DEVELOPMENTS IN FOREST SCIENCE IN 1997
Department of Plant Sciences University of Oxford Oxford
This paper will review internationally significant research developments
this year in biotechnology, remote sensing, pest control, biodiversity
conservation and sustainable forest management. These advances are assessed
against a background of poor uptake by forestry professionals and public
opinion that is typically sceptical and often hostile to foresters and
forestry. A number of recommendations are made for improving research
dissemination. These include promoting a higher standard of science training
in forestry education and amongst forestry professionals and a role for
government forestry departments as a test-bench for unproven technology.
Easy access by the forestry community to existing research information
may be as important as pushing research frontiers ever forward.
Department of Forestry and Environmental Science,
of Sri Jayewardenepura,Sri Lanka. 1999. All rights reserved.