In her first event with farmers' unions, the newly appointed authority attended the XVIII International Seminar on Blueberries Chile 2022, where she delivered welcoming remarks to the meeting.
Jeffrey G. Williamson
Professor and Extension Specialist of the Department of Horticultural Sciences, University of Florida, United States.
Among the research areas in which he has participated is: Horticulture of small fruits and improving efficiency in blueberry production practices. Among its publications we can highlight: application of new technologies to transform blueberry harvest, vegetative and reproductive behavior of blueberry cultivars with the use of rootstocks, mechanized harvesting and post-harvest storage of cultivars using rootstocks, use of irrigation for frost protection , effect of time and intensity of summer pruning, role of blueberry growth regulators, among others.
In 2010 he obtained the presidential gold medal awarded by the horticultural society of the state of Florida.
In 2018 he won the specialist of the year award, recognition granted by the Florida County Association of Agricultural Agents.
Juan Carlos Garcia Rubio
Researcher at the Regional Agrifood Research and Development Service of the Principality of Asturias (SERIDA).
One of the pioneers in Spain of blueberry cultivation. He has collaborated in numerous small fruit research projects (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and currants) and has given numerous training courses, presentations in technical conferences and seminars.
Author of books and articles of technical dissemination such as "Cranberry cultivation", "Economic study of cranberry cultivation", "Cranberry production cost in Asturias", "Change of variety in cranberry cultivation through grafting", "The Cranberry grafting, operations and times for variety change ”,“ Compatibility and agronomic behavior in inter specific cranberry grafts ”, among others.
In the field of technology transfer, some actions are highlighted, such as those carried out for the companies “Fall Creek Farm and Nursery Inc”, of Oregon and “SB Group” of Chile, mainly on blueberry grafting, as well as consultancies in different projects of Portugal, Morocco, Azerbaijan and China.
The main research area of Dr. Juan Hirzel is soil fertility, nutrition and plant biostimulation. As a leading researcher at the Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA) and as a professor of the Doctorate in Agricultural Sciences of the universities of Talca and Concepción in Chile, he has collaborated in research projects for the development of methodologies for sectorized management of farms, application of techniques of multispectral image analysis to optimize crops, among others. He has also developed tools for decision making in the organic production of blueberries for export, as well as work on the effects of organic fertilizers on the vegetative, nutritional and productive parameters in blueberries.