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Anatomical and physical properties of three lesser-known timber species from Malaysia

Abdullah Siam, Nordahlia and Lipeh, Shahlinney and Uyup, Mohd Khairun Anwar and Ahmad Juhari, Muhammad Amirul Aiman and Talip, Noraini and Che Amri, Che Nurul Aini and Abdullah, Nor Azahana (2022) Anatomical and physical properties of three lesser-known timber species from Malaysia. BioResources, 17 (1). pp. 1090-1105. ISSN 1930-2126

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The purpose of this study is to determine the anatomical and physical properties of three lesser-known Malaysian timber species, i.e., mahang (Macaranga hosei), medang (Litsea costalis), and terap (Artocarpus scortechinii). Correlation factors that influenced the density and shrinkage were also discussed. From the results obtained, terap wood had the longest fibre (1421 µm), followed by medang (1309 µm), and mahang (1161 µm). Terap, medang, and mahang were categorized as having very thin fibres. The density of terap, medang, and mahang had average values of 504 kg/m 3 , 485 kg/m 3 , and 474 kg/m 3 , respectively. In addition, terap wood also showed the highest shrinkage, followed by mahang and medang wood. This present study showed that the density was significantly influenced by the fibre length, fibre wall thickness, vessel diameter, and number of vessels. In addition, the shrinkage was highly correlated with the density. In conclusion, mahang, medang, and terap wood could be an alternative raw material to fulfill demand in wood- based industries.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 7548/96202
Uncontrolled Keywords: Keywords: Anatomical properties; Physical properties; Lesser-known timber species; Potential usage
Subjects: Q Science > QK Botany
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Science > Department of Plant Science
Kulliyyah of Science
Depositing User: Dr Che Nurul Aini Che Amri
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2022 11:15
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 11:15
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/96202

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