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The National Poplar Commission of Sweden is part of the International Poplar Commission (IPC). The IPC was formed in 1947 in Paris as a statutory part of the FAO, which in turn is a United Nations agency. At present, the IPC consists of 37 member countries, of which Sweden is one. Every four years, the IPC organizes a congress named "Session". IPC's function includes a variety of activities, further information is found at www.fao.org/forestry/ipc.

The mission of NPC Sweden is defined based on the mission of the international poplar commission and according to the following:

  1. The study of scientific, technical, social and economic aspects of poplar, aspen and willow cultivation;
  2. The promotion of the exchange of ideas and materials between research workers, producers and users;
  3. The arrangement of joint research programs;
  4. The promotion of conferences and study tours; and
  5. The preparation of reports and the formulation of recommendations to FAO and to member governments.


The annual meeting 2018 of the NPC Sweden was held August 29 southeast of the town Växjö. The Swedish Forest Society (Skogssällskapet) was our host and told the participants about their activities and thereafter Anki Rönnberg-Wästljung informed about the use of  genetic markers in willow tree breeding. In the afternoon two field trials were visited and the last one was a 22-year-old hybrid aspen stand seen in the background. Photo: Pär Fornling.