10 noviembre 2011

Grupo de trabajo IUFRO en la mejora y cultivo de los eucaliptos

14 - 18 November 2011
Porto Seguro, Bahia State, Brazil

We all know that the productivity of each rotation of Eucalyptus plantation worldwide has increased by 10 to 20%, as a result of major advances in silviculture and genetics. But, can we continue increasing yields for the next rotation, and the one beyond that? Yes, but only if we develop fundamentally new ways to combine silviculture and genetics research, and applied them via adequate planned operations on the lookout for economical, social and environmental sustainability.

So, we hope you can join the IUFRO Eucalyptus meeting in Porto Seguro, Bahia State, Brazil, for the next major opportunity to join in developing these new links between Eucalyptus silviculture and genetics.

As in previous IUFRO Eucalyptus meetings (Bordeaux 1990, Hobart 1995, Salvador 1997, Valdivia 2001, Aveiro 2004 and Durban 2007), this will be a great opportunity for scientists, foresters and plantation managers to lecture, discuss and foresee ways to improve our understanding and management of eucalypt forests.

Eucalypt plantations constitute approximately 15% of global plantations, and are being grown for a wide range of end-products for industrial and domestic uses. Currently, eucalypts are most often established replacing pasture or crops in tropical and subtropical areas, being a significant component of the carbon and water balances of these landscapes, with ecological, economical and social interfaces. Eucalypt is the dominant and most productive planted forest in Brazil, covering around 3.5 million ha, of which 60% is certified according to international standards. Plantations are grown on short- and medium-rotations for the production of pulp, charcoal, fuelwood, reconstituted and solid wood. The Brazilian forestry sector produces approximately 4% of the gross domestic product and employs about 4.5 million people. At the early establishment of the forest plantations, on the second half of the sixties, the eucalypt yield was 10 m3 ha-1 yr-1, and many environmental problems were not adequately addressed. Now, four decades later, as result of investments in research and technology the average productivity is close to 40 m3 ha-1 yr-1, and eucalypts forests are included in a more systemic view, ranging from wood production to ecosystem biodiversity.

fuente: www.euciufro2011.com

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