In case you are planning to participate in the XXVI IUFRO World Congress in Stockholm, Sweden in 23-29 June 2024, please consider whether you would like to contribute to the session “Never waste pandemics: lessons learned from past forest disease outbreaks”.
The session includes 15-minute talks and posters; submissions are now open: https://iufro2024.com/call-for-congress-abstract.
Abstracts will be accepted until 2 June 2023.
Never waste pandemics: lessons learned from past forest disease outbreaks
Disturbances, whether abiotic or biotic in nature, are integral and necessary components of forest ecosystems. However, anthropogenic pressures and climate changes have contributed to the erosion of forest ecosystem resilience, frequently to a degree that the tipping point has been breached, this causing devastating consequences across landscapes, countries and even continents. With globalization and changes in climate patterns, both natural and planted forests are at risk from invasive exotic pathogens, which are exacerbated by extended drought cycles, extreme precipitation events and air pollution. As an example, owing to the scale of pandemic destruction, Ash dieback, Dutch Elm Disease, Chestnut Blight, along with White Pine Blister Rust, are, so far, among the most catastrophic biotic disturbances in forest. The list of devastating disturbances is long and novel drivers will keep arising in the globalized world due to ongoing climate warming. Experience so far tells that it is less costly to conserve nature than it is to restore it, so it is imperative we learn from experience to protect forests now.
Our future relies on maintaining the ecosystem services provided by forest. The ongoing transition from a fossil fuel-based economy to a biobased economy is driven by the need to combat climate change, to protect the environment and to increase sustainability. This means we aim to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. When governmental roadmaps towards more carbon-neutral economies are drafted, the focus, concerning forests, is often only on the increase of forested area and management practices that facilitate forest growth. The underlying assumption is that forests are healthy and in different phases of growth, a demography that allows the balancing needed between carbon sequestration and a continuous flow of the biogenic material needed. However, pest and pathogen outbreaks, as history has shown, can severely disrupt our ambitions.
In this session, we welcome presentations that address how the underlying ecological, societal and institutional drivers have contributed to the rise and scale of specific disturbances. We hope to highlight assessments of currently implemented strategies considering the lessons learned from past pandemic crises. Similarly, we hope to outline management and policy options that are not yet in force or which have not yet attained that are not yet in place or not yet as but that would be needed to successfully prevent and/or to circumvent future pandemic crises.
Keywords: Biotic, Climate Change, Disturbance, Resilience, Socio-ecology
Dr. Ari M. Hietala, Department of Fungal Plant Pathology in Forestry, Agriculture, and Horticulture, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), Innocamp Steinkjer, Steinkjer, Norway. - ari.hietala(a)nibio.no<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dr. Nicola La Porta, IASMA Research and Innovation Centre, Edmund Mach Foundation, Trento, Italy. - The EFI Project Centre on Mountain Forests (MOUNTFOR), Trento, Italy. - nicola.laporta(a)fmach.it<mailto:email@example.com>
Nicola La Porta and Ari Hietala
Dear friends and colleagues,
It is with great pleasure that WP7.02.13 Forest Health in Southern Hemisphere Commercial Plantations announce our second meeting:
Novel and classical strategies to manage forest health in plantations
Where: Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
When: 17-20 September 2023
Carlos Frederico Wilcken, Caroline Dias de Souza, Edson Luiz Furtado, and Leonardo Rodrigues Barbosa will be the local organisers.
Attached is the first announcement. Also available online here: https://www.iufro.org/fileadmin/material/science/divisions/div7/70213/matto…
March: call for abstracts - Registration open
May: abstract submission deadline - Early registration close
June: abstract acceptance communication
September 17th: Opening session at 7 p.m.
Please share this announcement with your forest pathology and entomology colleagues.
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Dear managers of the forent and forpath mailing lists,
Would it be possible to send the following mail through the mailing list to promote a session in next year’s IUFRO meeting in Stockholm (and to remind people that the deadline for abstract submissions is coming up)?
The deadline for abstract submissions for the IUFRO 2024 meeting in Stockholm is coming up, and we would like to use the opportunity to motivate you to send abstracts for the session ‘Risk-based surveillance for quarantine forest pests’.
