In this issue we include an opinion column of our Chief Science Officer, Dr. Pablo Zamora; a main news –the first Scientific and Industry Advisory Board meeting-; the explanation of a research that we are developing (plant pathogen detection in vines), and the "highlights” section with brief news to quickly catch you all up on the initiatives we are involved in. We also included two new sections: Chileans in UC Davis -with an opinion column of the Board of the UCD Chilean Student Association- and Getting to know a UC Davis Alumni, in this case, an interview to Eduardo Holzapfel, former Dean of Agricultural Engineering Faculty at U. of Concepción.
The entity has the support of outstanding representatives from companies and agriculture associations, from the biotechnology industry and superior universities in our country.
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.
Although the Chilean wine industry is ranked at the 4th place worldwide and the first new world wine exporter, due to the agriculture movement to new production areas and continues climate challenges, the national leader industry began to concern about of the challenges that wine industry needs to face due to the extension of the wine frontier and the commercial gaps of the wineries.
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.
These institutions, which both form part of Corfo’s Program to Attract International Centers of Excellence, will provide from their own experience to generate technology platforms that increase productivity and efficiency in the national food industry.
We invite you to read our first newsletter. On the first page, you will find an opinion column, in this case of our Executive Director, Alan Bennett. On page 2, the main news: The Board meeting UC Davis Chile with its Chilean and California members. Then, since our intention is to explain the research that we are developing, we start by discussing our experience with our business partners, vineyards Concha y Toro and VSPT. Finally, we have the "highlights” section with brief news to quickly catch up on the initiatives we are involved in. We hope this material will serve to learn more about UC Davis Chile.
Reminder that today Tuesday, May 31st as 14:00, the Chileglobal Seminar presents: Socio-environmental impacts of free ranging dogs in Chile. Challenges for animal welfare, biodiversity conservation, public health and policy.
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.
The initiative will allow the joint entreneurership of applied research and the transfer of technology and innovation, on issues such as the revaluation of property strains of the Itata and Cauquenes valleys; integrated management of pests and diseases, like Lobesia botrana; and design of environmental strategies, among other actions.
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).
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.
After 50 years of close ties between this academic and our country, on Monday part of his ashes were placed in the church of the Hacienda San Jose del Carmen del Huique (O'Higgins Region), key location for his research writing of "The rural Chilean society... ". Such was his connection to our country, that in 2005 Bauer received the Orden al Mérito Docente y Cultural Gabriela Mistral, the highest recognition Chile gives to a foreigner for his or her contribution to education and culture.
Fortunately, UC Davis Chile offices are in good condition because we operate on the 11th floor of the building. For any need, please contact us, do not hesitate to write to email@example.com or call us at +56 9 4275 4718.
The session counted on the participation of all the Board members – eight from California and four from Chile, including the Chairman, Harris A. Lewin, Vice Chancellor for Research at UC Davis.
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.
Design, coordinate and carry out research and development initiatives in the areas of molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology and genetics, ensuring high scientific and technical accuracy level in the Center for Research and Innovation of Concha y Toro (Pencahue, Talca). Application deadline Monday, March 14, 2016. Send Curriculum Vitae via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Doctors Daniele Zaccaria and Richard Snyder, UC Davis academics, will come to Chile for their line of work in Climate Change. On the occasion, they will offer the drought lecture "Towards next generation decision support for irrigation management" in two locations: on Tuesday, March 8th at INIA La Platina in Santiago and Friday, March 11th at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at the University of Talca.
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).
Thursday of next week, we will inaugurate Patagonia LabSpace with the support of CORFO. A bit to understand the background, UC Davis and STGO LabSpace Chile generated an alliance and created Research to Business Catalyst (R2B Catalyst), the first scientific hub for the development of business, generating synergy between researchers, entrepreneurs, mentors and investors to materialize science-based businesses. In the case of Patagonia LabSpace, it is a 600 m2 laboratory enabling the scaling of products. His focus will be projects in areas relevant to the south, such as aquaculture, livestock and agriculture. To all of those who live in Puerto Montt and surrounding area, we look forward to seeing you on Thursday January 21st.
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.
Bacteria and fungi that promote plant growth are the way the bio-products collaborate in agricultural production. What are the prospects of this tool and what does is lack for producing better results. MundoAgro Magazine article.
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.
• Dr. Alan Bennett, Executive Director of UC Davis Chile, participated in the 2nd SaaS Generation Seminar with the presentation "Big Data in Agricultural Research".
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.
For two days, the Bustamante Park of the Providencia district was the meeting point for the innovation ecosystem in our country. The event was organized by STGO LabSpace, a partner of our institution "Research to Business Catalyst " (R2B Catalyst), the first scientific hub of the country.
