This institute was founded in 1991 and its mission is to contribute with high quality standards to the increase of productivity and diversification of the agricultural and agroindustrial sector through applied research, technology transfer, services and training of human resources.
Through this institute, the Universidad de La Frontera wants to generate and transfer applied and technological knowledge in those areas, which have an impact on the development of the Araucanía Region and Chile. It is also a reference for research and business services, state institutions and different organizations related to the food sector.
Its main laboratories offer high quality services in the fields of microbiological wastewater, food and water analysis, of soil and plants, plant protection analysis, and seed and grain analysis. It also has a pilot facility to support entrepreneurship and micro-, small and mid-sized enterprises in the Chilean food industry, seeking to generate and scientifically evaluate product ideas (food, ingredients, additives and packaging) to satisfy the consumer market´s tendencies and needs. It also has a training and continuous training unit and a consultancy and study unit.
Teachers, researchers and professionals from different disciplines are associated to the Institute, for the design and execution of research and development projects, innovation, technology transfer, as well as training and continuous training, with impact in the areas of competence. This is strengthened by the institute´s enduring cooperation with the Doctorate in Natural Resource Sciences and the Scientific and Technological Bio resource Nucleus (BIOREN) of the UFRO.
The capacities, talents, experience and value of the continuous cooperation of this institute have enabled it to successfully face the different challenges it has been involved in.
Luis Torralbo Barría