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Thursday April 07, 2022




07:45 - 08:30 ACCREDITATION
08:30 - 08:40 WORDS OF WELCOME - dr. Iris Lobos, director of INIA
08:40 - 09:10 "Situation of the Chilean blueberry industry post season" Elizabeth Quiroz


Blueberry Committee

09:10 - 09:40 "Post-pandemic opportunities and challenges of the Chilean blueberry industry" Manuel Jose Alcaino



09:40 - 09:50 plans for agriculture Stephen Valenzuela

Minister of Agriculture

09:50 - 10:00 Question Round
10:00 - 11:00 COFFEE BREAK
11:00 - 11:30 Arrivals of Chilean fruit to international markets: Main problems Ignacio Santibanez

General Manager Latam & EU


11:30 - 12:10 Advances in the use of controlled and modified atmosphere in blueberries Victor Hugo Escalona

Professor and researcher

of the University of Chile, Director of the Center for Postharvest Studies

12:10 - 12:50 Logistical difficulties in a pandemic: postharvest handling strategies in blueberries Jessica Rodriguez

Ing. Agr. M.Sc.

Advisor in Postharvest, commercialization and marketing of fresh products

12:50 - 13:00 ROUND OF QUESTIONS
13:00 - 14:00 LUNCH
14:00 - 14:30 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

14:30 - 15:00 Grafting in blueberries: change of variety and other applications Juan Carlos Garcia Rubio


Regional Research and Development Service - SERIDA

15:00 - 15:40 Organic blueberry production: markets, requirements, costs and strategies emilio merino

Agricultural Technician and certified in organic agriculture

International Organic Berries Advisor

15:40 - 16:20 Nutrient management options in organic blueberry production for maximum yield and quality amanda davis

North Willamette Research and Extension Center

(NWREC) Oregon State University

16:20 - 16:30 ROUND OF QUESTIONS
16:30 - 17:15 COFFEE BREAK
17:15 - 17:45 Improvement of the quality of blueberry fruits under water stress conditions through the use of hormonal inducers Christian Balbontin

Plant Breeding Program Manager

and Phytotechnics Berries at INIA

17:45 - 18:30 Quality attributes in blueberries and their relationship with the use of nutritional supplements Juan Hirzel

Ing. Agr. MS. Ph.D.


INIA International Consultant

18:30 - 18:40 ROUND OF QUESTIONS
18:40 - 18:45 CLOSING OF THE DAY
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News XVIII Seminar Chile 2022
The director of INIA, Dr. Iris Lobos, gives her vision on the role of the institution in the future of Chilean agriculture

In her first event with farmers' unions, the newly appointed authority attended the XVIII International Seminar on Blueberries Chile 2022, where she delivered welcoming remarks to the meeting.

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.


Hotel Monticello Conference Center

Panamericana Sur S / N, San Francisco de Mostazal, Mostazal, O'Higgins


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