RESEARCHERS STUDY DISEASES AFFECTING VINES
ACADEMICS FROM AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES AND A SPANISH SPECIALIST IN FRUIT TREES PROBLEMS SEEK TO WORK IN PARTNERSHIP TO ADVANCE IN THE GENERATION OF NEW KNOWLEDGE.
May 12, 2017
Of great importance for Chilean vineyards is the research line on diseases of the vines wood, shared by Spanish scientist José Ramón Urbez and researchers from our University Mauricio Lolas and Gonzalo Diaz, from the Department of Agricultural Sciences.
Urbez is a fruit pathologist from the Summerland Research and Development Center, dependent on the Ministry of Agriculture of Canada. During a visit to our country, he carried out activities Professors Lolas and Diaz and dictated the conference "Sustainable Advances in the Control of the Main Diseases Affecting Fruit Trees and Vines in Canada," a presentation organized by the PhD program in Agricultural Sciences and the program of adaptation of agriculture to climate change.
"We have a work link with José Ramón Urbez, because in our fruit pathology group at the University we work in the same diseases and, therefore, we have a lot of joint collaboration. It is of great interest for us for him to come to know our facilities. We have also made visits to the field to make contact with producers and we are trying to develop joint projects," said Mauricio Lolas, who met the Spanish researcher when he was a doctoral student at the University of California at Davis.
Concerning the same aspect and related to the work that is being developed, he mentioned the studies of line one, which he directs, that includes the Excellence Center Program from the University of California Davis - Chile. "That line is about diseases that affect the vines at the national level and in this topic José Ramón Urbez is one of the specialists at the global level. He comes to support us in that area," said Mauricio Lolas.
At the same time, he remarked that this research is especially important for the Chilean viticulture, given that there exist the destruction of plants and loss of yields and, at the same time, a decrease in the longevity of the vineyard. "Every day we have vineyards of worse quality due to the fungi that cause this problem and we are working to resolve them," he said.
In his presentation, the visiting researcher explained that the center where he works focuses primarily on diseases affecting fruit trees like apples, cherries, grapes and blueberries, "and that here, at the University of Talca, are also addressing and that's why we are looking forward to collaborate, particularly concerning diseases".
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