The research project on Antarctic Science is part of the Associative Research supported by CONICYT-INACH ART1102. This project is tri-institutional and multidisciplinaryinitiative.. The main purpose is to clarify the biological bases that explain the expansion of vascular plantsin the Maritime Antarctic within the context of global warming. The project is officially administrated by Universidad de La Frontera, where Leon A. Bravo (Director), Mirén Alberdi (Sub-director) and Marjorie Reyes (ssociate Researcher) work. The research group is also composed by researchers from Universidad de Concepción: Luis Corcuera (Main Researcher), Lohengrin Cavieres (Associate Researcher), Angela Sierra and Patricia Saez (Associate Researchers) and Nicole Trafault from the Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics of Universidad Mayor. This group collaborates with Marilyn Ball, Australian National University; Norman Hüner, University of Western Ontario; Leopoldo García Sancho, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.The main line of research is on ecophysiology of Antarctic plants. The approach is mostly experimental. Plants will be subjected to warming in the field using OTC (open top chambers). There will also be growth chamber and biotron experiments looking for the effect of temperature on carbon balance, increasing productivity and growth of plants or alternative indirect effects. For example temperature could modify bacterial communities and their activities on nutrients cycling, increasing the availability of soil nutrients and therefore favoring nutrition and growth of plants.
Dr León Bravo, Director del Anillo
ORGANIZATION OF THE RESEARCH GROUP