Training course for carbon footprinting and LCA
22 July, 2013
The Green House is offering the following training
course that teaches the base-line knowledge required for people entering
into the field of carbon footprinting and LCA:
18 July, 2013
Please let me know if you come across any sites with high infestations
of white grubs. This could be either wattle, eucalypt or pine sites. We
have a new PhD student (Birhan Addisie) who is looking at the potential
use of EPNs (entomopathogenic nematodes) for the management of white
grubs, and we would greatly appreciate any assistance in identifying
sites for collection.
Recent Leptocybe Workshop at the ICFR
5 July, 2013
The ICFR recently hosted a workshop to discuss industry-wide operational and research approaches to manage Leptocybe invasa
, the Blue Gum Chalcid wasp in South Africa. Leptocybe invasa
has become one of the most serious eucalypt pests in South Africa, infesting a range of commercially grown Eucalyptus
species and hybrid clones. The recent release of the biological control agent Selitrichodes neseri
which is being managed by staff at FABI at the University of Pretoria, is expected to effectively assist in the management of L. invasa
, based on its performance under quarantine conditions.
Official scientific report of Myrtle rust in Africa
4 July, 2013
A few weeks ago we reported the first observation of Myrtle rust in Africa, where it occurred on an ornamental Myrtus communis
in KwaZulu-Natal. This is the rust that also poses a potential threat
to other members of the Myrtaceae such as Eucalyptus and Syzigium.
Attached is the official scientific report that was published last week
in IMA Fungus, the official journal of the International Mycological
Association. This paper should be used for citation purposes in reports
and articles, rather than our first report on treehealthnet.
Appointment of a new ICFR Research Manager, Dr Andrew Morris
4 July, 2013
The ICFR is very happy to announce
that Dr Andrew Morris has joined us from 1 July 2013 as our new Research
Manager. Andrew brings to the ICFR a wealth of experience in research
management and knowledge of the industry from his previous position as Sappi's
General Manager Research.