Welcome Message

Dear friends and colleagues,

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it is an honor for me to welcome all of you to the IUFRO first meeting of the recently created WP 7.02.13 “Forest Health in Southern Hemisphere commercial plantations” that will be held in Punta del Este (Uruguay), from 21-23 March, 2018.

This meeting, under the main title “Improving forest health on commercial plantations”, will focus on pests and diseases affecting commercial hardwood and softwood plantations in the Southern Hemisphere, especially on commonly planted species such as eucalypts, acacias and pines. Although we have defined seven main topics, our main objective is to be inclusive to all people working on commercial plantations issues, so feel free to submit abstracts on issues not listed, under the group “Others”.

A one-day field trip in the southeastern region of Uruguay will allow participants to know intensively managed plantations of eucalypts and to see the most frequent pests and diseases affecting them, being an excellent opportunity to exchange experiences and discuss management alternatives.

And of course, it will be a unique opportunity to enjoy the natural beauties of Uruguay, and the wonder of Punta del Este, the most well known resort of South America and one of the most important in the world. We are also preparing various optional post-conference tours to give you the opportunity to delight in other amazing sights of Uruguay.

So, I´m looking forward to welcome you all in Punta del Este.

Dr. Gustavo Balmelli