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7.02.13 - Forest health in southern hemisphere commercial plantations



NZJFS Special Issue - Novel and classical strategies to manage forest health in plantations

Presenters at the conference are invited to contribute to a Special Issue of the New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science (NZJFS)

NZJFS is an international journal covering the breadth of forestry science. The journal's scope covers all forestry species, particularly those used in plantations.

NZJFS has an Impact Factor of 0.926 and CiteScore of 2.6. NZJFS has the advantage of being Open Access, with no Article Submission or Processing Charges.

Topics of the special issue will mirror those of the conference:

  • Biological control of plantations pests and new technologies
  • Biosecurity measures for invasive pests and pathogens
  • Climate change affecting forest health
  • New technologies for pest and diseases surveillance
  • Pest and disease management strategies
  • Status of pests and diseases in plantations worldwide

Original Articles must report on a completed piece of substantial research that is relevant to an international audience. In all cases, a hypothesis must be presented, and results must be sound without errors of fact, logic, interpretation, or calculation. Key details must be provided for all methods used. The correct statistical tests must be applied, where appropriate. Discussion sections must be logical and comprehensive, yet concise. Any conclusions must be justified and supported by the data presented.

Short Notes and Subject Reviews are also invited.

Deadline for manuscript submissions:  31 January 2024

Guest Editors:

  • Stuart Fraser – Scion Research – New Zealand (Coordinator of WP 7.02.13)
  • Angus Carnegie – NSW Department of Primary Industries – Australia (Deputy of WP 7.02.13)
  • Carlos A. Pérez – UdelaR – Uruguay (Deputy of WP 7.02.13)
  • Irene Barnes - Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) - South Africa (Deputy of WP 7.02.03)
  • Rodrigo Ahumada – Bioforest Arauco – Chile (Deputy of WP 7.02.13)
  • Carlos Frederico Wilcken – UNESP – Brazil
  • Edson Luiz Furtado – UNESP - Brazil
  • Leonardo Rodrigues Barbosa – EMBRAPA Florestas – Brazil
  • Murilo Fonseca Ribeiro – IPEF – Brazil
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Stuart Fraser, New Zealand


Rodrigo Ahumada, Chile

Angus Carnegie, Australia

Carlos A. Perez, Uruguay

About Unit

The Forest Health in Southern Hemisphere Commercial Plantations Working Party aims to improve the management of forest health issues through increased contact and collaborations between forest health professionals.  The Working Party will focus on forest health issues affecting commercial hardwood and softwood plantations in the Southern Hemisphere; in particular the focus will be on commonly planted species such as eucalypts, acacia and pines.  However, we welcome any individuals from Northern Hemisphere countries who are working on the same forest species, pests and pathogens, with similar style plantation and silvicultural processes.

State of Knowledge

Commercial forestry of hardwood and softwood species is an important industry for many countries in the Southern Hemisphere.  There is a high degree of commonality between the species planted in different countries and correspondingly, many of the pests and pathogens that affect them.  Despite the degree of similarity between plantation species and forest health issues the level of interaction between forest health professionals is limited and fragmented.

The Forest Health in Southern Hemisphere Commercial Plantations Working Party will sit under the Pathology Unit, however it will encompass both pests and pathogens, as it has been identified that many forest health professionals in the Southern Hemisphere work with both groups of organisms.

The main aims of the Working Party are to:

  • Foster new linkages and improve communication between forest health professionals through regular meetings and email contact.
  • Increase collaboration between forest health professionals in Southern Hemisphere countries and increase the profile of plantation forestry issues through peer-reviewed publications.