensive symbioses in social insects can inform human health and agriculture||03/06/20|
|2020||Determining the role of siderophores from brown-rot fungi in copper tolerance||08/11/20|
|2020||Effect of burgundy solid extracted from Eastern Red Cedar heartwood on subterranean termites and Wood-decay fungi||03/12/21|
|2020||Effect of exterior wood coatings on the durability of cross-laminated timber against mold and decay fungi||10/02/20|
|2020||Effects of wood moisture content and the level of acetylation on brown rot decay||03/12/20|
|2020||Efficacy of alternative copper-based preservatives in protecting decking from biodegradation||08/13/20|
|2020||Evaluation of a Soil Termiticide or Borate Non-Pressure Treatments for Protecting Douglas-Fir CLT in a Field Test: Two Years Results||03/12/21|
|2020||Gene Expression Analysis of Three Putative Copper-Transporting ATPases in Copper-Tolerant Fibroporia radiculosa||03/11/21|
|2020||New records and antennal variation of the elusive Ctenobium antennatum Leconte (Coleoptera: Ptinidae) from Massachusetts and Wisconsin, USA||07/21/20|
|2020||PAST: The Pathway Association Studies Tool to Infer Biological Meaning from GWAS Datasets||03/16/20|
|2020||Providing scalable pressure treatment options for mass timber using double vacuum techniques||01/08/21|
|2020||Relationship between attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy of western juniper and natural resistance to fungal and termite attack||03/06/20|
|2020||Role of leaf litter in above-ground wood decay||07/10/20|
|2020||Salt Damage in Wood: Controlled Laboratory Exposures and Mechanical Property Measurements||03/12/20|
|2020||Statistical process control and related methods for improvement of the treated-wood industries||06/03/20|
|2020||Synergistic effect of heartwood extracts in combination with linseed oil as wood preservatives against subterranean termite Heterotermes indicola (Blattodea: Rhinotermitidae)||03/06/20|
|2020||Use of ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungi for mycoremediation of treated wood wastes||07/13/20|
|2020||Using boron rods as a source for dual treatment||08/03/20|
|2020||Variation in mold susceptibility among hardwood species under laboratory conditions||01/25/21|
|2020||Wood color changes and termiticidal properties of teak heartwood extract used as a wood preservative||03/06/20|
|2019||Assessing waterborne pressure treatment suitability for glued laminated beams||11/05/19|
|2019||Copper distribution and oxidation states near corroded fasteners in treated wood||04/12/19|
|2019||Corrosiveness of Thermally Modified Wood||03/16/20|
|2019||Evaluation of flood damage on treated CLT wall panels||12/05/19|
|2019||Ex-situ performance of extracts from naturally durable heartwood species and their potential as wood preservatives||09/26/19|
|2019||Field durability of treated and untreated CLT wall envelope systems||12/05/19|
|2019||Guidelines for the selection and use of pressure-treated wood||03/16/20|
|2019||Hurricane Michael ravages Florida test site||09/22/20|
|2019||Improving exterior performance of thermally modified timber (TMT)||02/26/19|
|2019||Laboratory immersion method for accelerated prediction of preservative leaching from pressure-treated wood exposed to precipitation||05/03/19|
|2019||Leveraging GWAS data to identify metabolic pathways and networks involved in maize lipid biosynthesis||05/03/19|
|2019||Ongoing termite studies on cross laminated timber (CLT) panels||03/06/20|
|2019||Properties of composite wood panels fabricated from Eastern redcedar employing various bio-based green adhesives||09/05/19|
|2019||Research needs assessment for the mass timber industry: Proceedings of the 2nd North American mass timber research needs workshop||09/26/19|
|2019||Role of tyloses in the natural durability of a white oak species||12/16/19|
|2019||SPC handbook for the treated wood industries||09/26/19|
|2019||The life and work of Bruce Johnson at the Forest Products Laboratory and in the American Wood Protection Association||09/22/20|
|2019||The use of boron rods as a boron source for dual treated timber||12/09/19|
|2019||Toxicity potential of heartwood extractives from two mulberry species against Heterotermes indicola||05/29/19|
|2019||Trap design, colors, and lures for emerald ash borer detection||07/13/20|
|2019||Using metagenomics to quantify the bacterial diversity in field stakes treated with wood preservative||09/04/20|
|2019||Utility of image software in quantification of termite damage on cross-laminated timber (CLT)||12/20/19|
|2018||A protocol for implementing statistical process control in the treated wood industry||05/24/19|
|2018||Above and in-ground performance of naturally-durable woods in Wisconsin||12/20/19|
|2018||Antioxidant effects of four heartwood extractives on midgut enzyme activity in Heterotermes indicola (Blattodea: Rhinotermitidae)||06/06/18|
|2018||Assessment of fastener corrosion and salt damage in the bilge of the Eureka||06/06/18|
|2018||Biogeochemical hotspots around bark-beetle killed trees||10/02/18|
|2018||Carpenter ant-microbe interactions||08/16/19|
|2018||Colemanite: a fire retardant candidate for wood plastic composites||04/17/18|
|2018||Durability of cross laminated timber against termite damage||03/01/19|
|2018||Durability of mass timber structures: a review of the biological risks||08/31/18|
|2018||Dysbiosis: a potential novel strategy for control of subterranean termites||04/05/19|
