Factors affecting the quality and productivity of forest plantations are the quality of planting materials and occurrence of forest pests and diseases. Leaf-feeding insects and damping-off in the nurseries are the most common problems of plantation developers.
Monoculture forest plantations increase the possibility of pest/disease outbreaks. Fortunately, outbreaks can be prevented by continuous research on the bio-ecological characteristics of pests/diseases in the area and information dissemination among plantation developers.
Informational materials are useful to develop a genetic conservation strategy. Thus, in response to the increasing demand for capacity building on forest genetic resources, the Bioversity International, the operating name of the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI) and the International Network for Improvement of Banana and Plantain (INIBAP), initiated to formulate case study-based training tool and has launched a training manual for forestry practitioners, lecturers, trainers, and students to increase understanding on how to sustainably manage diverse and complex forest and other tree-based ecosystems The manual is part of the free training materials of available for download at
For more information, you can contact:
Elizabeth D. Goldberg
Head, Capacity Development Unit
Via dei Tre Denari 472/A
00057 Maccarese (Fiumicino), Italy
Tel. No.: +39 06 6118 237
Fax No.: +39 06 6197 9661