The Institute for Commercial Forestry Research, International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) & Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries
Attended by over 250 delegates representing more than 15 countries, this 3-day event showcased the depth and breadth of forestry research across southern Africa, focussing on the role of research in providing innovation, knowledge and technology to advance operational and management objectives, and influence policy and strategic decision-making, while growing the skills and knowledge base.
This valuable information sharing and networking forum comprised 40 papers (including 11 keynote presentations), 2 panel sessions, 15 speed papers talks and around 40 posters, and provided an excellent opportunity for participants to engage in dialogue in support of growing collaboration and partnerships.
This year, our theme focused particularly on Research underpinning the sustainability of a diverse forestry sector and considered forestry research in the broadest sense looking at natural forests, plantations and woodlands, the range of genera and species, geographical and environmental variation, and the diversity of people and products.
The event also co-incided with the ICFR’s 70th anniversary celebrating our extensive experience and expertise in applied forestry research, and our role as an indispensable and preferred research partner in supporting a vibrant, sustainable, productive and globally competitive Forestry Sector in southern Africa.
Some of the papers presented will be made available as pdf downloads shortly
The programme book which includes all abstracts can be downloaded from the link: FSS Programme Book 2017
Papers available for download:
- 70 years of applied forestry research at the ICFR (C Dyer)
- Ensuring research and development relevance and excellence in the South African and global forest and forest products sector (S Christie)
- How can South African forestry contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals? (M Scholes)
- Groundwater and surface water: A single resource in South African tree production systems (T Mapeta)
- Increased precision with fertilization of semi-mature pine stands using predictors related to canopy nutrient contents and carbon isotope ratios in wood (B du Toit)
- Forest pest and disease monitoring and ecological modelling for better management: Case studies from South African forest plantations (I Germishuizen)
- Plant mortality of eucalypts; a Sappi perspective (W Jones)
- Environmental triggers and impact assessment of a new rust disease caused by Uromycladium acaciae on black wattle in South Africa (T Nxumalo)
- Future climate change over Africa and potential implications for the forestry sector (F Engelbrecht)
- The importance of gene conservation to tree improvement at a national level (G Hodge)
- Sawn-timber and kraft pulp properties of Pinus elliottii x Pinus caribaea var. hondurensis and Pinus patula x Pinus tecunumanii hybrids and their parental species (A Nel)
- Eucalyptus grandis x E. macarthurii (Gxmac) - is this an alternative? (J Cele)
- Eucalyptus urophylla breeding population improvement through sawtimber quality evaluation (G Dowse)
- Opportunities and challenges for the forest sector in contribution to the South African Bioeconomy (B Sithole)
- The influence of species choice, tree improvement and cultural practices on fibre production of Eucalyptus pulpwood plantations over a rotation across three sites in temperate KwaZulu-Natal (J Crous)
- Mechanised pine thinning harvesting simulation: Productivity and cost improvements as a result of changes in planting geometry (S Ackerman)
- Social impacts of forestry (C Sutherland)
- Household and stakeholder perspective on forest management regimes in Botswana: Implications for sustainable forest management (J Lepetu)
- Are communities benefitting from land reform models? Investigating forest-based Public-Private Partnerships in selected beneficiary communities in South Africa (P Tshidzumba)
- Explaining spatial patterns of woodland expansion in Amatole mountain range in Eastern Cape, South Africa (M Jakavula)
- Wild population status of priority medicinal plant species in the Miombo woodlands of Western Tanzania (S Augustino)
- A review of forestry curricula in South African tertiary institutions (P Mgaga)