6-7 July 2015
International Conference entitled: 
European Oak Decline Phenomenon – causes, monitoring and possible mitigation measures


The conference was organized as part of the HESOFF project jointly implemented by the Forestry Research Institute and Institute of Aviation, financed under the LIFE Program of the European Commission and subsidies from the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management. The first day of the conference took place in Warsaw, where the participants listened to a series of presentations on the threat of forest stands from the invasive root pathogens of the genus Phytophthora, molecular methods of their identification and the possibility of preventing their spread. During the second day of the conference, the participants visited the headquarters of the Institute of Aviation – a co-organizer and main contractor of the HESOFF project, where the Institute and employees of the Remote Sensing division and Operational Center of Earth Observation Missions were presented. Then, the visitors were introduced with research equipment and aerodynamic tunnels used in scientific projects carried out at the Institute. Afternoon, guests spent at the headquarters of the Forest Research Institute in Sękocin Stary, where further scientific sessions were held. The conference program is presented below:

Day 1 (6 July 2015) – Forest extinction in Europe (Novotel Airport Hotel, Warsaw) 

9: 00-9: 15 Welcome by Witold Wiśniowski, Director of the Institute of Aviation (IL) and Janusz Czerepko, Director of the Forest Research Institute (IBL).
9: 15-11: 00 Session 1: led by T. OSZAKO.
9: 15-9: 30 Katarzyna KUBIAK (Poland) – Remote sensing methods in biomass monitoring – introduction and assumptions of the HESOFF project.
9: 30-10: 15 Lassaâd Belbahri (Switzerland) – Occurrence and control of the distribution of Phytophthora nematodes species within an integrated method based on metabarkodingu, genomics and metagenomics.
10: 15-11: 00 Stephen Woodward (United Kingdom) – Fungal diseases carried by migratory birds.
11: 00-11: 30 Coffee break.
11: 30-12: 45 Session II: led by S. WOODWARD.
11: 30-12: 15 Tomasz Oszako (Poland, Italy) – Forest pest risk assessment at EFSA: potential threats to oaks in the European Union and watercourses as a potential way for the spread of pathogens from nurseries to forest stands.
12: 15-12: 45 Ivan Milenković (Serbia) – The participation of pathogenic oomycetes of the genus Phytophthora in the phenomenon of the dieback of oaks in Serbia.
13:00 – 14:00 Dinner.
14: 00-15: 00 Session III: led by L. BELBAHRI.
14: 00-14: 30 Tadeusz Malewski (Poland) – Molecular diagnostics of selected pathogens from the Phytophthora genus as an integrated protection tool (IPM).
14: 30-15: 00 Andrea Vannini (Italy) – Monitoring the presence and spread of forest pathogens in natural complexes: biological, molecular and remote sensing methods.
15: 00-15: 30 Coffee break.
15: 30-17: 30 Session IV: Discussion and poster session.
18:30 Transfer by bus from the Novotel Hotel to the Old Town.
19: 00-22: 00 Dinner in the Old Town in Warsaw.
22:15 Return by bus to the Novotel Hotel.

Day 2 (7 July 2015) – Remote monitoring of the environment in the assessment of the health of tree stands and methods of reducing the decline of oaks

9:00 By bus from the Novotel Hotel to the Institute of Aviation.
9: 30-9: 45 Welcome by Witold Wiśniowski, Director of the Institute of Aviation (IL).
9: 45-11: 15 Session I led by P. CZAPKA.
9: 45-10: 15 Paweł Czapski (Poland) – Presentation of the Operational Center of Earth Observation Missions, laboratory and Remote Sensing Division.
10: 15-10: 45 Jan Kotlarz (Poland) – Multi-sensor platform Quercus 6 as a tool for illustrating the variability of forest areas.
11: 00-12: 00 Visiting the wind tunnel.
12:00 Transfer by bus to the Forest Research Institute (IBL) in Sękocin Stary.
12: 30-13: 45 Coffee break in IBL.
13: 45-14: 00 Welcome by Janusz Czerepko, Director of the Forest Research Institute (IBL).
14: 00-15: 00 Session II conducted by A. VANNINI.
14: 00-14: 20 Miłosz Tkaczyk (Poland) – Assessment of the health condition of oak tree stands studied (Quercus roburL.) On the Krotoszyńska Plate on the basis of vitality and defoliation.
14: 20-14: 40 Marta Siebyła (Poland) – Effect of phosphite fertilizers on the number of soil bacteria and endophytes.
14: 40-15: 00 Teresa Kłosińska (Poland) – Method for the determination of phosphonates in biological material.
15: 00-16: 00 Session III conducted by T. OSZAKO.
15: 00-16: 00 Discussion and summary of the conference – the voice of forest practitioners regarding the methods of reducing the risk of dying of oaks in nurseries and stands.
16:30 -18: 00 Grill (IBL)
18:15 Transfer by bus to Warsaw

