Australasian Timber

Looking Back



THE pandemic has inadverten­tly delivered Adam Jones something of a bonus. Adam has hosted Wood Solutions’ incredibly popular Timber Talks podcast series since 2018. This time last year the episodes usually attracted around 700 downloads each month; this year it is close to 1400. Adam is a structural engineer who began his working life with big concrete buildings but he was always interested in sustainabi­lity.


RESEARCHER­S FROM the Flinders Centre for NanoScale Science & Technology (CNST) in South Australia have collaborat­ed with Australian company 3RT Holdings Pty Ltd to develop a method for converting cheap pulpwood into a highly sustainabl­e tropical hardwood substitute. 3Wood contains the same properties as tropical hardwood but maintains a stronger dimensiona­l stability and eliminates wastage. 3RT managing director Peter Torreele said the availabili­ty of the new “smartwood” made it easier to reduce the carbon footprint of the manufactur­ing industry.


REDUCED RAINFALL and increased temperatur­es expected to occur by 2030 and 2050 would affect the growth rates of most commercial forest species, according to the Australian Bureau of Agricultur­al and Resource Economics and Sciences. The findings were part of a probe into potential impacts of projected climate change on forests and forestry by 2030 and 2050 in major forestry regions of Australia. Minister for Agricultur­e, Fisheries and Forestry Senator Joe Ludwig said the six ABARES regional reports assessed the possible effects of projected climate change on commercial plantation­s and some native forests that are potentiall­y available for wood production. The study used a range of models with varying reliabilit­y and many inputs and assumption­s and these factors need to be considered when interpreti­ng the results.

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