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


Exchange opinions with mussel farmers cooperative of Choros Maltones (Chilean large mussel)

    On December 4thTuesday, Distinguished Professor Takashi Gojobori of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Professor Emeritus Ichiro Imai of Hokkaido University and members of our project visited Nehuentue city.  Nehuentue is at the mouth of Imperial river, the lower reach of Temuco, and close to one of our sampling sites (link). We met with members of farmers cooperative of Chilean large mussel, Choros Maltones, and administration office of Carahue city to introduce our project and exchange opinions about sustainable fisheries of that region.    They explained the history of mussel farming of the region, how they farm mussels, and surrounding problems. They also explained Nehuentue cooperative has produced larger […]

Seminars of Japanese outstanding professors

    Early this December 2018, we invited Distinguished Professor Takashi Gojobori and Emeritus Professor Ichiro Imai, two outstanding Japanese professors, to Chile. Through their thoughtful presentations, they gave us many insights that push us our project forward.     Professor Gojobori emphasized, through his talks ranging from study of the origin of evolution of eye by means of algal study to integration of automatic sampling and cutting-edge studies of metagenomics and single cell genomics, the importance of basic science and how researches of the top-level science promote surrounding advances of sciences and technologies, and even further stimulate more practical studies to solve problems in relation to our daily lives.     Professor […]

Report the progress of the project to SUBEPSCA and SERNAPESCA

 On November 26, 2018, Dr. Fumito Maruyama, Director of MACH Project and Mr. Ryozo Hanya, Chief Representative of JICA Chile, explained a progress of MACH project to Mr. Eduardo Riquelme, undersecretary of SUBPESCA (*) and Ms. Alicia Gallardo, director of SERNAPESCA (*), and have discussed on effective implementation of the project.  During the meeting, Dr. Maruyama gave them various MACH project goods and explained the importance of outreach activities to the public.  In addition, Dr. Maruyama also emphasized the importance of involving local communities and fishermen to the project, as the goal of the project is to develop harmful algae bloom forecast model through platform of collaboration between industry, government […]

Dr. So Fujiyoshi talked on “Science Cafe” at UFRO

    On 28thNovember 2018, Dr. So Fujiyoshi spoke on “Science Cafe” held at University of La Frontera (UFRO), entitled with “Bacterias en nuestras duchas: Una experiencia en Japón (Bacteria in our bathroom: An experience in Japan)”.     The talk was chaired by Dr. Jacquelinne Acuña (BIOREN, UFRO) who is also one of the members of our MACH project. Yuji Misu, MACH project coordinator, translated Dr. So’s talk to Spanish along with brief introduction of Japanese cultures.     Dr. So started her talk by introducing that our environments including our body itself are surrounded by full of tiny living organisms, bacteria. She then explained the approach how to […]

We Japanese researchers have started working to this project in Chile!

    Four Japanese researchers of MACH project have started working to this project in Chile. Each of us has different research background and expertise. We cooperate through our independent research activities to progress our project.     Since last October, Dr. Kyoko Yarimizu started working at Institute de Fomento Pesquero (IFOP) at Puerto Montt. She is a researcher of Dr. Satoshi Nagai’s lab, National Research Institute of Fishery Science, Yokohama, Japan. She works with Dr. Leonardo Guzman and Dr. Oscar Espinoza at IFOP.     Since last September, Dr. Yohei Miyashita started working at University of Los Lagos (ULAGOS) at Osorno. He is an assistant professor of Dr. Shoko […]

Meeting with a Senator of Chile

    On October 12, 2018, the Chilean senator, Sen. Carmen Gloria Aravena, visited the University of La Frontera. During the meeting, the senator internalized the main aims and objectives of the MACH project, within the framework of the SATREPS initiative of joint collaboration between the Chilean government and Japan, with the support of JST (equivalent to CONICYT in Chile) and JICA of Japan. In this opportunity, Professor Milko Jorquera Tapia, the Chilean leader of the project commented the importance of including the microbiological factor from a holistic perspective in the study and in early prediction of red tide blooms.     Senator Aravena, graduated from the Faculty of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences of […]

Kickoff ceremony of the project in Chile

On September 5th 2018 in Santiago, Chile, a Kickoff ceremony of the project was held with participation of researchers from both Chile and Japan. Besides all the integrated members of the project, different universities, government agencies and aquaculture and fishery industries have attended this ceremony, reaching 70 in total number. The official logo of the project was presented during the steering meeting the day before the ceremony. This logo was designed with a concept of “Holobiome” (holo=whole, biome=ecosystem). The logo covers 11 kinds of living organisms including, algae, as well as sea snails, shells, shrimp, chilean corvina, tuna, salmon etc… and humans (also part of the ecosystem). The official name […]

Kick off ceremony in Japan

The kick-off meeting in Japan was held for the purpose of celebrating the official execution of this project. With help from all our collaborators as well as investors, the meeting was successfully carried out. We would like to show our deep appreciation to all your corporation and continuous supports.    Opening greeting: Shiori Mitsuhashi: Vice-director of the International Strategy Office, Kyoto University   Guest Speakers: Gustavo Ayares : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Chile Tsukasa Nagamine: Research Supervisor, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) Hideo Maeda: Senior Vice President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)   Research Keynote Speakers: Takashi Gojyobori: Distinguished Professor, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology […]

Meeting with Oxford Nanopore Technologies

Oxford Nanopore Technolodies agreed to provide us “the thing” which will be a necessary tool to carry on our project. We are looking forward to having “the thing”.  

Visiting Bento Bioworks

We visited Bento Bioworks who sells a product called “Bento” Lab (meaning Japanese lunch box), a portable DNA laboratory kit which can travel wherever the science project goes (in our case, SATREPS project). Bento Bioworks agreed to provide our needs for the project, and we are very excited to collaborate with them. 

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