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R&DWorks webinars are invaluable opportunities to catch up with the latest research results and best practice processes. On this page you’ll find links to recorded presentations.

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  • The Australian Government’s Illegal Logging Laws – New Due Diligence Requirements for Imp...

    On Wednesday 1st October 2014 at 11:00am – 12 noon AEST Ben Mitchell (The Australian Goverment Deparment of Agriculture) will present: The Australian Government’s Illegal Logging Laws – New Due Diligence Requirements for Importers and Processors 

    This webinar will be delivered by Mr Ben Mitchell, Director of the International Forest Policy Section in the Australian Government Department of Agriculture. 

    The Department is responsible for the development and implementation of policies and programs that will ensure Australia’s agricultural, fisheries, food and forestry industries remain competitive, profitable and sustainable. 

    The webinar will outline the Australian Government’s illegal logging laws, with a particular focus on the new due diligence requirements that will come into effect on 30 November 2014. 

    It will outline why the laws have been implemented, what is expected of importers of timber products and processors of domestically grown raw logs under the new requirements, potential tools for satisfying these requirements and where businesses can go for further information. 

    Additional time will also be provided at the end of the presentation to allow participants to ask follow up questions about the laws. 

    Registrations for this webinar will be limited to a maximum of 100 participants. The presentation will be recorded and available for general download from www.fwpa.com.au shortly after the event. 

    In order to view the webinar, participants will require access to BOTH a phone line for the audio stream as well as a web browser to view the accompanying PowerPoint presentation.

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  • Towards a Rapid Determination of H2F Retention

    Presented by Roger Meder, CSIRO Agriculture Flagship, Wednesday 17th September, 11.00am - 12 noon 

    Pyrethroid preservatives such as permethrin and bifenthrin are approved for H2F envelope treatment of timber framing south of the Tropic of Capricorn. The current method for the analysis of retention (AS/NZS 1605.3:2006) requires an envelope sample to be taken, the active compounds extracted and then analysed by either gas chromatography (GC) or liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry (LCMS). 

    Analysis can also be a lengthy process, during which time the mill is unaware of any under- or over-treatment that may be occurring. An in-mill, real-time, low-cost method for determining the retention of the active compound would provide tighter control during production.

    This webinar will discuss the results of an FWPA funded Project (PNC204-1011), and some more recent developments that are ongoing.

    Near infrared spectroscopy of permethrin and bifenthrin treated radiata pine has been used to develop calibration models to predict the active retention in unknown samples. Calibrations were developed for both a laboratory NIR and a portable NIR using laboratory-prepared calibration samples at a range of target retention levels. 

    Correlations were established between the actual retention and NIR-predicted retention for both bifenthrin and permethrin. These calibrations were then used for prediction of retention levels in run-of-mill samples.

    Roger Meder completed his PhD at Massey University (NZ) in the field of physics, specifically magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy. 

    He spent 16 years at the NZ Forest Research Institute where he first started using IR, NIR and NMR spectra to predict wood quality in order to provide rapid non-destructive measurement of end-use performance.  

    Roger is currently Group Leader of the Forest Genetics, Genomics and Phenomics group within CSIRO Agriculture Flagship, which is located in Brisbane and Canberra

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