Forest Lab History  - The Mississippi Valley Laboratory in St. Louis was established in 1899. Dr. Herman von Schrenk was the director.  Studies on wood decay and discoloration were done mostly.  In time, the studies drifted toward wood products.  In 1907 the lab was discontinued and the Forest Products Laboratory at Madison, Wisconsin took over.  The major focus of the lab was on wood products decay.  Tree biology never had a chance.

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