Silviculture is the practice of work and experimentation, as well as a potential market, where bengolako has also commenced to develop its R+D+i activities, a preliminary step to that of the design of new industrial applications and the start up of new corporate projects.

Bosque en otoño To that effect, bengolako has collaborated with the Neiker Technological Centre in the validation of a procedure for disinfecting seedlings and trunks of the Pinus Radiata (Monterey Pine), infected by the Fusarium Circinatum fungus, through the application of its impregnation by vacuum immersion procedure, as well as a subsequent drying of the seedlings once treated, also through the application of a vacuum based process.

The project had the advantage of obtaining the results of this innovative disinfection system with respect to those systems that are currently being used. A system that would ensure the maintenance of healthy wood after processing, as well as the curing of the infected seedlings, as a means of preventing the onset of such diseases in the new plantations.

On a European level, the current situation regarding the Fusarium Circinatum disease is one of alarm, quarantine, surveillance and prevention of the spreading of the disease, which has been officially recognised in Spain, France and Italy and is widely dispersed in the United States, Chile, Japan and South Africa.

Bosque en otoño In summary, the application of this treatment procedure has proven to be very effective for disinfection of both the treated wood as well as the infected seedlings. This procedure has unveiled also an important potential as an application system for substances and preventive treatments and other seedling types from the various species studied.

Piña de un pino As an added, it should be stressed that the immediacy between the impregnation and drying processes has shown that it does not limit the viability of the seedlings. Without the drying process the viability is accelerated, which in turn, begins the germination process and a high impregnation is achieved in record time, as compared with the traditional film and forage seed coating treatments.

In this fashion, the results of this experience for the treatment of various forest infestations have opened in turn a very important field to implement some strategies to control infestations which affect several tree species and for the impregnation of seedlings with substances and organisms that may contribute to its optimal development, and with a spatial impact in the field of nutrition.