Yucatan Center for Scientific Research (CICY) and the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) are pleased to announce the “V International Symposium on Papaya” to be held in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, a city that is the gateway to the Mayan World.

The Congress major topics are:

  • Genetics & Genomics
  • Biotic Resistance
  • Abiotic Tolerance
  • Agronomic Aspects
  • Micropropagation & Plant breeding
  • Nutragenomics & Nutrition

As a Latin American country, Mexico is proud of the hospitality of its people. Merida is known as the “White City”, and is considered the cultural and tourist capital of the Mayan World. In addition, Merida is close to many delighting places, such as beautiful beaches of the Caribbean, small towns with colonial flavors, and the most important archeological sites of the Mayan culture: Chichén Itzá, Uxmal, Mayapán and Kabah.

The V International Symposium on Papaya is an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and applications on this internationally important field.


Keynote Speakers

Genetics & Genomics

Ray Ming is a professor of plant biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Director of the FAFU and UIUC-SIB Joint Center for Genomics and Biotechnology, a joint center between the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University. He obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Hawaii. His research focuses on the identification and characterization of the sex determination and Y lethality genes with the goal of developing sex change operations in plants, which would have direct benefits for papaya improvement. He also uncovering the mechanisms of the extraordinary transgressive segregation in autopolyploid sugarcane in order to accelerate energy cane breeding.
He is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Tropical Plant Biology and Associate Editor of Genome Insights and the Journal of Systematics and Evolution.
Dennis Gonsalves researched plant viruses. He studied horticulture (BS, 1965) and phytopathology at the University of Hawaii. His doctorate was in 1968 at the University of California, Davis. From 1972 to 1977 he worked at the University of Florida and from 1977 to 2002 at Cornell University, where he became a professor in 1995. Since 2002 he was the director of a USDA research center in Hilo and is now retired. His work on virus-resistant plants, in particular the creation of a Papaya with resistance to the Papaya Ringspot virus, is recognized worldwide and has received several awards including Humboldt Prize, Agriculture Research Service and Science Hall of Fame. His Rainbow papaya makes up about 77 percent of the Hawaii's crop, funded by USAID, he helped develop locally adapted papaya varieties for Venezuela, Jamaica, Brazil, Africa, and Bangladesh.
Amit Dhingra is an associate professor in the area of Genomics and Biotechnology at the Department of Horticulture, Washington State University, Pullman, WA. He serves as a graduate faculty in three interdisciplinary graduate programs. Amit worked for his Ph.D. at the University of Delhi and Rutgers supported by University Grant Commission, India and The Rockefeller Foundation, USA. Prior to joining WSU, he worked at Rutgers the State University of New Jersey and University of Florida. Research areas include photosynthesis, photobiology, signal transduction with an emphasis on understanding chloroplast biology in fruit crops, plant biotechnology and issues such as ripening, fruit abscission, soil inputs and drought tolerance in plants with the goal of finding near and long term solutions to food production.
Cristóbal Cháidez Quiroz, Premio Sinaloa de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación 2013 en Ciencias Naturales y Exactas, es Químico Farmacéutico-Biólogo por Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa y con Maestría y Doctorado en la Universidad de Arizona, es actualmente Director de la Unidad Culiacán del Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo, A.C., con una línea de investigación enfocada a la microbiología ambiental y de alimentos. Es consultor experto de la FAO en temas relacionados a la Inocuidad Microbiológica del Ambiente y los Alimentos.

Nutrigenomics & Nutrition

Patricia Esquivel Rodríguez, investigadora de la Escuela de Tecnología de Alimentos (ETA) de la UCR. Doctorado, Ciencia de Alimentos. Universidad de Hohenheim, 2007. Maestría, Ciencia de Alimentos. Universidad de Hohenheim, 2000.
Yves Desjardins is using functional genomics tools, metabolomics and proteomics to study the adaptive phenomenon taking place in in vitro plantlets during the transition from heterotrophy to autotrophy and acclimatization. After being the Director of CRH at Laval University, he became involved in health effects of fruits and vegetables and was instrumental in the creation of the Institute of Nutrition and Functional Food (INAF). He is now interested in the genetics of polyphenols production and accumulation in small fruits, their effect on diabetes, neurodegeneration and gut microbiota. His recent research focuses on the characterization and extraction of polyphenols and particularly proanthocyanidins found in blueberries and cranberries and their effects on cardiovascular diseases, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and other chronic diseases. President of the Canadian Society for Horticultural Sciences from 2003 to 2005 and ISHS Board Member responsible for publications (2010-2016).

