2019 IUFRO Tree Biotechnology Conference Gets Underwhelmingly Underway

ANNE PETERMANN | June 24, 2019

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The opening of the 2019 IUFRO Tree Biotechnology conference was a bizzare mix.  It was part plea for help, part slick advertising campaign, part comedy routine and part old home reminiscing. The evening was emceed by a very nervous Ross Whetten, a Professor in the NCSU Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, who seemed to be expecting a protest to break out at any moment (which would explain the police officers milling about in the hallway, overseeing the registration, and watching the parking lot).  He introduced the couple of IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations) Forest Bioechnology Task Force Coordinators who had bothered to attend their bi-annual fête, noting that their Brazilian representative Dario Grattapaglia was not present. Interesting since the event was originally announced to be held in Curitiba, but was moved, at the last minute, to Raleigh following protests at the last 2017 IUFRO Tree Biotechnology Conference in Concepcíon, Chile.

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