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International Graduate Course on Root Ecophysiology in Katalapi

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The course will be offered from January 11-20, 2012 at Parque Katalapi, X Region Chile


This course will count wit the participation of outstanding scientists from Chile and abroad: Tim Colmer (Australia), Hans Lambers (Australia), Rafael Oliveira (Brasil), Alejandra Zúñiga (Universidad Austral de Chile), Enrique Peñaloza  (Universidad de Concepción, Chile), Dante Pinochet (Universidad Austral de Chile, Chile) and Manuel Pinto (INIA, Chile). The program includes classes, seminars, and formulation of a research project. The course is oriented towards graduate level students and advanced undergraduates. Students should meet the following requierements: since lectures will be in English, at least intermediate English level will be necessary; in addition, all students must have at least a basic plant physiology course.

The following topics will be covered:  What is a root? When and why did roots evolve?;The complexity of the rhizosphere; Origin and importance of soil, Soil types and properties: root adaptations; Geotropism, hydrotropism; Root respiration; Stable isotopes and root ecology; Root development; Interaction with other plants and herbivores; Root pressure and water transport; Nutrient absorption and transport; Root adaptations to low-P -soils; Roots and salinity; Mycorhizae; Nitrogen fixation; Waterlogging; Root aeration and radial oxygen transport; Root/shoot interactions; Roots and water stress; Roots and carbon balance; Root biotechnology.

In addition to these topics, Dr Hans Lambers, an experienced journal editor, will deliver a lecture on "How to prepare a manuscript for publication". Those interested in the course should write to Dr Luis J. Corcuera to or contact him in the telephones 92490228 (cellular); 56-41-2203586.

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Mapuche Chiefs and Katalapi Park Offer Multicultural Environmental Education Workshop

Parque Katalapi and de "lonkos" (Chiefs) of Loncoche  Francisco Antipán y Eliseo Curallanca have joined forces this year to offer a Multicultural Environmental Education Workshop. From October 8-10, 2011  participants will enjoy the park and have the opportunity to learn about mapuche culture in direct contact with the forest that formed it, come to understand how the relationship with the environment forms abilities and attitudes valued by different cultures, and in this way come to compare elements of european occidental and indigenous worldviews, with emphasis on mapuche elements.


The workshop is oriented to indigenous and non-indigenous people that wish to obtain a basic understanding of the effects of multiculturality in relationship to the Earth, a close encounter with the temperate rainforest, and to gain a first approach to the mapuche heritage that marks our culture. The event considers a mixture of both theoretical lectures and practical activities.




Chilean Network for Antarctic Plants was formed during Colloquium to discuss the present and future of the Antarctic flora

Participants at Katalapi
Leon Bravo, Angelica Casanova, and Gustavo Zuñiga, elected officers of the Network

Prof. Gustavo Zuñiga was elected as President of the Network

The I Colloquium on “Antarctic Research. Present and future of the flora” was held on August 3-5, 2011 in Katalapi Park. This colloquium was sponsored by INACH, National Committee on Antarctic Research, and organized by Drs Leon Bravo and Luis Corcuera, professors from Universidad de La Frontera and Universidad de Concepción, respectively. 32 scientists from CEAZA, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Universidad de Concepción, Universidad de La Frontera, Universidad de Magallanes e INACH attended to this meeting. During the event, the state of knowledge of the Antarctic flora was discussed. In addition, invasion of the continent by exotic plants and the effect of climatic change on Antarctic plants was discussed. It was concluded that the study of the problems that affect to the plants of the white continent requires a multidisciplinary approach. For this reason, to facilitate interactions among Chilean research groups the Chilean Network on Antarctic Plants was formed. The network will be presided by Dr Gustavo Zúñiga. Dr Angélica Casanova and León Bravo were elected as directors. The network will be responsible for information exchange, increasing scientists interactions, and organize future colloquia.


Present and future of the antarctic flora will be discussed at Katalapi

Researchers from all over Chile will meet August 3-5th, 2011

The "1st Antartic Reserach Coloqium: Present and Future of Antartic Flora" will be held August 3rd-5th, 2011 (from midday of the 3rd until midday of the 5th) at Parque Katalapi (near Puerto Montt). The goal of the coloqium is to evaluate the state of knowledge regarding antartic flora biology and biotechnology, and to project priority areas for future research and collaboration.

The Coloqium is organized by professors León Bravo (Universidad de La Frontera) and Luis Corcuera (Universidad de Concepción) and sponsored by the Chilean Antaarctic Institute (INACH).

The general issue is that the Antarctic will be specially affected by global warming. As glaciers melt and temperature rises, the introduction and spread of plants will be favored. During the coloqium, round table discussions with noted researchers will analize the hottest topics regarding research and future of Antarctic flora. The main areas of discussion will be:

  1. Present and future of Antarctic climate

  2. Current distribution and emergence of new colonization areas due to icemelt

  3. Introduced Species

  4. Lichens

  5. Mosses

  6. Cold Resistance

  7. Resistance to other types of stress

  8. Photosynthesis and Respiration

  9. Antioxidants

  10. Biochemical responses to environmental stress

  11. Interactions with microorganisms

  12. Interactions between plants

  13. MolecularBiology and Biotechnology

    There will be round table discassionsble on future research and collaboration

All interested participants must send the title of their proposed presentation and indication of its thematic area to Luis J. Corcuera ( choosing between the  listed alternatives. Information must be sent before June 15th. For general Coloqium information, contact  León Bravo (

Download call for presentations and instructions


outdoor environmental education workshhop at Katalapi


The 2011 version of Katalapi Park´s anual Outdoor Environmental Education (OEE) workshop will take place August 13-15th. This year, it is additionally recognized with SENCE code 1237869601. The course is aimed at a general public interested in OEE, both for schools and  informal settings. It will combine theoretical presentations about methodologies and approaches, with fun application on the ground, making good use of Katalapi Park´s beautiful natural surroundings.

Main speakers will be Ana María Vliegenthart, Rod Walker, and Ursula Fernández. Ana María Vliegenthart (Master´s of  Environmental Education, Master´s in Curriculum and Instruction, and Katalapi Park´s  Head of Environmenta Education), has vast experience as a teacher and teacher trainer,  and is the author of numerous books, articles, and environmental education support materials. Rod Walker is the founder of the Outdoor Education Center (CEAL) and Tocatierra (Earthtouch), and was named as an Ashoka fellow in 1997 due to his outstanding experience as a social innovator. Ursula Fernández is a biologist and "Ecología en el Patio de la Escuela" (EEPE) specialist.

The program (download attached file for details), will present approaches for the 5 main objectives of Outdoor Environmental Education, will include activities based on the experiential cycle, and will encourage reflection on lessons learned and their applicability to developing own OEE programs.

The cost of the workshop is $95 thousand ChP per participant, which includes registration, all meals, and lodging in bunk beds (bring your own sleeping bag). The course will start on August 13th with the welcoming of participants between 10-11 AM, and will end after lunch (curanto) on August 15th.

Interested people can download the program, registration form, participation details, and workshop poster at the end of this paragraph. Some partial scholarships are also available. For registration details and scholarships please contact Verónica Morán:


Instrucciones para participantes
Ficha de Inscripción
Poster .pdf

Formulario de postulación a becas.pdf