2.08.04 - Poplars and willows

UNIT NOTICEBOARD

2018-02-12

Seventh International Poplar Symposium - New Bioeconomies: Exploring the Potential Role of Salicaceae

Buenos Aires, Argentina; 28 October - 4 November 2018

Building on past successes, Argentina is honored to organize the Seventh International Poplar Symposium (IPS VII) that will be held in Buenos Aires, from 28th October to 4th November 2018. This meeting, under the main title "New Bioeconomies: Exploring the Potential Role of Salicaceae", will focus on discussing the management and conservation of genetic resources, the ecophysiological factors that define the production and sustainability of plantations, the utilization of technologies that maximize the genetic potential for obtaining timber and non-timber products, and conserving or recovering degraded environments. Scientific progress in poplar and willow research is advancing with new tools and technology that address social, economic and ecological changes throughout the world. This symposium is a meaningful opportunity for participants to integrate their own research with the conference themes and the thematic areas of the 2015 to 2019 IUFRO Strategy and to interact and develop international cooperation, thus joining the IUFRO network.

Conference homepage: https://poplarsymposium.blogspot.com.ar
Primer anuncio: https://www.iufro.org/download/file/28022/3637/ipsvii-2018-primer-anuncio_pdf/

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Coordinator:

Ronald S. Zalesny Jr., United States

Deputies:

Silvia Cortizo, Argentina

Joris Van Acker, Belgium

Deqiang Zhang, China

About Unit

Working Party 2.08.04 brings together all aspects of research in IUFRO on breeding and genetic resources of Populus sp. and Salix sp. Major functions of this Unit are to facilitate information flow on breeding and selection, genomics, and conservation, to facilitate exchange of material and to provide for informative meetings, workshops and field trips. Working Party 2.08.04 works closely with the International Poplar Commission's Working Party on Poplar Willow Genetics, Conservation and Improvement.


State of Knowledge

Several key scientific and programmatic challenges will ensure the future of sustainable poplar cultivation.  Among these, it is striking how many programs are reliant upon cultivars that are 30 years and older.  This is, in nearly all cases, a consequence of inadequate access to improved breeding populations of both native and exotics species.  A coordinated plan of international cooperation for the exchange of reproductive materials and hybridization services, perhaps best facilitated by the poplar genetics working groups of IPC and IUFRO should be made a high priority.  A plan should strongly emphasize the need for population breeding approach as opposed to a strictly non-recurrent first generation hybridization appoach that is also too commonly the sole breeding strategy of many programs. The process of evaluation of both seedling- and clonal-based test populations would benefit immeasureably from a standardized protocol that would detail the finer features of appropriate experimental designs, selection criteria and intensities appropriate for varying stages of a multiple-stage test procedure, and newer methods of quantitiative analyses including the restricted maximum likelihood procedure.


Activities and events Unit 2.08.04

Upcoming 2 events

From/To Title Location
2018-07-23
2018-07-25
WOODY CROPS 2018 - International Short Rotation Woody Crops Conference Rhinelander, Wisconsin, United States
2018-10-28
2018-11-04
Seventh International Poplar Symposium - New Bioeconomies: Exploring the Potential Role of Salicaceae Buenos Aires, Argentina

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