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Forest Research: Open Access

Forest Research: Open Access
Open Access

ISSN: 2168-9776

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Brian P. Oswald

Stephen F. Austin State University, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, 419 East College Street, Nacogdoches, TX 75962, USA

Publications
  • Research Article   
    Preliminary Flammability Assessment of Sea Buckthorn from The Netherlands Compared to Known Flammable Shrubs of the Southern and Western US
    Author(s): Michael B. Tiller, Brian P. Oswald* and Mathijs Schuijn

    Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) is a common coastal species in The Netherlands that potentially burns with extreme energy levels. In this region of Europe that is experiencing increases in wildfire events, the need to gain a greater understanding of energy released when this species burns will improve fire behavior predictions. The objective of this study was to conduct an initial investigation into the foliage flammability of sea buckthorn to a common southern United States native shrub known for its flammability, yaupon (Ilex vomitoria), and two common dominant shrub species in California chaparral, chamise (Adenostoma fasciculatum), and manzanita (Arctostaphylos spp.). Flammability parameters were evaluated using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and oxygen bomb calorimetry to estimate relative spontaneous ignition.. Read More»

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