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Fungus Control as One Means of Safeguarding Future Markets for Wood

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The problem of maintaining stable and sufficiently large markets for wood has become of increasing significance in recent years. One phase of the problem is the control of fungus deteriorating agents, which attack lumber, logs, and other wood products in storage and in use. Such agents are an important factor in increasing manufacturing costs, reducing quality and utility value, and developing unwarranted prejudices against wood products. Resulting losses and inconvenience to both the consumer and manufacturer are often far greater than is indicated by the value of the material affected. In the following discussion an analysis is made of some of the damage and its effect on present and future markets for wood. Present accomplishments in developing feasible control methods and the need for further progress is mentioned for some of the most important problems.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Pathologist, U. S. Bureau of Plant Industry

Publication date: May 1, 1935

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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