Journal :   Asian Journal of Research in Chemistry

Volume No. :   5

Issue No. :  3

Year :  2012

Pages :   320-324

ISSN Print :  0974-4169

ISSN Online :  0974-4150


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Identification of Timbers using Wood Microstructures

Address:   *Ajuziogu, G. C.,Uju, G. C.and Nzekwe, U.
Department of Botany, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu, Nigeria
*Corresponding Author

The wood microstructure of seventeen timbers of Nigeria were studied and their characteristic features used in the construction of a dichotomous key for their separation and identification. Pairs of contrasting features such as distinct and indistinct growth layers; wide and narrow vessel diameters; wide and narrow ray widths in the transection; apotracheal and paratracheal axial parenchyma; presence and absence of tyloses, homocellular and heterocellular ray types were prominent among the features studied. Based on these features observed, a comprehensive indented key was constructed for the separation and identification of the timbers.
Identification; Wood microstructure.
Ajuziogu, G. C.,Uju, G. C., Nzekwe, U.. Identification of Timbers using Wood Microstructures. Asian J. Research Chem. 5(3): March 2012; Page 320-324.
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