In the world, the agriculture is continually exposed to many challenges that are triggered for several situations impacting directely it demand and markets. These factors leading to a close connection between researches, farmers and consumers, and on the other hand, government entities and agricultural companies. Therefore an alternative to solve this is through research, technological development and innovation related to the bioresources.

During the last 50th years, the soil have been exposed to considerable degradation processes . Therefore, chemical fertilization has been relevant to support the growing demand for food worldwide. However, these actions have resulted in an increase in production costs, low eficiense and in an environmental impact. In this sense, the microbial biotechnology could play an important role from national and worldwide point of view, by incorporating a widely range of bioproducts from microbial metabolism or direct application of beneficial microorganims. This, because the microorganisms through biological, biochemical and physical processes, can transform the biomass in biological products that could reduce sustainably the imput of nitrogen fertilizers. In this sense, the use of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) and Nitrogen-fixing bacteria has shown biotechnological potentials to be a promising technique in the practice agriculture. This has led to several countries in Latinamerican are developing important research to know, to understand and to use his native soil microbiote, to promote technologies favoring plant-microorganisms association to support a sustainable agriculture.

Under this of point of view, the aims of the 3th Latinoamerican Workshop on Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR), the 1st National Congress of Biological Nitrogen Fixation and the 3th International Simposium Soil-Plant-Microorganisms are:

1.-To Promote and create a forum for work and discussion between professionals and researches to formulate new proposal realted to fertilizers and bioproducts.

2.- To promote the development of an inter-institutional forum to discuss about the study, use and agroindustrial applications of promote growth plant microorganisms in our country and Latinamerica, that can integrate strategically the scientific research with with the technological demand of the industrial sector.


The Latin American PGPR was created by the necessity of scientific information exchange about the PGPR biology and its applications, between researches of several countries of Latin América that regularly participate in the International Workshop on PGPR. This Workshop takes place every 2 years. The fisrt edition was developed in the year 2012 in Medellin, Colombia, and participated several local researches. After, was realized the second edition in the year 2014 in Córdoba, Argentina, grouping a great number of researches and participants.

In this opportunity the third edition of this Workshop will be organized by University of La Frontera 2016, located in Temuco- Chile The event will be displayed in Pucon city, Región de La Araucanía, between November 28 and December 02 of 2016. In the same form that the previous versions, the Workshop has many important international researches, forum of discussion and work presentations in oral or poster format.

Thematic Areas of 3rd Latin American PGPR Workshop

- Ecology, Diversity and Evolution of PGPR
- Mechanisms of Action by PGPR and Climate Change
- Soil-Plant-Microorganisms Interactions in Plant Production
- Advances in the Study of Biological Nitrogen Fixation
- Production, Technology and Policies of Inoculants and Bioproducts


In November, 2015 the Center “Centro de Excelencia en Investigación Biotecnológica Aplicada al Medioambiente (CIBAMA) from Universidad de La Frontera, carried out the first International Workshop "New Technologies for Environmental Protection". In this opportunity we can to know, understand and discuss about of innovative advances in biotechnology that can be applied to the environmental protection. Nanotechnology, reuse and valorization of wastes, soil and water bioremediation, among others, were the topics covered in this workshop. Researches from Argentina, Brasil, México, Costa Rica, Greece and Portugal among others, allowed that this event was a great instance for knowledge exchange related with the environmental protection by using biotechnological tools.

In 2016, CIBAMA and the Centro Biotecnológico de Estudios Microbianos (CEBEM) from Universidad de La Frontera, present the 2nd International Workshop in Biotechnology and Environment, taking place in Pucón- Chile 27 – 30 November. Our main objective in this international workshop, is to promote a global forum to explore and discuss on environmental microbiology, nanotechnology, bioremediation, chemical ecology and pest control, reuse and valorization of wastes, in order to improve our understanding and current and future challenges in these areas of the science.

We look forward to an exciting meeting in November 2016 that promises great scientific debate and enjoyable social interaction. We also hope you will enjoy your visit to the beautiful and fascinating city of Pucón. We are with many desires to receive in Pucon Chile, participants from all over Latin America and the world, so that together make this Workshop an unforgettable scientific event, surrounded by the fascinating atmosphere that gives us this lakeside town in southern Chile.

Thematic Areas of 2nd International Workshop Biotechnology and Environment

- Agriculture Nanotechnology
- Soil and Water Bioremediation
- Valorisation and Reuse of Wastes
- Chemical Ecology and Pest Management

See you in Pucón-Chile!