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Chilean Visitors Discuss Sustainable Research Initiatives

May 14, 2014 – By Barry Goodell

A team of University Center Directors, Researchers and the Vice Chancellor of Research from the Universidad de Concepción in Chile visited Virginia Tech on April 24 and 25, 2014. The group met with the Departments of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation: Sustainable Biomaterials; Horticulture; Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science; and Crop, Soils and Environmental Sciences. The University of Concepción generates the largest number of patents among any of the Universities in Chile. The purpose of the group’s visit was to make research connections and to explore ways to advance intellectual property development focusing on successful transition of patents to technology commercialization. A primary goal was the exploration of forest and agricultural genomics, and the utilization of sustainable biomaterials relative to enhanced successful commercialization of products from these resources. In addition to visiting with VT researchers, the group also was able to interact with VTIP personnel and members of the University Administration. During the visit, Professors Alex Berg and Sofia Valenzuela from Chile presented a seminar entitled: Forest Biomaterials and Forest Genomics Research: 1) Collaborative and Institutional Performance Agreements, and 2) Research at the Universidad de Concepción, Chile - Biotechnology Center.



In the picture, front row – seated: -from left: Dr. Yuichiro Otsuka – Visiting Scientist on Sabbatical, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, Tsukuba, Japan; Professor Dr. Tomonori Sonoki, Visiting Professor on Sabbatical, Hirosaki University, Japan; Mr. Atanur Satir, VT Graduate Student in Professor Goodell’s laboratory. Middle row – from left: Ms. Yun Qian, Professor Lourdes Oruela (Universidad de San Franciso, Quito Ecuador), Graduate Students in Professor Goodell’s laboratory; Dr. Bernabé Rivas, Vice Chancellor for Research (Vicerrector de Investigación y Desarrollo), Universidad de Concepción (UdeC); Professor Dr. Sofia Valenzuela. Forest Genomics, UdeC; Professor Dr. Jaime Rodriguez, Director, Biotechnology Center, UdeC; Mr. Lam Thieu and Ms. Yiming Zhang, Graduate Students in Professor Goodell’s laboratory; Back Row – from left: Dr. Omar Uyarte, Visiting Scientist, University of São Paulo in Lorena, Brazil; Dr. Alex Berg, Professor and Director, Director of Technological Development Unity (Unidad de Desarrollo Tecnológico, UDT ), UdeC; Dr. Jose Antonio Carrasco. Executive Director for Bioeconomy, UdeC; Ing. Marcelo Molina. Director of Development and Innovation (Director de Desarrollo e Innovación). UdeC; Professor Barry Goodell and Professor Jody Jellison, Virginia Tech .Photographed in Professor Goodell’s Sustainable Biomaterials and Bioenergy Laboratory in the ICT AS II Building. 



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