Development of harmful algal bloom monitoring methods and forecast system for sustainable aquaculture and coastal fisheries in Chile (Monitoring of algae in Chile)


A how-to page of the “Soroban” server is available

            Pages about the project’s research server “Soroban” (a Japanese term for Abacus) are now served on the homepage of Center for Modeling and Computer Science (CMCC), UFRO. – Introduction of the MACH project and the Soroban server (link) – How-to page of the server (link)             A summary of the links to the above page is also made on the protocols page of this MACH homepage (ACHIEVEMENTS → Protocols; link). These pages will be updated as setting of the server is updated in the future. 

MACH re-establishes face-to-face activities with JICA-Chile.

Visit to UFRO of the JICA-Chile project coordinator Ms. Nobuko Fujita. On Tuesday, July 27th, the project coordinator of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Chile branch, Ms. Nobuko Fujita, met with the EMALab team at the Universidad de la Frontera (UFRO) in Temuco, led by our scientific director Dr. Milko Jorquera, to discuss the progress of the MACH project, tour the facilities, visit the Mobile Laboratory and see its equipment. As part of this visit, Ms. Fujita also visited Dr. Andres Avila’s group at the Center of Excellence for Modeling and Scientific Computing (CEMCC) of UFRO, where the “Soroban” server is located, one of the two servers acquired by […]

MACH scientists participate at the Carahue’s city council meeting.

Participation of MACH Scientists in the municipal council of Carahue, presenting progress and future projections of the project. The MACH project, through its scientific director Dr. Milko Jorquera, presented during the afternoon of Monday, July 19, its objectives and progress in the municipal council of the Municipality of Carahue, to promote collaboration with local communities, especially in the area of Nehuentue, to promote the monitoring of harmful algae and to promote scientific dissemination in the region. This instance took place after a face-to-face activity held in the Nehuentue cove, where the MACH project presented its Mobile Laboratory and the Suitcase-Laboratory (“Suitcase-Lab”) to a group of local mussel farmers. During this […]

MACH presented its mobile laboratory and the “Suitcase-Lab” to mussel farmers of the Nehuentue cove

The MACH-SATREPS project presented its mobile laboratory and equipment for monitoring algae in the field to Nehuentue mussel farmers. Due to the pandemic decreed by the spread of the SARS-CoV2 virus and the sanitary restrictions that have limited meetings and free movement for a year and a half, the MACH project had “frozen” its face-to-face communication and outreach activities with the general public, local communities, fishermen and shellfish farmers. But on June 24th, 2021, we were able to resume these activities “in situ” with a small group of mussel farmers from the Nehuentue cove, commune of Carahue in the Araucanía region.             The meeting was arranged by the president of […]

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New Laboratory Assistant and the Outreach Coordinator started working on the project!

    Dr. Marco Campos, doctor in Science and Natural Resources, has started working on our project from April 2021 at UFRO as a laboratory assistant, replacing Dr. Ignacio Rilling, the former assistant. Dr. Campos mainly cooperates with UFRO´s research activities to progress our project, including the ‘holobiome’ analyses of all DNA samples extracted by other Chilean members.         On the other hand, Dr. Alejandro Murillo, doctor in biology – molecular genetics and microbiology, has started working as a Communications and Outreach Coordinator of our project from January 2021 at CREAN-IFOP, Puerto Montt. Dr. Murillo is mainly working to support and assist Chilean and Japanese researchers in having a […]

SATREPS MACH English Poster is available!

STREPS-MACH Download .pdf At the middle of January 2021 our SATREPS MACH team has prepared a project poster in English available for all public. SATREPS MACH English Poster (for general public)  

MACH research assistant has entered to FONDECYT Postdoctoral program

    On early January 2021, we have received good news from one of our research assistants. Dr. Ignacio Rilling who works for our project at Universidad de La Frontera has been accepted as postdoctoral program fellow in FONDECYT.     Dr. Rilling has been working with MACH project since November 2018. He mainly works for metabarcoding analysis of samples collected by the relevant institutions.    During his postdoctoral program he will focus on dynamics of antibiotic resistance genes in the soil environment. We would be happy if the experience he gained from the project will be useful in the future. Comment from Dr. Rilling: “I am deeply honored and grateful to […]

Five unit of “Suitcase Lab” have arrived to Chile for rapid and on-site detection of harmful algae in Chilean coastal waters

   During January of 2021, 5 units of “Suitcase Lab” previously introduced in our web sites (, finally have arrived to Chile from Japan to boost our research and outreach activities.    The Suitcase Lab, as we call it, consists of an all-in-one portable field tool that allows extract DNA from a sample of seawater containing microalgae. The extracted DNA will be used to amplify DNA fragments that are unique and distinctive to the species, so the algal species in the water sample can be identified with tools inside the suitcase lab.     Currently, the 5 units are still in an experimental and validation phase at La Frontera University, given […]

We held 2nd UFRO genome informatics course “Introduction to Transcriptomic Analysis 2021”

    On January 2021, we held the 2nd summer course of genomic informatics entitled “Introduction to Transcriptomic Analysis” at University of La Frontera (UFRO) as a training course for experimental biological students and researchers. Course contents covered topics of genome informatics ranging from basic to practical issues. We developed a program that combines lectures, demonstrations, exercises and hands-on session and final presentation so that participants can effectively acquire knowledge and skills.      Professor Andrés Ávila (UFRO), Dr. Mikihiko Kawai (Kyoto University), and Giovanni Larama (UFRO) were in charge of the program, and gave lectures in corporation with invited speakers, Professor Fumito Maruyama (Hiroshima University) and Dr. Enrique Ostria-Gallardo […]