Transnational Accesses

Technical information

IICT FLOR - Forestry and Forest Products Research Unit

The unit offers access to:

  • Fully equipped facility for wood/biomass preparation including:
    • Wood mills: Retch SM1; SM200O; ZM100
    • Screening apparatus: Retch
  • Fully equipped wood chemistry lab including:
    • 12 Soxhlet extractors
    • 2 muffle furnace for Ash
    • 4 ovens
  • Laboratory scale pulping unit including:
    • Pulping: M/K system laboratory digester; multi-batch digester prototype
  • Spectroscopy laboratory (NIR and ATR-FTIR)
    • FT-NIR spectrometers Bruker MPA and Vectror Vector 22/NI with integration sphere and fibre probe accessories;
    • FT-IR spectrometer Bruker Alpha with transmission and ATR accessory

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.

  • Analytical Pyrolysis laboratory (Py-GC/MS; Py-GC/FID)
    • 2 CDS 1000 units; 2 GC units: Agilent 6890 with 5973 MSD and FID and Agilent 7820 with FID

Example of pyrolysis analysis to distinguish between species and provenances.Example of pyrolysis analysis to distinguish between species and provenances. Image: FLOR.

Examples of application

The Center has been involved in high throughput phenotyping in the frame of several improvement programs in Portugal, Spain, France, 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.

Example references

  • Alves, A., Simões, R., Stackpole, D.J., Vaillancourt, R.E., Potts, B.M., Schwanninger, M., Rodrigues, J. 2011. Determination of the syringyl/guaiacyl ratio of Eucalyptus globulus wood lignin by NIR-based PLS-R models using analytical pyrolysis as the reference method. Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy, 19(5), 343-348. doi:10.1255/jnirs.946
  • Alves, A., Gierlinger, N., Schwanninger, M., Rodrigues, J. 2009. Analytical pyrolysis as a direct method to determine the lignin content in wood: Part 3. Evaluation of species-specific and tissue-specific differences in softwood lignin composition using principal component analysis. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, 85(1-2), 30-37. doi:10.1016/j.jaap.2008.09.006