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Wood Biology Breakthrough

Photo of Image is a micrograph of tension wood, labelling the specialized cell wall responsible for force generation in red. This cell wall is composed almost entirely of cellulose, which is the starting material for bioenergy production. Andrew Groover, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.Image is a micrograph of tension wood, labelling the specialized cell wall responsible for force generation in red. This cell wall is composed almost entirely of cellulose, which is the starting material for bioenergy production. Andrew Groover, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.Snapshot : Forest Service scientists determined how trees alter wood development to reorient stems in response to mechanical stress and gravity.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Groover, Andrew T. 
Research Location : Davis, Calif., Placerville, Calif.
Research Station : Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW)
Year : 2016
Highlight ID : 1116

Summary

Trees produce reaction wood to reinforce and reorient stems. This reaction wood is the major defect for lumber and veneer products, but also has chemical properties useful for bioenergy conversion. Forest Service researchers, working with Univiersity of California Davis and University of Bristish Columbia, determined the basic biological mechanisms underlying how trees perceive gravity and then produce reaction wood.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

 
  • University of British Columbia?
  • University of California Davis