RG 5.01.00 – Wood quality Business meeting Friday 2.11.2007
5.01.00 – Wood quality Coordinator:Pekka Saranpää, Finland Deputies:Geoff Downes, AustraliaPauline Fernández, ChileElspeth Macdonald, United KingdomRupert Wimmer, Austria About Unit The wood quality research group is home to a variety of interests that encompass studies of the formation of wood as well as studies on the end use requirements of wood. All, however, have a common goal of understanding the fundamental properties of an important biological material, how the environment and other factors influence these properties, how these properties may be influenced by a changing wood resource, and how these properties influence the utilization of the material. The ultimate goal of such knowledge is the sustainable and efficient utilization of our precious (and changing) wood resource. The research group is made up of five working parties: 5.01.01 Biological control of wood quality5.01.02 Natural variations in wood quality5.01.04 Wood quality modelling5.01.06 Wood quality from intensive management5.01.07 Tree ring analysis
5.01.00 – Wood quality State of Knowledge Under construction: What we know, what we want to know about suitability of wood for different end use purposes?? Big issues? Prediction of wood quality! Need for increased raw material production - intensive management Climate change, demand for biodiversity and sustainability - balance between raw material production and wood quality Ideas for research, for collaboration?
5.01.01 – Biological control of wood quality Unit 5.01.01 Coordinator:Roni Aloni, Israel Deputies:John Moore, United Kingdom State of Knowledge Under construction. Activities and events Unit 5.01.01 Send comments to Roni Aloni (Coordinator)
5.01.02 – Natural variations in wood quality Unit 5.01.02 Coordinator:Jianxiong Lu, China Deputies:Barbara Lachenbruch, United StatesPhillippe Rozenberg, FranceTodd F. Shupe, United States About Unit This Working Party includes research aimed at examinations of the "naturally" occurring variations in wood properties, whether the woody material comes from trees grown in "natural" stands or in plantation culture or may come from a wood resource not commonly used at present. Recently, research in this area has highlighted wood properties of tropical species. State of Knowledge Under construction.
5.01.04 – Wood quality modelling Unit 5.01.04 Coordinator:Jean-Michel Leban, France Deputies:Joseph Gril, FranceHeli Peltola, FinlandChristine Todoroki, New Zealand About Unit This Working Party focuses on how the wood resource might be improved for future use, whether through site manipulations, changes in site quality, soil fertility, or other means. Recently much activity in this Working Party has examined how computer modeling and simulation programs can be used to describe how silvicultural techniques can be used to predict wood quality. State of Knowledge Under construction.
Activities and events Unit 5.01.04 2008-06-14 6th Workshop "Connection between Forest Resources and Wood Quality: Modelling Approaches and Simulation Software" Joensuu, Finland
5.01.06 – Wood quality from intensive management Coordinator:Katsuhiko Takata, Japan Deputies:Gero Becker, GermanyPaul McLean, United Kingdom About Unit An increasing proportion of the world’s wood supply is coming from man-made forests of various types – both temperate and tropical softwoods and hardwoods. This working party provides a forum for discussion on the resulting quality of the wood and wood products produced from managed plantations, compared to the characteristics of natural stands, and options for improvement in forest economics through the improvement of intrinsic wood quality parameters. The main focus is on the effects of human intervention in the development and growth of commercial forests:
5.01.06 – Wood quality from intensive management Choice of species and the effect on product characteristics Influence of genetic manipulation of wood properties and product performance Silvicultural practices: economics and result of alternative options, including initial spacing, fertilization, thinning, pruning and rotation age Influence of wood quality on specific product options Advances in tools for measuring wood properties Interaction with other IUFRO Units involved in tree breeding, wood properties modelling, and wood product development is also a strong feature of activities. State of Knowledge Under construction.
5.01.07 – Tree ring analysis Coordinator:Margaret Devall, United States Deputies:Paolo Cherubini, Switzerland About Unit Mission To increase the visibility of tree ring research in the forest science community. Connecting people interested in tree rings worldwide by exchanging knowledge and ideas.
History In 1989 during the All Division 5 Conference in Sao Paulo "Tree Ring Analysis" was established as a Project Group P 5.05 chaired by Dr. Gordon Jacoby. Later, Dr. Fritz H. Schweingruber took over responsibilies and in 1992 well-attended sessions were held during the All-Division 5 Conference in Nancy, France. In 1994, a tree-ring-analysis-in-tropical-trees workshop was organized in Kuala Lumpur together with IAWA (International Association of Wood Anatomists). During a later meeting in Sopron, Hungary, the IUFRO Executive Board accepted a new divisional structure. "Tree Ring Analysis" was considered as a separate IUFROUnit (5.09). Dr. Rupert Wimmer and Dr. Roland E. Vetter coordinated the activities of "Tree Ring Analysis" from 1997-2000. In August, 2000 a session and a business meeting were held at the XXI IUFRO World Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. From 2000-2005 the coordinator of the unit was Dr. Martin Worbes and the deputy coordinators were Dr. Margaret Devall and Dr. Nathsuda Pumijumnong. A session and a business meeting were held in Rotorua, New Zealand during the All Division 5 meeting in March, 2003. In 2005 "Tree Ring Analysis" became IUFRO Unit 5.01.07. The coordinator is Dr. Margaret Devall and the deputy coordinator is Dr. Paolo Cherubini. The unit held popular sessions and a well attended business meeting at the XXII IUFRO World Congress in Brisbane, Australia in August, 2005.
State of Knowledge Basic ideas and principles of Tree Ring Analysis: The Ultimate Tree Ring Web Pages (biggest ressource on earth about Tree Rings, by H.D. Grissino-Meyer) The world of trees (informative for all ages) Tales Tree tell (by Prof. H.C. Fritts) A guide to dendrochronology for educators (excellently done by Lori Martinez, Tucson, Arizona) Bristlecone page (learn about tree rings and the oldest living thing on earth, by Leonard Miller) Photo gallery of trees and tree-rings (by H.D.Grissino-Meyer) Association for Tree-Ring Research Activities and events Unit 5.01.07
What is the state of knowledge? Working group structure, is there a need to improve? Change? Planning of future conferences Should we include new issues? Genetic engineering, breeding, fibre research?