CIBB III: International Congress on Biotechnology and Biodiversity 2016

III CIBB 2016: "Research and competitiveness, keys to the production"


Date: October 10 to 13, 2016

Headquarters : Hotel Hilton Colon, Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Organizing Institutions: Centro de Investigaciones Biotecnológicas del Ecuador de la Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (CIBE-ESPOL).

Organizer Committee Ph. D. Daynet Sosa del Castillo (Chairman), Ph. D. Juan Manuel Cevallos (Secretary of the Scientific Commitee), Ing. Víctor Hernández and Ing. Karla Aguaguiña (Secretaries of the Organizer Commitee).

Scientific Committee

  • Ph. D. Daynet Sosa

  • Ph. D. Juan Manuel Cevallos

  • Ph. D. Patricia Manzano

  • Ph. D. Diego Quito

  • Ph. D. Milton Barcos

  • Ph. D. Luis Galarza

  • MSc. José Flores

  • Ph. D. Jonathan Coronel

  • Ph. D. Eduardo Chávez

  • Ph. D. Christian Romero

  • Ph. D. Efrén Santos

  • Ph. D. Julio Bonilla

  • Ph. D. Nardy Diez

Members of the Scientific Committee of Support

  • Ph. D. Ramón Espinel

  • Ph. D. Cecilia Paredes

  • Ph. D. Simón Pérez

  • Ph. D. José Álvarez

  • Ph. D. Carlos Noceda

  • Ph. D. Migdalia Miranda

  • Ph. D. Freddy Magdama

  • Ph. D. Iris Pérez


  1. Omic tools and Bioinformatics

  2. Phytopathology

  3. Biodiscovery, Pharmacy and Ancestral Knowledge

  4. Agricultural Biotechnology

  5. Bioprocess

  6. Extraordinary Session in Animal Biotechnology and Biodiversity

Sponsoring Institutions:

From 10 to 13 October 2016 will take place in Guayaquil the third edition of the International Congress of Biotechnology and Biodiversity, III CIBB 2016 which, once again, run in parallel with the XIII International Banana Forum whose purpose is none other than to promote the development and use of biotechnology innovation in Ecuador and strengthen the links between the academic world and the public and private business and productive sector. The III CIBB 2016 renews the effort on promoting biotechnology that the ESPOL has been making in Ecuador over the last 13 years; and it is the continuation of the first and second International Congress: CIBB 2012 and CIBB 2014 respectively, also heir to a high quality and academic excellence.

The specific objectives of this International Congress were:

1. To update and deepen knowledge in agricultural biotechnology and biodiversity, with special emphasis on plant pathology, bioinformatics and omics tools, bioprocessing, biodiscovery and ancestral knowledge.

2. To provide to the production business sector of banana and cocoa, the most relevant information related to the current issues in these crops to understand, analyze and discuss the experiences, scientific advances and significant technological improvements in the production of cocoa and bananas; the control of diseases with emphasis on moniliasis, sigatoka and Panama disease; processing fungicide resistance, post-harvest treatment, among others.

3. To achieve the interaction between the conference participants, to encourage the development of joint research and the exchange of scientific information in the field of biodiversity, agricultural biotechnology and related sciences.

4. To encourage, strengthen and promote research, development and innovation in the field of agricultural biotechnology through the interaction of researchers from different areas, institutions and countries.


The CIBB has become one of the biotech referents of Ecuador and we are confident that this event will fulfill all expectations and provide a sense of satisfaction and motivation for the following events.



Omics tools and Bioinformatics

It will cover recent advances and applications of genomics, metagenomics, metabolomics, proteomics and transcriptomics areas, as well as strategies of statistical and bioinformatical analyzes. In addition to the selected participant presentations, there will be keynote lectures by renowned international experts such as Dr. Rytas Vilgalys of Duke University of the United States who will address the theme "Metagenomic and bioinformatic strategies for the characterization of the plant-symbiont relationship" and Dr. Hui-Ling Liao who will contribute in the post congress course of Bioinformatics.




Relevant results about the study of plant pathogens will be presented, including: diversity, pathogenicity, plant-pathogen relationship, control mechanisms, development of diagnostic methods, development of resistance and pest management, among others. There will be oral and poster presentations of national and international participants and keynote lectures by doctors like Dr. Margaret Redinbaugh from USDA and Dr. Alex Karasev of the University of Idaho, among others.



Biodiscovery, Pharmacy and Ancestral Knowledge

This theme will contain the exploration of natural resources for the discovery of molecules with biotechnological potential of possessing healing, anti-microbial, anti-cancer and anti-parasitic properties as well as natural products with potential use in the pharmaceutical, food, environmental and construction industry, etc. It will be attended by Dr. Anaberta Cardador from the Tecnológico de Monterrey; and it is necessary to note that this subject area also includes a forum entitled "Phytopharmacology in Ecuador. Current status and prospects ", for the discussion of the situation of generic drugs (natural products), public policies oriented towards the national pharmaceutical sector, the research and development in the Ecuadorian pharmaceutical industry, etc.



