The Center for Advanced Forestry Systems (CAFS) is a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (NSF I/UCRC) that bridges top forestry research programs with industry members to solve complex, industry-wide problems.
The mission of CAFS is to optimize genetic and cultural systems to produce high-quality raw forest materials for new and existing products by conducting collaborative research that transcends species, regions, and disciplinary boundaries.
CAFS is a multi-university center that works to solve problems through multi-faceted approaches and questions on multiple scales, including molecular, cellular, individual-tree, stand, and ecosystem levels. This effort relies on the participation of scientists with expertise in biological sciences (biotechnology, genomics, ecology, physiology, and soils) and management and processing (silviculture, bioinformatics, modeling, remote sensing, and spatial analysis). Visit our research areas section for descriptions of current projects.
News and Events:
- Congratulations to Auburn University and Site Director Scott Enebak for their entry into the CAFS family of Academic Partners. Welcome!
- See the 2014 compendium of the Industry-Nominated Technology Breakthroughs of NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers, and read the CAFS Chapter!
- If you haven't seen it yet, check out the 8-minute NSF I/UCRC video, "Catalysts for Innovation"