Growth stress is critical to the survival of trees. CD BioSciences helps our customers to assess growth stress in trees to provide key knowledge to gain insight into the biophysical mechanisms of cell wall formation, and also to develop appropriate techniques to prevent defects due to growth stress. Our reliable scientific services will greatly accelerate your research progress in the field of tree growth stress.
Tree growth stress is the mechanical stress that is permanently supported by the wood in a living tree during growth, maintaining the vertical growth of the trunk and the growth of branches at a certain angle. It is the result of the combined action of two mechanisms: increased self-weight of the tree and cell wall maturation. When external factors interfere with the original growth state, this internal tree stress adjusts its size and distribution in the tree, self-regulating to resist external forces and try to return to the original growth state.
The presence of growth stresses in trees is initially recognized by their technical consequences, such as checks at log ends after crosscutting, or lumber distortion after sawing. The strain release resulting from any cutting operation, combined with information from the wood constitutive equation, is also a common method of estimating growth stresses. When logs are used as raw material for timber products, the growth stresses present in the stems often lead to problems such as crooked sawn lumber and reduce the final yield to a large extent. The study of tree growth stress is therefore not only critical for plant biomechanics and ecophysiology but is also important in wood engineering.
Fig.1 Example of growth stress assessment performed on a large tree population. (Gril, 2017)
We offer our clients growth stress assessment services that provide useful information for understanding how these stresses occur during growth, thus offering the possibility of developing effective solutions to reduce them. Our services include, but are not limited to:
CD BioSciences provides efficient and high-quality services related to plant biomechanical analysis to biotechnology companies and research institutions worldwide, using a state-of-the-art experimental platform. If you need scientific assistance in assessing tree growth stress, please contact us directly for more details.
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