Termite Resistance of Furfuryl Alcohol and Imidacloprid Treated Fast-Growing Tropical Wood Species as Function of Field Test

Yusuf Sudo Hadi, Elis Nina Herliyana, Desy Mulyosari, Imam Busyra Abdillah, Rohmah Pari, Salim Hiziroglu
2020 Applied Sciences  
In general fast-growing tree species harvested at a young age has substantial amount of sapwood. It also contains juvenile wood, which has undesirable inferior physical and mechanical properties. Having sapwood and juvenile wood in the trees makes them very susceptible to be attacked by biological deterioration specifically termites in a tropical environment. The main objective of this study was to investigate the termite resistance of four fast-growing Indonesian wood species treated with
more » ... s treated with furfuryl alcohol and imidacloprid. Wood specimens from sengon (Falcataria moluccana), jabon (Anthocephalus cadamba), mangium (Acacia mangium), and pine (Pinus merkusii) were impregnated with furfuryl alcohol, using tartaric acid and heat as well as treated with imidacloprid for the polymerization process. All of the specimens were exposed to environmental conditions in the field for three months. Based on the findings in this work, the untreated control samples had higher weight loss values and lower protection levels than those of imidacloprid-treated and furfurylated samples of all four species. It appears that furfurylation and imidacloprid treatment of such fast-growing species had a significant impact regarding their resistance against termite so that their service life can be extended during their utilization.
doi:10.3390/app10176101 fatcat:fgsbc5k5cffopgnrznv42uhy3y