Antonio Jose Vinha Zanuncio, Amelia Guimaraes Carvalho, Marcela Gomes da Silva, José Tarcisio Lima


The forest transportation represents a great proportion of raw material cost for pulp and paper production and, for this reason, the wood moisture content should be low to reduce these cost. The objective was to relate the wood moisture with fuel consumption per kilometer in each vehicle and the number of trips to supply a pulp mill. Three trees of Eucalyptus urophylla clone and three of Corymbia citriodora from seeds were used. These trees were felled and their logs removed from its base and at 50 and 100% of the commercial height. The basic density and initial moisture of wood were determined and the air drying monitored during 90 days. The fuel consumption to transport one ton of dry wood and the number of trips required to supply a pulp mill were estimated based on the number of air drying days. Air drying reduced the fuel consumption and the number of trips to supply the pulp mill. The accuracy of models to estimate the wood moisture, fuel consumption and the number of trips based in days of drying was high. Therefore, wood drying is an essential tool to reduce forest transport costs.

Keywords: Cellulosic pulp, CorymbiaEucalyptus, Logs, Moisture



Hernan Attis Beltran, Luis Chauchard, Ariana Iaconis, Guillermo Martinez Pastur


Timber volume of standing trees is essential information for management decisions.  The  increasing  need  to  optimize  the  potential  capacity  of  forests  maintaining  their conservation, requires the quantification of the different potential possible timber products.  The  aim  was  to  adjust  taper  equations  to  determine  volumes  of  different  timber products for commercial stems of Nothofagus alpina and N. obliqua. Trees of both species  were  randomly  selected  in  harvesting  areas  of  Lanin  National  Park  (Argentina).  Trees were felled and cut into commercial logs, measuring diameter with bark at different heights up to the beginning of the crown, and for each tree the diameter at breast height and total height. Five taper equations were selected and non-linear regression processes were employed for the fittings. We obtained the volume through the integration of the stem profile equation and the rotation in the space thereof through solid of revolution. The Bennet and  Swindel  (1972)  model  was  selected  for  both  Nothofagus  species,  obtaining  similar  equation  parameters  and  differences  were  observed  at  the  top  of  the  stems of larger trees. For this the use of an integrated model is not recommended. With the obtained  equations  it  is  possible  to:  (i)  estimatevolume  at  different  heights  and  for  different commercial diameters, and (ii) predict the height at which both species reach to a certain diameter. The model presented some statistical limitations (e.g. multicollinearity), however, the fitting of the equation and the easy understanding of the outputs support it as a useful tool in a broad range of forest applications.

Keywords: Timber volume, Integration, Revolution solid, Decurrent


3- Organic matter in areas under secondary forests and pasture

Carlos Eduardo Gabriel Menezes, Roni Fernandes Guareschi, Marcos Gervasio Pereira, Lúcia Helena Cunha Anjos, Maria Elizabeth Fernandes Correia, Fabiano Carvalho Balieiro, Marisa de Cássia Piccolo


The objective of this study was to evaluate the soil carbon stock (Stock C) and bulk density, the chemical and granulometric fractions of the organic matter and the isotopic signal of the soil δ13C in forest fragments and a mixed managed pasture (MMP). The  study  was  carried  out  in  the  municipality  of  Pinheiral,  State  of  Rio  de  Janeiro.  The  evaluated areas were: fragment of secondary forest in initial stage (SFIS) with 20 years of regeneration; fragment of secondary forest in intermediate stage (SFINS), with 25 years of regeneration; advanced secondary forest fragment (SFAS) with 60 years of regeneration and  mixed  pasture  managed  (MHP).  The  attributes  related  to  soil  carbon  showed  significant responses to the effects of land degradation / recovery processes, especially for  the  following  indicators:  total  organic  carbon,  organic  matter  stock  and  particulate  organic matter. No significant alterations for humic substances, and prevalence of the humin fraction was found. The most significant changes in δ13C values occurred up to the depth of 60 cm. In the grassland area, at 0-10 cm, 67% of the carbon stock comes from C4  plants,  reducing  in  the  subsequent  layers.  In  SFINS  and  SFAS  areas,  at  0-10  cm,  the  contribution of C3 plants was significant, with minor changes in depth.