Description of session:
Ongoing globalisation results in increased introductions of non-native organisms in novel environments, mainly connected to trade activities. Some of these organisms can become forest pests, with devastating results. Globally, countries have implemented different schemes of national surveillance for invasive pests and pathogens. National Plant Protection Organisations (NPPOs) are responsible for the surveillance of pests in their countries, as well as their control (eradication, containment).
Preventing the introduction and spread of plants pests, is more cost effective than controlling and mitigating the impact of pests once they have established in a territory. To add to the unknowns, many invasive forest pests become only known to science after introduction in a novel environment. Identifying these threats beforehand (for example by using ex-patria sentinel plantings) is necessary to inform further steps. Furthermore, the pathways of introductions need to be investigated, for example by comparing global trade and invasion patterns, identifying hotspots for invasions and areas particularly suitable for the establishment and spread of invasive pests. Early warning systems (like trapping programs or in-patria sentinel plantings) can then be deployed to inform reactive management like quarantine and eradication efforts. It is of high importance that the benefits of the surveillance and management of quarantine forest pests outweigh the risks of an outbreak, which can be assessed using bio-economic models.
Different surveillance schemes are being developed for and by different countries. Especially on the international level, communication in between countries is limited, while the challenges and opportunities are similar internationally. This session’s ambition is to inform and connect national surveillance schemes on an international level, and scientists that are working on the interface of research and implementation. It also aims to inform decision makers and risk assessors on:
1. Identification of future biotic threats before arrival
2. Identification of pathways
3. Implications for (inter)national measures for surveillance
Kind regards, the organizers of this session
(Benno Augustinus, Maria Chiara Rosace, Andrea Battisti, Brett Hurley, Etsuko Kagaya, Victoria Lantschner, Vittorio Rossi, Valentin Queloz, and Eckehard Brockerhoff)
We are co-organizing a technical session in the Theme 1 (T1.35) at the IUFRO Congress in Stockholm, 2024 about the use of RNA strategies (including hypovirulence and RNAi) for the management of forest pest and diseases.
Technical Theme 1. Strengthening forest resilience and adaptation to stress
T1.35. Use of RNA strategies for the control of forest pests and diseases: mycoviruses and interfering RNA
The search for environmentally-friendly products for plant disease management is a priority worldwide. RNA interference (RNAi)-related tools and strategies as well as (myco)virus-mediated biocontrol may offer a promising solution. RNAi is a gene regulatory system, conserved in eukaryotic organisms, that silences the expression of certain transcripts in a sequence-specific manner via double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) processing. Transgenic expression or topical application of dsRNAs induces systemic gene silencing against forest pathogens in target organisms. Mycoviruses or fungal viruses are widespread in all major taxa of fungi, and have increasingly been isolated and characterized in recent years. While they are largely symptomless, some confer hypovirulence to their host phytopathogenic fungi with potential as biological agents. This session will deal with those two environmental-friendly methodologies for forest disease management.
The session includes talks and posters and the deadline for submission is 2 June 2023. In the following link you will find information about the congress https://iufro2024.com/call-for-congress-abstract<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/iufro2024.com/call-for-congress-abstract…>.
We hope to see you at this session!
Jonatan Niño Sánchez
University of Valladolid. Campus Yutera Edificio E, 34071 Palencia, Spain
Institute of Plant Science and Resources, Okayama University, Kurashiki, Japan
Julio Javier Diez Casero
University of Valladolid. Campus Yutera Edificio E, 34071 Palencia, Spain
Julio Javier Diez Casero
As coordinator of the IUFRO WP 7.02.10 on the Pine Wilt Disease (PWD) and on behalf of the local organizing committee leader and Professor Sun, I am pleased to send you the second announcement of the International Symposium (PWD 2023), that will take place in Nanjing (China), in 2023 October 25th and 27th
The main theme of PWD 2023 is "The Prevention, Theory, Technology and Management of Pine Wilt Disease".
This symposium aims to present the latest research advances about the spread and pathogenicity of PWD, Host tree - Nematode -insect vector interactions, monitoring and control methods, and technology development for PWD management.
In the congress webpage you will find all information to support your participation.
Therefore, I invite you all to make your registration and submit your abstracts.
Looking forward to meet you in Nanjing.
(coordinator of IUFRO WP 7.02.10)
[cid:image001.png@01D97DCB.AFB184A0] Luís Filipe P. Bonifácio
Entomologista Florestal/ Forest Entomologist (phD)
Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária, I.P.
