Tracing timber origin

Tracing timber origin

Independent tools are needed to verify timber origin. We still depend on external tags and documents to check the origin of wood. Unfortunately, both can be falsified. Therefore we need tracing methods that are based on the properties of the wood itself.

This is the goal of Timtrace: we are developing a fast, accurate and cost-effective forensic tool for tracing the claimed origin of tropical timber. 

It can help companies to show their due diligence for legal, sustainable timber. It can help governments to verify trade claims and combat the illegal timber trade. And it enables us to better understand the genetic and chemical principles to explain the variation within species. 


  • New paper alert
    Wouldn’t it be great if one could chemically fingerprint wood to support timber tracing? In the brand-new paper led by Laura Boeschoten published in Science of the […]
  • What fieldwork in Kalimantan looks like?
    Our Indonesian colleague Ulfa made a very nice short video of her fieldwork in Kalimantan. She has collected all Timtrace […]
  • Samples from Indonesia have arrived in Wageningen!
    BREAKING NEWS!!! New wood arrived in the Wageningen Dendro Lab! Over the last two years, Ulfa has been in charge […]

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