International Commission on Poplars and Other Fast-Growing Trees Sustaining People and the Environment
Removing roots of Poplar deltoides, Forestry Research Institute nursery, India. ©FAO/Giuseppe Bizzarri

Working Party on Plant Health, Resilience to Threats and Climate Change

Officers of the Working Party


Mauritz Ramstedt, Chair
Swedish University of Agriculture
Forest Mycology and Pathology
Box 7026
SE-750 07 Uppsala

[email protected]

Tel: (46-0) 704943010

Yash Pal Singh, Vice-Chair
Scientist, Forest Research Institute
P.O. New Forest
Dehradun 248006

[email protected]

Tel.: (+91-135) 2224313

Silvia Cortizo, Vice-Chair
Agronomy Faculty
University of Buenos Aires
Av. San Martin 4453
C1417 CABA

[email protected]

Tel: (54-11) 5287-0067


To assist in developing improved forest material with a reasonable level of tolerance by discussing and exchanging selection and breeding strategies for durable disease resistance.

Primary activities

  • Increase exchange between research organizations on disease-resistant improved forest planting material.
  • Develop protocols in order to reduce the risk of introduction of new pathogens into new areas by importing reproductive material (cuttings, seeds).

Publications and work of interest

 Programme of action through 2021

  • Continue the update of the list of active researchers in Plant Health.
  • Report on poplar and willow selection and breeding programmes, for sustainable and resistant plants, in different parts of the world.
  • Organize a Working Party meeting, concurrently with the next Session of IPS or IUFRO.

Network organizations

International Society for Plant Pathology;
American Phytopathological Society;
International Plant Protection Convention;
European & Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization;

Link to additional organizations: Plant Pathology Organizations -