IFOP participates in  Harmful Algae International Conference (ICHA)
13 October, 2021

IFOP participates in Harmful Algae International Conference (ICHA)

October 15th, 2021 Periodista Gabriela.Gutiérrez

Worldwide it is the most important on this subject.
Between October 11th and 15th, 2021, the Nineteenth International Harmful Algae Conference (ICHA) will be telematically held. This event will bring together hundreds of researchers from different countries. On this occasion, the organization has corresponded to Mexico, and it will be carried out from La Paz. At this Conference, 10 researchers from Harmful Algae Research Center (CREAN) from Fisheries Development Institute (IFOP), will present 7 oral presentations and 3 posters, on various topics of Harmful Algae Blooms (FAN), covering various topics on:

  • Algal Bloom Biology (HA Biology).
  • Algal Bloom Ecology (HA Ecology).
  • Harmful Algal Blooms Prediction (HAB Prediction).
  • Harmful Algal Blooms in a Changing World (HABs in a changing world).
  • Harmful Ichthyotoxic Algal Blooms (Ichthyotoxic HABs).
  • Management and Management (Surveillance and Management).


The round of presentations in which CREAN IFOP researchers will participate will begin on Monday, October 11th, in the session on ” Harmful Algae Ecology “, where researcher, Javier Paredes M., will present on “First Dinophysis acuminata culture from southern Chile: ecophysiology, toxin production and phylogeny ”.
On Tuesday, October 12th, researcher Marco Pinto T. will continue, discussing “Extraordinary Heterosigma akashiwo flowering 2021 in Chile: large-scale farmed salmon mortality associated with unusual environmental conditions.”
On Wednesday, October 13th, Gemita Pizarro N. will present with “Events of Paralyzing Toxins of Seafood and Alexandrium catenella density in Beagle Channel (55 ° S), a unique ecosystem“, and later, researcher, Ana Flores L., will deal with “Phylogeny, lipid composition, pigments, ichthyotoxicity and growth of Heterosigma akashiwo from Patagonian Chile“.
On Thursday October 14th, Leonardo Guzmán M., will present “Alexandrium catenella and Paralyzing Toxins of Seafood in the last 50 years in Chile“, who will also participate as Table Chairman in one of the plenary talks of this meeting.
Finally, on Friday, October 15th, researcher Pamela Carbonell A., will present on “Physiology, genetics and toxicological variability in strains of Alexandrium catenella from southern Chile (41 ° -55 ° S)“, who will also be President of the session Biology of Algae Blooms, and will participate as Mauren Kellers Awardsjury .
It is also important to highlight that Jorge Mardones S., will present a plenary talk on “Chile: causes, impacts and management of” hot spot “for Harmful Algae Blooms”, who has been invited by the organizing committee of this event.
Regarding the contributions in poster format, researchers Gonzalo Fuenzalida D., Oscar Espinoza G. and Pablo Salgado G., will present works related to “Spatial distribution of harmful species along the Chilean coast using metabarcoding“, “Historical flowering of Pseudo-nitzschia and outbreaks of domoic acid, in the inland sea of ​​the island of Chiloé, southern Chile, 2020-2021 “and” Assemblages of dinoflagellate cysts from the south central coast of Chile (~ 36 ° -43 ° S )“, respectively.

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