Research and development are essential to ensure sustainability over the long term. To do so, we created Bioforest, a Center of excellence for research ito serve people. We conduct research and develop and apply the latest technologies at the center’s woodpulp and biotechnology labs and greenhouses, as well as the company’s forestland and industrial facilities.
We strive to optimize and maximize the value of our resources.
At Biocel we aim to optimize the production process of pulp, develop products and apply techonologies for the treattment and transformation of waste.
Our research focuses on improving the production process of panels.
We aim to fully understand the soils, environment and forest species that ARAUCO grows, in order to optimize and maximize plantation growth and the production of timber, in addition to fulfilling the environmental objectives for the protection and conservation of biodiversity present in our native forests.
We aim to optimize production processes, develop pulp products and technologies for the treatment and trasnformation of waste into byproducts that add value to the company. To do so, we simulate different pulp production processes and analyze critical parameters for products and processes.
Because ARAUCO is a global panel producer for the furniture and construction industries, our research focuses on improving tha panel production process, studying the physical-mechanical properties of products, searching for new adhesives and developing new products.
We develop a wide range of scientific projects and initiatives to increase and improve our knowledge of the ecosystems we inhabit.
Bioforest has studied the soils (at a geological level and regarding physical variables) that comprise our forestland, identifying, 13 different types. The use of a Sustainable Precision Silviculture method allows us to know exactly which plant will grow more appropiately in each area of our forestland.
In 2006, Bioforest dentified the agent that was affecting the foliage of radiata pine in the Arauco Province. Damage was being caused by a fungus species that had never been found on trees. The company named this species (Phytophthora pinifolia, Durán). Bioforest uses biological control to manage pests.
In mid 2014, Bioforest was able to produce Nanocellulose at its lab, providing an opportunity for further research. Nanocellulose, which comes from pulp, is transparent, lightweight, and eight times more resistant than stainless steel.
Clones for the annual establishment of plantations are developed at this lab, through cell multiplication. To do so, cell copies are extracted from each seed, whose origin is known, and are sent to the site. Five years later, their performance is analyzed and the best trees are selected and mutliplied, increasing the production of plantations by 40%.
Researchers from Bioforest, Universidad de Concepción, the Ministry of Environment and German experts are leading this project that aims to reintroduce this native specie into the Nahuelbuta National Park. This endangered species has been considered to be a true sensor of the ecosystems where it lives, In addition, it is famous for a strange form of brooding, termed Neomelia.