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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 Poplar Day 2019 was held on September 5 in Halland. Ulf Johansson from Tönnersjöheden's experimental park hosted us and told us about ongoing research and field trials with poplar. Nils Fahlvik from Skogforsk gave a presentation on rotation period and management of hybrid aspen. Anneli Adler from SLU talked about an ongoing collaborative project on climate-adapted poplar through more efficient plant breeding. Gabriele Engqvist announced a new Salix clone - Julia - developed by Lantmännen and now on the market. In the afternoon we visited two field trials. In heavy rain, Henrik Böhlenius from SLU told us about the challenges of establishing poplar on forest land. The picture was taken in a poplar plantation in Sperlingsholms Estate where Carl Kuylenstierna and Magnus Axelsson gave us insight into what motivates them to invest in poplar. Photo: Lars Rytter.