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Essential Oils Inhibit Mold on Wood

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Laboratory: U.S. Department of Agriculture – Forest Service (USDA-Forest Service)

Technology: Essential oils inhibit mold on wood

Opportunity: USDA-Forest Service is seeking licensees and/or interested industry operators to commercialize this technology.

Details: This Forest Service technology was developed as a natural alternative to chemical fungicides that are typically used to control the growth of mold on wood, specifically when applied indoors. The oils are derived from geranium Egyptian, thyme, dill weed, rosemary, tea tree, lemongrass and ajowan. The methods for applying the oils to treat the wood’s surface, diluted or undiluted, are by spraying, dipping, brushing or vapor expose treatments.

Benefits: These essential oils are ideal for indoor application due to their natural, nontoxic and user-friendly components such as monoterpenes, diterpenes, and hydrocarbons with varying functional groups.

Potential Applications:

  • Protect stored building materials
  • Remediate in-service wood and wood products
  • Various uses for the lumber industry and wood preservation industry
  • Commercial and residential construction industries
  • Home use for treating wood for fungal wood decay and the prevention of termite damage.

Contact: For more information on this technology, contact USDA-Forest Service, Patent Advisor Janet Stockhausen at 608-231-9502, or via the USDA-Forest Service website.