Biocontrollers can be an excellent alternative to fungicides, not only for being environmentally friendly but also for their efficiency. An example? The use of endofite fungus to control the diseases of vineyard wood.
This process, which to date has the collection of microorganisms and laboratory evaluations, is part of the work that these days develop the UC Davis Chile and the University of Tarapacá (UTA), Arica. An article published by El Mercurio Campo, featuring Freddy Boehmwald, Bioproducts development coordinator at UC Davis Chile.
The 420 thousand annual deaths due to contaminated food have driven different countries to strengthen the stages of production and distribution in order to prevent diseases. In addition, ready-to-eat food, online shopping and healthy products are other current trends. Report of Revista del Campo that features the opinion of Kent J. Bradford, director of the World Food Center of UC Davis.
El Campo Magazine, a weekly suplement of El Mercurio newspaper, highlights the second stage of the "Araucaria Project" that UC Davis Chile leads together with CONAF. The goal is to determine the causes of the Araucaria araucana Leaf Damage (DFA in Spanish), a problem widely spread among our natural monumentn, for generating management strategies.
The establishment in which this specialist is working is the most sustainable institution of higher education in the world, thanks to transport agreements and an approach associating caring for the environment with every career, not only some. Source: El Mercurio newspaper
Generaciones. Con el cambio climático se dan ambientes propicios para la reproducción de las plagas, permitiendo que haya cada vez más generaciones por temporada. Crédito: El Mercurio
The use of this technique has become an excellent alternative to keep the development of different pests at bay. However, climate change opens up a number of challenges in its use. As follows, Jim Farrar, expert from the University of California, Davis, examines this point in greater depth. Text in Spanish since the third page, in English. Source: El Mercurio Campo.
The award recipients: Elizabeth Mitcham, second from left; Kurt Kornbluth, center; and Alan Bennett, second from right. They are flanked by Ralph J. Hexter, interim chancellor, and Joanna Regulska, vice provost and associate chancellor of Global Affairs.
Kurt Kornbluth and Elizabeth Mitcham are the recipients of UC Davis’ inaugural Chancellor’s International Engagement Achievement Awards, while Alan Bennett received an honorable mention.
Among adults deaths are very low, but almost all have damage, from a leaf until entire tree tops. Scientists have not yet determined the disease causes. By Richard Garcia (text in Spanish)
The Chief of the Viticulture and Enology Department, David Block, assures that efficient use of water and energy is key, as well as automatization of processes. In California there is already a model of a autosustainable winery. Article written by Paloma Díaz for El Mercurio, one of the most important Chilean newspapers. To read the text in Spanish, click below on "Revista de El Campo de El Mercurio". For English, click on "Read more".
Big data allows to integrate and analyze enormous volumes of data to orientate decisions with greater precision. Its application in Integrated Pest Management demonstrates this potential. Article written by Soroush Parsa, UC Davis Chile's Agronomy and Environment Programs Coordinator, for Mundoagro magazine (text in Spanish).
The institutions that stand out for their environmental committment offer more than 50 courses focused on this issue, promote bicycle use and even have green festivals. UC Davis is the numer 1 in the ranking, In the picture, the Manetti Shrem museum, just opened in November 2016, has achieved a LEED Platinum designation.
Focused on contributing in the transfer knowledge about technology use, wine cellar good practices and tools to improve vine quality, UC Davis Chile is getting the last details ready to launch the Viticulture and Enology Extensionism Center in the South of Chile.
The agro-climate similarity between Chile and California sets valuable opportunities for synergic learning between both territories. According to UC Davis Chile's Program Coordinator of Agronomy and Environment, our country should advance towards a climate smart-agro, taking advantage of North American state's valuable experiencie handling in extreme events. Article written in Spanish by Cynthia Alfaro for the Innova + Agro magazine.
Technologies to increase irrigation efficiency in a modern agriculture. Article written by Doctor Francisco Rojo, UC Davis Chile's Postdoctoral Researcher in "Agroclimate Technologies", for Mundoagro magazine (article written in Spanish).
The last edition of Foreign Ministry's Energy, Science, Technology and Innovation Direction (DECYTI) newsletter is devoted to Sustainable Agriculture, an important issue for UC Davis Chile. Besides an opinion column of our Executive Director, Alan Bennett, and brief news about our center, the newsletter also includes information about Odepa, INIA, FIA, Agrimed de la U. de Chile (text in Spanish).
Article published in Mundoagro magazine (text in Spanish).
Doctor German reasserted that, from an epidemiological point of view, people who consume cow milk tend to be healthier and live longer. "It is clear from this perspective that milk does something good. We are still understanding why" (text in Spanish).
Milk is a product "with millions of years of evolution, that nourishes and protects the health of those who consume it," says the researcher from U. of California, Davis, Bruce German.
Renowned research centers and universities are working in Chile to identify the needs that emerge from climate variability in the agro sector. UC Davis Chile's idea is to understand the impact of these changes and to get technologies ready that allow producers to practice a climate smart agriculture. Among the arguments that support the prestigious university is that it helped California state to overcome its worst drought history while increasing producer profitability (page 42, feature in Spanish).
