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IUFRO The Advocate for Forest Science.
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This Division includes research on the varied factors affecting the way forest plants grow and produce woody biomass and other products and the various ways the materials are used by industries and communities. Specific topics include: the microscopic and macroscopic structure of wood and its utilization; engineering properties; protection in storage and use; wood physics; drying, conversion, and performance of solid wood and wood composites in use; production of energy and chemicals from trees. It also includes research on the production, characteristics, and use of non-wood forest products, such as medicinal and edible components of forest crops. A very strong theme is the efficient and sustainable use of forests for the good of mankind.
Every four years the Division holds an All-Division 5 conference. The most recent took place in Taipei, October 29th to November 2nd 2007. This time the attendance reached 340, with representation from 40 countries. A total of 365 papers and posters were presented in Plenary, Sub-Plenary and Group sessions. More information