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Controlled development of spalting figure in hardwoodsCompleted

Project leaders: Cooper, Paul
 

Objective:

The purpose of the project is to add value to low grade hardwood logs and lumber through controlled development of fungal spalting.  Specific objectives include:

  • Identify fungal species and combinations that produce attractive zone lines and colour variation in under-utilized or low grade hardwoods;
  • Optimize conditions for inoculation and culturing of wood samples;
  • Develop inoculation procedures to scale up the process to large volumes of lumber or logs and work with industry partners to develop commercial scale demonstration of controlled spalting.
  • Develop methods to assess the quality of the wood and effect of spalting on different wood properties
  • Determine the costs of scaled up processes.

Start date: 2009-04-01 End date: 2011-03-31
 

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For more information on this project, please contact:

Cooper, Paul
University of Toronto
Email: p.cooper@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 946-5078
Fax: (416) 978-3834
 
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