CV Patricio Barra

 

Ph.D. Sciences of Natural Resources.
Departamento de Ciencias Químicas y Recursos Naturales,
Facultad de Ingeniería y Ciencias.
Scientific and Technological Bioresource Nucleus (BIOREN-UFRO)
Universidad de La Frontera
Telephone: +56-45-2325467
Fax: +56-45-2325053
Cell phone: +56-9-84642149
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Academic Degrees and Professional Studies

  • 2011-2016: Ph.D. Science of Natural Resources. Universidad de La Frontera, Temuco, Chile. Title of Ph.D. Thesis: Contribution of endophytic and rhizosphere bacteria to water shortage and salt stress tolerance of avocado seedlings (Persea americana Mill.).
  • 2010: Master in sciences mention microbiology. Universidad Austral, Valdivia, Chile. Title of Thesis: Cultivo de Flammulina velutipes en sustratos orgánicos generados en la provincial de Valdivia.
  • 2006: Medical Technologist. Universidad de La Frontera, Temuco, Chile. Thesis: Asociación del sistema sanguíneo ABO con trombosis venosa profunda en la población de Temuco
  • 2006: Bachelor in medical technology. Universidad de La Frontera, Temuco, Chile.

Research Lines

  • Microbiology.
  • Soil Microbial Ecology.
  • Plant-Soil-Microorganisms Interactions.
  • Biotechnology.

Scholarship Awards

  • 2014-2016. PhD scholarship with industry No 7813110009 of CONICYT, Ministry of Education, Chilean government.
  • 2015. English scholarship in English-speaking countries, Convenio de Desempeño, Universidad de La Frontera. Temuco, Chile. Internship carried out at University of Riverside California (UCR), Riverside, United States of America from September of 2015 until December of 2015. 
  • 2014-2015: Complementary PhD internship scholarship No 21110473 of CONICYT, Ministry of Education, Chilean government. Internship carried out at University of Riverside California (UCR), Riverside, United States of America from June of 2014 until February of 2015. 
  • 2013. Complementary PhD scholarship, operational expenses No 21110473 of CONICYT, Ministry of Education, Chilean government
  • 2013. Complementary PhD scholarship, attendance to events and short courses for PhD students No 81130426 of CONICYT, Ministry of Education, Chilean government.
  • 2012. English scholarship, CORFO, Chile.
  • 2011-2015. PhD scholarship No 21110473 of CONICYT, Ministry of Education, Chilean government.

Academic Activities

  • 2017. Undergraduate course: Genomics (MPC416), Medical Technology, Universidad de La Frontera, Temuco, Chile. Assistant professor.
  • 2017. Undergraduate course: Genomics (ICQ418), biochemistry, Universidad de La Frontera, Temuco, Chile. Visiting professor.
  • 2017. Undergraduate course: Applied basic microbiology (TEN 103), Clinical podiatry technician, Santo Tomas Institute, Temuco, Chile. Professor in charge
  • 2016. Undergraduate course: Genomics (ICQ418), biochemistry, Universidad de La Frontera, Temuco, Chile. Visiting professor.
  • 2016. Undergraduate course: Research Laboratory Processes, (TLC 127), Clinical laboratory technician, Santo Tomas Institute, Temuco, Chile. Professor in charge.
  • 2016. Undergraduate course: Applied basic microbiology (TEN 103), Clinical podiatry technician, Santo Tomas Institute, Temuco, Chile. Professor in charge.
  • 2012-2014. Undergraduate course: Biochemistry (ICQ452), science pedagogy, Universidad de La Frontera, Chile. Assistant professor.

Faculty advisor of undergraduate Theses

  • 2013-2014. student Joaquin Rilling Tenorio. No. Registration: 17726519-509. Thesis tittle: Diferencias entre las comunidades microbianas y potenciales PGPR aisladas desde ambientes de Chile con régimen climático árido, semi-árido y templado lluvioso. Career: Biotechnology, Faculty of Ciencias Agropecuarias y Forestales, Universidad de La Frontera.

