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Plantation-grown whitewood timber in Vanuatu: challenges and opportunities for export and domestic use
International Forestry Review
  • R Viranamangga, Southern Cross University
  • Graeme Palmer, Southern Cross University
  • Kevin S Glencross, Southern Cross University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2012
Peer Reviewed
Peer-Reviewed
Abstract
Whitewood (Endospermum medullosum) is a useful timber species, previously sourced from native forests and now available from plantations in Vanuatu. However, plantation-grown whitewood will have about 30% more knotty wood than previously experienced in logs from native forest. This will impact on the economics of growing and processing whitewood, and on potential uses of the timber. Opportunities to add value to knotty wood are to produce large section structural lumber, to recover short lengths of clear wood for furniture, and to treat heartwood with preservative chemicals to enable structural use in exposed and in-ground applications.
Citation Information

Viranamangga, R, Palmer, G & Glencross, KS 2012, 'Plantation-grown whitewood timber in Vanuatu: challenges and opportunities for export and domestic use', International Forestry Review, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 486-491.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1505/146554812804715847