GÖTTINGEN PROPOSES TO INCREASE TIES WITH UTALCA IN GREEN SECTOR
PROSPECTS TO EXPAND COLLABORATION EMERGED DURING INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND BIODIVERSITY, WHICH WAS HELD AT THE TALCA CAMPUS.
October 7, 2016
The vast potential our university presents to expand collaboration in the green sector with the University of Göttingen, was revealed by the Dean of the Department of Agronomy of that German university, Elke Pawelzick, who came to participate in the International Seminar on Climate Change and Biodiversity in Latin America, which took place at the Department of Agricultural Sciences.
Pawelzick was one of the speakers in the above-mentioned event that brought together alumni – Master’s degree graduates and PhDs from Goettingen and other universities- coming from different countries of Latin America.
"As alumni, we met by thematic areas and its philosophy is to maintain the networks around conjuncture issues like climate change," told the Dean of the Department of Agricultural Sciences, Jose Diaz.
For her part, dean Pawelzik said that her presence in the UTALCA was due to the interest to know the capacity of the research areas, laboratories and facilities. "Here there is much potential for expanding the network of collaboration, for example extended it to quality control of fresh fruits and vegetables, also to mineral nutrition of plants," she said.
In this regard, Dean Jose Diaz said that the idea as Department is to collaborate in research, and in joint supervision of doctoral thesis in the green sector, not only in the economic part where there are already strong links. "We hope that the second step, after this meeting, is to materialize relationships in other areas of agronomy," he said.
Around The World
On the issue of the seminar, Elke Pawelzik argued that climate change affects all regions of the world with different intensities and added that "strategies being developed here can also be applied in other regions in terms of actions to adapt agriculture to water stress, for example".
The academic said that this phenomenon affects more the crops that are adapted to a given environment and lack greater plasticity to adjust to changes, such as vegetables, potatoes and fruit trees.
However, she admitted that the alterations of the climate may also be a source of opportunities. "Some crops could be extrapolated to higher latitudes, where until now it has not been possible to develop them, which means the possibility of extending some of the northern hemisphere’s more toward the north and others in the southern hemisphere more to the south. For example, in Germany soybeans can now be cultivated, which was previously not possible," he argued.
Elke Pawelzik said that the presentations of the local researchers were very interesting. Among these were included those of Cesar Acevedo, Samuel Ortega, Alejandro del Pozo and Roberto Jara, as part of the Agriculture Adaptation to Climate Change Program of our University.
The academic from of the Department of Agricultural Sciences, Hermine Vogel, emphasized that there is a contribution of different groups and in different areas, to face the challenge of managing agriculture in the changing conditions. "Each contribute their grain of sand with knowledge", she said.
Another participant, alumni Sebastian Riera, from Argentina, valued that in the seminar were disclosed the work on varied topics to learn all, from the cocoa situation in Colombia, the problems of the regional economies of Central America to the use of water in Brazil and other countries.