Preservative treatment of bamboo, rubber wood and coconut palm. Simple methods for treating building timbers

  • J. George
Part of the Forestry Sciences book series (FOSC, volume 17)


Bamboo has age-old connections with the basic needs of the people in several regions of the world. In some countries every village and often every household has its own bamboo clumps for supplying bamboo for their needs (Fig. 1). Most bamboo however grows in forests and bamboo plantations that are now common in many countries.


Dense Wood Coconut Palm Wood Preservation Ambrosia Beetle Bamboo Culm 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Purushotham, A. (1963) Utilization of bamboos. Journal of the Timber Development Association of India, 9 (2): 2–19.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Anonymous. (1972) The use of Bamboo and Reeds in Building Construction. United Nations Publication, ST/SOA/113.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Tewari, M.C. and Bidhi Singh (1979) Bamboos — Their utilization and protection against bio-deterioration. Journal of the Timber Development Association of India, 25 (4): 12–23.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Indian Standards Institution (1979) Code of Practice for Preservation of Bamboos for Structural purposes. IS:9096–1979. New Delhi, India.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Tamolang, Francisco N., Felipe R. Lopez, Jose A. Semana, Ricardo F. Casin and Zenita B. Espiloy (1980) FORPRIDE Digest, 9 (3 and 4): 14–27.Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Lessard, Gilles and Amy Chouinard (1980) Bamboo Research in Asia. Proceedings of a Workshop held in Singapore, 28–30 May, 1980. International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada.Google Scholar
  7. 1.
    Sujan, Ali, A.G. Tan and M. Stevens (1980) Some studies on Fungal deterioration of rubber wood (Hevea brasiliensis). International Research Group on Wood Preservation, Document No. IRG/WP/2140: 6 pp.Google Scholar
  8. 2.
    Tan, A.G., K.F. Chong and M.K. Tam (1980) Control of fungal attack in rubber logs. Malayan Forester, 43 (4): 516–521.Google Scholar
  9. 3.
    Sonti, V.R., B. Chatterjee and M.S. Ashraf (1982) The utilization of preserved rubber wood. International Research Group on Wood Preservation, Document No. IRG/WP/3186: 5 pp.Google Scholar
  10. 4.
    cf. Anonymous (1972) Timbor Preservative Plant Operators Manual, Borax Consolidated Limited, London; 21 pp.Google Scholar
  11. 5.
    Gnanaharan, R. and George Mathew (1982) Preservative Treatment of Rubber Wood (Hevea brasiliensis). Research Report: 15, Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi, Kerala, India.Google Scholar
  12. 6.
    Tisseverasinghe, A.E.K. (1970) The Utilisation of rubber (Hevea brasiliensis) wood. Ceylon Forester, 9 (3 and 4): 87–94.Google Scholar
  13. 7.
    Gnanaharan, R., George Mathew and T.K. Damodharan (1983) Protection of rubber wood against the insect borer Sinoxylon anale Les. (Coleoptera: Bostrychidae). Journal of the Indian Academy of Wood Science 14 (1): 9–11.Google Scholar
  14. 1.
    Familton, A.K., A.J. McQuire, J.A. Kinninmonth and A.M.L. Bowles, (eds.) (1977) Proceedings of Coconut Stem Utilisation Seminar, Tonga, 25–29 October, 1976. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wellington, New Zealand.Google Scholar
  15. 2.
    Familton, A.K., A.J. McQuire, E.N. Balingasa and D.J. Meadows (eds.) (1979) Proceedings of Meeting on Coconut Wood-1979, Manila and Zamboanga 22–27, October 1979. Philippine Coconut Authority.Google Scholar
  16. 3.
    Richolson, J.M. and R. Swamp (1977) The anatomy, morphology and physical properties of the mature stem of the coconut palm. Proceedings of Coconut Stem Utilisation Seminar, Tonga, 25–29 October 1976: 65–102.Google Scholar
  17. 4.
    McQuire, A.J. (1979) Anatomical and morphological features of the coconut palm stem in relation to its utilisation as an alternative wood source. Proceedings of Meeting on Coconut Wood-1979: 24–28.Google Scholar
  18. 5.
    Mosteiro, A.P. and F.R. Siriban (1976) Coconut Timber Preservation and utilisation in the Philippines. FORPRIDE Digest 5: 40–52.Google Scholar
  19. 6.
    Kinninmonth, J.A. (1979) Current State of knowledge of drying of coconut wood. Proceedings of Meeting on Coconut Wood-1979: 104–113.Google Scholar
  20. 7.
    Sulc, V.K. (1979) Glossary of defects. Proceedings of Meeting on Coconut Wood-1979: 98–100.Google Scholar
  21. 8.
    Pande, J.N. (1957) A note on the preservative treatment of palmyra and coconut palms. Journal of the Timber Dryers and Preservers Association of India, 3 (3): 2–9.Google Scholar
  22. 9.
    Mosteiro, A.P. and F.R. Siriban (1979) Coconut Wood Preservation in the Philippines. Proceedings of Meeting on Coconut Wood-1979: 123–125.Google Scholar
  23. 10.
    Palomar, R.N. (1979) Pressure impregnation of coconut sawn lumber for building construction materials. Proceedings of Meeting on Coconut Wood-1979: 129–136.Google Scholar
  24. 11.
    McQuire, A.J. (1979) Exposure tests of treated and untreated coconut stem wood in the South Pacific. Proceedings of Meeting on Coconut Wood-1979: 125–129.Google Scholar
  25. 12.
    Meadows, D.J. (1979) The current state of coconut stem utilisation from palm felling to the end-products. Proceedings of the Meeting on Coconut Wood-1979: 15–20.Google Scholar
  26. 13.
    Mosteiro, Arnaldo P. (1980) The properties, uses and maintenance of coconut palm timbers as a building material. FORPRIDE Digest, 9(3 and 4 ): 46–55, 67.Google Scholar
  27. 1.
    Anonymous (1975) The economy and utilisation of timber in the tropics through wood preservation. A Training Seminar, Forest Products Centre, Department of Forests, Port Moresby, Papua, New Guinea.Google Scholar
  28. 2.
    Bootle, K.R. (1977) Timber’s role in better building. Technical publication No. 25, Forestry Commission of N.S.W., Australia.Google Scholar
  29. 3.
    Cockcroft, R. (1977) Preservative treatments for constructional timber. Building Research Establishment (UK) Current Paper, CP 17 /77.Google Scholar
  30. 4.
    Feist, W.C. and E.A. Mraz (1978) Protecting millwork with water repellents. Forest Products Journal, 28 (5): 31–35.Google Scholar
  31. 5.
    Purslow, D.F. (1982) The effect of water-repellent preservative treatment on moisture levels in window joinery. Building Research Establishment (UK) Information Paper, IP 20 /82.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. George
    • 1
  1. 1.Mahalakshmi LayoutBungaloreIndia

Personalised recommendations