CIBB II: International Congress on Biotechnology and Biodiversity 2014


Date: June 9 to 12, 2014  

Headquarters: Sheraton Hotel, Guayaquil, Ecuador.  

Organizing Institutions: Biotechnology Research Center of Ecuador - Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (CIBE-ESPOL).  

Organizer Committee: Ph. D. Daynet Sosa del Castillo (Chairman), Ing. Lissete Hidalgo (Secretary), Lcda. Kenya Rosado, Ing. Karla Aguaguiña, Ing. Iván Choéz, Ing. Mariuxi Quishpe y Ec. Lilia Suárez (Members).


Sponsoring Institutions:


The specific objectives of this International Congress were:

• To analyze the main trends in the most important aspects of biotechnology and biodiversity, including biodiscovery or bioprospecting, metagenomics, genetic engineering and metabolomics, which may be made with the contribution of world-class experts.

• To analyze together with cocoa and bananas producers, relevant research in these agricultural areas of great importance for Ecuador.

• To promote the approach of the productive sector and academia.

Scientific Committee

Secretary: Juan Manuel Cevallos, Ph.D.


•    Ph. D. Oscar Navarrete
•    Ph. D. Patricia Manzano
•    Ph. D. Dominique Van Der Straeten
•    Ph. D. Carlos Noceda
•    Ph. D. Efrén Santos
•    Ph. D. Migdalia Miranda
•    Ph. D. Omar Ruiz
•    Ph. D. Eduardo Chica
•    MSc. José Flores



1.    Microorganisms and plants Genomics..
2.    Bioprocess and Biofuels.
3.    Ecuador-Belgium VLIR Network: Role of the higher education systems in the sustainability of Natural Resources.
4.    Latest advances in research on banana phytopathogens.
5.    Latest advances in research on cacao phytopathogens.
6.    Biodiscovery, Ethnomedicine and Ancestral Knowledge.
7.    Advances in research on plant pathogenic virus.


Download the Scientific Program of the CIBB 2014

We had the presence of 30 Keynote Speakers and national and international experts who shared the results of their researches with the participants.

  • Robert Martin, USDA, Oregon State University, U.S.
  • Gary Strobel, Montana State University, U.S.
  • Judith Brown, University of Arizona, U.S.
  • Roberto Parra, Centro del Agua para Latinoamérica y El Caribe, Mexico.
  • José Reyes de Corcuera, University of Georgia, U.S.
  • Ma. Anaberta Cardador, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico.
  • Ma. Andrea Uscátegui, AgroBIO, Colombia.
  • Ma. Del Mar Jiménez, Pennsylvania State University, U.S.
  • Hui Ling-Liao, Duke University, U.S.
  • Wim Vanden Bergue, Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium.
  • Dominique Van Der Straeten, Ghent University, Belgium.
  • Arienna Van Bruggen, University of Florida, U.S.
  • Juan Manuel Cevallos, CIBE-ESPOL, Ecuador.
  • Efrén Santos, CIBE-ESPOL, Ecuador.
  • Lien González, Universidad de Las Américas, Ecuador.
  • Diego Quito, Programa Prometeo, CIBE-ESPOL, Ecuador.
  • Gert Kema, Wageningen University, Netherlands.
  • Miguel Ángel Dita, EMBRAPA, Brazil.
  • Peter Goathels, Ghent University, Belgium.
  • Stefan Wecks, Ghent University, Belgium.
  • Fredy Altpeter, University of Florida, U.S.
  • David Matlaga, Susquehanna University, U.S.
  • Neil Stewart, University of Tennessee, U.S.
  • Daynet Sosa del Castillo, Programa Prometeo, CIBE-ESPOL, Ecuador.
  • Omar Ruiz, CIBE-ESPOL, Ecuador.
  • Ma. De Lourdes Torres, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador.
  • Nardy Diez, Programa Prometeo, Universidad Estatal Península de Santa Elena, Ecuador.
  • Carlos Noceda, Programa Prometeo, CIBE-ESPOL, Ecuador.
  • Migdalia Miranda, Programa Prometeo, CIBE-ESPOL, Ecuador.
  • Patricia Manzano, CIBE-ESPOL, Ecuador.





Banana quarantine pests for the Americas: Potential Impact and management experiences.

PhD. Miguel Dita

Costa Rica

Exploring the root microbiome of Musaceae: Opportunities and prospects to increase the health in banana cultivation

PhD. Miguel Dita

Costa Rica

Advances in research on phytopathogenic fungi affecting banana: Fusarium TR4 and Mycosphaerella fijiensis

PhD. Gert Kema


Status of fusarium wilt of banana or Panama disease in Ecuador, Current Research and Prospects.

PhD. Freddy Magdama


Main results on the production of planting material of banana and plantain: tissue culture, sanitation and somaclonal variation.

PhD. Carlos Noceda


Advances on research and activities developed by the INIAP in banana cultivation.

Ing. Ignacio Sotomayor








Cocoa diseases in Latin America and control strategies.

PhD. Daynet Sosa


Cocoa Plan: a model of inclusive business.

MSc. Franck Blacio


Colombia experiences in disease management and breeding clones (TBC).

PhD. Carlos Arroyave


Cocoa biodiversity and Applications

Ing. Freddy Amores


Advances in cocoa research through CIBE: technology, proposals and products that enhance crop.

PhD. Esther L. Peralta


Microbial ecology of the cocoa bean fermentation process.

