Type: Book

Instant Insights: Developing forestry products


Dr David Nicholls



Publication date:

15 June 2021

Length of book:

136 pages

ISBN-13: 9781801461634

Paperback - £37.99
Request Permissions


This collection features five peer-reviewed literature reviews on developing forestry products.

The first chapter discusses trade-offs between timber products from plantation forests and the need to protect ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration. It reviews ways of innovating business practices, the use of solid wood, reconstituted products and woody biomass as products.

The second chapter explores hardwood tree management within agroforestry systems for the production of veneer and high-quality sawlogs. It reviews how to optimise production in alley cropping, riparian buffers and silvopasture systems.

The third chapter assesses the range of non-timber forest products from tropical forests. These include non-wood fiber resources, including bamboo, rattan and agricultural biomass. These can be used to replace traditional wood fibers in both building and non-structural applications.

The fourth chapter focusses on new processes and applications of forestry products. It discusses cellulose pulp conversion into cellulosic nanomaterials, hydrolysis of hemicelluloses from wood to produce sugars for use in the food industry, as well as extraction of polyphenols from bark for nutraceuticals.

The final chapter reviews alley cropping practices to produce overstory nut crops. It discusses genetic improvement of nut trees, orchard design and management as well as pest management in nut tree alley cropping.

Table of contents

Chapter 1 - Developing forestry products: timber: David Nicholls, USDA Forest Service, USA; 1 Introduction 2 The role of solid wood in the emerging bioeconomy 3 Sustainable timber products: wood product use and carbon sequestration 4 Innovativeness in new timber-based products and processes 5 Meeting global demands for wood and bio-based products 6 Customization of timber-derived products in an era of globalization 7 Case study: Scandinavian practices in the timber industry and forest sector 8 Future trends 9 Abbreviations 10 Where to look for further information 11 References
Chapter 2 - Agroforestry for hardwood timber production: J. W. ‘Jerry’ Van Sambeek, formerly of USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station and University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry, USA; 1 Introduction 2 Impact of ground cover on tree growth 3 Growing-space requirements 4 Pruning recommendations and practices 5 Log and wood quality 6 Summary 7 Future trends in research 8 Where to look for further information 9 References
Chapter 3 - New types of products from tropical wood: Jegatheswaran Ratnasingam, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia; 1 Introduction 2 Tropical forest wood products 3 Plantation forest resources 4 Non-wood forest products: bamboo and rattan 5 Plantation timber product development and wood species 6 Plantation biomass and waste: oil palm and kenaf 7 Plantation biomass and waste: sugarcane and rice 8 Developments in wood products 9 Biomass energy and co-generation 10 Wood-based biofuels 11 Conclusions 12 Where to look for further information 13 References
Chapter 4 - Emerging technologies to develop new forest products: Tatjana Stevanovic, Laval University, Canada; 1 Introduction 2 Novel uses of cellulose 3 Novel uses of hemicelluloses 4 Novel uses of lignins 5 Polyphenols from bark 6 Future trends and conclusion 7 Where to look for further information 8 References
Chapter 5 - Agroforestry for the cultivation of nuts: Michael A. Gold, University of Missouri, USA; 1 Introduction 2 Nut-based agroforestry systems 3 Key challenges facing nut-based agroforestry systems 4 Genetic improvement of nut trees 5 Management of temporal and spatial tree and crop interactions 6 Orchard design and management 7 Pest management in nut tree alley cropping 8 Financial decision support tools 9 Policy support 10 Case studies 11 Conclusion and future trends 12 Where to look for further information 13 References