Better biomass utilisation by improved understanding of decay mechanisms in wood 


Small wooden bridge covered in moss. Photo.Coordinator: Lisbeth Garbrecht Thygesen, University of Copenhagen, lgt@ign.ku.dk

Financing: 230 000 SEK

The long-term aims:

  1. to have collaboration between the research groups in Scandinavia working on characterisation and understanding decay mechanisms in wood. 
  2. to establish a common platform for researchers focusing on avoiding decay in wood structures and researchers focusing on boosting degradation for biorefinery purposes. 
  3. to generate new knowledge about degradation mechanisms of wood and strategies for curbing or boosting them. 

The goal for 2018 is to integrate and coordinate the research effort of three major Scandinavian research institutions focusing on decay characterisation in order to advance the interregional collaboration within this topic. 


PhD course at the University of Copenhagen June 4-8 2018

Chemical imaging of plant cell walls

Our network has arranged a PhD-course June 4-8. The course introduced young researchers to a number of chemical imaging techniques that can provide spatially resolved chemical and structural information in high resolution. 31 students from Europe and USA participated in the course,

Sophie Füchtner, PhD in the University of Copenhagen, participated in the course and tells about it here:

The Chemical imaging of plant cell walls course was a great opportunity to learn about different imaging techniques available for fragile materials like plant cell walls. Not only were the techniques explained in detail, but a great number of examples were given, to stimulate potential applications in our own research.

We had the chance to try mounting ultrathin sections of wood onto a support for imaging purposes and experiment with staining techniques.

It was very interesting to learn about and experiment with different image processing techniques, and a Chemometrics session gave us a good insight into what kind of multivariate information can be gained from hyperspectral datasets and how to go about it.

Finally, the mixture of international attendants and the presence of all the teachers throughout the week gave everybody a great opportunity to network and exchange ideas or provide new approaches to solving issues in our own research. For me, the course was a great success! I have learned valuable things about sample preparation, imaging and data analysis.

See pictures from the course – Chemical imaging of plant cell walls

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