Post-Harvest Laboratory

The current postharvest unit was created in 1997 in the La Platina INIA Regional Center, Metropolitan Region, as an answer to the growing research demand in an area linked to the fresh produce export profile of our country.

The physiology and post – harvest technology specialty is essential as to achieve progress oriented to maintain the quality and state of said fresh produce, contributing to the development of new international markets. Because of this, there is a need to improve our capabilities by means of strategic alliances with research and development centers at both national and international level.

Its aim is to tackle the challenge of postharvest management regarding products to be exported with a multidisciplinary, integral research; alongside research in productive, financial, biochemical and molecular areas. Quality and preservation capability of fruit and vegetable assessments are also carried out in this framework.

The Post – Harvest Unit is made of a multidisciplinary research team spearheaded by two agronomists and one biotechnology engineer. As per the execution of various project in the post – harvest physiology and technology of fresh produce and applied molecular biology areas there are also involved other agronomists, chemists, chemical analysts, agricultural technicians alongside the valuable contribution by pre and post graduate thesis students and interns. All these disciplines have allowed for the undertaking of a great number of project in various areas, from projects applied to the reality of the industry to basic research at a molecular level.

Contact

Bruno Defilippi Bruzzone

Ing. Agr., Ph.D.

Coordinator of the Postharvest Unit

Specialist in physiology and fruit, vegetable and flower post-harvest technology.

Mauricio González Agüero

Lic. Biotechnology Engineer M., Dr.

Specialist in post-harvest molecular physiology and genetics.

Sylvana Soto Alvear

Agronomist, M.Sc., Dr (c)

Specialized in post-harvest plant pathology.

Genetic Analysis and Plant Propagation Laboratory

Se encuentra emplazado en INIA Quilamapu (Chillán). Nace en 1994 con financiamiento del proyecto conjunto del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo y el Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (BID-INIA), iniciando sus actividades en 1996. A partir del año 2007 forma parte del Centro de Biotecnología de los Alimentos de la Región del Bío-Bío.

Su quehacer está abocado a aumentar la competitividad del sector silvoagropecuario de la región, mediante el desarrollo y la aplicación de la biotecnología y su transferencia y difusión al sector productivo.

Contact

Viviana Becerra V.

Agronomist, M.Sc. – Genetics and Biotechnology

Specialized in post-harvest plant pathology.

Soil Laboratory

This laboratory is located in Chillán, Bío – Bío Region. It performs the following tests as part of its services:

  • Chemical soil analysis
  • Saturated extract analysis
  • Physical soil analysis
  • Chemical plant analysis
  • Chemical water analysis

It also accepts soil samples in coordination with INIA Research Centers of the whole country.

Laboratory – related contact information and territorial coverage

INIA Intihuasi – IV Región de Coquimbo

Address: Colina San Joaquín Sin Nº LA SERENA

  • Laboratory Coordinator phone number: (51) 223 290
  • Sample Reception Manager phone number: (51) 223290 – Annex 15

Contacto

Carlos Sierra Bernal

Ingeniero Agrónomo M.Sc.

Fertilidad de Suelos

Mario Barraza Vicencio

Sample Reception Manager

Procedure for submitting samples

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INIA Raihuén – VII Región del Maule

Address: Calle Esperanza S/N Estación VILLA ALEGRE

  • Teléfonos: (73) 382 366 – 382 365 Annex 2400

Contacto

Johana Rojas Toledo

Secretaria

Sample Reception

Procedure for submitting samples

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INIA Raihuén – VII Región del Maule (Centro Experimental Cauquenes)

Address: Road to Cauquenes – Parral, Km 3.5 Cauquenes

  • Phone number: (73) 450 440

Contact

Fernanda Aravena Vergara

Secretary

Sample Reception

Procedure for submitting samples

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INIA Quilamapu – VIII El Bío Bío Region – Main Laboratory

Address: Avenida Vicente Méndez 515 – Chillán

  • Laboratory Coordinator phone number: (42) 206 774
  • Teléfono oficina de recepción: (42) 206782

Contact

Juan Hirzel Campos

Agronomist M.S. Dr.

Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition

Laboratory Coordinator

Graciela Zapata San Martín

Laboratory Reception Office Manager

Laboratory Coordinator

Procedure for submitting samples

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INIA Carillanca – IX La Araucanía Region

Address: Camino Cajón – Vilcún, Kilometro 10 – Temuco – Casilla 58-D

  • Laboratory Coordinator phone number: (45) 297231 – Annex 7231
  • Technical Secretariat phone number: (45) 297216 – Annex 7216

Contacts

Adolfo Montenegro Barriga

Agronomist M.Sc. Soil Fertility

Laboratory Coordinator

Patricia Fica Carter

Laboratory Technical Secretary

Procedure for submitting samples

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Sample Reception Office TEMUCO

Information Office- Edificio del Agro – Regional Secretary of the Agriculture Ministry Temuco.

