BioTech Laboratory

biotechSince the inception of the WSTC, scientists in the Biotechnology lab have been conducting research and industrial testing on the role of fungi in the decay of wood and wood products; the deterioration of wood coatings and finishes; and, more recently, the testing of new wood preservatives for resistance to decay.

In the coming years, with the help of a new research scientist, the lab will extend research and testing to include the role of insects in the deterioration of wood and changes in wood quality.

The lab contains all of the equipment necessary for microbiological studies, including an autoclave, two laminar flow hoods, and a walk-in temperature/humidity-controlled incubator.