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IUFRO joint conference of five-needle pine, rusts of forest trees, and genomics groups

Date: August 19, 2015


Anna Schoettle delivers a presentation on the ecology and genetics of Rocky Mountain bristlecone pine at the Mt Goliath Research Natural Area.
Anna Schoettle delivers a presentation on the ecology and genetics of Rocky Mountain bristlecone pine at the Mt Goliath Research Natural Area.
The first IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations) joint conference of the Genetics of Five-Needle Pines working group, Rusts of Forest Trees working group, and the genomics group Strobusphere met in Fort Collins, Colorado, on June 15-20, 2014. 

The conference included two days of presentations and four field trips (southern Wyoming, Rocky Mountain National Park, Mount Goliath Research Natural Area, and the Agricultural Research Service National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation) to learn about current forest conditions, ongoing research, and conservation of pines and rusts and to visit limber pine (Pinus flexilis) and Rocky Mountain bristlecone pine (P. aristata) forests. 

The 106 attendees included representatives from 16 countries, 17 U.S. states and 4 Canadian provinces; students, active researchers and professionals and retired experts participated. Financial contributions by the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, American Forests, Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation, Sierra Pacific Industries, and IUFRO helped make the conference a success.

Anna Schoettle, a Deputy Coordinator for the IUFRO Five-Needle Pine working group, co-organized the conference with Richard Sniezko, Richard Hamelin, and David Neale, and she was the local coordinator with help from Kelly Burns and others.

Group photo of the participants of the international conference on 5-needle pines, rust disease and genomics at Vedauwoo, Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming.
Group photo of the participants of the international conference on 5-needle pines, rust disease and genomics at Vedauwoo, Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming.



Principal Investigators: 
Forest Service Partners: 
Richard Sniezko, Pacific Northwest Region
Kelly S. Burns, Rocky Mountain Region
External Partners: 
William Jacobi, Colorado State University
Richard Hamelin, Natural Resources Canada
David Neale, University of California Davis