Special Issue "Recent Advances in Nondestructive Evaluation of Wood: In-Forest Wood Quality Assessments"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 July 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Xiping Wang
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Guest Editor
USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI 53726-2398, USA
Interests: nondestructive testing and evaluation of wood; wood quality assessment; measuring wood properties; heat treatment for invasive species; structural condition assessment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recent research and development of nondestructive testing technologies has brought the in-forest assessment of wood and fiber properties of standing trees into forest management, resource evaluation, harvesting operation, and efficient wood utilization. Significant values are associated with the wood and fiber quality of our forests for the production of structural lumber, engineered wood products (such as glulam, LVL, and CLT), and pulping and paper. Rapid and nondestructive measurements on trees allow for this value to be captured through better silvicultural practices, as well as the allocation of resources to the highest-value users and application of 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. These include SilviScan™, near infrared, DiscBot, acoustic waves, resistance drilling, as well as other novel concepts and methods. We also 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

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Keywords

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

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Recent Advances in Nondestructive Evaluation of Wood: In-Forest Wood Quality Assessments
Forests 2021, 12(7), 949; https://doi.org/10.3390/f12070949 - 19 Jul 2021
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Efficient wood production and utilization requires knowing the wood quality attributes of forest resources relevant to various end uses, prescribing appropriate silvicultural treatments that positively influence wood quality, and then, at the time of harvesting, sorting and allocating standing timbers to the most [...] Read more.
Efficient wood production and utilization requires knowing the wood quality attributes of forest resources relevant to various end uses, prescribing appropriate silvicultural treatments that positively influence wood quality, and then, at the time of harvesting, sorting and allocating standing timbers to the most appropriate markets [...] Full article

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Thinning Influences Wood Properties of Plantation-Grown Eucalyptus nitens at Three Sites in Tasmania
Forests 2021, 12(10), 1304; https://doi.org/10.3390/f12101304 - 24 Sep 2021
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Thinning of forestry plantations is a common silviculture practice to increase growth rates and to produce larger dimension logs. The wood properties, basic density and stiffness, are key indicators of the suitability of timber for particular purposes and ultimately determine timber value. The [...] Read more.
Thinning of forestry plantations is a common silviculture practice to increase growth rates and to produce larger dimension logs. The wood properties, basic density and stiffness, are key indicators of the suitability of timber for particular purposes and ultimately determine timber value. The impact of thinning operations on wood properties is, therefore, of considerable interest to forest growers and timber producers. To date, studies examining the impact of thinning on wood properties have produced variable results and understanding the consistency of the effects of thinning treatments across various sites for important plantation species is limited. Two non-destructive assessment techniques, drilling resistance and acoustic wave velocity, were used to examine the impact of thinning on basic density and stiffness in 19–21-year-old plantation grown Eucalyptus nitens across three sites. Commercial thinning to 300 trees ha−1 decreased the stiffness of standing trees and this effect was consistent across the sites. Reduction in stiffness due to thinning ranged from 3.5% to 11.5%. There was no difference in wood properties between commercially and non-commercially thinned trees to 300 trees ha−1 and no difference in wood properties when thinned to 500 trees ha−1. Basic density was not affected by thinning. The site had significant effects on both basic density and stiffness, which were lowest at the highest precipitation and highest elevation site. The results indicate that wood properties are influenced both by silviculture and site environmental differences. This knowledge can be used for the better management of E. nitens resources for solid wood production. Full article
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