Recent Advances in Nondestructive Evaluation of Wood: In-Forest Wood Quality Assessments—2nd Edition

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Wood Science and Forest Products".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 January 2025 | Viewed by 74

Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
Forest Products Laboratory, USDA Forest Service, Madison, WI 53726, USA
Interests: nondestructive testing and evaluation of wood; wood quality assessment; measuring wood properties; heat treatment for invasive species; structural condition assessment
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Wood Utilization and Biomaterials, Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation, College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, Clemson University, 126 Lehotsky Hall, Clemson, SC 29634, USA
Interests: wood quality; quantitative wood anatomy; nondestructive evaluation of wood; biomass utilization

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recent research and development of nondestructive testing technologies has brought in-forest assessments of the wood and fiber properties of standing trees into forest management, resource evaluations, harvesting operations, and efficient wood utilization. Significant values are associated with the wood and fiber quality of forests used for the production of structural lumber, engineered wood products (such as glulam, LVL, and CLT), and pulping and paper. Rapid and nondestructive measurements of trees allow for these values to be captured through more effective silvicultural practices, as well as the allocation of resources to the highest value users and the application of the best processing methods. This Special Issue calls for research papers on in-forest wood quality assessments using emerging nondestructive and precision-based technologies and wood quality modeling with a focus on forest resource evaluation and wood utilization. Examples include SilviScan™, near infrared, DiscBot, acoustic waves, resistance drilling, and other novel concepts and methods. Moreover, we invite original papers and reviews that address how these technologies and the knowledge obtained from them can support the development of the next generation of forests, e.g., through tree breeding and silviculture.

Dr. Xiping Wang
Guest Editor

Dr. Brunela Pollastrelli Rodrigues
Guest Editor Assistant

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • forest
  • forest management
  • genetic improvement
  • nondestructive testing and evaluation
  • silviculture
  • standing trees
  • wood and fiber properties
  • wood quality
  • wood utilization

Published Papers

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