Genome editing allows us to modify specific regions in an individual and to transfer this modification to its offspring. The revolution promised by CRISPR-Cas9 and the polemics arround this technique. Article written by Doctor Álvaro Castro, UC Davis Chile's Program Coordinator Molecular Genetics / Genomics, for Mundoagro magazine (article written in Spanish).
Soroush Parsa, Scientific Director of Climate Smart Agro, was interviewed by Juan Pablo Matte, announcer of CNN Chile's "Agenda Agrícola".
Revista Mundoagro, edición de septiembre.
What are microbiomes and how can they be used by agriculture. Article published by Mundoagro magazine, September edition (in Spanish).
The collaboration in topics of the environment, the development of bioproducts and technology transfer is being added to the applied research lines linked to the food industry sector and in particularly to the wine sector.
The leading institutions in the last report on sustainable establishments state that a comprehensive education entails teaching and promoting care for the planet. Although the cost is high, they rely on a future return and on the importance of shaping the attitudes of their students.
This invention enables the production of active biomass in a multiplication time shorter than the current one and the biosynthesis of compounds useful for human health.
There will be a special emphasis on the appreciation of wine grapes of the Itata and Cauquenes Valleys, combating pests, training and technology transfer for the farmers.
These three hubs gather various actors in the local ecosystem, with those who seek to increase the number of academic innovations that reach the market. Corfo provides $ 13,600 million for the initiatives. UC Davis Chile is co-executor of the three hubs in areas of training, licensing and entrepreneurship (article in Spanish).
Crédito: Karen Corby
The temperature increase has converted the south of Chile into fertile ground for the development of good wines, optimizing unique strains that are only found in this area of the country, as a centenary Malbec.
With a kit developed by Chilean scientists, it is now possible to cultivate ostra mushrooms at home. Këtrawa is one of the ventures of R2B Catalyst, a company created by the Austral Research Institute, the University of California, Davis in Chile (UC Davis Chile) and MGMS Consulting.
The severe drought in recent years has intensified water problems in the principal agricultural state in the United States, causing researchers to look for new and more effective solutions.
In the following piece, learn about the strategy proposed by two UC Davis researchers to address this situation.
Entrepreneurship. The initiative is one of the networks of the "Research to Business Catalyst" (R2B Catalyst), the first center for innovation and scientific scaling in Chile. R2B Catalyst is a company created by STGO LabSpace, UC Davis Chile and MGMS Consulting.
The channel broadcasted in its "Quality of Life" section the report “The rescue of the real Chilean tomato", which highlights the work of farmers in planting the old limachino tomato, which has a more intense flavor and smell than those in the national market. Dr. Pablo Zamora, Chief Science Officer of UC Davis Chile, explains in the space why tomatoes have been losing their taste and how to recover it.
Patagonia Labspace opened its doors in Puerto Montt, this is a collaborative laboratory that allows them to share equipment, reduce costs and receive help from mentors (article in Spanish).
Luis Mendoza, Arica TV news broadcaster, interviewed Pablo Zamora, the Chief Science Officer of UC Davis Chile. ¨The University of Tarapacá…is precisely leading a line called climate change and within climate change, they are tackling with us and experts from the United States, the efficient use the hydraulic resource. We all understand that the hydraulic resource is rather limited”, commented Dr. Zamora.
The alliance installed an Innovation Center that looks to improve productivity as it faces the diminishment of the hydraulic resource.
California Conference is a much more mature and established space. It is a symbol and a product of the long relations between Chile and California. It was confirmed to be just that during the conference. We try to include and make the different actors visible: students, entrepreneurs, teachers and scientists. I think that was a complete success, a reflection of what C3 is today, and how active and diverse the community is", says William San Martin, the program coordinator of C3, which was held on Saturday October 17th by Davis for the second time, after its rounds in Stanford in 2013 and Berkeley last year.
California and our country have had close relations since the '60s. C3 is the main event of the community of Chileans studying or researching in this state, one of the richest in the United States. The assistance of public demonstrated its relevance: 150 people attended the conference, which had the support of ChileGlobal, the talent network of Imagen de Chile. UC Davis Chile, UC Davis California and the California and Chile Council also supported this event.
Lovell "Tu" Jarvis, the Chairman of the Chile California who also gave some closing words, agrees with San Martin. "I think the conference C3 has 'matured', every year it gets better and better... I think we have to further encourage networking between Chilean and non-Chilean students opportunities, and companies based in California and other organizations. The conference works extremely well and I think it is a great opportunity," said Jarvis, a UC Davis academic in charge of the Chile Partnership Program and one of the driving forces that created C3 in 2012.
From CORFO the creation of a platform is being impulsed to direct the sector and to group and organize all of the initiatives that are currently being carried out seperately.
Doctor Mauricio Cañoles, UC Davis Chile's Grant Development Manager, tells about the center´s arrival in the country, its focused action and the different research lines, in addition to analyzing the relevance of research in agriculture.
Doctor John Labavitch will give the talk "From Green, to Red (…to Gray?): Botrytis cinerea and the increasing pathogen susceptibility of ripening tomato fruit”.