PhD. Stefan Wecks



The courses took place at the ESPOL, with the support of technicians and researchers of the CIBE in the practice and experimental activities of the courses.

  • Biosensors. PhD. José Reyes de Corcuera, University of Georgia, U.S. (4 hours)
  • Agricultural Epidemiology. Ph.D. Arienna Van Bruggen, University of Florida, U.S. (7 hours)
  • Bioinformatics and Metagenomics. Ph.D Hui Ling-Liao, Duke University, U.S. (12 hours)

Participating Countries











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Interesting facts

•    Thirty (34) master lectures, seven (7) symposia, three (3) post-congress courses, hundred two (102) oral presentations, and seventy four (74) posters.
•    Countries with the highest number of participants: Ecuador (47), Colombia (15), Mexico (9) and Venezuela (6).
•    Número total de Universidades participantes: 72 (28 de Ecuador).
•    Total number of public and private participating institutions: 30 (20 from Ecuador).


Participation of registered scientists by topic





Omics tools



Biodiversity and Biodiscovery



Biosecurity and Genetically Modified






Bioprocesses and Biofuels



Phytopathology and Pest Management







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Participating Institutions by Country

Algeria :    Ecole Normale Supérieure de Kouba  

Bangladesh :     Anti-Drug Human Rights & Social Justice  

Belgium:     Ghent University; Universiteit Antwerpen  

Bolivia :     Universidad Mayor de San Simón; Centro de Innovación y Desarrollo Empresarial (CIDE)  

Brazil :     Universidad Federal de Pará; Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina; EMBRAPA  

Cameroon :     Bamenda University  

Canada :     Laurentian University  

Chile :     Universidad Austral de Chile; Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso  

Colombia :     AgroBIO; Universidad Nacional de Colombia Sede Medellín; Universidad del Tolima; Universidad de Antioquia; Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas; Colinagro S.A.; Universidad Libre Seccional de Barranquilla; Universidad de San Buenaventura; Universidad del Valle; Universidad de Córdoba; Universidad Nacional de Colombia Sede Palmira; Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia; Universidad Santo Tomas de Aquino; Corporación Universitaria del Huila; Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas  

Costa Rica  :    Universidad de Costa Rica  

Cuba :     Universidad de La Habana; Centro de Inmunología Molecular  

Ecuador :     CIBE-ESPOL; ESPE; ; EPN; UDLA; PUCE; Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial; Universidad Técnica Estatal de Quevedo; Universidad Central del Ecuador; Universidad Politécnica Salesiana; Universidad Técnica de Cotopaxi; Universidad Técnica de Babahoyo; Universidad Técnica de Ambato; Universidad Estatal Península de Santa Elena; Universidad de Guayaquil; Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja; Universidad Nacional de Loja; MAGAP; SENPLADES; INIAP; Universidad Agraria del Ecuador; Unión Nacional de Cañicultores del Ecuador; AGROCALIDAD; Universidad San Francisco de Quito; DOLE; Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil; Universidad Laica Vicente Rocafuerte de Guayaquil; Yachay E.P.; Escuela Superior Politécnica Agropecuaria de Manabí; ESPOCH; PROEXPO S.A; Sistagrosa S.A; Elicrom; Consorcio de la Cuenca del Rio Jubones; Colegio La Inmaculada  

Spain :     Universidad Politécnica de Madrid  

U.S. :     Duke University; University of Tennessee; University of Arizona; University of Florida; USDA; Oregon State University; Pennsylvania State University; Susquehanna University; Montana State University  

Ghana :     Offinso Polytechnic  

Netherlands :     Wageningen University  

India :     JECRC University; Assam Agricultural University  

Mexico :     Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; Universidad Autónoma Chapingo; Centro de Biociencias UNACH;  CIBA-Instituto Politécnico Nacional; Instituto de Ecología A. C.; Universidad Autónoma de Tlaxcala; Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos; CINVESTAV-IPN; Tecnológico de Monterrey; Centro del Agua para Latino América y el Caribe  

Nigeria :     Olabis Onabanjo University  

Peru :     Universidad Peruana Los Andes; Universidad Nacional de Piura  

Rumania :     Universidad Politécnica de Bucarest  

Venezuela :     Universidad Bolivariana de Venezuela; IDEA; IVIC; Universidad Centroccidental Lisandro Alvarado; Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador de Barquisimeto


Most relevant exposition considered by moderators of the CIBB 2014

•    "Análisis metatranscriptómicos de hongos de bosques de pinos". Ph.D. Hiu Ling-Liao (Duke University, EEUU).
•    “Sugarcane Improvement with Genome Editing, Transgenic and Intragenic Biotechnologies”.  Ph.D. Fredy Altpeter (University of Florida, EEUU).
•    “The promising potential of Jungle Endophytes for natual products discovery”. Ph.D. Gary Strobel. (Montana State University, EEUU).
•    “Conocimiento ancestral”. Taita Franklin Columba (Coordinador de la Comisión Política de FENOCIN, Ecuador).
•    “Microbial ecology of the cocoa bean fermentation process”. Ph.D. Stefan Wecks (Universidad de Ganthe, Bélgica).


Without doubt, the level and scientific quality of the Congress was praised by several national and international participants. In this event, the scientific research capacities of the country and the CIBE-ESPOL as receiver and transmitter of scientific knowledge were exposed. The meeting was also an enabling environment for the establishment of relations with academic and research institutions, as well as public and private research institutes, private companies and social organizations.