In late July of 2019 Camcore’s Andy Whittier traveled to South Africa to assist in the assessment of wood quality traits in both an eight year old pine hybrid and six year old eucalyptus trial located outside the Ngwodana Mill. This trip is just one of many international visits undertaken by Camcore to assess wood quality traits of novel pine hybrids and lesser planted eucalyptus species located on our members lands.
Working closely with Sappi Research Officer Lebogang Mphahele and her two teams we were able to successfully sample 540 pine trees and 180 eucalyptus trees in just over one week! Many thanks are extended to Lebo and her team for such a well organized and enjoyable trip.
Camcore’s own Juan Jose Acosta and Robert Jetton spent the day in central North Carolina checking on emerald ash borer (EAB) traps. This study site is helping us to better understand EAB phenology in NC in order to improve the timing of biocontrol releases.
Best poster (overall) and best poster (student) = Luis Ibarra
Best oral presentation (student) = Colin Jackson
Luis Ibarra is a Camcore Ph.D. student co-advised by Gary Hodge and Juan Jose Acosta. Colin Jackson is a Ph.D. student with both Camcore and the Tree Improvement Program and is co-advised by Juan Jose Acosta and Fikret Isik.
The 2018 Camcore Annual Meeting in Colombia is off to a great start. After a few days of meetings and presentations in Cali we headed south to the department of Cauca for two days of field tours outside of Popayán. Thanks go to Smurfit Kappa Colombia for sponsoring such a wonderful trip and presenting their interesting research. Special thanks are extended to the Smurfit crew in Cauca for preparing for our visit and showing us their well managed sites. We are now looking forward to the second half of meeting and seeing more of Colombia and its forestry.
Congratulations to Camcore undergraduate researcher Connor Winfield who had his 2018/19 research proposal selected for funding by the NCSU Office of Undergraduate Research. He will use the $1,000 award to study insect diversity associated with different forest types and management strategies at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve in Cary, NC.