Special Issue "Improving Wood Quality from Planted Forests"
A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2014)
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
Fax: +1 352 846 1277
Dr. C. Dana Nelson
Southern Institute of Forest Genetics, Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service, 23332 Success Road, Saucier, MS 39574-9344, USA
Fax: +1 228 832 0130
Interests: forest genetics; tree breeding; biotechnology
Dr. Robert Evans
SilviScan Pty Ltd, 8 Dobell Place, Doncaster, East Victoria 3109, Australia
Interests: wood structure; non-destructive testing; climate adaptation; forest products
Prof. Dr. John C. F. Walker
School of Forestry, College of Engineering, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch, New Zealand
Interests: wood quality from breeding to utilization (specific interest in pines and eucalypts); wood processing (mechanical properties, drying and preservation)
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
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- wood properties
- wood quality
- forest products
- nondestructive testing