Diego Rodrigues de Oliveira has been working with spalted wood under supervision of Professor Seri Robinson, in the Wood Science and Engineering Department, in the College of Forestry, at Oregon State University.
Spalted wood, wood colored by fungi, has been popular in woodcraft for centuries. Its value remains high in current markets across the globe, as it is a unique, natural phenomenon that changes the visual aesthetics of wood products. Most found spalted wood is in an advanced state of decay and cannot be readily utilized by landowners. This very soft material is of interest because it is still visually appealing, but has no current market value, as it cannot be worked. Therefore, the main objective of Diego’s research was to find a method to turn rotted wood into commercial flooring. As a result, woodland owners could see a large increase in value to their lands by adding value to otherwise unusable decaying wood. This could also provide secondary income for rural communities in terms of low-impact forest harvesting. In addition, this work involves gaining a chemical understanding of the extracted fungal pigments used for dyeing the wood, opening up new fields of use, such as in pharmacy, energy production, and biological marking.
Diego Rodrigues de Oliveira is originally from Brazil. He has a Bachelors degree in Industrial Timber Engineering from Sao Paulo State University. Diego first arrived at OSU as an international exchange student in Fall 2013. He worked as Coordinator of International Visiting Scholars and Students at CoF International, and most recently Diego has been selected as an Outstanding Global Beaver!
Wednesday, May 16 at 11:00am to 12:00pm
Richardson Hall, 243
3180 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331