What to Do with Structurally Low-Grade Wood from Australia’s Plantation Eucalyptus; Building Application?

Mohammad Derikvand, Gregory Nolan, Hui Jiao, Nathan Kotlarewski

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Abstract

About one million hectares of plantation hardwoods, mostly eucalyptus trees of different sub-species (E. nitens and E. globulus), are annually being
managed in Australia, which provides a promising resource of raw materials for fibre industries. However, the timber boards required by the Australian
hardwood sector are still being either imported from other countries or harvested from the native forests. There is a need to find a practical way to use the plantation eucalyptus in the Australian timber industry. However,
the fibre-managed plantation eucalyptus produces structurally low-grade timber which could not be used as individual boards for structural applications — such as building construction. Unsuitable for appearance applications, the structurally low-grade boards may be suitable for producing innovative high-mass engineered timber products. This editorial will briefly discuss drivers, opportunities, and challenges associated with
conducting such a research project.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-7
JournalBioResources
Volume12
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeB1 Article in a scientific magazine

Keywords

  • plantation hardwood
  • structurally low-grade wood
  • timber building
  • eucalyptus

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