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FLOR - Forestry and Forest Products Research Unit

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The TNA holder has indicated that this infrastructure would remain accessible also after the Trees4Future end-of-project, however the applicant would have to bear costs.

Potential users are invited to enquire directly with the site manager for agreement on accessibility and related costs.

Type of facility: Laboratory - analysis of wood physical, mechanical, chemical properties

Keywords: analytical pyrolysis, NIR, near-infrared spectroscopy, ATR-FTIR, attenuated total reflectance, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, spectroscopy, wood chemistry, Klason lignin, cellulose, hemicellulose, wood quality, tree breeding, phenotyping

Who would find this useful? Wood researchers; Tree breeders; molecular biologists; Wood science researchers; Forest-based industries (pulp and paper; woodworking; solid wood; wood-based panels and composites).

"Partners were very friendly, always at hand in case of need. A functional lab with great experts for assistance serves as a good environment for scientific research."

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infrared spectroscopy at FLORInfrared spectroscopy can be used to provide, fast, accurate, and non-destructive assessment of wood properties. Photos: FLOR. ATR=Attenuated Total Reflectance. FTIR=Fourier Transform Infrared. NIR=Near infrared. MPA=Multipurpose Analysis.

About the facility: The Forestry and Forest Products Research (FFPR) Unit has a 64 years tradition in forest products and wood science research including wood characterization for optimized utilization. In the last ten years the unit has developed competencies in high-throughput non-destructive assessment of wood physical and chemical properties.

In the last 15 years the unit has developed competencies in high throughput analytical techniques based on infrared spectroscopy (FTIR - Fourier Transform Infrared; and NIR - Near Infrared). Models have been developed to assess wood quality parameters including chemical, physical and mechanical properties in the frame of several European and national projects as well as several contracts with forestry and pulp companies. The unit also developed competencies in the chemical analysis at micro-sample level using for the first time analytical pyrolysis (Py-GC/FID, Py-GC/MS) as a quantitative analytical technique for wood chemical analysis. The laboratory is also fully equipped for wet chemical analysis including sample preparation as well as a laboratory scale pulping and paper unit that are now mainly used as reference methods for infrared calibrations.

The unit has been involved in phenotyping in the frame of several improvement programs in Portugal, Spain, France, and Australia and in an integrated platform of genotyping of Mercosur.

Highlights include the first reported estimation of the heritability of lignin composition of two important species for pulping namely Pinus pinaster (H/G) and Eucalyptus globulus (S/G) in collaboration with French and Australian researchers.

What does the TA programme offer? Access is offered to the use of the laboratory and equipments and also the use of the high throughput models developed by the unit. Training is offered both in wet chemical characterization and spectroscopic analysis.

The unit offers:

  • 3- 5 days up to two weeks visit
  • Training in wet-chemistry analysis
  • Training on use of FTIR and NIR and data analysis
  • Model development and validation
  • Micro-chemical analysis

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Location: Lisbon, Portugal

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