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Thursday, August 05, 2021




08:15 - 08:45 ACCREDITATION
08:45 - 09:00 WELCOME WORDS
09:00 - 09:45 New genetics for the new blueberry challenges Pilar Bañados

Blueberry Genetic Programs R&D Manager


09:45 - 10:05 New varietal alternatives of blueberries for Chile Marcela zuñiga

Executive director

Sunnyridge Nurseries

10:05 - 10:25 Carolina Uquillas

Commercial Manager Chile

Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc.

10:25 - 10:45 Francisco Soler

General Manager

Snack Berries

10:45 - 11:10 Question Round
11:10 - 12:00 COFFEE BREAK
12:00 - 12:40 2022 will be a year of opportunities for blueberries: What should we do as an industry? Manuel Jose Alcaino



12:40 - 13:20 Use of rootstocks in blueberries: research and experiences in the USA Jeffrey G. Williamson

Professor and Extension Specialist

Horticultural Sciences Department IFAS, University of Florida

13:20 - 13:30 ROUND OF QUESTIONS
13:30 - 14:30 LUNCH
14:30 - 15:15 Grafting in blueberries: change of variety and other applications of interest Juan Carlos Garcia Rubio


Regional Research and Development Service - SERIDA

15:15 - 16:05 Use of biostimulants and enhancers of the Soil-Plant system in the cultivation of blueberries and their effect on quality attributes of fruit and plant growth Juan Hirzel

Ing. Agr. MS. Ph.D.


INIA International Consultant

16:05 - 16:15 COFFEE BREAK
16:15 - 17:00 ROUND OF QUESTIONS
17:00 - 17:20 Harvesting and cooling logistics as a basis for the efficient use of post-harvest technologies Bruno Defilippi

Ing. Agr. Ph.D.

INIA researcher

International Consultant

17:20 - 17:40 Blueberries with maximum postharvest potential: harvest frequencies, weight loss, firmness and dehydration Claudia moggia

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

Researcher University of Talca

17:40 - 18:00 Postharvest handling to consider to meet export requirements in blueberries Jessica Rodriguez

Ing. Agr. M.Sc.

Advisor on Postharvest, commercialization and marketing of fresh products

18:00 - 18:15 ROUND OF QUESTIONS
18:15 - 18:20 CLOSING OF THE DAY
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News XVIII Seminar Chile 2021
New techniques of grafting in blueberries: "There is the possibility of carrying out the single-trunk culture"

Generally, the only possible alternative for varietal replacement is to start and plant again, with the consequent loss of production for a long time and the great economic cost that this implies. However, every day there are more specialists or experts who, according to their experience in field research, have verified […]

Jeffrey G. Williamson

Professor and Extension Specialist of the Department of Horticultural Sciences, University of Florida, United States.

Among the research areas in which he has participated is: Horticulture of small fruits and improving efficiency in blueberry production practices. Among its publications we can highlight: application of new technologies to transform blueberry harvest, vegetative and reproductive behavior of blueberry cultivars with the use of rootstocks, mechanized harvesting and post-harvest storage of cultivars using rootstocks, use of irrigation for frost protection , effect of time and intensity of summer pruning, role of blueberry growth regulators, among others.

In 2010 he obtained the presidential gold medal awarded by the horticultural society of the state of Florida.

In 2018 he won the specialist of the year award, recognition granted by the Florida County Association of Agricultural Agents.

Juan Carlos Garcia Rubio

Researcher at the Regional Agrifood Research and Development Service of the Principality of Asturias (SERIDA).

One of the pioneers in Spain of blueberry cultivation. He has collaborated in numerous small fruit research projects (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and currants) and has given numerous training courses, presentations in technical conferences and seminars.

Author of books and articles of technical dissemination such as "Cranberry cultivation", "Economic study of cranberry cultivation", "Cranberry production cost in Asturias", "Change of variety in cranberry cultivation through grafting", "The Cranberry grafting, operations and times for variety change ”,“ Compatibility and agronomic behavior in inter specific cranberry grafts ”, among others.

In the field of technology transfer, some actions are highlighted, such as those carried out for the companies “Fall Creek Farm and Nursery Inc”, of Oregon and “SB Group” of Chile, mainly on blueberry grafting, as well as consultancies in different projects of Portugal, Morocco, Azerbaijan and China.

Juan Hirzel

The main research area of ​​Dr. Juan Hirzel is soil fertility, nutrition and plant biostimulation. As a leading researcher at the Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA) and as a professor of the Doctorate in Agricultural Sciences of the universities of Talca and Concepción in Chile, he has collaborated in research projects for the development of methodologies for sectorized management of farms, application of techniques of multispectral image analysis to optimize crops, among others. He has also developed tools for decision making in the organic production of blueberries for export, as well as work on the effects of organic fertilizers on the vegetative, nutritional and productive parameters in blueberries.