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Forests, Volume 10, Issue 9 (September 2019) – 115 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Non-destructive evaluation (NDE) improves our understanding of wood property variation at multiple [...] Read more. Non-destructive evaluation (NDE) improves our understanding of wood property variation at multiple scales (regional, within-tree, across families) and aids in optimal utilization of forest resources through improved decisions. We review tools presently available for field (acoustics, Pilodyn, Resistograph, Rigidimeter) and lab (computer tomography scanning, DiscBot, near infrared spectroscopy, radial sample acoustics, SilviScan) assessment of wood properties and highlight their unique features. An understanding of attributes coupled with clear objectives for resource assessment, tree improvement, or wood quality research, facilitates selection of the appropriate technique for an application. Continued advancement of NDE technologies will permit a greater understanding of management decisions and environmental conditions on wood property variation and its impact on product performance. View this paper.