Monday, June 12, 2023
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Garnica decides to improve the competitiveness of the forestry sector through collaboration in the Biopoptech project. The project seeks to integrate universities, R&D centers, associations, producers, owners and industries to improve profitability and optimize the final quality of the products.
At Garnica we are committed to innovation and sustainability, through sustainable forest management with a focus on continuous improvement. In recent years we have been involved in numerous R+D+i projects, among which Biopoptech stands out , a collaborative project dedicated to promoting poplar cultivation and its use in high value-added products, financed by NextGeneration funds from the Union European.
GO BIOPOPTECH task force has received a subsidy of €596,871.75 for its innovation project. This amount is 100% co-financed by funds from the Next Generation EU recovery instrument, as set out in Spanish Royal Decree 169/2018 of 23 March.
Spanish Office of Rural Development, Innovation and Agri-food Training (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food) as the managing authority responsible for the implementation of FEADER aid.
The Biopoptech project focuses on the agroforestry field and aims to improve the competitiveness of primary poplar producers by integrating them into the forest-industry value chain through variety optimization and improvement of valuation and standardization tools. The project also contributes to the supply of renewable energy sources and presents synergies with other priorities such as improving water management.
To achieve these objectives, different tests will be carried out with the main poplar varieties throughout the Duero and Ebro basins . At Garnica, we will focus on characterizing the industrial properties of the board produced with each clone in different terrains, ages and climatic conditions, defining which are the most suitable varieties for unrolling, maintaining the traceability of each clone in logging.
Specifically, the project will cover at least 30 plots on different lands with the main clonal varieties of Euramericans and Interamericans that are currently at a mature age. The first test plots will be with I-214 and Unal in Salas de Los Infantes and Hacinas, the results of which are expected before the summer after the production of different plywood tests at the Garnica facilities.
At Garnica it is believed that it is essential to continue generating knowledge in the optimization at an industrial level of the different local forest species. In this way, we will help forest owners to get the most out of their land and we will create products with greater added value for our customers.