Keywords: Organic carbono, Soil carbon fractions, Isotopic composition, Atlantic forest



Walter Torezani Neto Boschetti, Juarez Benigno Paes, Graziela Baptista Vidaurre, Marina Donária Chaves Arantes, João Gabriel Missia da Silva


This  study  aims  to  evaluate  the  quality  of  normal,  tension  and  opposite  wood  of  eucalyptus  trees  lengthwise,  in  straight  and  inclined  stems,  affected  by  wind  action.  It  also  aims  to  explain  the  pulping  parameters  resultant  from  the  quality  of  the  wood.  The  trees  were  grouped  into  four  tilt  ranges,  ranging  from  0  to  50º,  and  the  basic density, chemical composition of the wood, and performance in kraft pulping were assessed. Normal and tension wood had similar basic densities; while for opposite wood, the  density  was  lower,  being  responsible  for  a  decrease  in  reaction  wood  density.  The  chemical composition of the wood was influenced by the presence of reaction wood    in the stem.Tension and opposite wood showed lower levels of extractives and lignin and higher holocellulose content when compared to normal wood, with favorable wood quality for pulping. The increase in holocellulose content and the reduction of lignin and extractives content contributed positively to a more delignified pulp and reduction of the Kappa number. However, after cooking the reaction wood under the same conditions as those of  normal  wood,  reaction  wood  pulping  tends  to  have  a  lower  screen  yields.  Due  to  differences  in  basic  density  and  chemical  constituents  between  opposite  and  normal  wood, it is recommended not to designate the opposite wood as normal wood.

Keywords: Tension Wood, Opposite Wood, Cellulose Pulp



Gregório Mateus Santana, Roberto  Carlos  Costa  Lelis,  Emerson  Freitas  Jaguaribe, Rayssa de Medeiros Morais, Juarez Benigno Paes, Paulo Fernando Trugilho


Considering the water scarcity problems facing many countries, the need for water reuse can make activated carbon (AC) an essential product for modern society. In this context, to contribute  with  better  activated  carbons  that  could  be  used  to  serve  in  water  treatment, this article discusses these materials production, using bamboo as raw material, and  analyses  their  application  effectiveness.  The bamboo was  collected,  transformed  into  activated  carbon,  by  simultaneous  chemical  and  physical  activations,  and  named  H3PO4/H2OAC. The obtained material was characterized by its yield, apparent density, ash content, thermogravimetric analysis, surface area, methylene blue and iodine indexes, pH and point of zero charge analysis, scanning electron microscopy and Boehm titration method. The AC was  used  as  adsorbent  for  removing  the  metribuzin,  2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic  acid  and  furadan pesticides. The H3PO4/H2OAC had a surface area of 1196.30 m².g-1 and the obtained adsorption capacity was elevated for furadan (868.98 mg.g-1), metribuzin (756.47 mg.g-1) and 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (274.70 mg.g-1).

Keywords: Forest products, adsorbent development, water treatment



Sarita Soraia de Alcântara Laudares, Luís Antônio Coimbra Borges, Patrícia Andressa de Ávila, Athila Leandro de Oliveira, Kmila Gomes da Silva, Dagmar Cristina de Alcântara Laudares


The great expectation about the New Forest Code consisted in reducing the hermeneutics distortions and increasing legal certainty for farmers. However, the new legislation raised more uncertainties and discussions, mainly because it consolidates the anthropic use and allows of low-impact activities in areas that should, by law, be kept untouched. This study aimed to survey and to describe the legislation related to protected areas on the rural area (APP and RL), to analyze the consolidated forms of use, occupation and low impact activities that can be developed in these areas, and to propose sustainable technical alternatives for interventions in the areas already consolidated and their recovery. The text is based on literature and documents, elaborated on the survey and study of legal aspects about protected areas in rural properties of Brazil and the main low-impact farming techniques, highlighting the agroforestry systems as an alternative of consolidated occupations in environmental protection areas. The text provides in an organized way the main aspects of the legislation on such areas and describes the sustainable activities allowed in APP and RL according to the flexibility of the new Forest Code.

Keywords: Brazilian Forest Code, Small farmer, Agroforest



Thiago de Paula Protásio, Mario Guimarães Junior, Seyedmohammad Mirmehdi, Paulo Fernando Trugilho, Alfredo Napoli, Kátia Monteiro Knovack


In recent years, studies have examined the use of lignocellulosic wastes for energy generation. However, there is a lack of information on the combustibility of the residual biomass, especially the bark and charcoal of babassu nut. In this study, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential thermal analysis (DTA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) were used to achieve the following objectives: to evaluate the combustion of the residual biomass from the babassu nut; to evaluate the combustion of charcoal produced from this biomass, considering different final carbonization temperatures; and to determine the effect of the final carbonization temperature on the thermal stability of charcoal and on its performance in combustion. Thermal analyses were performed in synthetic air. In order to evaluate the characteristics of charcoal combustion and fresh biomass, the ignition temperature (Ti), the burnout temperature (Tf), characteristic combustion index (S), ignition index (Di), time corresponding to the maximum combustion rate (tp), and ignition time (tig) were considered. The combustion of the babassu nutshell occurred in three phases and it was observed that this lignocellulosic material is suitable for the direct generation of heat. The increase in the final carbonization temperature caused an increase in the ignition temperature, as well as in the burnout temperature, the ignition time and the time corresponding to the maximum combustion rate. The results indicate that the increase in the carbonization temperature causes a decrease in combustion reactivity and, consequently, the charcoals produced at lower temperatures are easier to ignite and exhibit better performance in ignition.

