New research identifies additional species for use in marine and freshwater construction

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This report summarises the main findings of a collaborative research project funded by the Environment Agency and TRADA, which aimed to identify additional species for use in marine and freshwater construction.

The research examined the performance of 18 lesser-used species (LUS) tropical hardwoods, benchmarked against greenheart and ekki. Five lesser-used species were found to be suitable alternatives for use where strength is critical, with another 13 considered appropriate for use where strength is not critical.


  • Why we need to exploit lesser-used species
  • Research summary
  • Novel test methods
  • Resistance to gribble
  • Resistance to abrasion
  • Resistance to shipworm
  • LUS timber with good strength
  • Options for when strength is not critical
  • Need for trials

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