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Combat illegal logging using DNA

A new strategy aimed at monitoring the supply chain of timber products using genetic and stable isotope markers will play a vital role in international efforts to combat illegal logging. Source: CIFOR Forests Blog
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Ghana to import logs from Cameroon

Ghana will import logs from Cameroon after losing its forest cover, which stood at 8.2 million hectares a little over a century ago. The imports will feed mills in Ghana. Source: IHB
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Ta Ann to produce hybrid acacia plywood

Ta Ann Holdings in Malaysia is increasing the harvest of its plantation logs to produce hybrid plywood and started planting acacia trees last year to fulfill this plan as it is a fast growing commercial timber. Source: The Star
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New drying method for veneers

A new type of contact drying method has been developed by Aalto University in Finland, the research was reported in the International Wood Products Journal. Source: Ingentaconnect
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Measuring the impact of forest fires

A team of scientists from the USDA Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Research Station and the University of Córdoba in Spain recently developed a new methodology that measures the economic impact of forest fires on timber resources. Source: Timberman
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Indonesia chases EU with SVLK

Indonesia's trade minister, Gita Wirjawan, will travel to Europe to press the case for more timber trade with all member states of the European Union with the support of Indonesia’s forestry sector. Source European Voice
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UK Government bioenergy strategy report

Up to half of the UK government’s 2020 renewable energy target could be met by energy crops, wood and other forms of biomass according to a recent government report. Source: Farmers Weekly
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Green Timberland has Greenheart for China

The Greenheart Group Limited of Hong Kong has appointed Green Timberland Development Limited, a New Zealand incorporated company specializing in softwood sales in China, as its non-exclusive sales agent for the sales and marketing of New Zealand softwood for Greenheart in China. Sourc
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EU rules offence to sell illegal timber products

New European Union Timber Regulations coming into force on 3 March 2013 will affect all British retailers. This means that from this date it will be an offence to sell products that contain timber that has been harvested illegally within the EU. Source: Bdaily Business Network
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US sells more to China, NZ sells less

Over the past decade, China’s fast expanding economy and boom in housing lifted the country to being the world’s largest importer of sawlogs and the second largest importer of softwood lumber after the U.S. Source: Troy Media www.troymedia.com
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