Studies on the biological improvement of permeability in New Zealand grown Douglas fir
K J Archer
This report outlines progress towards optimizing conditions for water storage of New Zealand grown Douglas fir with the aim of improving permeability to water-borne preservatives, in particular CCA. Small scale laboratory tests are in progress but the need to scale up to potential commercial applications is being considered. Mixed populations of bacteria isolated from 10 week water sprinkled Douglas fir are being used to inoculate green, sterile timber. Environmental parameters such as pH, temperature and nutrient status are controlled to evaluate optimum conditions of growth, enzyme production and pitmembrane degradation leading to permeability improvement.
Keywords: PERMEABILITY; PSEUDOTSUGA MENZIESII; SPRINKLING; WATER STORAGE; BACTERIA; CATALASE ACTIVITY; NEW ZEALAND; pH; SUGAR LEVEL
Conference: 83-05-09/13 Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia