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Decay Resistance and Physical Characteristics of Wood

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Various attempts have been made to find a physical characteristic of wood that would indicate its decay-resisting ability. Studies of leached heartwood and of leached and unleached sapwood of western redcedar conducted by the authors and reported in this paper showed no significant influence of either specific gravity or ring frequency on susceptibility to decay, but did indicate that leached heartwood decays more readily than sapwood, and unleached sapwood more than leached sapwood.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor of forestry, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho

Publication date: September 1, 1943

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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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