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Wood Quality Consortium

Wood Quality Consortium Summary


  • Research and outreach into wood and fiber quality of plantation southern pine
  • Founded in 2000 as a cooperative between industry, USDA Forest Service, and UGA


The objective of the Wood Quality Consortium is to improve wood and fiber production, procurement, and utilization of southern pine plantations by providing data, prediction tools, analyses, and field methods for incorporating wood and fiber properties into timber growing, procurement, and manufacturing decisions.

Current Projects

  • Linking forest management and genetic improvement to wood and lumber properties
  • Characterization of fiber properties collected across South wide baseline study
  • Modeling wood quality responses to silviculture, environmental variables, and soil


  • South wide baseline study of specific gravity of loblolly pine
  • Ring-by-ring, disk, tree, stand, and regional variation in specific gravity
  • Specific gravity responses to intensive culture:  initial spacing, thinning, fertilization, vegetation control, advanced genetics


  • Wood and fiber property modeling
  • Forest and mill sampling for wood and fiber properties
  • Sample preparation
    • Wood-Mizer sawmill and fully equipped woodshop
    • Dry kiln and ovens
    • Chipper and chip sorters
    • Pulping laboratory
    • Soxhlet extraction
  • Lab analyses for wood properties
    • Wood and bark moisture content and specific gravity
    • Ring-by-ring wood density (X-ray densitometry)
    • Ring-by-ring acoustic velocity
    • Ring-by-ring fiber properties (fiber analyzer)
    • Ring-by-ring anatomical properties (custom fiber analyzer)
    • Wood stiffness (standing tree, logs, lumber)
    • Wood stiffness and strength (static bending, tension)

Wood Quality Consortium Current Projects

Project:  linking linking knot size, location, and shape on the mechanical properties of loblolly pine.

Loblolly pine lumber with knots identified


Project:  quantifying within-tree and regional variation in fiber properties for loblolly pine.

Loblolly pine fibers

Project:  linking environmental variables with regional variation in loblolly pine specific gravity

Loblolly pine regional variation in specific gravity


Wood Quality Consortium Equipment & Facilities

Forest and mill sampling for wood and fiber properties

Forest samplingCollecting cores from treesMill Study

Wood-mizer sawmill


Chipper and chip sorter

Wood chipper

Chip sorter


Dry Kiln

Wood and bark moisture content and specific gravity


Ring-by-ring wood density

X-ray densitometry

Fiber properties

MorFi Compact

High-resolution acoustic velocity (wood stiffness)

AcousticsWood stiffness via acoustics

Lumber and composite bending strength and stiffness

Bending strength and stiffness