Resistance to Termite Attack Properties of Azadirachta indica Wood from the Savannah Ecological Zone of Ghana

Authors : Issah Chakurah; Dr. Francis Kofi Bih; Dr. Kwaku Antwi

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 9 - September

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The continued increase in human population and demand for wood for different structural applications has prompted intensive research into the suitability of various types of timber species that will be suitable for various utilization. For the appropriate use of wood for engineering purposes, its properties must be established for use. This study evaluated the durability properties of neem (Azadirachta indica) wood. Samples for this study were harvested from the natural forest at the Du-West / Peplime community of the Upper West region of Ghana. Specimens were extracted from the logs using quarter sawing. The natural resistance of neem wood was carried out using samples along (Axially) and across (Radially) the bole of the tree. Prepared specimens were oven-dried, weighed until there was no variation in weight of two successive weighs, and then subjected to a field termite exposure test for a period of six months, after which, they were exhumed and cleaned, dried, and re-weighed. The result of this study showed that the weight loss assessment of the heartwood was lower while that of the sapwood of all the trees under study was higher. However, One-way ANOVA conducted between the heartwood and sapwood showed no significant variation even though the sapwood recorded a higher mass loss than the sapwood.


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