Danilo Escobar-Avello, postdoctoral researcher at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and the Universidad de Concepción, has been invited to be an editor together with Dr. Jorge Santos from Portugal in the Special Issue of the journal “Forests”, published by MDPI. This special issue will focus on the topic of “Preservation, protection and modification of wood and wood by-products”.

Danilo Escobar, who is a postdoctoral researcher in the area of Bioproducts at the National Center of Excellence for the Wood Industry (CENAMAD) of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and the Technological Development Unit (UDT) of the Universidad de Concepción, was invited by the magazine “Forests”, which is published by MDPI. “Forests” is one of the leading journals in the forestry field and belongs to quartile 1 (Q1) in the area of Forestry.

“The issue of preservation, protection and modification of wood and its derivatives is crucial to ensure sustainability in the industry and to replace fossil materials with renewable resources. Wood is a versatile and widely used material in many industries and it is essential to sustainably protect and preserve these natural resources and modify wood to suit different uses. In addition, wood and its derivatives have great potential as biodegradable materials with low environmental impact, which makes them ideal for use in the manufacture of mass consumer products and to reduce the use of plastics and promote sustainable practices in industry,” said the researcher.

In this context, he continued, “one of the great challenges for the future is to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Wood and its by-products, together with other lignocellulosic materials, are important alternatives to the use of petrochemicals for the development of more sustainable bioproducts and biomaterials. However, it is important to remember that wood is a renewable feedstock with limited production. Therefore, it is necessary to continuously improve forestry and industrial wood production processes and develop new wood treatment processes to obtain final products that meet the needs of industry and society.”

Dr. Danilo Escobar explained that “This special issue of Forests aims to compile recent results from experimental field observations and laboratory studies in various parts of the world, as well as related modeling studies, that will allow improving the valorization of wood and its by-products.”

Topics to be considered for this special issue of Forests on “Preservation, Protection and Modification of Wood and Wood By-Products” include: wood preservation, UV/VIS protection for wood, antifungal treatment for wood, paints, coatings and pigments of or for wood, modification of forest lignocellulosic by-products, wood extracts and biopolymers, non-wood applications of wood, forest biorefining, wood fibers and wood by-products, wood recycling and reuse, and fast-growing crops as alternatives to wood.

Finally, he concluded, “If you have ongoing research that fits the focus of this special issue, we invite you to submit your work for review and consideration! We are looking for papers of high quality and originality that will contribute to the scientific community in this field.” “We look forward to receiving your work and having the opportunity to work with you!”

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