Alan Bennet, Executive Director of UC Davis Chile, will explain his work on tomatoes genetics this Tuesday at 4.30 pm in the 3rd University Andrés Bello’s Science Culture Conference. Article in Spanish.
According to Hellen Dillard, Dean of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences of UC Davis. The academic says that feeding current and future populations, in conditions that are each time more complex, requires using all available tools and pursuing innovation through exchange among different groups.
"...The installation of University of California Davis through the Center of Excellence Life Sciences Innovation Center, which our university will form a part of, will assure the incorporation of applied vanguard technology to the productive processes of national interest.
This alliance looks to globalize products and technologies that are "made in Chile", with focus on biotechnology and nanotechnology. To read more, please click on the link (article in Spanish)
In their search for new strategic partners, representatives of University of California-Davis, located in our country as Chile UC Davis, visited the campus to demonstrate their skills in the current leading research lines and also showed interest in diversifying them to incorporate the support of our academic institution.
Researchers of University of Tarapacá have analyzed their properties which could serve as models for zones with high hydrolic stress in the future (article in Spanish).
Corfo is supporting a project of a collaborative science laboratory with the purpose of encouraging scientific development in the country. The initiative is called “Open Science” and its partners are the Municipalidad de Providencia, the program of innovation StartUp Chile, Club of Innovation, UC Davis Chile, Austral Incuba and Santiago LabSpace.
The initiative comes from Santiago LabSpace -the first collaborative science laboratory in Chile, an organization that works with UC Davis Chile in developing new ways to advance science-based innovation in our country.
The University of California at Davis is rated the leading university in the area of agricultural sciences. This year, the institution´s support for research inagurated its work in Chile and through this interview Pablo Zamora, Chief Scientific Officer, talks about the future of agricultural training in Chile and the important role the Regional University could have. Credit: Diario El Rancagüino (text in Spanish )
As a sign of support for the work done by the Association of Students of the University of California, Davis, in May, former president Valerie Weinborn, received the Outstanding Leadership Award given by North American studies. Source : ChileGlobal (text in Spanish )
While there are several organizations focused on research and technology in the country, Chile has ventured in bringing in international centers of excellence as a way to accelerate and redirect local research by focusing on the most productive sectors. Three of the 12 CORFO Centers of Excellence in R&D are linked to agriculture, including UC Davis Chile.
Multiple investigations, generation of knowledge and new technologies to improve the country´s food, forestry and wine industries are a few of the objectives of the current partnership between the University of Talca and UC Davis Chile´s Center of Excellence.
Dario Cantu, Professor in the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis and researcher for UC Davis Chile, on Friday, July 3 gave the lecture "Genomic Tools for Viticulture." The activity was held at Concha y Toro´s Center for Research and Innovation and counted on the support of the University of Talca, two of the strategic partners of UC Davis Chile.
The economic newspaper "El Pulso" published an opinion column of Dr. Alan Bennett, Executive Director of UC Davis Chile. The space highlights not only the importance of research and development as a foundation for innovation-based economy, but also the need for a balance between these in the public and private sectors. To read the column in Spanish, click on the "El Pulso". For English, click on "Read More¨.
The Life, Science and Technology section mentions the joint work between UC Davis Chile and Santiago LabSpace, a workspace where in addition to sharing equipment and expertise, researchers "are creating and patenting new applications". To read the article, click the link.
The renowned businessman and broadcaster of "Chile Grows " spoke with Dr. Pablo Zamora, Chief Science Officer and Javier Ramirez, Chief Business Development Officer.
"USACH al Día" published an interesting interview with Dr. Pablo Zamora, Scientific Director of UC Davis, and an alumni of the university.
News column written by Linda Katehi, UC Davis Chancellor, and Alan Bennett, Director UC Davis Chile, for the Chilean newspaper "Diario Financiero" about the alliance between the university and Chile (in Spanish).
In this news column, Linda Katehi, UC Davis Chancellor and Alan Bennett, Director of UC Davis Chile, highlight the long-standing collaboration on agriculture between California and Chile and the goal of strengthening UC Davis global outreach.
The University of California, Davis, ranks No. 1 in the world for teaching and research in agriculture and forestry as well as veterinary sciences, according to data released today by QS World University Rankings. This is the third consecutive year that UC Davis has been ranked first in agriculture and forestry by QS.
The scientific director for the UC Davis Life Sciences Innovation Center from the University of California Davis Chile, Pablo Zamora, further explains in the proposal that the institution comes to Chile to encourage research and development in the national agricultural-food industry.
Michelle Bachelet, president of Chile, Linda P.B. Katehi, chancellor of the University of California, Davis, and U.S. Ambassador Michael A. Hammer today (April 21) opened the UC Davis-Chile Life Sciences Innovation Center in Santiago, Chile.
Following its recent opening in Chile, the Center of Excellence of the University of California, Davis, UC Davis-Chile Life Sciences Innovation Center (UC Davis LINC) –which has funding from Corfo's Program for the Attraction of Centers of Excellence– organized, as a presentation, a Viticulture and Enology workshop, which was conducted in the United States on January 15 and 16. This was attended by leading researchers from the university and Chilean specialists in these areas.