Forestry scientists from across the world gathered in Freiburg, Germany last month (18-22 September) to celebrate 125 years of IUFRO (the International Union of Forest Research Organisations).
CABI contributed to the event which drew more than 1,500 people across its four days, and provided a platform for the exchange of scientific knowledge across the full range of forest and forest-related topics and scientific disciplines.
CABI scientists Marc Kenis, Iva Franić and René Eschen each gave presentations on current ‘hot topics’ including the value of sentinel planting as an early warning system for alien tree pests, and reporting the first results from a study that sampled pests in traded seeds, with a view to increasing understanding of the importance of seeds as an introduction pathway for pests.
In addition René Eschen chaired a session that focused on invasive alien species (IAS) and international trade, looking at how IAS can be better detected prior to their introduction and also measures and policy for mitigating their effects. In total more than 170 scientific sessions took place across the event.
IUFRO is the foremost global network for forest science cooperation, bringing together more than 15,000 scientists in almost 700 member organizations in over 110 countries.
Further information on the IUFRO event is available here: