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Uses and desirable properties of wood in the 21st centuryAuthor(s): Theodore Wegner; Kenneth E. Skog; Peter J. Ince; Charles J.. Michler
Source: Journal of forestry. Vol. 108, no. 4 (June 2010): p. 165-173.
Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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DescriptionThe desirability of specific wood properties is driven by a number of social, economic, and environmental factors that influence wood-use trends. This article discusses current continuing commercial uses of wood, significant new or emerging commercial uses, and desirable wood properties indicated by projected changes in wood use. Emerging issues and applications such as carbon markets/carbon sequestration, production of renewable energy, chemical feedstock production, and production of nano-enabled materials and products are expected to increasingly shape wood use as the 21st century progresses. However, current uses of wood are projected to remain the dominant uses for decades to come, and many desirable wood properties recognized as important to today’s products will continue to be important. Projected expansion in US timber harvest will be matched by expansion of wood output from plantations. Advances in biotechnology will enable tailoring wood properties of plantation trees and short-rotation woody crops for specific end uses.
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CitationWegner, Theodore; Skog, Kenneth E.; Ince, Peter J.; Michler, Charles J. 2010. Uses and desirable properties of wood in the 21st century. Journal of forestry. Vol. 108, no. 4 (June 2010): p. 165-173.
KeywordsWood utilization, forest products research, research, forest products, wood research, wood products, forest products industry, technological innovations, renewable natural resources, natural resources, economic aspects, marketing, market surveys, United States, wood properties, research policies, research programs, forest resources, review article
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