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Title: Revisiting the role of bacteria in treated wood

Source: fplrip-4723-035-MSU-Kirker-Tang-Lim

Author(s)Tang, Juliet; Stokes, C. Elizabeth; Kirker, Grant

Publication Year: 2017  View PDF »

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Category: Research In Progress

Abstract: Although wood has several advantages over other construction materials—including being sustainable, aesthetically pleasing, and easy to work with—about 10% of timber cut in the United States is for replacement of wood that has decayed due to its biodegradability. The goal of wood protection is to extend the life span of wood exposed to the environment, so aiding the process of carbon sequestration. However, over time, microorganisms can overcome preservatives and decrease their efficacy. Identifying microorganisms, discovering the sequence of events that promote their colonization, and understanding specifics of their species interactions and mode of attack are crucial for development of targeted, more efficient wood preservatives.

Keywords: Metagenomics; next generation sequencing; decay; bacteria; preservative-treated wood; field stake study

Publication Review Process: Non-Refereed (Other)

File size: 980 kb(s)

Date posted: 08/01/2017
RITS Product ID: 85211
Current FPL Scientists associated with this product (listed alphabetically)
Kirker, Grant
Research Forest Products Technologist
Tang, Juliet
Research Forest Products Technologist

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