Active Management of wood production

About the Lecturer

Dr Michelle Balasso

Michelle has a multi-disciplinary background allowing for a broad expertise in forestry, ecology, wood products and natural resource management and is committed to integrating different aspects of forestry for sustainable and appropriate use of natural resources. Michelle’s PhD contributed to the understanding of variation in wood quality in Eucalyptus plantations, and she developed a segregation system to obtain the highest recovery of valuable products from the planted resource. Michelle authored a number of high-quality publications in the fields of forest management and wood technology, and presented at several national and international conferences, as well as at industry events. Originally from Italy, she obtained both BSc and MSc from the University of Padova, and travelled for research in Sweden and Germany prior to settling in Australia, where she is currently employed in the forest industry.

2.6 Active Management of wood production

Humankind has sourced raw products and obtained benefits from forests since its appearance on earth. Among the several services that forest ecosystems provide, wood products are the most valuable for markets worldwide, and have the largest presence in our daily lives. Knowledge on how wood is produced from trees is fundamental in order to manage forests appropriately to obtain the desired timber products. This lecture will cover the fundamental of plant anatomy, wood formation, timber products type ad processing, and concludes on how to manage forests for wood production.

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