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Weyerhaeuser and DuPont Pioneer Enter Technology License Agreement

Weyerhaeuser and DuPont Pioneer Enter Technology License Agreement | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

Weyerhaeuser Company  today announced a technology license agreement with DuPont Pioneer that will advance seed technologies to help meet growing global demands for food, feed and fiber.


The agreement brings together agricultural and forestry know-how to sustainably improve crop productivity for corn growers around the world. Based on scientific research behind years of Weyerhaeuser NR sustainable forestry, the manufactured seed technology allows for the storage, nourishment, planting and germination of cells capable of growing into a plant. This technology provides a means to cost-effectively regenerate valuable, limited or fragile plant material.

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The intelligent drones of the future will cut their teeth scanning forests in Finland

The intelligent drones of the future will cut their teeth scanning forests in Finland | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

The future of fully autonomous robots may be built by a company that is laser scanning the boreal forests of Finland with drones. Helsinki-based Sharper Shape is already bringing a new approach to forest surveying, which is vital for Finland’s electricity grid. But its founders also want to be the top vendor of intelligence systems for drones—and not just in Finland. Sharper Shape wants to put a brain in every unmanned aerial vehicle worldwide.

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In current practice, a Sharper Shape laser device is attached to a helicopter that flies over the forest to be surveyedAs the onboard lasers scan the ground and plot trees and other objects in 3D, software interprets the data to categorize each object in real-timeThe system then analyzes the data about the forest to provide the most efficient locations for laying power lines. The software can even distinguish between a healthy tree and one that might fall down—that’s vital, as a dead tree could easily fall on a power lineThe laser will eventually allow Sharper Shape to ditch the helicopters in favor of unmanned vehicles.


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NASA: Landsat senses disturbance in U.S. Pacific Northwest forests

NASA: Landsat senses disturbance in U.S. Pacific Northwest forests | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

A new way of studying and visualizing Earth science data from a NASA and U.S. Geological Survey satellite program is resulting in, for the first time, the ability to tease out the small events that can cause big changes in an ecosystem.


Called LandTrendr, this computer program is able to find patterns previously buried within vast amounts of scientific data. Still in development, it’s already led to seeing for the first time in satellite imagery an obscured, slow-moving decline and recovery of trees in Pacific Northwest forests.


Comparing satellite data to ground data, scientists uncovered the cause. “It was, as it turns out, bugs,” says Robert Kennedy, a remote sensing specialist at Boston University, who consulted with U.S. Forest Service experts to confirm his observations.

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Ishola Adebayo's comment, July 31, 2013 9:06 AM
good day Sir, pls need help on fixing scan line errors on lansat7 ETM images from 2003 using for example ArcMap9.3 or ENVI4.5 or.........thank you so much
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Bankrolled and bioengineered, China supplants Wisconsin's paper industry

Bankrolled and bioengineered, China supplants Wisconsin's paper industry | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it
In silent temperature-controlled labs in a desolate part of Hainan, China's most tropical province, rows of women in medical masks and lab coats clone trees that grow freakishly fast.
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The test-tube forests have helped undo the longstanding natural advantage of papermaking states such as Wisconsin, where hardwood trees are plentiful but can take up to 10 times as long to reach harvesting height. What's more, boosted by billions in government subsidies, China has been building massive new mills with automated machines that can produce a mile of glossy publishing-grade paper a minute.
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Over the course of the last decade, China tripled its paper production and in 2009 overtook the United States as the world's biggest papermaker. It can now match the annual output of Wisconsin, America's top papermaking state, in the span of three weeks.

Paper makes for an exceedingly unlikely focus. After decimating its natural forest cover decades ago, China lacks a fundamental necessity for printing-quality paper: wood pulp.

So China created the industrial-scale plantations.

And it created the world's biggest and most efficient recycling scheme.
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But that is still not enough - for China's needs or its ambition.

