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A brief review of the past, present and future of wood preservation
- Schultz, Tor P., Nicholas, Darrel D., Preston, Alan F.
- Pest management science 2007 v.63 no.8 pp. 784-788
- wood products, wood preservation, decay fungi, insect pests, Isoptera, termite control, chromated copper arsenate, application rate
- Wood products used in exterior applications must be protected against biodeterioration by decay fungi, insects such as termites, and other organisms. Traditionally, wood products for residential or industrial applications have been protected by treatment with chromated copper arsenate (CCA) or older inexpensive organic biocides, but environmental and disposal concerns and governmental regulations have resulted in a rapid and dramatic worldwide shift to copper-based systems. The current development trend is towards employing totally organic biocides based on relatively benign and expensive agrochemicals, with continuing research directed towards developing non-biocidal methods to protect wood.