Institute of

Wood Research

Quality of Wood and Wood Products

Lesser-known wood species as well as new wood-based products are more and more available on the European market. We are testing and evaluating their properties and possible applications.

Timber trade, production and distribution of wood-based material are global business. New wood products and a wide range of raw materials, so-called “lesser known species”, are increasingly placed on the market. However, the knowledge of these assortments is limited.

We are well experienced in testing and assessing relevant properties with respect to intended applications. In alignment with the “European Timber Regulation (EUTR)” and the “German Timber Trade Protection Act (HolzSiG)” coming into force the “Thünen Centre of Competence on the Origin of Timber” was established; in this context we are responsible for science-based wood identification.

We are working on the following key topics