Cuba Hosts Int’l Congress on Plant Biotechnology

Cuba Hosts Int'l Congress on Plant Biotechnology

Cuba Hosts Int’l Congress on Plant Biotechnology

Ciego de Avila, Cuba, May 8  –  More than 120 delegates and guests from 20 countries are participating in the 9th International Congress on Plant Biotechnology, BioVeg 2013, being held at the Playa Coco Hotel in the Cuban tourist destination Jardines del Rey.The event began yesterday with a lecture, by Nobel Prizewinner in Chemistry German Robert Huber, on structural biology and its contribution to research in plants.

Dr. Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, vice president of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba, also spoke in the opening ceremony about the challenges in science and innovation for development as of the Cuban experience.

Convened by the Bioplants Center in Ciego de Avila, the forum brings together scientists, researchers, and students from Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa, who exchange views on the development of biotechnology in nonprofit food production.

Master lectures and workshops relating to plants, natural products, microorganisms, genetic improvement, and conservation will be attended by participants in this event, to be run until Friday, May 10.

Parallel to this congress is the Ibero-American Network on Biotechnology, sponsored by the Pablo Neruda Academic Mobility Program, based in Chile.

Source: Prensa Latina

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