Unidade Estratégica de Investigação e Serviços de Sistemas Agrários e Florestais e Sanidade Vegetal
Av. da República, Quinta do Marquês, 2784-505 Oeiras
Tel: (+351) 21214463750
Dear Forest Pathoids:
We would like to invite you to submit abstracts to our technical session
for the IUFRO Congress in Stockholm, 2024. We would be especially delighted
to receive contributions that include different disciplinary and practical
perspectives to address forest health issues.
*“Learning from the past to better inform the future: integrated approaches
to increase forest health and resilience”*
Trees, woods and forests provide significant socio-cultural, ecological and
economic benefits. Science has highlighted the exponential increase in the
introduction and spread of invasive species due to the growth in trade and
travel, the speed and volume at which they travel and the difficulties of
protecting porous boundaries. Climatic changes have supported establishment
of introduced pests and pathogens or explosions of native species pushing
large swathes of forests to their limits of resilience. Human attitudes and
actions play an important role in the future resilience of forests but tree
managers face a difficult task in identifying the right approach to take
when faced with ecological, social and political uncertainty. History has
much to teach us. A holistic and interdisciplinary approach to promoting
forest health requires multiple disciplines and perspectives and
acknowledgement that different societies will favour specific approaches,
but we can learn from each other.
This session will focus on the historical evolution of different forest
health management activities influenced by political and/or economic
transitions, cultural transformations and societal trends. We seek to share
stories of pest and pathogen management where the outcomes were considered
successful or not so successful, why and what next. Top-down management
regimes are no longer considered acceptable despite their continued
existence in some parts of the world. Instead, we recognise a shift towards
an ethical and just approach wider engagement is necessary to ensure that
management approaches for forest health are resilient and acceptable. Our
speakers will share their stories of lessons learned and we will end with
an interactive panel session encouraging audience participation on
approaches to co-designing a biosecure and resilient future.
The session includes 15-minute talks and posters; submissions are now open:
https://iufro2024.com/call-for-congress-abstract. *Abstracts will be
accepted until 2 June 2023.*
We look forward to receiving your submissions to this session.
*Mariella Marzano, Sandy Liebhold , Maartje Klapwijk , session organisers.*
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We would like to invite you to submit an abstract for an oral/poster contribution to our technical session on needle diseases of conifers at the 2024 IUFRO Congress in Stockholm<https://www.iufro.org/events/congresses/2024/>.
Session title: Needle diseases of conifers: a globally rising threat to natural and planted forests
Session number: T1.20
Session Description: The damage caused by foliar pathogens in coniferous forests is on the rise globally, causing severe concerns for the management of both planted and natural forests. While some pathogens are host specific, such as the causal agent of Swiss needle cast on Douglas fir, others, such as those in Dothistroma or Lecanosticta, colonize a variety of hosts. Regardless, they are causing sporadic outbreaks across the globe, likely due to climate change or the mostly accidental introduction of new strains into areas. Despite the numerous species that can be classified as needle diseases (e.g., those in the genera Coleosporuim, Dothistroma, Lecanosticta, Lophodermella, Lophodermium, Passalora, Phaeocryptopus, and Rhizosphaera, just to name a few), they have many traits in common, even across those colonizing different host species, and current research on needle diseases can benefit from exchanging experiences from different systems. This session will cover and welcome a broad range of topics related to both pathogens and endophytes of needles, including their origin and dispersal, their geographic distribution, management options, the differential susceptibility of their hosts, and their resistance mechanisms. We will also cover current advances in pathogen genomics and population genetics, as well as diagnostics.
Session Organizers: Irene Barnes (FABI, South Africa), Michelle Cleary (SLU, Sweden), and Caterina Villari (UGA, USA).
The session includes talks and posters and the deadline for submission is 2 June 2023: https://iufro2024.com/call-for-congress-abstract.
We hope you will consider contributing to this session!
Caterina, Irene, and Michelle
Caterina Villari (she/her)
Co-Director - Southern Pine Health Research Cooperative
Villari Forest Pathology Lab<https://warnell.uga.edu/about/centers-labs/villari-forest-pathology-lab>
D.B. Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources
University of Georgia
180 E Green Street
Athens, GA 30602
Integrated Plant Sciences: ips.uga.edu<https://ips.uga.edu/>