Doctor John Labavitch will give the talk "From Green, to Red (…to Gray?): Botrytis cinerea and the increasing pathogen susceptibility of ripening tomato fruit”.
The company seeks synergy between researchers, entrepreneurs, mentors and investors to realize science-based businesses. In addition to advanced technology laboratories, start-ups will receive legal, regulatory, business model, scaling and internationalization support. In early 2016 it will begin to operate the headquarters of R2B Catalyst, UC Davis LabSpace Chile, which will be located in the space adjacent to the corporate offices of UC Davis Chile.
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.
The university places 85th in the world and 27th in the United States in the QS World University Rankings for 2015-16. Earlier this year, QS World Rankings rated UC Davis No. 1 in the world in veterinary sciences, and agriculture and forestry.
To work both in Plant Pathology Lab in Talca (U. Talca) and in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Lab in Santiago (UNAB), in a research about fungal/virus and plant interactions, and bioinformatics. Skills required for this project include knowledge of bioinformatics and commonly used plant pathogen techniques (design and utilize regular and qPCR assays, cloning, sequencing and sequence analyses, hybridizations, ELISA, etc). The position is full-time. Deadline: October, 4th.
Full-time professional to work both in a Plant Pathology Lab in Talca (U. Talca) and in a Molecular Biology Lab in Santiago (UNAB). Skills required for this project include knowledge of plant diseases and commonly used phytopathological techniques (isolation; microscopy; PCR assays and sequence analyses, etc). Applications will be received until October 4th.
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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)
Interested applicants can send their CV, cover letter and two work references to email@example.com. Deadline is Sunday, Sept 13th. This is a replacement position.
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.
Since 2012, the Chilean graduate students from Stanford, UC Berkeley and UC Davis meet every year in one of these universities to discuss relevant issues in our country and share experiences. This year the C3 returns to UC Davis with the theme "Envisioning the future, creating it together" and added a new participant, UC Santa Cruz. As expected, UC Davis Chile is one of the sponsors of this important event.
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).
Dr. Mónica Alandete-Sáez of PIPRA (Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture) of the University of California - Davis explained concepts such as the different types of intellectual property, the technology transfer model, the best practices for maintaining laboratory notebooks and material transfer agreements.
In Concepción (South of Chile), both institutions will held the "Diploma in Innovation and New Technologies for the Agricultural Industry".
Applications are open until August 26th. Resume, cover letter and 2 letters of recommendation should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 )
Applications are extended until August, 7th. CV, cover letter and 2 letters of recommendation should be sent to email@example.com
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 )
ChileOliva, as a growing industry for the future, explores how to increase productivity and quality with technological solutions based on science.
The first activity of the cycle of lectures "Encounters, Science and Industry" was held at Concha y Toro´s Center for Research and Innovation and attracted more than 55 participants, including academics, winemakers, professional associations and representatives of the agricultural sector.
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.
Representatives led by their Chairman, Gonzalo Jordan, explained the focus of CORFO´s initiative, which like the center of excellence, seeks to create a more modern and sophisticated Chilean agricultural industry.
The members of the trade association produce 90% of the fruit plants marketed in 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.
Dr. Paul Zamora , Chief Science Officer of UC Davis Chile, was one of the speakers at the panel who discussed the importance of the international cooperation in this process. The event was co-organized by INIA and the document "Declaration of Santiago " was finalized.
Chile is one of the largest producers of these berries at a global level and the industry is facing a series of challenges that UC Davis Chile could cooperate in responding .
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.
El Mercurio highlights the support from UC Davis Chile in the recently inaugurated Center for Research and Innovation of the vineyard. To read the article, click on “Economía y Negocios de El Mercurio” (article in Spanish )
The renowned businessman and broadcaster of "Chile Grows " spoke with Dr. Pablo Zamora, Chief Science Officer and Javier Ramirez, Chief Business Development Officer.
Dr. Dario Cantu, also a principal investigator for one of UC Davis Chile´s lines of work, will give a lecture on Friday, July 3 at 12:00 in the Auditorium of the Center for Research and Innovation of Concha y Toro.
Dr. Alan Bennett gives the go-ahead to the "Licensing Academy", organized by PIPRA (Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture) and the School of Law at UC Davis. Twenty Chileans participates in this intensive 10-day course , including academic partners of UC Davis Chile.
"USACH al Día" published an interesting interview with Dr. Pablo Zamora, Scientific Director of UC Davis, and an alumni of the university.
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.
Researchers are trying to reduce the amount of water used in wine production without compromising the quality of the product.
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).
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.
UC Davis Chile - Life Sciences Innovation Center is conducting an open call for postdoctoral research at UC Davis.
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.
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.