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ForestTECH Issue 66 - Latest news and resources

Welcome to the latest issue of Foresttech.News.

In New Zealand, the news over the last month has been dominated by Cyclone Gabrielle and its aftermath. The cyclone cut off communities and caused widespread flooding and destruction to homes, businesses and infrastructure. As the clean-up continues, one key debate will be on how we can better prepare for future extreme weather events.

In this edition of ForestTECH.News, we'll be covering a range of interesting stories, including:
  1. ChatGPT could make these jobs obsolete. Last month we spoke about ChatGPT and some of what this new technology can do. We are only scratching the surface. 
  2. Early EOI to present at ForestTECH 2023. If you are interested in being part of this event and sharing with over 300+ ForestTECH delegates, we would love to hear from you. 
  3. Harnessing laser technology to measure native forests. This FWPA-supported research project is another important step in improving the management and biodiversity of our forests. 
  4. 23% of the U.S. forest inventory could be lost. There is no question that climate change is a threat to the industry and research modelling will help guide the sector.
  5. NEON adds drone-based Leaf Sampling Protocol. The new tool will allow scientists to collect and analyze large amounts of plant data more efficiently and accurately, leading to a better understanding of ecosystem health and changes over time.
  6. Engineered magic: wooden seed carriers. The innovative design of a new wooden seed carrier could help transport seeds more efficiently and safely in reforestation and restoration efforts.
  7. Future proofing our forestry sector. Scion and RPBC see Genomic Selection technology as the key to improving the growth rate, wood quality and disease resistance of trees.
  8. Rotorua to host international remote sensing conference. ForestSAT 2024 will run 9-13 September 2024. 
  9. Plantma planting trials and expansion ongoing. The NZ-based start-up is developing a robotic planting system for large-scale forestry operations. Have a look at drone footage of the PlantMax X2 in action.
So, sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and join us as we delve into the latest news and developments in forestry.

Check out all the stories, videos and much more below.

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ChatGPT could make these jobs obsolete

Artificial intelligence is here, and it’s coming for your job. So promising are the tool’s capabilities, Microsoft — amid laying off 10,000 people — has announced a “multiyear, multi-billion dollar ...

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Early EOI to present at ForestTECH 2023

In 2021 and 2022, the ForestTECH series, like many other meetings and events, was disrupted by Covid. In saying that, over 300 delegates from 15 different countries were involved with ...

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Harnessing laser technology to measure native forests

The results of a recently completed, FWPA-supported collaborative research project have demonstrated the potential of using dense, 3D point cloud data to link tree and plot-level measurements in native forests, ...

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23% of the U.S. forest inventory could be lost

A study led by a North Carolina State University researcher found that under more severe climate warming scenarios, the inventory of trees used for timber in the continental United States ...

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NEON adds drone-based Leaf Sampling Protocol

Treetop leaf sampling ( canopy foliar sampling) at forested NEON (The National Science Foundation’s National Ecological Observatory Network ) field sites just got a whole lot easier. We’ve added a ...

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Engineered magic: wooden seed carriers

Geometric design and engineering of biodegradable materials could improve versatility, efficiency of aerial seeding How seeds implant themselves in soil can seem magical. Take some varieties of Erodium, whose five-petalled ...

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Future proofing our forestry sector

Future-proofing New Zealand’s radiata pine plantations against climate challenges and a rapidly changing economic environment has become a whole lot easier with a world-leading application of Genomic Selection (GS), a ...

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Rotorua to host international remote sensing conference

Rotorua and Whakarewarewa Forest will be the backdrop to a global forestry conference that is set to attract up to 500 remote sensing specialists to the city in just over ...

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Plantma planting trials and expansion ongoing

After a long time of preparation and transportation, a PlantMax X2 Planting unit is operating in Brazil. In collaboration with partners at Timber in Curitiba Plantma Forestry has done a ...

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