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Juliet D. Tang

Juliet D. Tang
Research Forest Products Technologist
Durability and Wood Protection Research
201 Lincoln Green
Starkville, MS 39759
United States
Current Research
  • Green building solutions
  • Discovery of novel wood protection biocides
  • Biotic controls of coarse woody debris decomposition

Past Research
Insecticide resistance management
Genetics of insecticide resistance
Mechanisms of disease resistance in plants
Research Interest

Advancing wood protection through basic research on the "Omics" of wood decomposition

  • Mississippi State University, Ph.D. Forest Resources, Omics of brown rot decay, 2011
  • University of Massachusetts, M.S. Entomology, Physiology of pheromone production, 1986
  • University of Massachusetts, B.S. Zoology, Cum laude, 1981
Professional Organizations
  • Adjunct Faculty,  Mississippi State University,  Current
  • Member,  Entomological Society of America,  Current
  • Member,  International Research Group on Wood Protection,  Current
  • Member,  American Wood Protection Association,  Current
  • Member,  Mississippi Entomological Association,  Current
Featured Publications
Other Publications
Research Highlights

Eco-friendly biopesticide protects wood from termites by affecting their hindgut symbionts

Year: 2017
Chitosan kills termites by targeting their hindgut protists rather than the termite itself.

Assessing termite impact on cross-laminated timber panels

Year: 2017
Forest Service and Mississippi State University researchers are in the process of determining the impact of termites found in the Southeastern U.S. on cross-laminated timber (CLT), a mass timber product entering the tall building construction market. Results showed that untreated CLT is as susceptib...

Rational approach for discovering new, targeted biocides for wood protection

Year: 2017
Forest Service researchers used a rational approach based on gene expression studies to identify a novel application of a fungicide for use in copper-based wood preservative systems.

Giving Termites “Stomach Aches”

Year: 2018
Chitosan can be used to upset the microbial imbalance in the termite hindgut, leading to the establishment of three different bacterial pathogens.

Bonding Performance of Adhesive Systems for Cross-Laminated Timber Treated with Micronized Copper Azole Type C

Year: 2020
Expanding the use of cross-laminated timber (CLT) to outdoor applications is “one sticky problem.” Research must examine compatibility between adhesive and wood preservative, evaluate bond strength and wood failure under applied forces, and test bond durability to withstand accelerated weathering w...

A Knowledge-based Approach for Developing Green Building Solutions

Year: 2015
Scientists are using gene discovery to accelerate their understanding of copper tolerance in wood decay fungi and create green solutions for wood protection.

Guide for Selection and Use of Pressure-Treated Wood

Year: 2020
This report describes and provides guidance for selection and use of pressure-treated wood for specific applications.

USFS Termiticide Report for 2014

Year: 2015
The most recent efficacy data for termiticides currently on the market were reported as part of the USDA Forest Service Termiticide Testing Program. This report allows consumers and applicators nationwide to examine the relative performance of these products in small-scale field tests. The informa...

Going Big with Mass Timber Protection

Year: 2019
USDA Forest Service researchers are leading efforts to better understand mass timber as a next generation building material and provide safe effective protection strategies to ensure public safety and responsible forest stewardship.