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Scientific Colloquia Season in Katalapi Park

Meeting building (above) and a group of attendants to the Colloquium on Plant Ecophysiology (below)

Katalapi Scientific Colloquia are small meeting of up to 35 scientists and graduate students. During each colloquium, scientist and students present their scientific work. In addition, round table discussions are held on relevant topics to the colloquium discipline. Of course, attendants also enjoy the trails of Katalapi Park. All this is done in a friendly environment to promote research collaboration and biodiversity conservation. During this season, two colloquia already took place:  “I Colloquium on Antarctic research: Present and Future of the Flora” (Organized by the Chilean National Committee of Antarctic Research) and the “I Colloquium on Plant Ecology and Ecophysiology (Organized by Universidad de Concepcion and Instituto de Ecología y Biodiversidad). At the end of November will take place the “I Colloquium on  Silviculture (Organized by Universidad Austral de Chile); the II Colloquium on Amphibians and Reptiles will be in December 2011 (Organized by Universidad del Bio Bio and Universida with Concepcion). The Katalapi Colloquia Season will close in January 2012 with the  VII Colloquium on Plant Ecophysiology (Organized by Universidad de Concepcion). Many Chilean scientists and more than 20 foreign scientists have attended to these meetings. The result of these colloquia have been numerous collaborative national and international research projects, visits for students to centers abroad, and the creation of The Chilran Network of Herpetology in 2010 (Coordinated by Drs Marcela Vidal and Helen Díaz of Universities of Bio Bio and Concepcion-Los Angeles, respectively)  and the Antarctic Plant Sciences Network (Coordinated by Dr. Gustavo Zúñiga, Universidad de Santiago de Chile). Thus, the Katalapi Colloquia have been a powerful tool for the promotion of scientific development of disciplines that tend to study and conserve our animal and plant diversity. 



A group of 25 children and parents of San José School from the city of Osorno, visited Katalapi Park in order to do outdoor environmental education activities, and gain knowledge of nature and biodiversity.

The group, which included 9-13 year old children, functions as a "Recycling Workshop" in their school. Children voluntarily collect reusable materials -specially paper- which they gather in special containers placed in classrooms, and then deliver to recycling centers.

"We have been organized as a recycling group for 3 years", says teacher Hilce Hinostroza, "and the field trip to Katalapi Park is part of a constant effort we make to get to know the nature that we are helping to protect. This is what gives meaning to our trash-collecting efforts."

During the two-day stay in the Park, kids learned to recognize native vegetation trough active outdoor games such as "Biodiversity Races" and the "Katalapi Treasure Hunt". They also had the possibility to hone their observation skills through activities such as "Camouflaged I Observe Birds that Visit Notro Trees".


VII International Colloquium on Plant Ecophysiology will be take place at Parque Katalapi

The VII International Colloquium on Plant Ecophysiology will take place at Parque Katalapi from January 21.23, 2012. This event is aimed at cientists and graduate students interested in problems that plants must face in their environment. The Colloquium program is composed of conferences,  round table discussions, and short scientific presentations. The invited lecturers are Tim Colmer (Australia), Hans Lambers (Australia), Rafael Oliveira (Brazil), and Manuel Pinto (Chile).  Parque Katalapi is located in the Chilean Patagonia at 20 Km from Puerto Montt by Carretera Austral. This is a unique opportinity to visit an evergreen temperate rain forest, which covers most of the park. Those interested in participating in the Colloquium may download registration instruccions from this site (see below) and contact Dr Luis J. Corcuera at or dial 56-41-2203586 (Office) o 92490228 (mobile).

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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.