Continuing Research Will Advance Methods for Sustainably Preserving Wood

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The MOU, signed by UTIA, Nisus and NIFoS, will help facilitate collaborative research in the years to come. From left to right (front row), Tim Cross, chancellor of UTIA; Jin Heon Kwon, director general of NIFoS; and Kevin Kirkland, president and CEO of Nisus ​Corporation. Also shown on the back row, from left to right, are Yong-Seok Choi, research scientist at NIFoS; Dong Won Son, director of NIFoS; Jeff Lloyd, senior vice president of Nisus Corporation; Adam Taylor, professor with UTIA; and Jae-Woo Kim, research scientist at Nisus Corporation. Photo by K. Keel-Blackmon, courtesy UTIA. Download image

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — April 1, 2019, marked the beginning of a new relationship between researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, the National Forest Research Institute (NIFoS) of South Korea and Nisus Corporation. The three parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to facilitate further research collaboration. 

isus Corporation is based in Rockford, Tennessee, and is a leader in the commercial development of environmentally friendly pest control products and wood preservatives. Nisus has partnered with researchers at UTIA in the past to develop novel wood preservatives and waste-recycling systems.

Adam Taylor, professor of wood science in the UT Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, is leading the research effort from UTIA. Taylor has worked with Nisus Corporation in the past and looks forward to continued collaboration and new research efforts with Nisus and NIFoS. “Working with industry partners means that I can see the research results transferred into the marketplace. It’s very satisfying!” says Taylor.

This new MOU will facilitate further collaboration on sustainable wood protection systems which are effective, safe and available for use in the U.S. and in South Korea, with possible expansion into research on wider issues related to forests and forest products.

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Kristy Keel-Blackmon, communications specialist, Department of Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries, 865-974-8342,​