2008-09-09

Alberta to make newsprint from beetle-damaged wood

Alberta is introducing a $28 million research project aimed at converting trees killed by mountain pine beetles into newsprint.

The project will focus on the development of new sensors by the Alberta Research Council that will be able to detect wood that has been killed by beetle infestation by finding the dryness and blue stain left behind. Printers will then be able to adjust their presses for the drier, weaker and darker wood by injecting more bleach, heat or water to compensate.

The result will be the transformation of a waste product into a viable commercial substance.