China imports the vast majority of virgin timber and processed pulp from around the world - 14.5 million tons last year alone from places like Russia, Indonesia and Vietnam. China has so disrupted the market that 1.6 million tons came from the United States, where loggers and pulping operators are left searching for new customers when local mills close.
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Forget First to Market

Forget First to Market | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

The first-to-market business strategy doesn’t reward advanced biofuels or biobased chemical companies because the race to provide drop-in biofuel or renewable chemicals isn’t about brand loyalty or opening a facility first, it’s about a flawless production process.

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Canada teen discovers tree pulp has anti-aging benefits

Canada teen discovers tree pulp has anti-aging benefits | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

A Singapore-born teenager who recently moved to Canada won a national science award Tuesday for her groundbreaking work on the anti-aging properties of tree pulp, officials said.


Janelle Tam, 16, won the $5,000 award in the 2012 Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada for showing that cellulose, the woody material found in trees that enables them to stand, also acts as a potent anti-oxidant.


Tam's work involved tiny particles in the tree pulp known as nano-crystalline cellulose (NCC), which is flexible, durable, and also stronger than steel.


A pulp and paper mill that opened in January in Quebec now serves as the world's first large-scale NCC production plant.


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Eucalyptus developer begins final field trial

Eucalyptus developer begins final field trial | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

FuturaGene, a genetic research and development firm focused on enhancing the eucalyptus tree, has been granted approval to begin a fourth field trial of its genetically modified eucalyptus tree in Brazil.

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The Next Big Thing You Missed: How We Can Manufacture Forests Like Toyota Makes Cars

The Next Big Thing You Missed: How We Can Manufacture Forests Like Toyota Makes Cars | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

For a young industrial engineer, Shubhendu Sharma couldn’t have landed a gig much sweeter than Toyota. As the originator of “just-in-time production,” Toyota pioneered the lean manufacturing movement that helped make it a dominant global automaker. But when a venerable Japanese forestry expert visited the company’s Bangalore factory to plant some greenery, Sharma was captivated by the idea of engineering a new kind of efficiency.


He wondered if Toyota’s wildly successful strategy for quickly and efficiently making cars could be applied to growing trees. The result is a startup called Afforestt.
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By repurposing the basic model behind Toyota’s car-making process, Sharma believes he has developed a system that can compress the process of reforestation into one-tenth of the time nature would take on its own. “We needed to standardize the process of forest-making,” he explains. “Today, we can make a forest for as low as the cost of an iPhone.”


Akira Miyawaki, the forester who inspired Sharma, is an expert in regenerating native habitats on land wrecked by industrialization. His approach involves densely planting dozens of native species to encourage a full-blown ecosystem to quickly take root. Sharama’s goal with Afforestt, which he founded in 2011, is to adapt Miyawaki’s approach for ready use anywhere in the world. In the unavoidable jargon of the startup world, he wants to create a platform for forest-making.
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Afforestt is a for-profit company that has worked with corporate and government clients on reforestation projects. Its broader goal, Sharma said during a recent talk at the TED ideas conference in Vancouver, is to open-source the approach to create a one-click system. Part of that effort involves creating a database that would give anyone in the world what amounts to a shopping list of native plants they need to seed a new forest. Internet-connected soil probes also could let Afforestt monitor forest growth from afar and help would-be urban foresters anywhere on their progress.

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If you can "make a forest for the cost of an iPhone" then I guess we have to define what you mean by "forest".

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Waste Wood to Coal-Like Biofuel Technology Commercialised in U.S.

Waste Wood to Coal-Like Biofuel Technology Commercialised in U.S. | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

Kingsport, Tennessee based clean energy technology company, EnviraCarbon, is to commercialise its patented and proprietary technology which molecularly alters renewable biomass feedstock, such as wood wastes into EnvirAnized Biofuel (EBF).


According to the company the EBF is a product which looks, stores, transports, pulverizes and burns like coal, while avoiding the pollution associated with burning coal.


