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International Journal of Science and Technology


The Susceptibility of Cola nitida and Funtumia elastica to Some Drying Defects

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Author Bernard Effah
On Pages 37-40
Volume No. 4
Issue No. 2
Issue Date February 01, 2014
Publishing Date February 01, 2014
Keywords Lesser known, drying defects, quick drying, Cola nitida and Funtumia elastica


Abstract

Cola nitida and Funtumia elastica are two lesser-known species in Ghana that are not used for commercial timber purposes. The objective of this study was to determine the susceptibility of Cola nitida and Funtumia elastica to some drying defects as the basis for determining the potential uses that may encourage the utilization and promotion of these two lesser known species. The basic drying characteristics were determined using the quick drying test method developed by Terazawa. The experimental results revealed the following degrees of defects; checks in the early stages of drying were less severe in both species (Class 3). There was no honeycombing (Class 1) in both species as well as no deformation (Class 1) in both species. This in turn may be followed by an evaluation of their utilization potential, marketability and performance, so as to serve as suitable substitutes for the fast-diminishing traditional market species in Ghana.

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