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The next IUFRO 5th 2.09.02 Working Party Conference (Theme 2: Forests and Forest Products for a Greener Future) will be held at the Department of Life Sciences, University of Coimbra, Portugal, from 10-15 September 2018. The main aim of this conference, titled Clonal Trees in the Bioeconomy Age: Opportunities and Challenges, is to bring together specialists and stakeholders interested in different areas of tree cloning, to exchange ideas and information and to establish new lines of research for the future. The main topics of the symposium will be: somatic embryogenesis in trees and other cloning techniques, as well as physiological, biochemical and molecular aspects of in vitro morphogenesis in trees. A technical tour and several cultural and social events (gala dinner, visit to main monuments and a senerade of Fado) will take place. The organizers of this symposium have the pleasure to invite all colleagues working in this field to join this meeting, which will be held, for the first time, in Portugal.
On the last meeting, in La Plata, 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.