Carried out in the Sonesta Hotel of Concepcion, the “3rd Lignobiotech Symposium in Biotechnology Applied to Lignocellulosic”, gathered more than one hundred researchers in forest biotechnology where they presented the last scientific and innovation advances in this matter.
The event organized by the Center for Biotechnology and Technological Development Unit, University of Concepcion, discussed topics that ranged from fundamental science to applications in industry, considering sustainability and economic and social aspects of lignocellulosic. Among them, the biotechnological potential of biomass and the multiple uses.
The meeting had plenary sessions, oral sessions and poster presentations by researchers from more than twenty countries, culminating in a field trip to the Nueva Aldea pulp mill, Arauco forestry and Cucha Cucha vineyard. During the conference, a number of local and national companies were present with information stands, as well as Mapuche crafts, with the Nueva Imperial mapuche community ‘Rayen Folle’.
The Congress began with an opening ceremony, an instance in which the director of the Biotechnology Center, Jaime Rodriguez said “What we are doing as a scientific community is going to change the paradigm of this economy based on fossil carbon (which is in the oil, coal and natural gas) to one that uses biomass sustainably, giving value and taking advantage of the best possibilities “.
The Brazilian biochemist Omar UyarteNoriega, was invited to present his research, and stated that “The organization of congress was very good, with world-class scientists, who are the people we are always reading in papers”. Uyarte said that the meeting created the necessary scientific contacts, and the possibility to joint work with research centers in other countries.
This is the third Lignobiotech Congress and the first version in Latin America; others were conducted in France (2010) and Japan (2012), while the next will be in Spain 2016 and Finland.
For Rodriguez, the congress was a success. “What is most valued is the collaborative networks established, the camaraderie between researchers and the possibilities to open international collaboration”, said the director of the Biotechnology Center at the University of Concepcion.