Research Projects

  • 2017-2020. Responsible researcher. Postdoc project of FONDECYT No. 3170629. Proteomic tools to understand the biofertilization mechanisms of ACCD-producing phosphobacteria on Lolium perenne grown in acid volcanic soils.
  • 2016. Research support. Research initiation project of FONDECYT No. 11160112. Unraveling the previously unculturable rhizobacterial taxa associated with cereal crops grown in Chilean Andisol and their potential as Plant growth promoting bacteria.
  • 2016. Research support. Regular project of FONDECYT No. 1141247 Improving phosphorus efficiency use and aluminum detoxification on pastures growing in acid volcanic soils throughout biotechnological tools.
  • 2014-2016. Responsible researcher. Beca de Doctorado con la Industria No 7813110009 of CONICYT. Bacterias promotoras del crecimiento vegetal para mejorar la tolerancia al estrés por sequía y salinidad en paltos.
  • 2013-2016. Assistant research. Support for the Development of Research Projects Chile/Estados Unidos USA 2013-0010. Exploration of rhizobacterial diversity and phytase genes in plants grown in extreme Chilean environments.
  • 2012-2016. Research support. Regular project of FONDECYT No.1120505. Development of plant-growth-promoting-rhizobacteria consortium to improve the phosphorus nutrition and abiotic stress tolerance of cereal crops grown in Andisols.
  • 2011. Research support. Research initiation project of FONDECYT No. 11080159. Assessment of phytate-utilizing bacteria for improving phosphorus nutrition of pasture plants.

Courses

  • Next Generation Data workshop. 2014. University of California Riverside, Riverside, United States of America.
  • Microorganismos rizosféricos y sus aplicaciones biotecnológicas. 2013. Universidad de La Frontera, Temuco, Chile.
  • Physiology and Biochemistry of Plants (PCNE88). 2012. Universidad de La Frontera, Temuco, Chile.
  • Plant-Soil-Microbes Interaction and Plant Environmental Stress. 2013. Universidad de La Frontera, Temuco, Chile.
  • Técnicas de Biología Molecular aplicado a muestras ambientales. 2012. Universidad de La Frontera, Temuco, Chile 2013: International Symposium Soil, Plant and Microorganism, Universidad de la Frontera, Pucon, Chile.
  • International Course in Bioresources and Technology: Sustainable Development. 2011. Universidad de La Frontera, Temuco, Chile.

Publications

  • Barra, P.J.; Crowley, D.E.; Inostroza, N.G.; Mora, M.L. & Jorquera, M.A. 2017. Bacterial consortia inoculation alleviates the water shortage and salt stress in an avocado (Persea americana Mill.) nursery.  Appl. Soil Ecol. 111, 30-47.
  • Inostroza, N.G.; Barra, P.J.; Mora, M.L.; Wick, L. & Jorquera, M.A. 2017. Effect of rhizobacterial consortia from undisturbed arid- and agro-ecosystems on wheat growth under differing conditions. Lett. Appl. Microbiol. 64, 158-163.
  • Barra, P.J.; Inostroza, N.G.; Acuña, J.J.; Mora, M.L.; Crowley, D.E. & Jorquera, M.A., 2016. Formulation of bacterial consortia from avocado (Persea americana Mill.) and their effect on growth, biomass and superoxide dismutase activity of wheat seedlings under salt stress. Appl. Soil Ecol. 102, 80–91.
  • Jorquera, M.A.; Inostroza, N.G.; Lagos, L.M.; Barra, P.J.; Marileo, L.G.; Rilling, J.J., Campos, D.C.; & Crowley, D.E., Richardson, A.E., Mora, M.L., 2014. Bacterial community structure and detection of putative plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria associated with plants grown in Chilean agro-ecosystems and undisturbed ecosystems. Biol. and Fertil. Soils 50, 1141–1153.
  • Acuña, J.J.; Jorquera, M.A. Barra, P.J. Crowley, D.E. & Mora, M.L. 2013 Selenobacteria selected from the rhizosphere as a potential tool for Se biofortification of wheat crops. Biol. and Fertil. Soils 49, 175–185.