5-6 September 2017
International Conference entitled: The phenomenon of dieback of oaks in Europe – the origin, course and possibilities of harm reduction


On 5-6 September 2017, the Forest Research Institute in Sękocin Stary organized a conference entitled “The phenomenon of dieback of oaks in Europe – genesis, course and possibilities of harm reduction“, which presented, among others, results of, co-financed by the European Commission under the LIFE Program and the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management, the HESOFF project implemented jointly by the Institute of Aviation in Warsaw and the Forestry Research Institute. The aim of the meeting was to summarize the results so far and discuss the topic. The conference was attended by representatives of: General Directorate of State Forests, Institute of Aviation, Regional Directorates of State Forests, Forest Protection Teams, as well as employees of forest inspectorates and guests from domestic and foreign scientific units. The conference program is presented below:

Tuesday 5/09/2017, I session

12.00-13.00. Registration of participants and welcome refreshments.
13.00-13.15. Welcome guests by the Institute of Aviation the Forestry Research Institute Directorate.
I session (moderator: Justyna Nowakowska, Tomasz Oszako)
13.15 – 14.05. Death of oak stands in Europe, causes and course of the phenomenon on Krotoszyńska Plate. Tomasz Oszako – Department of Forest Protection, Forest Research Institute.
14.05-14.15. Death of oaks as a result of prolonged drought – the case of Serbia. Nenad Keca – University of Belgrade.
14.15 – 14.35. Pathogens of the genus Phytophthora in the Ukrainian forests – Iryna Matsiakh – Ukrainian National Forestry of Ukraine, Lviv.
14.35- 15.00. Detection and identification of Phytophthora species in soil using plant traps and morphology. Milosz Tkaczyk, Tomasz Oszako.
15.00-15.30. Break
15.30 – 16.30. Possibilities to protect oak stands in the light of the results of the HESOFF project. Miłosz Tkaczyk, Katarzyna Kubiak, Tomasz Oszako. Heorhiy Hrynyk – National Ukrainian Forest and Technical University in Lviv.
16.30-16.50. Chemistry of leaves and soils on treatment and control surfaces, and what are the consequences for stands? Wiesław Szulc and Beata Rutkowska – Department of Soil Environment, WULS-SGGW.
16.50-17.05. Genetic diversity and health of control and phosphite treated oaks. Justyna Nowakowska – Laboratory of Molecular Biology Forest Research Institute.
17.05-17.20. Data from imaging surface of oak leaves damaged by oak mildew. Piotr Dąbrowski, Hazem Kalaji, Nenad Keca, Tomasz Oszako.
17.20-17.50. Influence of soil elements on the health status of trees by affecting the balance of ectomycorrhizal compounds in dying oak stands on the Krotoszyńska Plateau. Roman Bzdyk, Katarzyna Kubiak, Miłosz Tkaczyk, Wiesław Szulc, Justyna Nowakowska, Tomasz Oszako.
17.50-18.00. The end of the first session.
18.00 – Common meal by the fire (Forest Research Institute.).

Wednesday 6.09.2017, II Session

10.00-10.40. Registration of new participants, welcome coffee / sweets.
10.40-11.05. The use of a multispectral camera on an unmanned aircraft for forest monitoring. Mariusz Kacprzak. – Institute of Aviation.
11.05-11.40. Film HESOFF “Application of new technologies in forest protection”.
11.40-12.00. Pathogen Fusarium circinatum as a new problem of European forestry. Julio Javier Diez.
Completion of the II Session and conference, lunch break.

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