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    Author(s): Timothy G. Rials; [Editor]
    Date: 1994
    Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. SO-101. New Orleans, LA: U.S. Dept of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Forest Experiment Station. 63 p.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Southern Forest Experiment Station
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    The original charter for this annual meeting of chemical sciences personnel called for an informal atmosphere for the discussion of common concerns and needs. The years have seen the definition of our "common concern" evolve into a sharing of our efforts in applying the science of chemistry to the resolution of problems faced by our forest resource. I believe this expanded scope is significant because, as we pursue our special interests (physiology, ecology, utilization), it is easy to forget that the objective -- to enhance the security of the concept of multiple-use forestry -- remains constant. This affords several advantages, including an enhanced awareness of the breadth of chemical sciences research that is being conducted, as well as an increased familiarity with project resources and individual skills that are available across the Southern Station's laboratories. An additional benefit to be gained through this approach can be found in the diverse backgrounds, philosophies, and perceptions that are collectively available to address research problems. This meeting provides an opportunity to generate new approaches and new perspectives far removed from those applied previously. This report contains proceedings of the Third Annual Southern Station Chemical Sciences Meeting. The collection of papers is divided into three sections addressing forest biology, forest protection, and forest utilization. It effectively covers the life cycle of the forest with topics ranging from seed coat physiology to the development of new adhesives for wood composites. This report also illustrates the far-reaching role of chemistry through the discussion of subjects as fundamental as polyflavanoid stereochemistry and as applied as nitrogen fixation in agroforestry systems. In short, this proceeding defines the wide range of research problems whose solution lies somewhere in the realm of chemistry. I would like to express my gratitude to all of the participants in this symposium, and especially to the authors who have contributed to this effort. I hope that this has proved to be as beneficial an exercise to all of you as it has to me. Also, there are a number of individuals whose contributions made the meeting a success, and they deserve a special note of thanks. They include Mr. Raymond Paul and Mr. Mike Roessler who handled dinner accommodations, Miss Debbie Wolfe who compiled this document, and Mrs. Becky Rials who did whatever else was required. Finally, let me express my appreciation to R.W. Hemingway whose assistance in every aspect of organizing this meeting was invaluable. Thank you all!

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    Rials, Timothy G.; [Editor] 1994. Symposium on Current Research in the Chemical Sciences: Third Annual Southern Station Chemical Sciences Meeting. Gen. Tech. Rep. SO-101. New Orleans, LA: U.S. Dept of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Forest Experiment Station. 63 p.

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