Presentations in Congresses, Conferences and Meetings

  • Barra P.J.; Inostroza N.G.; Mora, M.L.; Crowley, D.E. & Jorquera, M.A. 2015. Contribution of endophytic and rhizospheric bacteria inoculation on salt stress tolerance of avocado (Persea americana Mill.) seedlings growing under nursery conditions. 5th International Workshop: Advances in Science and Technology of Bioresources. Universidad de La Frontera, Pucón, Chile.
  • Barra P.J.; Inostroza N.G.; Acuña, J.J.; Mora, M.L.; Crowley, D.E. & Jorquera, M.A. 2015. Contribution of bacterial consortia on salt stress tolerance of avocado (Persea americana Mill.) seedlings grown in a commercial orchard. International miCROPe 2015 Symposium, Vienna, Austria.
  • Jorquera, M.A.; Barra, P.J.; Inostroza, N.G.; Acuña, J.J.; Mora, M.L. & Crowley, D.E. 2015. Contribution of bacterial consortia to improve salt stress tolerance of avocado (Persea americana Mill.). 66°Congreso Agronómico y 13º SOCHIFRUT, Valdivia, Chile.
  • Barra, P.J.; Inostroza, N.G.; Mora, M.L.; Crowley, D.E. & Jorquera, M.A. 2015. Consortia of ACC deaminase-producing bacteria (both endophytic and rhizospheric) isolated from avocado plants mitigate salt stress of wheat plants. Rhizosphere 4 congress, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
  • Barra, P.J.; Inostroza, N.; Mora, M.L.; Crowley, D.E. & Jorquera, M.A. 2015. Bacterial consortia formulated with endpophytic and rhizospheric bacterial strains, isolated from avocado plants, increase salt stress tolerance of wheat seedlings. 6th Congress of European Microbiologists (FEMS 2015). Maastricht, The Netherlands.
  • Campos, D.C.; Barra, P.J.; Inostroza, N.G.; Rilling, J.J.; Jorquera, M.A. & Mora, M.L. 2015. 2nd International symposium, Soil Plant Microorganism. Universidad de La Frontera, Pucón, Chile.
  • Barra, P.J.; Inostroza, N.G; Mora, M. L.; Crowley, D.E & Jorquera, M.A 2014. Effect of endophytic and rhizospheric bacterial consortia, isolated from avocado plants, on salt stress tolerance of wheat seedlings. 2nd International symposium, Soil Plant Microorganism. Universidad de La Frontera, Pucón, Chile.
  • Barra, P.J.; Inostroza, N.G. & Jorquera, M.A. 2014. Bacterias con alta actividad ACC-deaminasa promueven el crecimiento de trigo ante condiciones de estrés salino mejor que bacterias con baja actividad ACC-deaminasa. XII Congreso Latinoamericano de Microbiología (ALAM), Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.
  • Jorquera, M.A.; Inostroza, N.G.; Lagos, L.M.; Barra, P.J.; Marileo, L.G.; Rilling, J.J.; Campos, D.C. & Mora, M.L. 2014. Detection of putative PGPR and bacterial diversity in the rhizosphere of plants grown in different Chilean ecosystems and agro-ecosystems. XII Congreso Nacional de las Ciencias del Suelo, Punta Arenas, Chile.
  • Barra, P.J.; Inostroza, N.G.; Jorquera, M.A.; Cid, F.; Lagos L.M. & Mora, M.L. 2014. Characterization, identification and selection of halotolerant endophytic and rhizospheric bacteria isolated from avocado trees. XII Congreso Nacional ciencias del Suelo, Universidad de Magallanes, Punta Arenas, Chile.
  • Rilling, J.J.; Inostroza, N.G; Lagos, L.M.; Barra, P.J.; Marileo, L.G.; Campos, D.C., Mora, M.L. & Jorquera, M.A. 2013. Bacterial diversity and detection of putative PGPR in the rhizosphere of plants grown in different ecosystems and agro-ecosystems of northern, central and southern Chile. 4th International Workshop: Advances in Science and Technology of Bioresources. Universidad de La Frontera, Pucón, Chile
  • Barra, P.J.; Inostroza, N.G.; Campos, D.C.; Rilling, J.J.; Jorquera, M.A & Mora, ML. 2013. Isolation and characterization of endophytic and rhizospheric bacteria derived from avocado trees. 4th International Workshop, Advances in Sciences and technology of Bioresources Universidad de La Frontera, Pucón, Chile.
  • Barra, P.J.; Jorquera, M.A.; Acuña, J.J.; Lagos, L.M.; Marileo, L.G.; Inostroza, N.G. & Mora, M.L. 2013. Occurrence of rhizobacteria with PGPR activities in different ecosystems and agro-ecosystems of northern, central and southern Chile. II Conferencia Iberoamericana de Interacciones Beneficiosas Microorganismo-Planta-Ambiente (IBEMPA). Seville, Spain.
  • Jorquera, M.A.; Barra, P.J.; Lagos, L.M.; Marileo, L.G.; Inostroza, N.G. & Mora, M.L. 2013. Isolation of phytate- and ACC-degrading rhizobacteria from different ecosystems and agro-ecosystems of northern, central and southern Chile. FEMS Microbiology Congress. Leipzig, Germany.
  • Acuña, J.J.; Barra, P.J.; Lagos, L.M.; Marileo, L.G.; Inostroza, N.G.; Mora, M.L. & Jorquera, M.A. 2013. Isolation of phytase-producing rhizobacteria from different natural ecosystems and agro-ecosystems of northern, central and southern Chile. Organic Phosphorus 2013 Workshop. Ciudad de Panama, Panama.
  • Barra, P.J.; Lagos, L.M.; Marileo, L.G.; Inostroza, N.G.; Mora, M.L. & Jorquera, M.A. 2012. Aislamiento de rizobacterias productoras de fitasas y ACC- deaminasa desde diferentes ecosistemas naturales y agro-ecosistemas del norte, centro y sur de Chile. XXXIV Congreso Chileno de Microbiologia. Valdivia, Chile.
  • Jorquera, M.A.; Martinez, O.; Menezes-Blackburn, D., Acuña, J.J., Inostroza, N.G., Barra, P.J.; Lagos, L.M.; Marileo, L.G. & Mora, M.L. Rizobacterias: una herramienta biotecnológica para mejorar la nutrición y tolerancia de cultivos agrícolas en la zona sur. 63º Congreso Agronómico de Chile. Temuco, Chile.
  • Barra, P.J.; Alarcón, D.; Marileo, L.G.; Jorquera, M.A. & Mora, M.L. 2011. Isolation of ACC degrading bacteria from avocado tree (Persea americana) rhizosphere. 3rd International Workshop, Universidad de La Frontera, Pucón, Chile.

