Forest molecular genetics to improve the quality of trees

Better quality and higher productivity are the incentives for molecular genetics of forest trees. Ronald R. Sederoff is awarded the 2017 Marcus Wallenberg Prize for his breakthroughs in developing methods for gene discovery in conifer species and exploiting new breeding technologies for improved properties. Professor Ronald R. Sederoff, North Carolina State University, USA, was one […]

From imagining to imaging

Timber towers with a green perspective Architect Michael Green predicts a green revolution in building materials. At the 2016 Marcus Wallenberg Prize symposium he claimed that it is possible to construct 102-storey skyscrapers of mass timber panels. From imagining to imaging was the theme of the 2016 Marcus Wallenberg Symposium in Stockholm, Sweden 10 October […]

CT scanner for whole tree logs received scientific award

Knots, cracks and rot can be identified before the timber is sawn The 2016 Marcus Wallenberg Prize was awarded to Alexander Katsevich and Federico Giudiceandrea for the development of a CT scanner for whole tree logs. The prizewinners received their diploma from the hands of His Majesty the King of Sweden at a ceremony in […]

Young researchers evaluating new materials

Front line projects for the forest industry The urge to find new materials and applications of wood and fibres characterize the work of young researchers taking part in the celebrations of the 2016 Marcus Wallenberg Prize. Young researchers with a vision for the development of the forest-based industry were invited to apply for a spot […]

Surprising announcement

“A sawmillers dream to see what is inside the log” Federico Giudiceandrea was deeply moved when he learned that he and Alexander Katsevich are awarded the Marcus Wallenberg Prize 2016. – I’m very surprised and honoured, Federico Giudiceandrea said at the announcement in Skellefteå, Sweden. Federico Giudiceandrea, CEO at Microtec, Brixen, Italy, had come to […]

Complimentary expertise behind the CT scanner

Alexander Katsevich and Federico Giudiceandrea succeeded in constructing a logscanner, that no one thought would be possible. Photo: Ruth Leitner. “We made a great team”  Alexander Katsevich appreciates collaborating with Federico Giudiceandrea. Their development of a CT scanner for sawmills is awarded the 2016 Marcus Wallenberg Prize. – I am happy when my mathematical ideas […]

Young Researchers’ Challenge 2016 – Apply Now!

The application time is now CLOSED. ONLY OPEN TO SWEDISH STUDENTS! The Marcus Wallenberg Foundation invites to a Young Researchers’ Challenge with the chance to win a spot at the Prize ceremony and banquet in honour of the 2016 Marcus Wallenberg Prize Winners. This will be held in Stockholm on 10 October. Along with a unique […]

“The invention makes online optimization in sawmills possible”

– Their innovative work has made online optimization of log usage in the sawmilling process possible and effective, said Kaj Rosén, executive secretary of The Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, when he announced the 2016 Marcus Wallenberg Prize. Alexander Katsevich, USA, and Federico Giudiceandrea, Italy, are awarded for having developed a high-speed X-ray based CT scanner for […]

CT scanning of timber to increase the product value

CT scanning of whole tree logs to identify knots, cracks and rot can increase the value of the sawn products by at least 10 percent. The 2016 Marcus Wallenberg Prize is awarded to Alexander Katsevich and Federico Giudiceandrea for the development of this technology. Computed tomography, CT, is nowadays invaluable to diagnostic imaging in medicine. […]

Airborne laser scanning to provide data of forest ecosystems

Improved monitoring essential to reduce carbon emissions The method of using airborne laser scanning developed by professor Erik Næsset to produce forest data for operational management of forests was awarded the Marcus Wallenberg Prize in 2011. Erik Næsset has continued to find more efficient ways of monitoring forests to plan and achieve greater revenues and […]