A group of representatives from the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) of the European Union visited Chile to make a video so that people in Europe can get to know the Santa Catalina, Santa Clara, and Santa Teresa Chilean raspberries varieties, which are the first raspberry varieties developed in Chile and that have achieved great success among domestic and foreign producers.
These varieties were developed by the ASOEX Fruit Technology Consortium, through its Raspberry Genetic Improvement Program (Raspberry PMG), which has the support of Corfo, and the Catholic University of Chile.
The European representatives interviewed professionals of the ASOEX Fruit Technology Consortium, the Catholic University, and national producers about their experience in their development, as well as in their cultivation.
Sergio Maureira, the Manager of the Fruit Technology Consortium, said: "Finding out that the agency that protects varieties in the European Union will visit our country to learn about the work of the Raspberry Genetic Improvement Program and of the Consortium because of the results that our raspberries have achieved in Europe, especially in Spain, which is a country with a long tradition in berries, is very encouraging. Preparing this material will allow this body of the European Union to publicize the fruit genetic improvement programs that are being carried out in far away countries, such as Chile, and to get to know the new varieties developed, and the experience of the producers in our country, in more detail."
Doctor and agronomist, Marina Gambardella, who is also the director of the Raspberry PMG and a researcher at the Catholic University of Chile, said: "This is the result of our participation as speakers in a seminar on new varieties and intellectual property that was held in Europe, where we were contacted by a group of representatives of the UPOV that were interested in getting to know the developments that were being made in Chile, especially about our raspberries, which are already being grown in Europe. We believe that this is a very good opportunity to publicize the efforts being made in Chile. This means that we are more than an important exporter of fresh fruits worldwide; we are also as a country that exports genetics to the world."
The recordings were carried out in the Experimental Field of the Genetic Improvement Program of the ASOEX Fruit Technology Consortium, located in Santo Domingo, and in small producers' orchards in Teno.