International forest science experts in Rotorua focus on new technologies to boost sector
For immediate release
14 March 2016
World leading experts in tree genetics are in Rotorua this week for a conference focused on how new technologies, such as genomics and remote sensing, have the potential to boost productivity in the forestry sector.
The Forest Genetics for Productivity Conference March 14-18 2016 – The next generation- brings together forest industry leaders, scientists and innovators from around the world, setting the scene for the future of the industry.
Conference Convenor Heidi Dungey says, “Boosting forest productivity is priority not only for the New Zealand forest industry but also globally to meet increasing demand for timber and non-timber products and services.
“We have secured a range of international speakers who are considered experts in their fields. They will talk us through the latest science and technologies that could have a big impact on forestry production in the future.
“Genomics - the science of understanding genetic patterns - has the potential to allow us to breed trees with desired features more quickly and accurately. While measuring trees using remote sensing lasers (LiDAR), multi-spectral and 3-D cameras could give us a better picture of tree health, growth and the landscape at a much faster rate than ever before.”
The conference will also cover the synergies between tree genetics and the environment.
It’s the first international conference on tree genetics held in New Zealand for more than a decade.
Dr Dungey, Science Leader for Forest Genetics at Scion says, “This is an exciting time for the forestry sector and we’re looking forward to hosting such a high calibre of international experts here in Rotorua, the heart of forest science in New Zealand.”