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A first assessment of our EPIC-IUFRO conference, two months after

Our “EPIC_IUFRO” Conference took place in France on the 15 and 16 September 2017 as a satellite event of the 125th Anniversary IUFRO Conference held in Freiburg (Germany) 17-22 September 2017.

The aim of the EPIC_IUFRO Conference, the first ever focusing on this topic, was to assess the state of the art in epicormic development and control on trees, and specifically address the need for further research. It was an opportunity for building an international research community about epicormic formation on forest and urban trees and other related aspects.

Our conference has been a success. Despite a very long day of inside presentations all attendees, senior researchers or students, considered that this event was a real opportunity to discuss on basic botany, maybe not too much. We especially regret the absence of some of us, due to health reasons.

Thanks to Elodie and Nathalie, the last administrative and reimbursement points are being processed

Thanks to Corinne and the authors, all the presentations have been recovered and posted on the web site, organized by sessions (see “Presentations”). We hope that this display may lead to additional exchanges between us.

Moreover, a topical issue of the journal “Annals of Forest Science” has been planned. More than ten speakers accepted to submit a manuscript to the end of the first trimester of 2018. When sending it, please mention that your paper is to be published under the “epicormics and related botanical features “ topical issue.

If this topical issue sees the light of day, it will be a very important and never been published review of diverse results regarding epicormics and relatives. And a starting point and inspiring source for further collaborative researches.

Finally, most of us express the desire to form a group on a topic as “Branching” or something larger than epicormics and relative features. Suggestions are welcome.

We wish you a bright, colored and healthy winter!

Francis Colin and Bob Rogers