INRA GENOBOIS Wood analysis technical platform

Practicalities TA feedback

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: Laboratories for analysis of wood biochemistry, chemistry, and wood microdensitometry

Keywords: genetics, tree breeding, selection, population genetics, wood science, , tree breeding, wood research, wood technology, phenotyping, wood properties, wood chemistry, wood physics, wood chemical properties, wood physical properties

Who would find this useful? forest-based research community; wood property researchers; tree breeders; geneticists; physiologists; other industries (green chemicals, pharmaceuticals, etc.).

"It has allowed me to use a new technique to extract data from a sample density of wood, that I could not have otherwise used. I have had the opportunity to discuss the results with a research group with extensive knowledge. The visit was enormously productive!"

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About the facility: The GENOBOIS facility brings together the activities of INRA units AGPF (Orléans) and BIOGECO (Bordeaux-Pierroton) on wood properties measurement and analysis. The scientific objectives of GENOBOIS are to study:

  1. the genetic variability of wood properties in relation to genetic improvement of forest trees, and
  2. the influence of global changes on woody species physiology.

These objectives rely on techniques of preparation and processing of wood material, biochemistry, dendrochronology, plant anatomy, and histology. The specificity of GENOBOIS is the exclusive study of wood with a sample throughput of several thousand samples per year (high-throughput phenotyping). Mechanical and chemical properties of thousands of wood samples are measured each year with the accuracy and quality required by the scientific community. It also carries histological and anatomical descriptions of these samples, at a lower throughput (a few tens or even hundreds of samples per year).

  • Biochemical laboratory equipment
  • HPLC Beckman
  • FT-NIR [near infrared] and MIR [mid-infrared] (ATR [attenuated total reflectance]) Perkin Elmer Spectrum400
  • Chain for obtaining microdensitometric (MDM) profile of wood
  • LignoStation (for microdensitometric profile) (end of 2012)

What does the TA programme offer?

Interested users can apply to visit the facility in person.

  • training on lab equipment, analysis methods and protocols
  • experimental design support
  • data acquisition

For microdensitometric profiles: the unit of access is 1 sample. The user can implement sets of 100 samples (one or more) over a period of 15 days. One typical stay will include preparation of wood samples (sawing, resin extraction, etc), establishment of microdensitometric profiles, data analysis and interpretation.

For Biochemical analysis of wood: the unit of access is 1 day. The duration of stay is dependent on the amount of samples. An average of 10 days is needed to analyze hundreds of samples. One typical stay will include preparation of wood samples (grinding), extraction, colorimetric dosages, HPLC [high performance liquid chromatography], NIRS [near infrared spectroscopy], data analysis and interpretation.

More information

Location: Orleans (AGPF Unit) and Bordeaux (Biogéco Unit) - France

Contact details/practical information

Visit the GENOBOIS website (under construction)