Agronomics Aspects

Nazario Rodríguez Guerra, Presidente de la Asociación de productores de Papaya
Enrique Galindo Fentanes estudió la licenciatura en Ingeniería Química en la Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, realizó sus estudios de maestría en Investigación Biomédica Básica y doctorado en Biotecnología en la UNAM. Llevó a cabo una estancia posdoctoral en la Universidad de Birmingham, Inglaterra y una estancia de investigación en el Politécnico de Zúrich (ETH) en Suiza. Su trayectoria ha sido reconocida por varios premios, destacando el Premio Nacional en Ciencias y Artes en el área de Innovación Tecnológica, Innovación y Diseño en 2015. Sus líneas de investigación se han centrado en el área de la Ingeniería y Tecnología de Bioprocesos, con particular énfasis en aspectos de innovación tecnológica en la industria agroalimentaria.
Jorge Lopez Morton has over 20 years of expertise in International Relations and International Business Development of Infrastructure and Trade. As an International Business Consultant he has been involved in various projects for the development of Canadian and American companies in the Mexican Energy market. He has provided services to different companies in Mexico and Chile related to Energy Development projects and services. He has collaborated as Vice President for Central Europe, Turkey India and Iran of COMCE (Mexican Business Council for Trade and Development), maintaining relations with the Ministers of Commerce, Ambassadors, Trade Councils, and the Trade Agents of Mexico at PROMEXICO, to facilitate agendas, match making between Mexican and Central European Business. Jorge Lopez Morton hold a degree in Engineer from Universidad Anahuac, School of Petroleum Engineer in Mexico, participated at Kellogg School of Management is the CEO program, and at Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee for rural Electrification.

Micropropagation & Plant Breeding

Sisir Kumar Mitra did postdoctoral research (1985-1986) at the Horticulture Research International, East Malling, UK as Commonwealth Fellow and worked as visiting Professor at the Institute Coltivazoni Arboree, Italy in 1990. University of Lavras, Brazil, 2016. Chairman, International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) Section, Tropical and Subtropical Fruits, served or presently serving as Chairman, ISHS Working Group on Papaya, Guava and other Myrtaceae, Avocado, and Jackfruit and other Moraceae. Board of Trustee Member of International Tropical Fruits Net Work of FAO, FAO Consultant.
Cuauhtémoc Navarro holds a B.S. in agronomy and a Ph.D. in plant physiology. He is a highly experienced operative director broadly practiced in plant propagation in vitro and R&D businesses in Mexico, Central America and the U.S. He helped start up and grow the largest micropropagation facility in Latin America, with 100 Million plants delivered to the agricultural business, as well as implementing the first commercial laboratory to scale up coffee plants production through somatic embryogenesis in bioreactors (temporary immersion system). He has been instrumental in the development of projects for ‘Elite’ propagative material production with corporate organizations. He directs the In Vitro division of NSIP, in Tapachula, Mexico

Biotic & Abiotic Stress

Patricia Bueno-Fernandes completed her PhD in Biochemistry from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Princeton University (USA) in 1997 and postdoctoral studies at Princeton University in 2011. She worked at the Scripps Clinic & Research Foundation, USA, from 1990-1992. Currently, she is a Full Professor and President of the Biosafety Commission of the Federal University of Espírito Santo – UFES, Brazil. In addition, she is a member of the National Technical Committee on Biosafety (CTN-Bio) of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Brazil (2005 - 2011, 2014 - current) and participates in international discussions on GMO regulation. She has published 58 articles in international specialized journals, 12 chapters of books and deposited 13 patents, obtaining the international registration of one. Organized 7 events in Brazil, besides participating in various national and international events as a speaker or moderator. Supervises PhDs in postdoctoral studies and guides doctoral, masters and scientific initiation students in the areas of Biotechnology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Her work is focused in the stress response in yeast and plants.


