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

Invited talk on Workshop Konünwenu 2019 at UFRO


        On 26th september 2019, Dr. So Fujiyoshi gave a talk “Bioinformatics in Microbiome Analysis” on the workshop of “Konünwenu 2019” (link) held at University of La Frontera (UFRO). 

        The workshop was held by Centro de Excelencia de Modelación y Computación Científica (CEMCC), University of La Frontera. The title of the workshop “Konünwenu” means “Entrance to Cosmos” of Mapudungun (the language of the Mapuche people). CEMCC invited the speakers from broad areas of background of academic and companies, to facilitate audiences to learn about trends of each area of data science and informatics. Talks ranged from astronomy, cyber security, and data science of different research fields.

        Among them, Dr. Fujiyoshi introduced data science in the field of biology. She explained how so-called bioinformatics to analyze genetic information of living organisms is powerful to elucidate properties of tiny microbes (bacteria) which are hard to see but account for a large percentage of biodiversity of the Earth.

Presentation of Dr. So Fujiyoshi, chaired by Professor Andrés Ávila

        Her take-home message was development of fundamental analytical methods is applicable to apparently different problems such as animal infectious disease and harmful algae bloom. It is bidirectional, in that bioinformatic method she used in the study of animal infectious disease can be applied to the study of ‘holobiome’ of harmful algae bloom, and vice versa, the suit-case lab she and her colleagues have been developing can be tuned for the study of animal infectious disease.

Showing suitcase lab