|2018||Effect of chitosan on diversity and number of protists in subterranean termites||04/05/19|
|2018||Effects of Teak, Tectona grandis Linn, heartwood extractives against Heterotermes indicola (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae)||07/25/18|
|2018||Effects of White Mulberry (Morus alba) Heartwood Extract Against Reticulitermes flavipes (Blattodea: Rhinotermitidae)||07/24/18|
|2018||Evaluation of cross-laminated timber resistance to termite attack||04/02/19|
|2018||Fungal–copper interactions in wood examined with large field of view synchrotron-based X-ray fluorescence microscopy||07/26/18|
|2018||Gene expression analysis of wood decay fungus Fibroporia Radiculosa grown In ACQ-treated wood||06/06/18|
|2018||genome-wide association and metabolic pathway analysis of corn earworm resistance in maize||04/09/18|
|2018||Guidelines to restoring structural integrity of covered bridge members||02/14/18|
|2018||Hexadecyl ammonium chloride amylose inclusion complex to emulsify cedarwood oil and treat wood against termites and wood-decay fungi||04/03/18|
|2018||Incising and site effects on long-term durability of pressure-treated refractory wood species||04/04/19|
|2018||Increasing durability of mass timber products in interior applications||05/22/18|
|2018||Indirect effects of bark beetle-generated dead wood on biogeochemical and decomposition processes in a pine forest||04/04/19|
|2018||Industry-prioritized research, technology transfer, and education needs and opportunities in residential construction||07/27/18|
|2018||Internal moisture content and temperature of standardized aboveground wood durability test specimens||08/14/18|
|2018||Monitoring the cell wall characteristics of degraded beech wood by white-rot fungi: Anatomical, chemical, and photochemical study||09/28/20|
|2018||Northeastern United States species treated with copper-based preservatives: Durability in mississippi stake tests||09/27/18|
|2018||Ongoing field evaluation of Douglas-fir cross-laminated timber in a ground proximity protected test in Mississippi||04/04/19|
|2018||Protecting log homes from decay and insects||07/27/18|
|2018||Remote detection of termite activity in wooden bridge structures||08/31/18|
|2018||Survey of candidate genes for maize resistance to infection by Aspergillus flavus and/or aflatoxin contamination||05/30/18|
|2018||Termiticidal activity of chitosan against the subterranean termites Reticulitermes flavipes and Reticulitermes virginicus||06/06/18|
|2018||USDA FS report: 80 years of termiticide testing||07/26/18|
|2018||Wood decay fungi||03/10/20|
|2017||Accelerated aging of preservative-treated structural plywood||09/05/17|
|2017||Activity of two strobilurin fungicides against three species of decay fungi in agar plate tests||08/23/17|
|2017||Amplicon-Based Sequencing of Soil Fungi from Wood Preservative Test Sites||11/30/17|
|2017||Amplicon-based sequencing of soil fungi from wood preservative test sites||12/21/17|
|2017||Analysis of hindgut bacterial phyla frequency and diversity in subterranean termites exposed to chitosan-treated wood||08/23/17|
|2017||AWPA biodeterioration hazard map revisited||02/13/18|
|2017||Characterization of the maize lipoxygenase gene family in relation to aflatoxin accumulation resistance||08/25/17|
|2017||Comparison of performance criteria for evaluating stake test data||02/13/18|
|2017||Comparison of performance of wood extractives as preservatives in field tests against termites and decay in the USA and Pakistan||01/24/18|
|2017||Conifer species influence Heterobasidion irregulare sporulation on stem discs exposed to natural inoculum and root wood decay in soil-block tests||08/03/20|
|2017||Defeating copper tolerance: an example of how “omics” research can accelerate discovery of new wood protection compounds||09/21/17|
|2017||Diversity of Hindgut Bacterial Population in Subterranean Termite, Reticulitermes flavipes||09/21/17|
|2017||Effect of landfill burial on condition of wood: preliminary tests||08/11/20|
|2017||Effect of processing conditions on retention variability in treated lumber||06/15/17|
|Below are 17 research projects associated with this research unit.|
|Project Number||Title||Project Dates|
|FPL-4723-3-02||A diverse range of species and small-diameter materials for treated wood applications||11-17-2003 - 11-17-2008|
|FPL-4723-2-02||Environmental impact of treated forest products needs to be reduced||11-17-2003 - 11-17-2008|
|FPL-4723-1-01||Fire safety engineering of forest products in a performance-based building code environment||09-20-2002 - 09-20-2007|
|FPL-4723-2-01||Fire safety of engineered wood products in structural applications||09-20-2002 - 09-20-2007|
|FPL-4723-1-02||Improved methods of evaluation and analysis for prediction of long term performance of durable forest products||11-17-2003 - 11-17-2008|
|FPL-4723-3A||Improved wood treatments and accelerated performance methods for treated wood products||01-23-2015 - 01-22-2020|
|FPL-4723-3B||Improved wood treatments that impart durability to treated wood products without adversely impacting the environment||10-01-2012 - 09-30-2017|
|FPL-4723-2||Improving fire safety of forest products and wood-based structures to address our changing environmental and society needs for personal safety a||07-23-2007 - 07-23-2012|
|FPL-4723-2B||Improving survivability and fire safety of forest products and wood-based structures while reducing the hazardous fuel load||10-01-2012 - 09-30-2017|
