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IUFRO News Vol. 46, Issue 4, early May 2017

This is the 125th edition of our electronic newsletter! Read an extensive interview with the IUFRO President! Also learn about meetings on Precision Forestry and Phytophthora research, and more…

From 18-22 September 2017 IUFRO will celebrate its 125th Anniversary Congress in Freiburg, Germany. Coincidentally, the current issue of IUFRO News is the 125th edition of the electronic newsletter. This presents a perfect opportunity for an interview with IUFRO President Mike Wingfield, specifically to hear his views of the achievements of IUFRO during the past 125 years, but also what he sees as the challenges that lie ahead. Furthermore, what his hopes and expectations are for the forthcoming Anniversary Congress.

The success of the symposium titled "Precision Forestry – Towards optimizing value in the bio-economy from data driven decisions" that took place in Stellenbosch, South Africa, can certainly be attributed to the quality of the science behind the presentations delivered, the status of the delegates attending from 16 countries, and the current and continued interest in promoting the all-important facet of Precision Forestry to the forest industry.

The theme of the 8th Meeting of IUFRO Working Party 7.02.09 was "Phytophthora in Forests and Natural Ecosystems". Besides updating the community of forest Phytophthora researchers on recent research developments, the objective of this meeting in Hanoi and Sapa, Vietnam, on 19-25 March was to strengthen Phytophthora disease management and research in Southeast Asia and globally.

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