Department of Forest and Wood Science
Research is conducted in the fields set out below.
- Silviculture: The genetic improvement of trees, propagation of trees, tree establishment, management of indigenous forests and woodlands as well site/species matching.
- Forestry Development: The use of indigenous trees by communities, the participatory management of indigenous forests and woodlands and the use of agroforestry technologies for community development are investigated.
- Forest Management: Research focuses on forest inventory, growth and yield modelling of natural and commercial plantation forests, GIS-modelling, informatics, forestry economics and finance, business management and policy.
- Forest Engineering: This field deals with logistics and supply-chain management, operations research, harvesting systems optimisation, optimal building and management practices for access roads and forest road networks, and timber transport, costing and work-study protocols.
- Wood Properties: Deepening study of the biological, physical and chemical properties of importance during the processing and use of wood-based products. Include amongst others, micro and macro structures, biodegradation, wood/water relationship, thermal behaviour, mechanical strength, and electrical and acoustic properties.
- Wood pPocessing: Further studies of the processes, economics and management of primary and secondary wood processing industries.
- Wood-based Constructions: The design, manufacture and properties of wood-based constructions, joints and fasteners, durability and performance testing.
- Industrial Research and Practice: Identification and solving of an industrial problem or development of a product.
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