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Thursday April 11, 2019




07:30 - 08:15 ACCREDITATION - INAUGURATION Blueberries Consulting and Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias; INIA
08:15 - 09:00 Analysis of the 2018 - 2019 season. Andres Armstrong


Cranberry Committee of Chile

09:00 - 09:45 Wood diseases in blueberries: the hidden enemy. Andres France

Ing. Agr. M.Sc. Ph.D.




International Consultant

09:45 - 10:30 Pre-harvest and harvest factors that affect the post-harvest of blueberries. Jorge Retamales

Ing. Agr. MS. Ph.D.

International Researcher and Consultant

10:30 - 11:20 Coffee Break
11:20 - 12:05 Irrigation planning, estimation of water requirements and their relationship with the growth and yield potential of blueberry plants. David Bryla

Research Horticulturist

US Department of Agriculture

Agriculture Research Service

12:05 - 12:35 Evaluation of the water condition of blueberries and other fruit trees through thermographic images captured with a drone. Yordi Norero

Agronomist Engineer


Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

UAS expert


Dynamic wings

12:35 - 13:25 Vegetable biostimulants, innovation for sustainable crop production. Patrick Du Jardin

Ing. Agr. Ph.D.

Plant Biology Unit

Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech University of Liège

13:25 - 14:40 Lunch.
14:40 - 15:10 Question Round
15:10 - 15:55 Foliar fertilization: Environmental, physiological and management factors that affect the permanence, penetration and translocation of nutrients. Heiner Goldbach

Ph.D. (Dr.rer.agr.)

Professor of Plant Nutrition

INRES - University of Bonn

15:55 - 16:45 Nutritional tools to obtain quality blueberries. Juan Hirzel

Ing. Agr. MS. Ph.D.


INIA International Consultant

16:45 - 17:10 Innovation and digital transformation in agriculture: keys to competitiveness in a business with new rules. Gonzalo Mena

Industrial Civil Engineering and Diploma in Retail


University of Chile

Commercial director


17:10 - 17:50 Coffee Break
17:50 - 18:35 Production of blueberries under hedges: antecedents, considerations and management. Richard M. Bastías

Ing. Agr. Ph.D.

Associate Professor Fruit Production

University of Concepcion, Chile

18:35 - 19:20 Considerations for the use of blueberry toppings to define quality and postharvest management. Bruno Defilippi

Ing. Agr. Ph.D.

INIA researcher

International Consultant

19:20 - 19:45 Question Round
19:45 - 20:00 Closing of the Conference
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This is the time of year when large volumes of imported fruit enter the Chinese market. The import of cherries is well known, but blueberries are also very popular in the Chinese market. “The production of blueberries in China is limited, so imports are important. Argentina has just […]


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