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Life Sciences - Forestry | Wood Characteristics - Description, Causes, Prevention, Impact on Use and Technological Adaptation

Wood Characteristics

Description, Causes, Prevention, Impact on Use and Technological Adaptation

Richter, Christoph

Original German edition published by DRW-Verlag Weinbrenner, Leinfelden-Echterdingen, 2010

2015, X, 222 p. 365 illus., 201 illus. in color.

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  • Describes the different forms and causes of wood characteristics in detail
  • More than 1,000 illustrations, most of them in color
  • Compares wood characteristics found in trees of the boreal, temperate and tropical climate zones

This book offers a broad range of options for technically adapting, handling and processing wood with specific wood characteristics.  It starts by discussing wood anatomy and the general factors leading to the formation of wood characteristics. The individual characteristics are then categorized into four groups:

·        Wood characteristics inherent in a tree’s natural growth

·        Biotically-induced wood characteristics

·        Abiotically-induced wood characteristics

·        Types and causes of cracks

New to this English edition is a comparison of wood characteristics found in trees from the boreal, temperate and tropical climate zones. The results show a clear relationship between the effects of sunshine duration, the vertical and horizontal angle of radiation, and crown coverage and the way wood characteristics form.

The book addresses all those who work with wood professionally: foresters, gardeners and arborists who want to be able to observe a living tree and identify its internal features and the causes of its prominent wood characteristics. Based on the findings described in this book they can determine how to avoid certain undesirable characteristics, or alternatively how to promote favorable ones as the tree and stand grow. Botanists and dendrologists will learn how wood characteristics arise, and how they affect living trees and wood products. The needs of wood technologists seeking to prevent adverse wood characteristics from influencing wood processing, or to enhance favorable wood characteristics, are also addressed.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » crack forms - tree anatomy - tree rings - wood fiber - wood formation - wood processing

Related subjects » Forestry

Table of contents 

Part I: Wood, a Truly Remarkable Material.- The Anatomical Structure of Wood.- Wood Characteristic or Defect?.- General Factors Leading to the Formation of Wood Characteristics of the Tree.- Part II: Wood Characteristics Overview.- Overview of the Main Wood Characteristics.- Part III: Description of the Wood Characteristics.- Wood Characteristics Inherent in a Tree´s Natural Growth.- Biotically Induced Wood Characteristics.- Abiotically Induced Wood Characteristics.- Overview of Cracks / Shake Forms and Causes.

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Distribution rights for India: Researchco Book Centre, New Delhi, India

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