The Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment was established in 1958 under the name of Poplar Institute. In the last few decades, it has changed its name a number of times. The Institute became part of the University of Novi Sad, as a Research and Development Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment, following the decision of the University Council of 21 December 2007. The name of the Institute was then changed into the current one, following the decision of the Ministry of Education and Science in 2011.
The activities of the Institute are applied and development research, directed towards the demands of the direct users of the research results, and basic research, as the base for the applied and development research. Apart from the implementation of numerous projects aiming to advance the cultivation of lowland trees, establishment of protective greenery, rehabilitation of degraded soil, the Institute also produces planting material for forests and greenery.
The institute conducts research in the field of Bioengineering, particularly encompassing the following disciplines: Genetics and Breeding of forest and ornamental trees, Pedology – forest ecology and protection (Entomology, Phytopathology, Herbology, Phytopharmacy), Silviculture, Wood processing, Hunting and Agroforestry.
The researchers employed at the Institute participate in the teaching process at the level of bachelor, masters and doctoral studies at the Faculty of Agriculture and Faculty of Sciences of the University of Novi Sad and the Faculty of Forestry of the University of Belgrade.
LABORATORIES AND EXPERIMENTAL FIELDS
The Institute has seven modern specialised laboratories: - Seed laboratory; - Wood laboratory; - Entomology laboratory; - Phytopathology laboratory; - Pedology laboratory; - Laboratory for micropropagation; - Laboratory for molecular genetics.
In addition to this, the Institute has at its disposal the experimental field „Kaćka šuma“ (358 hectares) in the vicinity of Novi Sad, for researching the biological, ecological, and production characteristics of lowland woody species (Populus sp., Salix sp., Robinia pseudoacacia, Quercus robur, Fraxinus angustifolia, Fraxinus excelsior, Prunus avium, Sorbus sp.). Part of the experimental field is used for producing quality planting material for the market.
JOURNALS OF THE INSTITUTE
The Institute publishes the scientific journal Poplar (Topola) in the field of Bioengineering.