EnviraCarbon claimed that its superfast process changes woody biomass into clean carbonized EBF, drastically condensing a process which took nature 100 million years to accomplish into a matter of minutes.

The company added that because its process forces biomass to take on the physical characteristics of coal it can be directly used by coal-burning or biomass fired power plants and industrial facilities without any modification or retrofitting to their existing boiler systems.


The ability to use EBF interchangeably with coal or biomass eliminates the need for coal burning facilities to spend the billions of dollars in capital expenditures necessary for compliance, according to EnviraCarbon.

The developer of the technology added that EBF has the same heat value as bituminous coal from the eastern U.S. (12,000+ BTUs), exhibits a much greater heat value than wood pellets, and unlike wood pellets, is hydrophobic.

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According to the company, its facilities use only waste wood, or certified sustainable biomass as feedstock, making them environmentally friendly, and require a relatively small footprint to produce large quantities of EBF.

With a commercial facility presently under construction, the company said  that the export of EBF is expected to begin first quarter 2014.

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Sounds too good to be true. Let's hope it is true.
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TreeMetrics wins €800,000 ESA contract

TreeMetrics wins €800,000 ESA contract | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

Irish-based TreeMetrics has today announced an €800,000 contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to lead a European research project in forestry measurement and data analytics.

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The funding will support the global roll-out of the company's web-based satellite mapping application for the forestry industry. The Enterprise Ireland-backed company said it also plans to recruit a further 10 software engineers over the next 12 months to expand its workforce at its Cork facility to 30. It said it is receiving significant interest from multinational timber growers to develop its proprietary system.


The TreeMetrics’ solution replaces traditional callipers and measuring tape with 3D laser scanners that can quickly and accurately measure the shape, size, and straightness of standing trees. The technology uses this information to predict the quantities of log products that each tree can produce, and their potential value.

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Seeing the wood for the trees

Seeing the wood for the trees | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

SUPPOSE you want to buy a table. But you care about orang-utans, indigenous peoples and carbon emissions, so you don’t want it made with illegally harvested logs. Or suppose you run a chain of furniture shops, and you don’t want to go to jail for buying illegal timber. Either way, you face a snag: how to tell if a log is legal?


Enter DoubleHelix Tracking Technologies, a Singapore-based firm that uses DNA testing to pinpoint where a piece of wood is from. “You can’t forge DNA,” says Andrew Lowe, its chief scientist. The firm sells its services to big retailers such as Lowe’s, B&Q and Marks & Spencer.

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DNA tests face two problems. One is the cost: testing $45,000-worth of merbau will set you back $250, says Jonathan Geach, the executive director of DoubleHelix. The second is that accurate global DNA maps exist only for about 20 species of tree, and the tests are no use unless you know what you are looking for.


Neither problem seems insuperable, however. More species can be mapped, and the cost of testing will fall, as surely as a chainsawed tree. That’s bad news for the $30 billion-a-year illegal logging industry, but good for forests.

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Zack Parisa's Forest Inventory Software

Zack Parisa's Forest Inventory Software | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

The Yale grad and co-founder of startup SilviaTerra has developed a new method for taking forest inventories...

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Parisa feeds satellite data from clients’ land into his program, which spits out GPS coordinates for the plots that best represent the forest. He then collects on-the-ground data for those few, choice areas. By comparing the satellite and ground data, Parisa calibrates his program to inventory the entire forest.

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Rayonier moves further toward the cloud

Rayonier moves further toward the cloud | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

Rayonier, a leading forest products company with a focus on forest resources, highly-purified cellulose fiber materials, and timberland, is implementing a strategic program to move IT applications and MDM to the cloud. This includes enabling a more flexible, app-centric mobile paradigm for its employees.


As part of this process, Rayonier is migrating away from its BlackBerry Enterprise Server to a combination of supported mobile devices and a cloud-based MDM solution. Before selecting an MDM solution, Rayonier evaluated three MDM solutions ultimately selecting Zencloud(TM) from Zenprise.

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