• Petroleum plastics: a thing of the past?

    Wood Focus magazine
    Oil-based plastics could soon be replaced by those made from biomass, say researchers at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
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    Fight the sweet blight

    Wood Focus magazine
    Fungal blight Cryophonectria parasitica could eradicate the UK’s sweet chestnut tree population.
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    Forest waste turns sewage into tiles

    Wood Focus magazine
    Forest waste is being used by researchers from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, based in Barcelona, Spain, to manufacture structural ceramics using sewage sludge.
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    Bamboo back in the frame

    Wood Focus magazine
    Marginally-engineered building techniques used in rural residential shelters are being investigated to initiate a mainstream engineering code for bamboo.
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    The weevil dead - tackling the forestry scourge

    Wood Focus magazine
    The large pine weevil is the most significant insect pest in British forestry, destroying as much as 50% of new tree plantings. Now scientists claim to have found a solution using a cocktail of microscopic nematode worms and fungi.
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    Spruce almighty - major Sitka spruce research report published

    Wood Focus magazine
    A research report that summarises everything known about Sitka spruce and brings together 90 years of research into a single document has been published by the UK’s Forestry Commission.
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    Mossing over the issue

    Wood Focus magazine
    A study at McGill University in Montreal, Canada has found that 800-year-old Sitka spruces in coastal boreal forests are excellent at gathering moss, making them effective at mitigating nutrient depletion and carbon sequestration.
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    Termite guts to boost biofuels

    Wood Focus magazine
    Termites may provide the key to breaking down woody biomass for more efficient biofuel production.
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    Nanoglaze for rainy days

    Wood Focus magazine
    Nanoscale additives have been applied to improve the weather-protection and anti-fungal action of 2-in-1 water-based glazing systems used in outdoor wood applications.
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    Scottish roots - Wood Product Innovation Gateway

    Wood Focus magazine
    A Wood Product Innovation Gateway to spur the UK’s home-grown timber market is gaining footing at Napier University in Edinburgh, UK.