Work experience.

  • 2006-2011. Medical technologist in clinical laboratory, bacteriology, hematology and parasitology. Clinical laboratory Marticorena, Temuco, Chile.
  • 2007-2008. Veterinary medical technologist in clinical laboratory and microbiology, hematology. Multifunctional Veterinary Laboratory, Universidad Catolica de Temuco, Chile.
  • 2007. Medical technologist in clinical laboratory, bacteriology, hematology and parasitology. Clinical laboratory Central, Temuco, Chile.
  • 2007. Medical technologist in clinical laboratory, bacteriology, hematology and parasitology. Clinical laboratory Araucanía, Temuco, Chile.
  • 2006-2007. Medical technologist in clinical laboratory. Alemana Clinical laboratory, Temuco, Chile.

Difussion and Transfer

  • 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th and 10th‘Feria de investigación UFRO’. 2011-2012-2013-2015-2016. Dirección de investigación de la Universidad de La Frontera. Temuco, Chile.
  •  ‘Casa Abierta’ and ‘Semana Nacional de la Ciencia y Tecnología. 2011-2012-2013-2015-2016. EXPLORA-CONICYT, Universidad de La Frontera, Temuco, Chile.
  •  ‘1000 científicos, 1000 aulas’. 2011-2012-2013-2016. EXPLORA-CONICYT, Región de La Araucanía, Chile.