With export products and high expectations towards value-added production,
problems related to wood protection may represent a major handicap
in market development. Furthermore, the use of chemicals treating
agents is now guided by ever stricter environmental impact regulations.
Research and development is needed to further improve the efficiency
of wood protection treatments.
The main objectives of FPInnovations' Wood Protection Group, which
is part of the Lumber Manufacturing Program, are to develop and
transfer low environmental impact technologies and methods that
- eliminate infection or stain on products during storage and
transit to markets;
- reduce the value loss in logs that occurs between harvesting
and product manufacturing.
Our program, which focuses on bio-technological wood protection
methods, is developed around three complementary research areas:
- fungal biology and ecology
- stain control procedures for logs and wood products
- development of new sapstain control treatments
For our members, details
are available in the 2008-2009
Lumber Manufacturing Program Summary and the description of
wood protection research projects. A list of relevant publications
is offered within our sections Newsletter
(Publications Update) and Technotes.
In 2001, a Wood
Protection fact sheet was developed in collaboration with the
government of British Columbia. Also of interest are the Borate-Treated
Wood for Construction, Combatting
and Durability and Protecting
and Finishing Log Buildings fact sheets produced in collaboration
with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
Also available is a list
of publications on Mountain Pine Beetle that Forintek has produced.
For our members we are offering
diagnosis of type of staining and causative microorganisms. For
fast identification see: Procedure
for obtaining and shipping samples.
If you have specific needs in the field of wood protection, we
also offer contract
services with strict confidentiality guidelines.