Wood Durability and Protection

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 November 2024 | Viewed by 120

Special Issue Editors

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Department of Wood Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA
Interests: wood; wood Identification and characterization; forest-based bio-products
USDA-FS Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI 53726, USA
Interests: biodeterioration; wood durability; wood protection; treated wood disposal
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Department of Sustainable Bioproducts, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS 39759, USA
Interests: environmentally friendly wood protection systems; treated wood products
Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83844, USA
Interests: wood protection; wood composite materials
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USDA Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI, USA
Interests: wood decay; fungal decay of treated wood; mechanisms of copper-tolerant decay fungi; wood durability

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Wood products are versatile, widely available construction materials with a long history of use around the world. Increasingly, these materials are being sought for their lower lifecycle carbon emissions compared to alternatives. However, as a biological material, wood is susceptible to biodegradation by wood-destroying insects and fungi, and it must be protected from these attacks to ensure long-term performance in specific end applications. Different wood species also differ in their resistance to decay. Many methods of wood protection exist and include treatment with biocides, wood modification, moisture-excluding coatings, moisture management, and others. This Special Issue of Forests will highlight the latest developments in wood durability and protection research. 

Dr. Gerald Presley
Dr. Grant Kirker
Dr. Beth Stokes
Dr. Lili Cai
Dr. Katie M. Ohno
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • pressure treatment
  • wood coatings
  • biodeterioration
  • biodegradation
  • naturally durable wood
  • wood modification

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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