"Larch in a warm climate" is the 8th international symposium of IUFRO Working Group S2.02.07 â€“ Larch Breeding and Genetic Resources, and will take place in Hallormsstad National Forest, Iceland, 11 - 13 September 2012.
Although better known for volcanoes and codfish, Iceland also has a forestry sector and over a century of experience with afforestation. Larches are not native to Iceland but have been a very important part of afforestation efforts during the past 60 years. In fact, larches comprise a higher proportion of Icelandâ€˜s forests than they do in most countries where they are native. Welcome to Iceland for the LARIX 2012 symposium!
Scope of the conference
The title Larch in a warm climate is meant to convey the challenges that trees and forests are faced with in light of global warming. Also the fact that average annual temperatures, and especially winter temperatures, are higher in Iceland than throughout most of the natural range of larches. The aim of the symposium is to present and exchange recent knowledge and future developments as well as ideas and experiences related to larch research on adaptation, genetics, breeding, physiology and gene conservation and their links to forest management and production.
The symposium will be held at Hotel Hallormsstadur located in Hallormsstadur National Forest, Icelandâ€˜s first National Forest, protected in 1905. It is located 27 km south of the town of Egilsstadir on the shores of Lake Lagarfljot, which like most long, deep lakes, is home to a monster.
The deadline for registration is April 30, 2012.
The deadline for submitting an abstract is July 31, 2012.
For more information and registration, go to the Iceland Forest Service web site
The full invitation can be downloaded here.