Timtrace will be a timber tracing service. We aim to develop a fast, accurate and cost-effective method, conducted jointly with potential users. We do so by:
(1) chemical methods, including stable isotopes (e.g. δ13C, δ18O, δ15N), trace elements and rare earth elements in wood and
(2) genetic analyses, using microsatellite markers and SNPs to distinguish trees from different populations.
We increase accuracy by combining methods. The service can be used to independently verify the origin of timber based on a sample of the wood all along the supply chain. Therewith it can be used to validate documentation and certificates, in the light of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) for example.