QNLM Brings Modified Clay to Chile to Tackle HAB
Src:QNLMCHINA     09:44:04 04/11/2018

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QNLM Brings Modified Clay to Chile to Tackle HAB

Recently, a research team of four led by researcher YU Zhiming, director of the Laboratory for Marine Ecology and Environmental Science, QNLM,was invited to Chile to provide technological support in the application of modified clay for the treatment of harmful algal blooms (HAB). YU Zhiming and his team visited five cities in only five days and held a series of meetings with people from the marine, farming and fisheries departments of the local governments. 



Technical service meetings

In addition to technical service reports, researcher YU Zhiming demonstrated how to apply modified clay in marine farming area, and was invited to attend the special interviews with such media as “AQUA” and “Salmon Expert”. Carefully introducing the details and feasibility of the modified clay to control HAB to the local governments, research institutes and farmers, the visit of researcher YU and his team was widely regarded as a great success. 


On-site spray demonstration

The outbreak of large-scale HAB in the coastal waters of Chile in 2015 caused great losses to its offshore aquaculture. To tackle this problem, a Chilean delegation visited China in 2016 to study the modified clay technology and signed a cooperation agreement with the Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (a member institute of QNLM) . Under such circumstances, YU Zhiming and his team screened suitable modified clay types to be assessed by the world-renown marine institute, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in the United States. With excellent assessment result, the first batch of 27 tons of modified clay material has been exported to Chile by the end of 2017.

In spite of the tiring trip and jet-lag, YU Zhiming and his team completed their tasks efficiently. In addition to technology introduction and on-site demonstration, they solved problems raised by governments, research institutes, aquaculture households and media. This trip to Chile lays a solid foundation for the export of modified clay technology to the world, setting a good example for the application of modified clay to treat HAB globally.

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