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Thünen Centre of Competence on the Origin of Timber

The Centre of Competence is the central contact facility for government agencies, timber trade, consumers and associations to verify the species and origin of wood and wood products. Here, wood samples can be determined beyond doubt at the genus or species level, and information on the geographical origin of the wood can be verified for numerous tree species. In addition, certification systems for the sustainability of forest management are being further developed and timber trade flows analyzed.

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Participation in trade fairs and conferences, new developments, exchange with visitor groups, research trips: Things are happening here!

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Expertise

European Timber Regulation does not cover all timber imports

The EU Timber Regulation is one of the key measures of the European Union to combat illegal logging. The analysis of the wood imports describes the efficiency of this regulation.

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European Timber Regulation does not cover all timber imports

Wood samples

Woods differ in terms of structure, color and consistency. For this reason, woods are used for very different purposes. In the following we provide examples of 12 domestic and tropical woods, respectively.

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Wood samples

Charcoal: What are we barbecuing with?

In recent years, scientists at the Thünen Centre of Competence have examined the composition and declarations of around 450 charcoal and briquette assortments. With surprising results.

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Charcoal: What are we barbecuing with?

The scientific wood collection (Xylothek)

The wood collection of the Thünen Institute has been built up over many years and includes approx. 35,000 wood samples from 11,300 species.

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The scientific wood collection (Xylothek)

CITESwoodID and macroHOLZdata

Two tools for the determination of woods are now also available as apps for smartphones and tablets

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CITESwoodID and macroHOLZdata

Tracking down the species and origin of wood with genetic methods

When it comes to distinguishing between anatomically similar wood species or making statements about the origin of certain woods, genetic studies are the method of choice. This requires reference samples of woods whose species and origin have been clarified beyond doubt.

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Tracking down the species and origin of wood with genetic methods

Contact

Institute of Wood Research
Institute of Forest Genetics
Dr. Margret Köthke
Phone
+49 40 739 62 308
Phone
+49 40 739 62 308
margret.koethke@thuenen.de
Institute of Forestry
Scientist

Thünen Centre of Competence on the Origin of Timber

Leuschnerstraße 91
21031 Hamburg-Bergedorf
Phone: +49 40 73962 470
holzherkuenfte@thuenen.de
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