Keywords: Alternative biomass; Renewable energy; Thermal analysis; Ignition



Elizeu de Souza Lima, Zigomar Menezes de Souza, Rafael Montanari, Stanley Robson de Medeiros Oliveira, Lenon Henrique Lovera, Camila Viana Vieira Farhate


Eucalyptus plantation has expanded considerably in Brazil, especially in regions where soils have low fertility, such as in Brazilian Cerrados. To achieve greater productivity, it is essential to know the needs of the soil and the right moment to correct it. Mathematical and computational models have been used as a promising alternative to help in this decision-making process. The aim of this study was to model the influence of climate and physico-chemical attributes in the development of Eucalyptus urograndis in Entisol quartzipsamment soil using the decision tree induction technique. To do so, we used 30 attributes, 29 of them are predictive and one is the target-attribute or response variable regarding the height of the eucalyptus. We defined four approaches to select these features: no selection, Correlation-based Feature Selection (CFS), Chi-square test (χ2) and Wrapper. To classify the data, we used the decision tree induction technique available in the Weka software 3.6. This data mining technique allowed us to create a classification model for the initial development of eucalyptus. From this model, one can predict new cases in different production classes, in which the individual wood volume (IWV) and the diameter at breast height (DBH) are crucial features to predict the growth of Eucalyptus urograndis, in addition to the presence of chemical soil components such as: magnesium (Mg+2), phosphorus (P), aluminum (Al+3), potassium (K+), potential acidity (H + Al), hydrogen potential (pH), and physical attributes such as soil resistance to penetration and related to climate, such as minimum temperature.

Keywords: Eucalyptus urograndis; Individual wood volume; Feature selection; Entisol quartzipsamment soil; Decision tree


Mônica Canaan Carvalho, Lucas Rezende Gomide, Rubens Manoel dos Santos, José Roberto Soares Scolforo, Luís Marcelo Tavares de Carvalho, José Márcio de Mello


Modeling of the ecological niche of vegetal species is useful for understanding the species-environment relationship, for prediction of responses to climate changes and for correct reforestation programs and establishment of plantation’s recommendation. The objective of this work was to establish a model for the distribution of four tree species (Casearia sylvestris, Copaifera langsdorffii, Croton floribundus and Tapirira guianensis), widely used in reforestation projects in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. In addition, we analyzed the relationship between environmental characteristics and the occurrence of species and tested the performance of Random Forest and Artificial Neural Networks as modeling methods. These methods were evaluated by their overall accuracy, sensitivity, specificity, Kappa, true skill statistic and the area under the receiver operating curve. The results showed the species Casearia sylvestris, Copaifera langsdorffii and Tapirira guianensis widely occurring in the state of Minas Gerais, including a broad range of environmental variables. Croton floribundus had restricted occurrence in the southern state, showing narrow environmental variation. The resulting algorithms demonstrated greater performance when modeling restricted geographic and environmental species, as well as species occurring with high prevalence in data. The algorithm Random Forest performed better for distribution modeling of all species, although the results varied for each metric and species. The maps generated had acceptable metrics and are supported by and ecological information obtained from other sources, constituting a useful tool to understand the ecology and biogeography of the target species.

Keywords: Artificial Neural Networks; Phytogeography; Random Forest


Stefania Lima Oliveira, Ticyane Pereira Freire, Tamires Galvão Tavares Pereira, Lourival Marin Mendes, Rafael Farinassi Mendes


The objective of this study is to assess the effect of the laminar inclusion on the physical and mechanical properties of sugarcane bagasse particleboard. We used the commercial panels of sugarcane bagasse produced in China. To evaluate the effect of the laminar inclusion was tested two wood species (Pinus and Eucalyptus) and two pressures (10 and 15 kgf.cm-2) along with a control (without laminar inclusion). The panels with laminar inclusion obtained improvements in the physical properties, with a significant reduction in the WA2h, WA24h and TS2h. There was a significant increase in the properties MOE and MOR parallel and Janka hardness, while the properties MOE and MOR perpendicular decreased significantly. The pinus and eucalyptus veneers inclusion resulted in similar results when added to the panel with a 10 kgf.cm-2 pressure. The use of 15 kgf.cm-2 pressure is not indicated for the pinus veneer inclusion in sugar cane bagasse panels. There was no effect of the pressure level when evaluating the eucalyptus veneer inclusion on the properties of the sugarcane bagasse panels.

Keywords: Lignocellulosic waste; Com-ply; Physical and mechanical properties