Comparative Evaluation of Moisture Content and Natural Durability within Two Borassus Aethipoum Mart. against Termites

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2019-02-02
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Kwaku, Antwi
Achana, Wenia E
Acheampong, Boakye J
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International Research Journal of Engineering and Technology (IRJET)
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The decline in traditional wood species necessitates research into alternative Non–Timber Forest Products (NTFPs). Efficient applications of NTFPs like Borassus aethiopum needs comprehensive research into the male and female varieties. Data on B. aethiopum varieties as substitute to wood species seem less documented regarding Moisture Content and natural durability. This study evaluated moisture content and mass loss relationships within B. aethiopum varieties on field test against termite. The specimens were taken from the axial and radial positions. The dry moisture content was assessed with oven dry method while mass loss was determined after a year insertion of B. aethiopum stakes on experimental field. Data analysis using origin 8.5 and further Tukey’s Honestly Significant Difference revealed linear moisture content increase along the bole of both varieties. The base peripheries from both varieties were more durable (0–5%), middle peripheries from both varieties and the base core from the male were durable (6 – 10%). The base core from the female was moderately durable (29.11%). The crown peripheries, middle and crown cores from both varieties were non-durable (41–100%). The results obviously identified the base and middle peripheries to have less MC and more resistance to termite degradation. Generally, the male variety was noted more resistance to termite degradation than the female. The cores from both varieties were easily susceptible to termites and further preservative treatment would be required for their potential applications.
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Acheampong, J. B., Kwaku, A., & Achana, E. W. (2019). Comparative Evaluation of Moisture Content and Natural Durability within two Borassus aethiopum Mart. against Termites. International Research Journal of Engineering and Technology (IRJET), 6, 1108-1115.