International Commission on Poplars and Other Fast-Growing Trees Sustaining People and the Environment
Watering tree seedlings at Forestry Research Institute nursery, India. ©FAO/Giuseppe Bizzarri

Working Party on Domestication and Conservation of Genetic Resources

Formerly known as the Working Party on Breeding and Selection, the Working Party's mandate includes:

  • Assist the IPC and its Executive Committee in all matters that relate to genetic aspects of poplars and willows;
  • Promote contacts worldwide among scientists and experts working in poplar and willow genetics with a view to encouraging and facilitating the exchange of information or research programme results;
  • Coordinate international research and technological development programmes in the field of genetic resources;
  • Provide a forum for the discussion of matters that relate to the exploration, conservation and use of genetic resources; and
  • Address recommendations to the Executive Committee on all matters that relate to genetic aspects of poplars and willows.

The activities of the Working Party include the conservation of natural genetic resources and ecosystems and genetic improvement by conventional breeding, application of molecular genetic tools and techniques, genetical transformation and creation of new cultivars for phytoremediation, waste water treatment etc. 

Officers of the Working Party


Teresa Cerrill, Chair
Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA)
EEA Delta del Paraná

[email protected]

Tel: (54-11) 47494609

Ian McIvor, Vice-Chair
Plant and Food Research
Private Bag 11600
Palmerston North 4442

[email protected]
Tel: (64-6) 9537673

Georg von Wühlisch, Vice-Chair
Thȕnen Institute of Forest Genetics
Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries
Sieker Landstrasse 2
22927 Grosshansdorf

[email protected]
Tel.: (49-4102) 696106

Sasa Orlovič, Vice-Chair
Head of the Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment
Antona Cehova 13
P.O. Box 117
21000 Novi Sad, Vojvodina

[email protected]
Tel: (381-21) 540382

Ann Christin Rönnberg-Wästljung, Technical Secretary
Associate Professor
Swedish University Of Agricultural Sciences
Department Of Plant Biology
Box 7080
Se-75007 Uppsala

[email protected]
Tel.: (46-70) 1723927