Working parties and Sub-Committee

IPC carries out its mandate by supporting research and management activities through six international, cross-disciplinary working parties dealing with

(1) harvesting and utilization of poplar wood
(2) diseases
(3) insect pests
(4) genetics, conservation and tree improvement
(5) production systems, and
(6) environmental applications

Members of the working parties meet in regular sessions or through "virtual" networks to exchange ideas and develop proposals, which are then presented to member countries for adoption in formal sessions. It is the activities of the working parties that have formed the basis for progress of the IPC in recent years.

Some of the major achievements of the working parties have included:

  • identification of existing outbreaks of insect pests or diseases and early warning of their potential spread;
  • emphasizing the importance of quarantine and sanitary measures for the movement of plant material; 
  • stressing the need for the conservation of native populations of poplars and willows in order to conserve genetic diversity as one basis for tree breeding;
  • adoption of conventions for the protection of breeder's rights to facilitate the exchange of superior cultivars;
  • promoting poplars and willows for erosion control, phytoremediation, and sand dune stabilization;
  • investigating the suitability of poplars and willows for bioenergy
  • the compilation of a comprehensive world-monograph on poplars and willows that will be published by a commercial publishing company in October 2013.

Subcommittee on Nomenclature and Registration

IPC is the only international authority that has been appointed by the International Society for Horticultural Sciences for the registration of the names of cultivars and clones of poplars (1958) and willows (2013). The Subcommittee acts as a registrar on behalf of IPC.

last updated:  Friday, August 2, 2013