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Management Guidelines for Valuable Wood Production in Agroforestry Systems now available!

Officially, AgroCop has already ended. Yet, we continue to produce outputs.

Members of the AgroCop team have now published an English and a German version of a guideline that explains in detail how to produce valuable timber in Agroforestry Systems – i.e. outside of forests on agricultural land.

Well-shaped trees for the timber industry don’t grow by themselves. They need to be cared for in the early years after their
planting. This guideline explains what is important for the successful planting, management and harvest of valuable timber trees.
It is specifically written for practitioners.

Have a look at it on the "Publications and Downloads" page!

Project Meeting on October 15 and international conference on Agroforestry on October 16-17, 2014, in Porano, Italy.

Our autumn meeting of 2014 was held in Porano. We combined it with a conference organized within AgroCop, see the respective subpage on this website. We spent October 17 visiting interesting field sites stocked with cultivars of Juglans regia and poplar (see photo).

Second European Agroforestry Conference, 04-06 June 2014, Cottbus, Germany.
AgroCop was represented at this conference with four posters and one oral presentation.
Project Meeting in Ireland, March 25-26, 2014.
Our spring meeting was organized by our project partners in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland. We discussed the progress of the project and visited the experimental sites. The photo below shows an experiment in which two alley widths are used to test cherry clones in combination with willow clones.


World Congress on Agroforestry 2014
Results and activities of AgroCop were presented at the World Congress on Agroforestry in Delhi, India, February 10-14, 2014.
For the abstracts of the presentations, have a look under "Publications and Downloads" in the menu.
In 2013, we have published first papers that include results obtained in AgroCop, see "Publications and Downloads" in the menu.
Project meeting in Montpellier, France, October 10-11, 2013.
Once more, the project staff met to move the project forward, to gain practical insights into Agroforestry systems in the involved partner countries - and to determine the strategy for 2014, the last year of the project's running time. We took a field trip to the large and varied experimental sites managed by our partner INRA Montpellier.
Project meeting in Freiburg, Germany 
On April 18-19, 2013, we held a project meeting in Freiburg. It was dedicated to discussing the work progress of all partners, and to specify the common approach needed to develop the biophysical and economic models of AgroCop systems. We also visited an interesting field site managed by our partners from the the Institute of Forest Growth.  
On September 5-6, 2012, we held our second AgroCop meeting in Casale Monferrato, Northern Italy. It took place in the facilities of  a renowned institute which is specialized in research into poplar breeding, growth and management, the Unità di Ricerca per le Produzioni Legnose Fuori Foresta (www.populus.it). For the fist time, the entire AgroCop staff came together and met in person.
We discussed first results obtained on experimental plots and the next steps to be performed within the project, and we visited experimental field sites that had been established already a few years ago. Our meeting was important in that it enabled us to shape and coordinate the joint activities of our research consortium.

 Group picture of the AgroCop staff.
Field site in the Piemont region in Northern Italy. The poplar trees on the right were harvested last winter, the regrowth has grown during the 2012 vegetation period. The rows of poplar trees are grown in combination with rows of valuable timber trees such as Prunus avium.