fbrc University of Florida University of Florida

Rationale for an Integrated, Multi-Disciplinary Cooperative

Modern, site-specific pine plantation management requires knowledge about the interactive effects of silviculture, genetics, nutrition, soils, pests, and pathogens.

Single-discipline, empirical studies aimed at one or a few factors are inefficient and often ineffective in furthering knowledge of these integrated dynamics. Integrated, long-term field studies, employing scientists from many disciplines, are imperative for the development of an understanding of the complex dynamics which underly sustainable production. The Forest Biology Research Cooperative works with its members to develop and synthesize research to develop advanced forest management systems for the 21st century.

With these goals and philosophies firmly in place, the Forest Biology Research Cooperative was founded in 1996 at the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida. The FBRC's mission is to significantly increase productivity, maintain forest health and ensure sustainability of intensively-managed pine forest ecosystems in the southeastern United States. The primary focus is on the use of integrated, applied and intensively-studied field experiments designed to understand interactions and dynamics of genetics, pest management, silviculture, ecophysiology, nutrition and soils. Supportive laboratory and greenhouse studies, along with existing field studies, are also used to achieve the mission.