FABIans participate in IUFRO Eucalyptus Meeting 2018-09-25
More than 20 million hectares of Eucalyptus, mostly native to Australia, have been established in intensively managed plantations outside the native range of these trees. Every four years, an international meeting is convened as one of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations' (IUFRO) more than 250 Working Parties, bringing together researchers and members of forestry industries to exchange research results and other relevant knowledge relating to Eucalyptus propagation. The most recent IUFRO Eucalyptus Meeting was held during the week of 17 September, in Montpellier, France. This meeting was attended by approximately 200 people including five FABI participants. They included Prof. Mike Wingfield, FABI Director Prof. Bernard Slippers, Prof. Zander Myburg, Dr Gudrun Dittrich-Schröder and Ms Lorraine Mhoswa representing the Forest Molecular Genetics (FMG) and Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) in FABI. As President of IUFRO, Mike Wingfield had the opportunity to open the meeting where he made note of the fact that these meetings have been held for about 30 years and have significantly influenced the success of Eucalyptus propagation globally. Professor Zander Myburg presented some of the most advanced research relating to molecular breeding of Eucalyptus while Bernard, Mike, Gudrun and Lorraine presented papers relating to Eucalyptus pest and disease problems. At the conclusion of the meeting, a decision was made to hold the next of these events in 2022 in Uruguay.