Canadian Forest Service Publications

Quantifying the effect of extractives from mountain pine beetle-attacked lodgepole pine for pulp and papermaking. 2008. Bicho, P.; Woo, C.; Dalpke, B. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forestry Centre, Victoria, BC. Mountain Pine Beetle Working Paper 2008-01. 57 p.

Year: 2008

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 28119

Language: English

Series: Mountain Pine Beetle Working Paper (PFC - Victoria)

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The pulping of mountain pine beetle-killed wood can impact tall oil recovery, and severe foaming events exist. These effects may be related to changes in the levels and profiles of extractives in beetle-killed wood. This report summarizes existing knowledge regarding the influence of mountain pine beetle attack on extractives. It expands on this knowledge by using PLS-DA modeling to follow changes in extractives profiles with unattacked-green, red and grey stage woods. Result show that red stage pine has lower levels of glycerides and pimaric acid, but higher levels of sterols, than unattacked green wood. Grey stage woods have extractives profiles that are comparable to unattacked wood, likely due to the biodegradation of glycerides or to abiotic effects. While extractives are implicated in the foaming tendency of TMP pressates and black liquors from beetle-infested wood, other factors related to wood chemistry are just as important when addressing the foaming issue.