The deadline of full paper submission has been extended up to September 1st

Actions Dates
Open for abstract submission September 30th, 2016
Deadline for abstract submission May 30th, 2017 (Extended up to June 30)
Deadline for abstract modification June 30th, 2017
Deadline for full paper submission July 30th, 2017 (Extended up to September 1st)
Deadline for full paper modification September 30th, 2017 (Extended up to December 15)



The registration fee includes:

  • Access to the Symposia
  • Access to the exhibit hall and poster session
  • 3 Days of coffee breaks and snacks
  • Opening welcome reception (Tuesday)
  • 1 Copy of the Final Program and Abstract Book from ISHS
  • Closing Banquet Dinner - Yucatecan Night (Thursday)
  • Visit to Papaya field and Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins (Friday)

Registration and Fees

Fees USD Early bird
up to Feb 28th
From March
1st to May 15th
From May 15th
to October 24th
Students 285 315 350
(ISHS members)
236 261 290
National Professionals 455 505 555
National Professionals
(ISHS members)
411 471 531
International Professional
(ISHS members)
570 630 695
International Professional
(no ISHS members)
685 755 835


ISHS Membership

More information about the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) membership can be found here.

Cancellations and Substitutions

All cancellations must be received in writing to symposium.papaya [at] cicy.mx by September 9, 2017 in order to receive a refund. A $50 processing charge will be applied to all refunds. After September 9, 2017 no refunds will be issued. No-shows and onsite registration are non-refundable.

If you are unable to attend V International Symposium on Papaya, you can send a substitute in your place. In order to have the registration and the badge switched to your replacement's name, the person replacing you must present the original badge (if mailed) and a confirmation letter at the registration desk on-site.

Abstract Submission Information

Running a service for submitting abstracts and reviewing papers comes at a cost to ISHS; consequently a submission charge applies which partially covers the expenses for review, infrastructure overhead, hard/software maintenance, etc. This charge is due upon submission of an abstract and equals the cost of ISHS membership. All abstract submission fees are nonrefundable. Abstract submission is separate from Meeting Registration.

Click here to Log in and Submit Your Abstract or click here to download the ISHS online submission manual.


Poster presentation guidelines can be found here. PDF Format

Oral presentation guidelines can be found here. PDF Format

ISHS Student Awards

During each ISHS Symposium two student awards will be given:

A special committee, set up by the symposium convener and an ISHS representative, will be responsible for selecting the awardee. Students to be eligible for this award should be enrolled in a university or college and can be undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate (limited to 6 months after finishing the program of study), and with an age limit of 35.

Students interested in participating should indicate this by ticking the appropriate box when submitting their abstract in ROSA. By indicating his/her interest, the student confirms to meet the above-mentioned award criteria.

These awards will be reported, including a photo of the award ceremony or the award winners and a brief outline of the winners in the quarterly ISHS membership magazine Chronica Horticulturae.

Awardees will be invited to write a summary on their research, to be published in Chronica Horticulturae. A one-year complimentary membership of the ISHS and a Certificate will be awarded to the winners.

The ISHS Board by initiating this initiative hopes that these awards will be sought after by young scientists and students, so they can improve their CVs and advance their careers. Let's stand up for our young horticultural scientists!

Click here for more information about Student Awards.

Publishing in Acta Horticulturae

The ISHS authors guide for publishing in Acta Horticulturae can be found here.


The venue of the symposium will be the Hotel "El Conquistador".

Hotel El Conquistador is located in the main avenue of the city of Merida and 15 minutes from the International Airport. Conveniently located on the elegant Paseo de Montejo, the hotel is surrounded by museums and places of interest, and from here you can enjoy the beautiful historic center of the city.

Please use the RESERVATION PROMOTIONAL CODE: Symposium Papaya

Discounted conference room rates are available for attendees of V International Symposium on Papaya. Please be sure to book using the dedicated V ISP Hotel Reservations Portal or mention V ISP for reservations via phone. Please be aware that the hotel typically fills up early.



Landing in Merida Airport

Merida's Manual Conscencio Rejon International Airport is located 7.5 km south of the city along Hwy 261 and offers services to all types of flights, private and commercial. There are daily flights out of the Airport to México City, Houston, Miami, Belize City, Havana and a few other cities in Mexico. The following airlines serve Merida:

  • Aeromexico
  • Interjet
  • United
  • Viva Aerobus
  • Volaris

Click here for more information about flight quotes. https://carmentravel.com.mx

To get from the Airport (by ground transport) to your destination locally you have several options:

You can take an authorized taxi cab or van, at the Airport for M$200-250. Buy the ticket in one of the booths at the exits of the airport. Likewise you can also walk out past the main parking lot in front of the building, along the access road out to the main road (Calle 23) to hail a passing taxi for half that.

