Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC)
The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry at the Catholic University (PUC) has a long history of agricultural research, significantly contributing to the agricultural development in Chile. In recent years, it has strengthened the activity of this institution implementing a strategic plan based on strengthening research, teaching and extension in different areas of expertise. One of the emphasis of this new strategic plan is the berries group. For this, several projects in blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, strawberry and other berries have been developed, accomplishing leadership at national and international levels in this group of species with high economic impact for Chile. Current projects allow direct contact with other institutions, companies and farmers. This enhances feedback to continue working to improve productivity and create more and better scientific information.
Within the GoodBerry project, PUC contributes to several tasks, such as the development of harmonized protocols; the evaluation of established cultivars of strawberry and raspberry; the regulation of flower induction and growth cessation by temperature, light and fertiliser; the quantification of bulk parameters related to fruit quality and primary metabolites of established cultivars and breeding progenies, amongst others.
Additional Team Members
Dr Soledad Sánchez