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Discolorations and Decay Resulting from Increment Borings in Hardwoods

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It is common practice among foresters to make increment borings in trees. In some species, such as northern hardwoods, this results in discolorations, cankers, and decay. Studies by the author show that stain, which is of chemical origin and not due to microorganisms, invariably develops in the wood adjacent to borer holes, regardless of the preventive measures used. Cankers and decay are common but not universal. Black locust plugs have no effect on stain, but reduce somewhat the incidence of heart rot.

Document Type: Journal Article

Publication date: January 1, 1944

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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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