Newsletter September

Article published about the first bioluminescent mushroom found in Vodudahue

A very exciting scientific discovery for Chile occurred in Vodudahue. This is the first record of a bioluminescent fungus, capable of producing its own light, in our territory.

The scientists in charge of its description, Pablo Sandoval and Adriana Calle from Fungilab Estudios Ambientales, are part of the team of specialists who carried out species inventories in Vodudahue during 2022, and this was, without a doubt, their main discovery.

The news was reported exclusively by Ladera Sur. Later it also appeared in different national media, such as Biobío Chile, La Cuarta and Radios Regionales. In addition, it was spread through the social networks of our collaborators at the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh.

Course program development: Nature Photography and Field Botany

In addition to the art and science residencies being organized for the spring and summer in Pillán, two courses are being coordinated to be based in the wonderful grounds of Vodudahue. The courses Nature Photography (taught by agronomist and photographer Bernardo Segura) and Field Botany (by botanist and taxonomist Nicolás Lavandero) are scheduled for January 2024. These courses, aimed at beginners in these lines of study, will include 3 and 4 days in the field. They will have classroom sessions and hands-on, on-location activities.

Chilco carries out the campaign 'September in Vodudahue

The September campaign, led by project coordinator Josefina Hepp, had two main objectives: to evaluate the houses located on the Pillán property in preparation for the botanical illustration workshop by Jaime Araneda and Marina Gutiérrez in late October; and to review activities in the Vodudahue nursery, along with Yessenia Serón, with the objective of planning the database maintenance tasks, preparing the annual calendar, and participating in a phenological study, among others.
On the other hand, Placeta guides Antonio Delgado and Ricardo Olivero received the core samples and cross-sections that were part of the dendrochronological study carried out in 2022 by the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso in alliance with Estación Huinay, which will serve as educational material to show visitors how the ages of the largest and oldest trees in the valley are calculated.