Special Issue "Improving Wood Quality from Planted Forests"


A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Gary Peter

Forest Genomics and Cell Biology, 326 Newins-Ziegler Hall, P.O. Box 110410, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-0410, USA
Website: http://www.sfrc.ufl.edu/faculty/peter/
Fax: +1 352 846 1277
Co-Guest Editor
Dr. C. Dana Nelson

Southern Institute of Forest Genetics, Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service, 23332 Success Road, Saucier, MS 39574-9344, USA
Website: http://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/staff/286
Fax: +1 228 832 0130
Interests: forest genetics; tree breeding; biotechnology
Co-Guest Editor
Dr. Robert Evans

SilviScan Pty Ltd, 8 Dobell Place, Doncaster, East Victoria 3109, Australia
Interests: wood structure; non-destructive testing; climate adaptation; forest products
Co-Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. John C. F. Walker

School of Forestry, College of Engineering, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch, New Zealand
Website: http://www.fore.canterbury.ac.nz/people/walker.shtml
Interests: wood quality from breeding to utilization (specific interest in pines and eucalypts); wood processing (mechanical properties, drying and preservation)

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Genetic, biotechnology and silvicultural advances have dramatically accelerated forest tree growth, improving yields while decreasing rotation lengths. Compared with natural forests, these advances have altered the wood supply for industrial products, which are now made from fewer species and wood from substantially younger ages. Moreover, as the productivity of forest plantations continues to increase and markets change, the opportunity for tailoring wood properties of select species for specific end uses that add more value to the forest supply chain will become more feasible.
To obtain information that enables genetic development and appropriate management of trees with altered wood properties, measurement of these properties will be more essential. A number of excellent methods and instruments have been developed to measure wood anatomical, chemical and mechanical properties. However, important questions remain about genetic and silviculture affects on wood properties, their variability within and between trees, their interactions, and their affect of xylem function…. Thus, there is still a need for additional analytical and physical approaches and tools to address these and other important questions to enhance our understanding of the structure, function and utilization of wood and enable improvement of wood properties through management and genetics. A key goal towards enhancing the yield and value of wood harvested from sustainably grown forest plantations.

Prof. Dr. Gary Peter
Guest Editor


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  • wood properties
  • wood quality
  • silviculture
  • genetics
  • breeding
  • forest products
  • bioenergy
  • nondestructive testing

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p. 744-762
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Forests 2014, 5(4), 744-762; doi:10.3390/f5040744
Received: 23 December 2013 / Revised: 28 March 2014 / Accepted: 1 April 2014 / Published: 16 April 2014
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p. 466-481
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Forests 2014, 5(3), 466-481; doi:10.3390/f5030466
Received: 15 January 2014 / Revised: 7 March 2014 / Accepted: 12 March 2014 / Published: 21 March 2014
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p. 786-807
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Forests 2013, 4(4), 786-807; doi:10.3390/f4040786
Received: 24 July 2013 / Revised: 11 September 2013 / Accepted: 17 September 2013 / Published: 30 September 2013
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p. 575-594
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Forests 2013, 4(3), 575-594; doi:10.3390/f4030575
Received: 7 May 2013 / Revised: 25 June 2013 / Accepted: 27 June 2013 / Published: 10 July 2013
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p. 251-269
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Forests 2013, 4(2), 251-269; doi:10.3390/f4020251
Received: 18 March 2013 / Revised: 3 April 2013 / Accepted: 11 April 2013 / Published: 23 April 2013
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type of Paper: Article
Title: Wood Density and Anatomy of Peltophorum dubium as a Function of Provenance and Radial Position
Authors: Israel Luiz de Lima, Eduardo Luiz Longui *, Cintia Ceratto, Miguel Luiz Menezes Freitas, Sandra Monteiro Borges Florsheim andAntonio Carlos Scatena Zanatto
Affiliations: Instituto Florestal, Divisão de Dasonomia, Seção de Madeira e Produtos Florestais. CP 1322, CEP 02377-000, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
Abstract: We studied the wood of Peltophorum dubium (Spreng.) Taub. (Fabaceae), popularly known in Brazil as canafístula, from two seed provenances far between and with different climates. The trees were planted in a third place and cut with 28 years-old. We hypothesized that due to differences in the origin of the seeds there would be some differences in the wood density and anatomical features between provenances and that the radial variation pattern would also be different. However, our results showed no significant differences in basic density and anatomical features between the two provenances. We observed in two provenances negative relation between vessel diameter and vessel frequency toward the bark, but other anatomical features showed distinct radial patterns. In general terms we found that the P. dubium showed homogeneous wood despite differences in genotypes, an important result for the use and wood quality in the timber market.

Last update: 31 October 2013

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