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Control of Internationally Traded Timber – The Role of Macroscopic and Microscopic Wood Identification against Illegal Logging

Wood anatomy provides the most valuable support for practical wood identification and is routinely applied in the daily control of wood and wood products. Using light microscopic techniques, up to 100 anatomical characters can be used following the internationally standardized IAWA lists
of “Microscopic Features for Hardwood and Softwood Identification”. Overall, the microscopic descriptions of about 8,700 taxa of hardwoods are currently available and documented in several computerized databases, e.g., InsideWood or Commercial timbers (Delta-Intkey-System). By using these important references, the Thünen Centre of Competence on the Origin of Timber, Germany has answered more than 1,000 official requests (including approx. 5,000 specimens) for microscopic wood identification since the implementation of the EUTR in Germany (March 2013)

  • Gerald Koch*, Volker Haag, Immo Heinz, Hans-Georg Richter and Uwe Schmitt
  • Journal of Forensic Research
  • 2015
  • http://dx.doi.org/10.4172/2157-7145.1000317