5.01.08 - Understanding wood variability
The natural world is synonymous with variability. Trees are variable, with obvious physical differences between Genre, and between species of the same Genus. As well as variability across Genre and species, there is variability within one species. Phenotypical differences between individuals are driven by genetics and the environment. This group have an interest in genetic and environmental, either natural or man-made (i.e. silviculture), factors that affect tree growth, architecture and consequentially influence the hydraulic and mechanical properties of the wood contained within. The focus extends to the variation in wood anatomy and hydro-mechanical properties within one tree, including reaction wood. Our interests are driven by both the benefits of wood to trees, in a biomechanical sense, and the resulting effects on forest products.