The IUFRO Unit 2.09.02 "somatic embryogenesis and other vegetative propgation technologies" was organizing its 4th international conference during Sept. 19-23, 2016 in La Plata, province of Buenos aires, Argentina. In addition to the presentation of 2 scientific contributions with XYLOBIOTECH support, the XYLOBIOTECH facility was presented to the 113 attendees (scientific experts and other actors of the forest-wood sector, especially forest biotechnologies).
The conference theme was "Development and application of vegetative propagation technologies in plantation forestry to cope with a changing climate and environment".
FCBA significantly contributed to the organization of this international conference (coordination of the IUFRO 2.09.02 WP, Chair of the Organizing Committee). In collaboration with partners, the research teams from FCBA/Pierroton and INRA Orléans made various presentations of their recent work with XYLOBIOTECH technical support.
General conclusion of the conference (short abstract)
The importance of plantation forestry was highlighted as forests are becoming increasingly fragmented and vulnerable in the context of both anthropic- and climate-related pressure. Flexible and popular, low-cost vegetative propagation methods are considered critical and well-suited (especially somatic embryogenesis) for both sustainable plantation forestry and conservation of genetic resources (breeding and wild populations from marketable or endangered, multipurpose native species). Application-oriented research efforts in close collaboration with breeders may allow the careful selection and cost-effective, rapid deployment (and turn-over) of elite varieties expressing natural or induced adaptation response (endophytes, mycorrhizal fungus, elicitors, genetic modification) to environmental stress
More information: full report about this IUFRO 2.09.02 conference is available at the IUFRO site (Activities & Events section), in particular the extended abstract of conclusions across presentations.
Link to the Conference Proceedings published online, July 2017.
Bonga J.M., Park Y.-S., and Trontin J.-F. (Eds.). Proceedings of the 4th International Conference of the IUFRO Unit 2.09.02 on “Development and application of vegetative propagation technologies in plantation forestry to cope with a changing climate and environment”. September 19-23, 2016. La Plata, Argentina.