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This is the first report of post-harvest wood staining in blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon R. Br). In
Tasmanian sawmills, an orange-brown stain commonly occurs upon cutting fresh blackwood. An
investigation of the causal mechanism of stain development was completed using fresh flitches and
stockpiled logs. Some fungi and bacteria were isolated from stained and unstained blackwood, but
no species was consistently present in stained wood alone. Wood pH did not vary between stained
and unstained wood, but there was some evidence of alterations in phenol composition. Blackwood
extracts were analysed by HPLC and a minor phenolic compound was detected that was
consistently found in stained samples and rarely in unstained. UV spectra indicated that this compound
may be a quinone, but mass spectrometry data was inconclusive. Experiments with blackwood
extracts showed that addition of oxygen (by means of H2O2 treatment) increased absorbance
in the “brown” wavelengths characteristic of stain. This supports the assumption that the
stain is an oxidative chemical stain, as it develops quite rapidly from cut surfaces.
Identification of plant hybrids produced from closely related species can be difficult using morphological characteristics alone, particularly when identifying young seedlings. In this study, we compared the performance of three calibration models developed to discriminate between seedlings of Eucalyptus globulus, E. nitens and their first-generation hybrid using either foliar oil chemistry or near-infrared reflectance spectral data from fresh, whole leaves. Both oil and near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIRS) models were developed using partial least-squares discriminant analysis and showed high classification accuracy, all correctly classifying more than 91% of samples in cross-validation. Additionally, we developed a larger, “global” and independently validated NIRS model specifically to discriminate between E. globulus and F1 hybrid seedlings of different ages. This model correctly classified 98.1% of samples in cross-validation and 95.1% of samples from an independent test set. These results show that NIRS analysis of fresh, whole leaves can be used as a rapid and accurate alternative to chemical analysis for the purpose of hybrid identification.