In line with her mandate which is, “Improvement research on Utilization of Forest Products, non-Forest products and Wood Residue”, the department has identified, and is still identifying properties of various wood species viz a viz: physical, mechanical, anatomical, chemical properties, for proper usage. Over the years, the department has continued to render her research activities on the production of ceiling boards, floor and wall tiles to enhance cleaner environment. Research on wood seasoning (through a renewable energy source- solar energy) and wood treatment (using eco-friendly wood preservatives) are also being conducted. Furthermore, research on production of decorative items from wood residues, honey, Parkia (Iru), Sericulture, and improvement research on bamboo and Rattan utilization is being intensified.
Wood seasoning and preservation section
Mechanical wood processing section
Bamboo and Rattan
Non wood forest products section
Timber engineering section
RECONSTITUTED WOOD PRODUCTS SECTION.
Production of Cement- bonded, design-faced ceiling boards from Kraft paper (Plates 1, 2 &3 ) and bamboo sawdust for the assessment of physical and mechanical properties of cement-bonded particleboards produced from saw dust of Various hardwood species such as Gmelina arborea, Cedrela odorata, Cordia millenii, Milicea excelsa, Khaya ivorensis, Tectona grandis, just to mention a few
Plastic Composite Unit:
Production of composite materials under heat/temperature using sawdust and polyethene as a binder
Production of fibreboard from waste papers and synthetic binders such as Urea Formaldehyde and Phenol Formaldehyde.
Production of various value-added products (new products from new paper, sawdust, wood and bamboo shaving, trimmings, edgings.
Recycling of lignocellulosic-based residues into new/ value-added products.
NON WOOD FOREST PRODUCTS
WOOD ANATOMY &TIMBER QUALITY
WOOD SEASONING& PRESERVATION
MECHANICAL WOOD PROCESSING SECTION
BAMBOO AND RATTAN SECTION
Improvement on the aesthetic appearance of bamboo furniture and other products from bamboo
Research into production of gas from wood wastes (sawdust) for energy generation
RESEARCH BREAKTHROUGH IN THE DEPARTMENT
NOTE: The solar kiln is fully solar-powered (through solar energy/ solar radiation). The kiln is not dependent on hydroelectric power or generating sets. Also, it does not use fossil fuels.
The research is meant to address topical environmental issues- Energy challenges, Carbon emission (through fossil fuel combustion) and land/air pollution.