Next 13th of September is the chosen date for the 5th meeting of the Portuguese RAIN under the AFINET and the Incredible (Innovation Networks for Cork, Resins & Edibles) projects. On this same occasion the CEF (Forest Research Centre), from Instituto Superior de Agronomia, seminar “From research to application - Cork Oak tree and more!” will also be taking place.
These events are meant for the RAIN members - farmers, consultants, researchers and public bodies, but also to the general public with an interest in agroforestry, which is a type of climate-smart agriculture who also helps reducing rural fires.
The main objectives of the meeting are: to disclosure the AFINET materials, innovative good-practices and results from PhD thesis recently published by CEF and ISA research teams.
The meeting will kick off at 9h/9h30 (local time). In the morning there will be a few presentations about "Techniques for rainwater harvesting in drought-prone ecosystems"; "Hedges and Shelterbelts: Opportunities"; "Thinning of young cork oak tree plantations: tree competition versus information on cork quality"; "Cork oak stands understory management: impacts on the tree and cork"; "Cork oak stands understory management: impacts on the soil" and "What about after 2019? AFINET RAIN members survey results".
After lunch there will be a field trip to visit young cork oak tree plantations located on agroforestry farms near the Observatório do Sobreiro e da Cortiça.