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    The Biology of Reaction Wood (Springer Series in Wood Science) (Hardback) Edited by Barry A. Gardiner, Edited by John Barnett, Edited by Pekka Saranpää, Edited by Joseph Gril

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    DescriptionThe book is a fundamental reference source on reaction wood for wood scientists and technologists, plant biologists, silviculturists, forest ecologists, and anyone involved in the growing of trees and the processing of wood. It brings together our current understanding of all aspects of reaction wood, and is the first book to discuss both compression wood and tension wood. Trees produce reaction wood to maintain the vertical orientation of their stems and the optimum angle of each branch. They achieve this by laying down fibre cell walls in which differences in physical and chemical structure from those of normal fibres are expressed as differential stresses across the stem or branch. This process, while of obvious value for the survival of the tree, causes serious problems for the utilisation of timber. Timber derived from trees containing significant amounts of reaction wood is subject to dimensional instability on drying, causing twisting, bending and splitting. It is also difficult to work as timber, and for the pulp and paper industry the cost of removing the increased amount of lignin in compression wood is substantial. This has both practical and economic consequences for industry. Understanding the factors controlling reaction wood formation and its effect on wood structure is therefore fundamental to our understanding of the adaptation of trees to their environment and to the sustainable use of wood. The topics covered include: -Morphology, anatomy and ultrastructure of reaction wood -Cell-wall polymers in reaction wood and their biosynthesis -Changes in tree proteomes during reaction wood formation -The biomechanical action and biological functions of reaction wood - Physical and mechanical properties of reaction wood from the scale of cell walls to planks -The detection and characterisation of compression wood -Effects of reaction wood on the performance of wood and wood-based products - Commercial implications of reaction wood and the influence of forest management on its formation


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    Title
    The Biology of Reaction Wood
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Barry A. Gardiner, Edited by John Barnett, Edited by Pekka Saranpää, Edited by Joseph Gril
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 283
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 590 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9783642108136
    ISBN 10: 364210813X
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: TEC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S9.4
    LC subject heading: , , , ,
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Ingram Subject Code: NA
    BISAC V2.8: SCI011000
    BIC subject category V2: TVR
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17650
    BISAC V2.8: SCI056000, NAT034000, TEC003040
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: TDJ, PSTD
    DC22: 571.2
    Abridged Dewey: 634
    LC classification: SD
    Libri: BAUS8032, HOLZ1500
    DC23: 582.16
    LC classification: QH301-705, SD1-668, QK640, QK710-899, QK474.8-493.5, TS800-915, SD430-559
    Thema V1.0: TDC, PST, MFC, MFG, TVR
    Edition statement
    2012
    Illustrations note
    41 black & white illustrations, 36 colour illustrations, biography
    Publisher
    Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
    Imprint name
    Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. K
    Publication date
    31 January 2014
    Publication City/Country
    Berlin
    Back cover copy
    The book is an essential reference source on reaction wood for wood scientists and technologists, plant biologists, silviculturists, forest ecologists, and anyone involved in the growing of trees and the processing of wood. It brings together our current understanding of all aspects of reaction wood, and is the first book to compare and discuss both compression wood and tension wood. Trees produce reaction wood to maintain the vertical orientation of their stems and the optimum angle of each branch. They achieve this by laying down fibre cell walls in which differences in physical and chemical structure from those of normal fibres are expressed as differential stresses across the stem or branch. This process, while of obvious value for the survival of the tree, causes serious problems for the utilisation of timber. Timber derived from trees containing significant amounts of reaction wood is subject to dimensional instability on drying, causing distortion and splitting. It is also difficult to work as timber, and for the pulp and paper industry the cost of removing the increased amount of lignin in compression wood is substantial. This has both practical and economic consequences for industry. Understanding the factors controlling reaction wood formation and its effect on wood structure is therefore fundamental to our understanding of the adaptation of trees to their environment and to the sustainable use of wood. The topics covered include: -Morphology, anatomy and ultrastructure of reaction wood-Cell-wall polymers in reaction wood and their biosynthesis-Changes in tree proteomes during reaction wood formation- Physical and mechanical properties of reaction wood from the scale of cell walls to planks-The detection and characterisation of compression wood-Effects of reaction wood on the performance of wood and wood-based products- Commercial implications of reaction wood and the influence of forest management on its formation
    Table of contents
    Introduction.- Morphology, Anatomy and Ultrastructure of Reaction Wood.- Cell Wall Polymers in Reaction Wood.- The Molecular Mechanisms of Reaction Wood Induction.- Biomechanical Action and Biological Functions.- Physical and Mechanical Properties of Reaction Wood.- Detection and Grading of Compression Wood.- Effects of Reaction Wood on the Performance of Wood and Wood-based Products.- Commercial Implications of Reaction Wood and the Influence of Forest Management.