Agricultural Biotechnology

This area will contain aspects related to biodiversity, conservation of agricultural resources, tissue culture and resistance to biotic and abiotic stress, genetic engineering and biofertilization. We will count on the presence of Dr. Willian Roca from REDBIO who will speak about the biotechnology and centers of origin and crop diversity. In this topic we will discuss about tissues and cell cultures and the relevant participation of Dr. Marcos Martínez, who will talk about the cryopreservation prospects in plants.




This area will present relevant results about the use of biodiversity in the processes implementation and product development. The applications of cells, microorganisms, algae and enzymes in processes of the petroleum industry, food, mining, construction and environmental bioremediation, among others will be discussed. It will feature oral presentations and posters of national and international participants and keynote lectures by worldwide renowned experts as Dr. Angela Sessitch from Austria who will talk about the microbiome of plants, their ecology, funtions and benefits provided; and Dr. Alejandro Alarcón from Mexico who will address the Role of rhizosphere microorganisms in phytodegradation processes of organic compounds and phytoaccumulation of metals from mine waste, among others.



Extraordinary Session in Animal Biotechnology and Biodiversity

The Organizing Committee of III CIBB is pleased to announce the special session in Animal and Biotechnology Biodiversity with emphasis on studies in animal species emblematic of Ecuador and the region. This session will be held presentations related to diversity studies and conservation, as well as genetics, taxonomy, evolution, pathology report of new species, biogeography, effects of climate change and other issues related to marine and terrestrial animal biodiversity.

We will count with the presence of 44 Keynote Speakers and national and international experts who will share the results of their researches with the participants.

  • Agustín Molina, Bioversity International, Philippines.
  • Alejandro Alarcón, Colegio de Postgraduados, Campus Montecillo, Mexico.
  • Alex Karasev, University of Idaho, USA.
  • Altus Viljoen, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
  • Ana Lucía Borges, Embrapa, Brasil.
  • Anaberta Cardador, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Querétaro, Mexico.
  • Andreas Mehl, Bayer AG, Alemania.
  • Antonio León, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador.
  • Ceri Pearce, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Australia.
  • César Falconí, Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas, Ecuador.
  • Darin Sukha, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Dario Ramírez, Empresa Pública de Fármacos (ENFARMA), Ecuador.
  • Diego Inclán, Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad, Ecuador.
  • Evert Thomas, Bioversity International, Peru.
  • Freddy Magdama, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, USA.
  • Gert Kema, WU Plantenwetenschappen, Holland.
  • Harry Evans, Center for Agriculture and Biosciences International, United Kingdom.
  • Hui-Ling Liao, Duke University, USA.
  • Ioannis Tzanetakis, University of Arkansas, USA.
  • Iván Prieto, Asociación de Laboratorios Farmacéuticos Ecuatorianos (ALFE), Ecuador.
  • James Dale, Queensland University of Technology, Australia.
  • Javier Villacís, Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería, Ecuador.
  • Leonardo Da Silva, Agencia Nacional de Regulación, Control y Vigilancia Sanitaria (ARCSA), Ecuador.
  • Li Jun MA, UMass Amherst, USA.
  • Marcos Martínez-Montero, Centro de Bioplantas, Cuba.
  • Margaret (Peg) Redinbaugh, United States Department of Agriculture, USA.
  • María de Lourdes Torres, Directora Laboratorio Biotecnología Vegetal USFQ, Ecuador.
  • María Eugenia Ordóñez, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Ecuador.
  • María José de Luca, Secretaría de Educación Superior, Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (SENESCYT), Ecuador.
  • Mariela E. Leandro Muñoz, Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza, Costa Rica.
  • Migdalia Miranda, Universidad de Guayaquil, Ecuador.
  • Naailah Aminah Ali, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Niranjan Baisakh, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, USA.
  • Pablo Chong, Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL), Ecuador.
  • Patricia Manzano S,  Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL), Ecuador.
  • Patricia Zambrano Mora, Directora Técnica de Perfil de Riesgos (E).ARCSA, Ecuador.
  • Pedro Aponte García, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador.
  • Ramón Espinel, Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL), Ecuador.
  • René Ramirez, Secretaría de Educación Superior, Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (SENESCYT), Ecuador.
  • Santiago Madriñán, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia.
  • Taita Franklin Columba, Confederación Nacional de Organizaciones Campesinas, Indígenas y Negras (FENOCIN), Ecuador.
  • Ulrike Krauss, Palm Integrated Services & Solutions Ltd, Saint Lucia.
  • William Roca, Red Latinoamericana y del Caribe para Biotecnología Agropecuaria y Forestal (REDBIO), Peru.
  • Xavier Villavicencio, Ministerio de Industrias y Productividad (MIPRO), Ecuador.

