International co-operation in wood preservation research
If one searched the literature, one could find many examples of international co-operation in the field of research in wood preservation. For example, individual workers in different countries in Europe have got together and made replicate tests with both fungi and insects on various preservatives of common interest and their results have been published. Much co-operation has not had its results published. Over the years, for example, at the old Forest Products Research Laboratory, overseas countries have sent both their own timbers and their own students to study these where all the facilities have been available, and this sort of exercise has gone on in many lands. There have been exchange visits of research workers from country to country, but these are all examples of individual items of co-operation. In this talk, however, we will have to confine our discussion to organized international co-operation. I will give some remarks about the largest organization in this field, viz. the International Research Group on Wood Preservation (IRG) at the end.