Laboratory Evaluation of Termite Resistance of Five Lesser-known Malaysian Hardwoods Used for Roof and Ceiling Construction

Wong, Andrew H.H and Kee, Suan Cheok and J. Kenneth, Grace (2001) Laboratory Evaluation of Termite Resistance of Five Lesser-known Malaysian Hardwoods Used for Roof and Ceiling Construction. International Research Group on Wood Protection. ISSN 2000-8953

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Abstract

The general laboratory procedure of AWPA E1-97 was used to evaluate the termite resistance of 5 lesser-known species (LKT) of Malaysian hardwoods: Kekatong (Cynometra sp.), Kelat (Eugenia spp.), Mempening (Lithocarpus spp.), Perah (Elateriospermum tapas) and Pauh Kijang (lrvingia malayana) against the subterranean termite Coptotermes curvignathus over 28 days. Kempas (Koompassia malaccensis) and Rubberwood (Hevea brasiliensis) were included for comparison with these LKT. Employing the A WP A five-point visual rating scale of termite resistance of wood material, Rubberwood and to an extent Mempening, were the least resistant (rating 4-7), Kekatong was virtually immune (rating 9) to the Coptotermes species, while Kempas, Kelat, Pauh Kijang and Perah sustained between light-to-moderate attack (rating 7-9). There was a tendency for higher final wood moisture content, higher mass loss or reduced termite mortality to correspond with the lower visual ratings (low termite resistance) generally. In-ground natural durability test results did not correlate with mass loss or visual rating data from the laboratory test.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Natural durability, termite resistance, Lesser-utilised timbers, mixed hardwoods, Malaysian hardwoods, Coptotermes curvignathus, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
S Agriculture > SD Forestry
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Resource Science and Technology
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 03 May 2017 06:30
Last Modified: 03 May 2017 06:30
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/16085

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