Banana Symposium


Institution / Country


Altus Viljoen

Stellenbosch University, South Africa

The importance of biotechnology and biodiversity to confront Panama disease.

Agustín Molina

Bioversity International, Philippines

Integrated management of Fusarium disease RT4 in Asia: The Role of somaclonal resistance in cavendish varieties.

Ceri Pearce

Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Australia

Panama disease race 4.

Li Jun MA

UMass Amherst, U.S.

Fusarium Genomics.

Gert Kema

WU Plantenwetenschappen, Netherlands

Diversity and detection of pathogen Fusarium race 4.

Pablo Chong

Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL), Ecuador

Dynamics of Pseudocercospora fijiensis (Black Sigatoka) genetic resistance to triazole fungicides.

Freddy Magdama

Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, U.S.

Study of populations of Fusarium in Ecuador and evaluating methods for detecting Race 4.

Andreas Mehl

Bayer AG, Germany

Banana Fungicide Resistance.

James Dale

Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Genetically modified Cavendish banana resistant to multiple diseases.

Ana Lucia Borges

Embrapa, Brazil

Fertilization in bananas.


Cocoa Symposium


Institution / Country


Santiago Madriñán

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

The age of Chocolate: History of diversification of cocoa (Theobroma cacao).

Harry Evans

Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI), Reino Unido

Fungal endophytes and their potential role in tropical agro-ecosystems, with particular reference to cocoa and coffee.

Ulrike Krauss

Palm Integrated Services & Solutions (PISS) Ltd., Saint Lucia

Trying biocontrol in cocoa.(Co-author: Martijn ten Hoopen)

Mariela E. Leandro Muñoz

Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE), Costa Rica

Biology and epidemiology of the fungus Moniliophthora roreri, causative agent of cocoa Moniliasis.

Darin Sukha

The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago

Cocoa postharvest, quality and cocoa liquor flavor.

Naailah Aminah Ali

The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago

Fermentation dynamics and quality in various genetic groups of Theobroma cacao L.

Evert Thomas

Bioversity International, Perú

Cacao genetic diversity for conservation and use.

Javier Villacís

Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería, Ecuador

Scientific research needs of cocoa chain within MAGAP's coffe and cacao reactivation project.












Costa Rica



Countries with more papers presented





Ecuadoreian universities with more papers presented




  • Two (2) symposiums, five (5) post-congress courses, eighty two (82) oral presentations, and forty-seven (39) posters.

  • Countries with more participants: Ecuador (90), Colombia (9), USA (7) and Mexico (4).

  • Total number of participating universities: 36 (17 ecuadorian).

  • Total number of public and private institutions involved: 9 (5 ecuadorian).



Participation of registered scientists by topic





Omic Tools and Bioinformatics








Biodiscovery, Pharmacy and Ancestral Knowledge




Agricultural Biotechnology








Animal Biotechnology and Biodiversity










Number of attendees


Oral Presentation












Type of Participation














Universidad Pública de El Alto


Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais


Universidad de Playa Ancha, Universidad Austral de Chile


Centro Agroempresarial y Acuícola, Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje SENA, CIAT, Universidad de Antioquía, Universidad del Atlántico, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Chota, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Universidad Nacional de Colombia sede Palmira, Universidad Santo Tomas

Costa Rica

Tecnológico de Costa Rica


Instituto de Investigaciones de la Caña de Azúcar – INICA, Universidad Central “Marta Abreu” de Las Vilas


CIBE – ESPOL, Corporación para la Investigación Energética, Escuela Politécnica Nacional – EPN, Escuela Superior Politécnica de Chimborazo – ESPOCH, ESPOL, Grupo de Investigación y Docencia Económica – GRIDE, Ikiam - Universidad Regional Amazónica, INIAP, Logban – DOLE, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador – PUCE, Universidad de Cuenca – UC, Universidad de Guayaquil – UG, Universidad de las Américas – UDLA, Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas – ESPE, Universidad del Azuay – UA, Universidad Nacional de Loja – UNL, Universidad Politécnica Salesiana – UPS,  Universidad San Francisco de Quito – USFQ, Universidad Técnica del Norte – UTN, Universidad Técnica Estatal de Quevedo, Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja – UTPL, Universidad Estatal Península de Santa Elena - UPSE


Tecnológico de Monterrey, Universidad Autónoma Chapingo, Universidad Tecnológica de la Selva


Geo Systems, Universidad Nacional de Tumbes


Oklahoma State University, Kent State University, University of Florida