International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) is the global network for forest science cooperation, uniting more than 15,000 scientists from almost 700 member organizations in over 110 countries that cooperate on a voluntary basis ( Their mission is to advance research excellence and knowledge sharing, and to foster the development of science-based solutions to forest-related challenges for the benefit of forests and people worldwide.
IUFRO activities are organized in divisions and working groups dedicated to different research aspects and collaboration groups.
IUFRO Division 2 (Physiology and Genetics) includes research on the physiology of forest trees as a whole and more specifically on xylem, stem, canopy and roots; on sexual and vegetative reproduction; on breeding and genetic resources of conifers and hardwoods in virtually all regions of the world; on quantitative and biological genetics of trees and tree populations, including molecular and cellular genetics; and finally on seed physiology and technology. Within this division, IUFRO Working Party 2.08.04 brings together all aspects of research in IUFRO on breeding and genetic resources of Populus and Salix species. Major functions of this Working Party are to: 1) facilitate information flow on breeding and selection, genomics, and conservation, 2) facilitate exchange of material, and 3) provide for informative meetings, workshops and field trips. IUFRO Working Party 2.08.04 works closely with the International Poplar Commission's Working Party on Poplar and Willow Genetics, Conservation, and Improvement.

The Ministry of Agro-Industry of Argentina is the government agency responsible for designing and executing production, commercialization and health plans in the agricultural, fishing, forestry and agro-industrial sectors. Its mission is to ensure efficient productivity, generate value added and lead in innovation and technology, thus facilitating the insertion of Argentinean agricultural products and services in the global market.
The Undersecretary of Foresto-Industrial Development is in charge of promoting the forest industry sector by designing, proposing and coordinating the execution of policies, plans and programs of production, development, inspection, quality, health, industrialization, certification and regulation in forest and foresto-Industrial matters. Hence, it seeks for the right balance between productivity, environmental sustainability, sustainability of natural resources and territorial distribution.

The National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) is a decentralized public body created in 1956, with presence throughout Argentina. The Institute has a headquarters, 15 regional centers, 52 experimental stations, 6 research centers, 22 research institutes, and more than 350 extension units.
INTA’s objectives and efforts are oriented towards innovation as the engine of national development. As a member of the National System of Science, Technology and National Innovation, INTA develops capacities for the agro-industrial sector and participates in networks that foster inter-institutional cooperation. In addition, INTA generates knowledge and technologies that it puts at the service of different sectors of society, through its extension, information and communication systems.
INTA's contributions allow the country to achieve greater potential and generate new opportunities to access regional and international markets with products and services having high added value.

The School of Agriculture of the University of Buenos Aires (FAUBA), created 100 years ago, combines solid academic experience with ongoing efforts to update its technology and research. The extensive academic opportunities and the array of services have increasingly grown in recent years to provide adequate answers to the accelerated changes in the agricultural world. Thus, FAUBA has become the link between the land, the business and science.
The exchange of experiences and knowledge with institutions around the world is one of the main interests of FAUBA, as an academic reference in the Mercosur. Opening new frontiers and building links is our goal in pursuance of the enhancement of knowledge and the integration of the university in economic and social processes under different national contexts.
FAUBA´s mission is to lead in the process of circulation, distribution, and application of agronomic knowledge (scientific, technological, technical) that takes place in the interaction between the social and the natural systems, with clear principles of sustainability and ethics as the axis of its action.
FAUBA offers five degree courses, two technical courses and several postgraduate courses.

The School of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences (FCAyF) of the National University of La Plata (UNLP), is the oldest institution of agronomic studies in Argentina, founded in1883. In the FCAyF two university degrees can be obtained (Forest Engineering and Agricultural Engineering), and many post graduate degrees. Dean and precursor of the University it belongs, the FCAyF has been conceived with scientific spirit since its creation. Accordingly, production and diffusion of knowledge have equal importance than training professionals.


Silvia Cortizo (Leader of the Organizing Committee). National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA), Argentina. Department of Applied Biology and Foods. School of Agriculture of the University of Buenos Aires (FAUBA). Deputy Coordinator, IUFRO Working Group 2.08.04 (Physiology and Genetics of Poplars and Willows). Argentina.
Ana María Garau. Department of Plant Production. School of Agriculture of the University of Buenos Aires. Argentina.
Esteban Borodowski. Direction of forest production. Undersecretary of Industrial Forest Development. Department of Plant Production. School of Agriculture of the University of Buenos Aires. Argentina.
Corina Graciano. Institute of Plant Physiology, National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET). School of Agriculture and Forestry of the University of La Plata. Argentina.
Joris Van Acker. Laboratory of Wood Technology. Faculty of Bioscience Engineering. Ghent University. Deputy Coordinator, IUFRO Working Group 2.08.04 (Physiology and Genetics of Poplars and Willows). Belgium.
Deqiang Zhang. Laboratory of Genetics and Breeding in Forest Trees and Ornamental Plant, Beijing Forestry University. Deputy Coordinator, IUFRO Working Group 2.08.04 (Physiology and Genetics of Poplars and Willows). China.
Ronald S. Zalesny Jr. USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Institute for Applied Ecosystem Studies. Coordinator, IUFRO Working Group 2.08.04 (Physiology and Genetics of Poplars and Willows). United States.