Mountain Pine Beetle Research Project

2010 Finalist: Outstanding Achievement In Applied Technology And Innovation Sponsored By SAIT

Alberta Newsprint Company and its partners have developed and implemented technologies to overcome the impact of mountain pine beetle on the newsprint manufacturing. ANC developed a system of sensors that identify the beetle-transmitted fungus and measure changes in fibre quality and chemistry; and it researched and developed processes to manufacture premium paper from the diseased and inferior wood.

The technology helps support a healthy forest and forest-products industry by enabling the harvest, use and reforestation of trees that might otherwise present a fire hazard.