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UCM promotes conservation of plant biodiversity in collaboration with a leading Australian researcher

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Through research led by Academician Diego Muñoz.

Ucm Promotes Conservation Of Plant Biodiversity In Collaboration With A Leading Australian ResearcherAcademician of the Faculty of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences (FACAF) of the Catholic University of Maule (UCM) in Curico, Diego Muñoz, is leading the investigation: “Strengthening scientific activity and higher education for the conservation of plant biodiversity in south-central Chile .

This work has the valuable support of Dr David Boshier, a researcher at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), who has been working on the writing and collection of the research data in our country. In addition to interacting and holding meetings with public institutions such as CONF or the Ministry of the Environment.

“These activities have been carried out at UCM’s Faculty of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences, as well as at other universities in the country. I invite the university community of Talca to the talk that begins on Tuesday, June 6, at the academic year of the Doctorate in Translational Biotechnology and I also invite the university community of Curico to a talk that will be given on Tuesday, June 13 at the San Isidro Campus,” said researcher Diego Muñoz.


Conservation of biodiversity is of utmost importance in Chile, and this collaboration will allow progress in the understanding of regeneration of species such as Gomortega caulea, which is essential for designing effective conservation strategies and actions.
In view of this, the UCM academic highlights that this joint work will strengthen research and teaching activities in the conservation of plant biodiversity in the south-central regions of Chile.

“Today, loss of biodiversity and climate change are the most serious environmental problems facing humanity. In Chile, we have a very relevant biodiversity of plants around the world (our area is part of one of the 25 global biodiversity hotspots ), but unfortunately with serious conservation problems”, the UCM academic began to say.

“This project is working precisely in the field of plant protection in south-central Chile, which places our institute in a scientific area of ​​high interest for the country,” he added.

It should be noted that, through this work, the aim is to link undergraduate and postgraduate teaching with conservation research in agricultural landscapes and strengthen networks that include academics and other institutions with innovative approaches to conservation.

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