Address: Francisco Bilbao 931

  • Phone number: (45) 298 149
  • Fax: (45) 211 704

Contact

Nancy Koning Travieso

Procedure for submitting samples

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INIA Remehue – X Región de Los Lagos

Address: Ruta 5 Norte Kilómetro 8 – Osorno

  • Laboratory Coordinator phone number: (64) 334837 – Annex 4837
  • Laboratory Coordination Secretary phone number: (64) 334819 – Annex 4819
  • Technical Secretariat phone number: (64) 334829 – Annex 4829

Contact

Marta Alfaro Valenzuela

Agronomist PhD. Soil and Environment

Laboratory Coordinator

Judith Molina Núñez

Laboratory Technical Secretary

Procedure for submitting samples

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Wheat Quality Laboratory (Temuco)

The Wheat Quality Laboratory is a critical source of support both for wheat research and farmers, who will be able to use the analysis provided a tool which allows them to sell their wheat taking into account how much they know about the quality of their product. This laboratory was established by INIA in consideration of the upcoming scenarios and challenges in the future of the agricultural sciences.

Laboratory details

Address: Km 10 camino Cajón – Vilcún, IX Región

Samples reception and payment

Samples will be received by qualified personnel at the following times:

  • Monday to Thursday: 8:30 to 17:00.
  • Friday: 8:30 to 16:00.

Samples may also be sent by Chilexpress bus or another transportation method, but all expenses must be paid by the user.

All tests must be paid for when getting the sample to the laboratory by cash, crossed nominative check, or a deposit for the full value to account Nº 17-02808-1 of the Santander Santiago Bank, sending a copy of the deposit to fax number (45) 216112, addressed to Luisa Vera.

Contact

Luisa Vera Quilodrán

Lab technician chemist

Plants and Soil Laboratory (Temuco)

This laboratory carries out soil and plants analysis with a high analytical quality and their results are very reliable, for all professional and laboratory personnel are highly qualified, has the most advanced equipment, uses high quality chemical reagents and is accredited by the Standardization and Accreditation Commission of the Chilean Soil Science Society to carry out soil testing for the Incentive System for the Recovery of Degraded Soils (SIRSD) of the Agriculture Ministry via SAG and INDAP.

It aims to provide a plant and soil analysis service to external users such as farmers and agricultural professionals from the region or companies or people who need such services. It also carries out chemical soil and plant tests required by researchers for their projects, being an important source of support for all research done by INIA.

The laboratory delivers the result of the soil analysis alongside a label indicating the level of each chemical parameter and in the case of external users (Farmers, SIRSD operator, Agricultural professionals, Corporations) it also delivers a fertilization and amendments application recommendation for crops and grasslands regarding the environment of the 9th Region.

Contact

Patricia Fica Carter

Soil and Plants Laboratory Secretary

Milk Quality Laboratory (Temuco)

The INIA Milk Quality Laboratory is based in the Carillanca Regional Center, Temuco, and provides raw milk instrumental analysis services to the various components of the milk chain such as: producers, collection centers, professionals or institutions in charge of official milk quality control and industries among others.

It aims to provide a milk sample analysis service to individual producers, professionals, institutions, groups of producers, industries, among others and support research of programs related to milk production (Bovine, ovine and caprine animals) of the institution, as much as variations on milk composition can be precisely measured due to various factors such as:

  • Birth season
  • Age and breastfeeding amount
  • Breastfeeding season
  • Season of the year
  • Genetic value
  • Feeding system
  • Health Condition
  • Hygiene condition

Contact

Virology Laboratory (Santiago)

Considering how important it is to introduce new technologies for using virus free fruit plants, the Virology Laboratory of the INIA La Platina Regional Center is able to undertake both medium and long term projects. Therefore, alongside producers and nursery farmers, many projects have been funded by CORFO (FONDEF, FONTEC, FAT…) FDI, etc. In addition, many projects have been carried out under specific research agreements with various productive actors.

The laboratory offers virological analysis services on fruit plants (Stone fruits, grapevines and vineyards, Pome trees and Citrus trees) agricultural crops (Tomatoes) cereal (wheat, oat, barley and corn) flowers and industrial tests.

Contact

Dr. Guido Herrera

Agronomist Ph.D – Researcher

Ovine Breeding Laboratory

Contact

Fernando Squella

Soil Physics Laboratory

Contact

Jorge Carrasco

Fruit Pathology Laboratory

Contact

Paulina Sepúlveda