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Using hand held near-infrared radiation (NIR) devices to measure Kraft pulp yield from standing trees

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Foresters can now precisely predict Kraft pulp yield from standing trees in eucalypt plantations with hand-held devices that use near-infrared radiation (NIR) and provide immediate results.

The new technology will help foresters to fast-track genetic development and help them ensure that their wood chips meet the customer’s specifications for pulp yield. It replaces a process of destructive testing that usually required ten trees and laboratory processing.

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