Effect of Extractives on the Utilization of Wood

  • T. Yoshimoto
Part of the Springer Series in Wood Science book series (SSWOO)


Heartwood — industrially the most important component of wood — contains many diverse extractives. These extractives often affect wood utilization and some have been known to be injurious to the health of woodworkers (44) (see Sect. 9.5). When a wooden surface is painted or glued, extractives may dissolve into the paint or glue and retard normal setting. Another effect is the change in the setting of cement in contact with wooden forms. Further, when wood surfaces are irradiated by light or colonized by microorganisms, extractives may change the wood color and cause new compounds to be synthesized. These effects of extractives are described in this section.


Color Change Wood Species Wood Property Wooden Form Unsaturated Polyester Resin 
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