|FPL-4723-4||New sharply targeted inhibitors are needed to protect wood products in service and prevent economic and resource losses that result from biodeter||07-23-2007 - 07-23-2012|
|FPL-4723-1B||Performance-Based Design of Residential and Nonresidential Wood Buildings||10-01-2012 - 09-30-2017|
|FPL-4723-1||Proper design and operation of residential and nonresidential buildings can extend the service life of the building and wood products in th||07-23-2007 - 07-23-2012|
|FPL-4723-1A||Sharply targeted inhibitors to protect wood products in service and prevent economic and resource losses that result from biodeterioration||01-23-2015 - 01-22-2020|
|FPL-4723-4B||Sharply Targeted Inhibitors to Protect Wood Products in Service and Prevent Economic and Resource Losses that Result from Biodeterioration||10-01-2012 - 09-30-2017|
|FPL-4723-3-01||Survivability of wood structures in the wildland urban interface||09-20-2002 - 09-20-2007|
|FPL-4723-2A||Termites play dual roles as wood decomposers both benefiting forest health and causing destruction of in-service wood||01-23-2015 - 01-22-2020|
|FPL-4723-3||There is a need for improved wood treatments that impart durability to wood products without adversely impacting the environment||07-23-2007 - 07-23-2012|
|Partnership Aiming for Faster Research Results|
One major hurdle to durability research is the amount of time it takes to obtain results; studying materials in real-life, or in-service, scenarios can take years. To address this issue in one area of durability research, researchers at FPL and the University of Wisconsin are working together to develop methods that correlate in-service performance of metal fasteners and controlled corrosion experiments in wood. One step in developing this correlation is to understand how uncertainties in measurements affect the calculated corrosion rate in a controlled environment. The next step will be to compare metals immersed in a solution of preservative chemicals with corrosion of metals in contact with treated wood. The goal of this collaborative effort is to develop a qualitative test that mimics the corrosion behavior of metals in contact with treated wood without using actual wood specimens. Such a test would be of great value in rapidly evaluating the corrosiveness of new wood preservatives.
Below are the 10 most recent Lab Notes blog postings pertaining to this research unit.
|FPL Researcher Featured in Engineering News-Record|
A rendering of the 25-story Ascent building currently under construction in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photo credit: Korb + Associates Laura Hasburgh Building and Fire Sciences Materials Research Engineer Engineering News-Record recently featured ...
|FPL Researcher Featured on National Public Radio|
Brian BrashawForest Products Marketing UnitProgram Manager Forest Products Laboratory’s (FPL) Brian Brashaw was featured in an National Public Radio (NPR) segment about the soon-to-be world’s tallest timber building currently under constructi...
|Throwback Thursday: The FPL Rotting Pit|
Thanks to Grant Kirker for writing this fascinating look back into Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) history and science. Kirker is a Research Forest Products Technologist at FPL in the Durability and Wood Protection Research unit. Throughout ...
|A Salty Tale of Wood Damage Research and Discovery|
A tenacious fungus, a conspiracy theory, a historic ship, a unique gift from Princeton University, and two Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) researchers, Grant Kirker and Samuel Zelinka, collaborating with researchers from Germany and Canada all conv...
|Searching for Natural Resistance through Infrared Spectroscopy|
Closeup view of Western Junipier - By Syntheticmessiah - stock.adobe.com Durability is one of the most important building qualities needed for timber products. It is measured by how well wood species can resist fungal decay or insect damage. ...
|Adhering to a New Standard of Excellence in Innovative Building Materials|
CLT Construction - By Darryl Byle, stock.adobe.com It’s a sticky problem that Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) researcher Juliet Tang in collaboration with faculty member Hyungsuk Lim and graduate students from the Department of Sustainable Bio...
|110 Years of FPL: Early Fire Retardant Treatments|
In celebration of 110 years of research at the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), we are revisiting blog posts that detail some of our most interesting historic people, places, and projects. Enjoy! In the early days of developing fire-retardant tr...
|International Collaboration and Competitive Rivalry Push FPL Scientists to Excellence|
There was nothing earth-shattering found—though some hypotheses were discarded and new research launching points were identified. And that’s extremely important because science, research and development are not linear. Sometimes there isn’t a ...
|Salvaging an American Icon with Ground-Penetrating Radar|
Two Route 66 signs on the road at California Mojave desert highway – By AR Pictures Imagine being able to look straight into a wood beam and know its structural integrity. It’s almost like a super power, except its really just amazing scie...
|There’s a Superhero Beneath Your Feet|
Imagine a trail dipping below a steep valley edge surrounded by lush, verdant greens. A brook chatters below and in its soft watery tones invites hikers to a moment of relaxation and communion. The breeze is soft and sweet as the leaf canopy dan...