Wood preservative fungicides and the American wood preservers' association use category system

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Fungi are the primary biological hazard for wood products. Thus, the fungicide component of a wood preservative system is typically the most important constituent. The type of fungal hazard and the nature of the fungicide most appropriate to control that hazard will depend on the application for the treated wood product. The biological hazard for a given application has been systemized by the American Wood- Preservers' Association Use Category System. This is a useful tool in understanding how wood preservative fungicides are currently used. The chemical, physical, and biological characteristics of a fungicide determines its suitability for a given wood application. Important characteristics are efficacy/cost ratio, breadth of efficacy spectrum, activity against non-target organisms, stability, and leach resistance. Wood preservative fungicides are a very diverse group and are in the process of undergoing further change due to government regulations, environmental issues, and the demands of the marketplace. © 2008 American Chemical Society.

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ACS Symposium Series