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Title: Enhancing forest value productivity through fiber quality

Author: Briggs, D.;

Date: 2010

Source: Journal

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: Developing markets for carbon storage and bioenergy, shifting of the pulp and paper industry to biorefineries, and the potential of new technologies present the forest sector with exciting transformative opportunities and challenges. One of these challenges will be to understand the implications for fiber (wood) quality. This article provides a definitional context for fiber quality; examines traditional visual qualitative assessment methods and changes that are producing a shift toward methods to quantitatively measure properties; and briefly reviews the effects of age, silviculture, genetics, soil, climate, and location. With this background, the following four fiber quality research gap areas are identified: (1) poor understanding of the relationships between the properties of wood across various scales and their effect on product performance; (2) lack of understanding of how physiological processes, genetics, silviculture treatments, and growing environment conditions affect properties of wood at different scales; (3) the weak scientific infrastructure to address gaps 1 and 2; and (4) the lack of models that integrate fiber quality into decision support systems that can be used to improve planning of investment, silviculture, harvest, and marketing activities. To address these gaps, it is suggested that a lead organization be formed to define and set priorities, establish funding, and organize and oversee the research program.

Keywords: fiber quality, productivity, silviculture, wood quality

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Briggs, D. 2010. Enhancing forest value productivity through fiber quality. Journal of Forestry 108:174-182.


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