7.02.03 - Vascular wilt diseases



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) https://nzjforestryscience.nz/index.php/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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Alberto Santini, Italy


Irene Barnes, South Africa

Louis Bernier, Canada

About Unit

The aim of this Working Party is to promote international collaboration and increased contact among forest pathologists working on wilt diseases of forest trees. The working party has been inactive for several years, however, there is an increasing need to revive interest in this working group. Meetings of the Working Party are scheduled to take place at intervals between 2-4 years. Our wish is to create a relaxed atmosphere among colleagues working on these themes across the world in order to build up a strong group in which ideas could flow freely and where both young and senior researchers are motivated to take part.

State of Knowledge

Reports of new vascular wilt diseases of forest trees causing severe impact glogally have been increasing in recent years. Dutch elm disease, after more than 100 years from its first report, is still a serious problem in many natural woods and urban contexts but there are also emerging vascular wilt diseases such as rapid 'Ōhi'a death caused by two newly described Ceratocystis species in Hawaii. Laurel wilt and plane tree canker stain disease are spreading, threatening their hosts' natural ranges. Bacterial wilts of forest trees, are still an underestimated problem, e.g. Ralstonia solanacearum s.l. causing wilt in Eucalypts. Knowledge exchange and share of experiences are strongly needed to effectively contrast these pathogens at global level.