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Combined effect of boron compounds and heat treatments on wood properties: Boron release and decay and termite resistance

S. Nami Kartal1


Corresponding author. Forestry Faculty, Istanbul University, Bahcekoy 34473, Istanbul, Turkey Tel: +90 212 226 11 00, Fax: +90 212 226 11 13

Citation Information: Holzforschung. Volume 60, Issue 4, Pages 455–458, ISSN (Online) 1437-434X, ISSN (Print) 0018-3830, DOI: 10.1515/HF.2006.072, July 2006

Publication History

March 19, 2006
May 12, 2006


The decay and termite resistance of boric acid (BA)- and di-sodium octoborate tetrahydrate (DOT)-treated sugi sapwood was tested in the context of additional heat treatments at two temperature levels. Heat treatments had no effect on boron release and almost all boron was leached from specimens during a 10-day weathering period. Decay tests with the brown-rot fungus Fomitopsis palustris and the white-rot fungus Trametes versicolor and a 3-week termite resistance test with the subterranean termite Coptotermes formosanus were performed. Heat treatments did not increase the decay resistance of either BA- or DOT-treated specimens against the brown-rot fungus. However, the decay resistance of BA-treated specimens against the same fungus increased after heat treatment at 220°C for 2 h. Heat treatments at 180°C for 4 h and 220°C for 2 h also resulted in increased decay resistance of DOT-treated specimens against T. versi-color. Increased resistance against termite attack was observed only in DOT-treated specimens heated at 180°C for 4 h or at 220°C for 2 h. Accordingly, a synergistic effect between heat and DOT treatments was observed for resistance against white-rot decay and termites.

Keywords: boric acid; boron leaching; Coptotermes formosanus; decay resistance; DOT; Fomitopsis palustris; heat treatment; termite resistance; Trametes versicolor

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