Beginning of Collaboration with private company TERRADRONE, with the perspective of exploring the potential for using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), commonly known as a drones, to support monitoring / management of Pinus Pinea stands.
A stakeholder seminar with the topic "Knowledge advances in the stone pine value chain", with several key-note speakers: Sven Mutke (CIFOR - INIA), Rafael Calama (CIFOR - INIA), Isabel Carrasquinho (INIAV), Luis Fontes (ISA - CEF-PINEA PROJECT ), Ana Cristina Gonçalves (U. Évora - ICAAM), has been held on 6 March at Alcacer do Sal, the most traditional Pinus pinea pine nut production region in Portugal. It was organized by UNAC which provides more details and the presentations: Seminário "Avanços no Conhecimento na Fileira do Pinheiro Manso"
Ana Cristina Oliveira Farinha, member from the PINEA Project Team and carrying out a PhD under SUSFOR Programme had carried out a Short-Term Scientific Mission (STSM) with the title "The Western Conifer Seed Bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis: important methods and techniques" under COST Action FP1203: European non-wood forest products (NWFPs) network. The work was carried out under supervision of Alain Roques, Institute for Agricultural research, Orléans, France. The report is available: NWFP STSMs
Participation in “5th International Conference on Mediterranean Pines (MEDPINE 5)”, Solsona, Spain, with the oral presentation “Modelling growth and pine nuts production for Pinus pinea under changing environmental conditions”.