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Latest timber industry news, updated Thursdays.

Wooden glass for windows and solar panels

Researchers from Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology earlier this year announced the development of an “optically transparent wood”. Source: The Urban Developer In an article titled “Optically Transparent Wood from a Nanoporous Cellulosic Template: Combining Functional and Structur
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Wood is a fad for tall buildings

Wood is all over the news — from CNN, to Forbes — as being the future of skyscrapers, but not everyone is so sure. Source: The Ubyssey “We are on this hype of ‘Oh, timber is fantastic — aren’t we great we’re using timber?’ but that’s like a pendulum swing phenomenon,” said Perry Adeba
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Wood made in a petrie dish

It may sound like magic but a Canterbury University researcher thinks 3D technology could hold the key to a whole new industry in 3D printing wood. Source: TVNZ Associate Professor David Leung has just received funding of $255,000 to unlock just how to do it. He says the idea is to ta
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Scion CEO to retire

Scion CEO Dr Warren Parker is to retire once his replacement is in place at the Rotorua headquartered Crown Research Institute. A search for his replacement is underway. Source: Timberbiz Dr Parker joined Scion in March 2011 and after almost six years at the helm and more than 20 year
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Driving ex Holden workers to the Green Triangle

South-west Victorian civic and industry leaders are leading a push for redundant car manufacturing workers in South Australia to be redeployed across the border. Source: ABC News The Glenelg Shire Council, in south-west Victoria, has partnered with the Committee for Portland and Portl
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Where should we grow our trees?

Existing plantation areas are shrinking and new investment has stalled. Rod Keenan examines the economic, environmental and social drivers behind the need for better plantation policy in Australia and the innovative investment models required. Source: Policy Forum Forest plantations h
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Jobs for Tassie in wood pellet plant

More than 55 jobs could be created if a Northern Tasmanian wood pellet plant was to go ahead. Source: The Examiner A funding commitment of $250,000 was announced by the state government to complete a $5 million feasibility study into the viability of the project. If it were to proceed
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Agroforestry is not the answer

A forestry veteran says industry must be wary of government calls for agroforestry to play a more significant role in timber production. Source: ABC Rural Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce announced a $520,000 research and development project in May to look into growing trees for
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Foresters fire up for 2016 bushfire season

Managing natural landscapes and plantations in Australia’s fire prone environment is a problem that demands the attention of the finest minds in the country. Source: Timberbiz Mount Gambier is to host some of the finest minds in forest fire management at a one-day forum on 7 October,
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