International Leucaena Conference

(29 October – 2 November, 2018)

You are invited to attend an international conference on the tree legume leucaena (Leucaena leucocephala) and other species in the Leucaena genus to be held on the resort Island of Lombok in eastern Indonesia 29 October – 2 November 2018.

Register your interest now on the Expression of Interest tab to receive regular updates on progress and announcements from the Organising Committee. Even if you are uncertain if you can attend, but you have an active interest in leucaena R&D, we welcome your expression of interest.

Background

Leucaena is widely recognized as the most sustainable, and valuable multipurpose tree legume in the tropics. For livestock, it is a productive and profitable source of protein for ruminant production. Its other multipurpose uses include:- land regeneration;  carbon sequestration and methane reduction; biomass for paper pulp and electricity generation.

Over the past three decades, scientists and farmers have greatly increased their knowledge of this plant, resulting in new plantings that have grown almost exponentially over time. As a consequence, there is demand for improved knowledge of the latest varieties, recommended management practices, and feeding systems.

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The conference

The most experienced scientists, extension workers, and farmers will be brought together to share their knowledge for the benefit of ruminant livestock and agroforestry industries everywhere. The last dedicated conference on leucaena was held in Vietnam in 1997. The conference presentations, posters, and major decisions for future work and collaboration (R&D outcomes) will be made available in the open access Journal Tropical Grasslands-Forrajes Tropicales.

Participation

We welcome your initial Expression of Interest to attend the conference, which can be submitted from this site via the Expression of Interest tab.

Venue, timing, field trips

The Conference will be held at resort Hotel Jayakarta on Lombok Island in the eastern Indonesian province of Nusa Tenggara Barat from 29 October – 2 November, 2018.

In this region, there has been widespread uptake of leucaena feeding by smallholders. A field visit to neighbouring Sumbawa Island will be available to see smallholders feeding their cattle 100% leucaena diets.

For those interested, a post-conference field trip will be available in Queensland, Australia to visit successful large-scale leucaena graziers.