By public transportation, ADO operates regular buses to the main CAME bus station (Calle 70 entre 69 y 71, #555) or up to the Hotel Fiesta Americana (Calle 60 por Avenida Colón) regularly. From the terminal building the bus stop is on the island by the second access road in front of the arrivals (llegadas) doors on the north end of the building (next to the crosswalk).

There are more flights with additional tour operators (on charter airlines) and regularly scheduled airlines to Cancun (CUN) from Europe, North America, Central America, South America, Cuba, Russia, and additional cities within Mexico. With the extra competition between tour operators and airlines, it may be more economical to fly to Cancun and than drive or take the bus over to Merida. There is a limited number of direct buses to Merida from the Cancun airport with ADO. Otherwise one can take a more frequent bus to the downtown Cancun bus station from the airport (every :30min - 1hr) and transfer to another bus to Merida.

Landing in Cancun airport

If coming from Cancun you can either choose to go to Merida's main terminal (CAME) or to the "Hotel Fiesta Americana" (with buses going to/from from a limited number of places) which is a short taxi ride to El Centro. If you decide on this stop you have ADO, ADO GL, or ADO Platino at your service. ADO Platino being the highest class of service with free instant coffee packs in the back with hot water along with your choice to choose a single seat by yourself on the left side of the bus and TV's on the back of every seat allowing you to choose an array of movies and TV shows. Some even in English. These tickets will cost around $578 Pesos (US$30.39). ADO GL which is a step down without the extras but some more legroom that the regular ADO buses have will cost $440 Pesos (US$23) and finally the regular ADO buses are $374 Pesos (US$19.66). It's a four hour ride and the price difference isn't to wide.

Note 1: There is a toll highway (Hwy 180D) between Cancun and Merida that is in excellent condition. The ADO Platino and GL Buses do the 380 km trip in just about 3.5 hr; there is a non-toll road (Hwy 180) that parallels the highway that goes through hamlets and villages and is both slower and bumpier and, the second class buses go along this route.

Note 2: There are frequent buses between Cancun Bus Terminal and Merida CAME or Fiesta Americana and both destinations are about the same distance from Merida Centro; CAME is in a somewhat industrial area while Fiesta Americana Bus Terminal is right in the top sights area of Merida.

Note 3: There are a few direct buses from Cancun Airport to Merida; these are excellent vehicles, they seat about 15 but not with the same luxury as the big buses with driver mirrors that look like huge antennae. The more common way would be to take one bus (every :30min) from the Cancun Airport to the downtown (Cancun) bus station and transfer to another bus to Merida.


¡Yucatan has everything!

Yucatan offers important arqueological sites such as the amazing Chichen Itza, the monumental Uxmal and the mystic Ek Balam. Beautiful colonial cities are found in Yucatan, unique buildings that reflect the perfect fusion between two cultures. Throughout the whole State you can see a great natural wealth, with tropical forest and mysterious “cenotes” – submarine caverns result of the Earth´s collision with a meteorite 65 million year ago and it is well known as Chicxulub crater. Its “haciendas” are proud witness from the past, they grown and lived the great eye of the “henequen” in the XIX century until 1940 when synthetic fibers were invented. In the last decade of the XX century, the “haciendas” start to regain an important boom, now as places of perfect harmony for rest and comfort.

The cultural heritage – Maya and Spanish – is reflected in the most creative way in the handicrafts. Yucatan is famous for its ceramic, colorful fabrics, carved in stone and wood objects, the beautiful “hamacas”. It is a complete touristic destiny, has the infrastructure for international and national events, meetings and trips.

*Information published at Secretaría de Fomento Turístico (SEFOTUR 2012 - 2018)

For more information about tours and top sights visit:



In 2000, the city of Merida was designed as “American Capital of Culture” of the continent and since then, the city has experienced an important cultural movement up to be the first city in obtaining a Letter of Cultural Rights which warrants the Culture for everyone offering yearly more than 12,000 cultural events.

To be “Capital of Culture” implies that those who live and visit Merida will have access to every form of culture, from entertainment until academic and experimental events. Thus, the culture is equal for everybody at the same time that allows differences increasing the diversity in the human being. Free high quality shows are taking place in each museum, park, gallery and theater.

For more information please visit: http://www.capitaldelacultura.com/

More information about tours can be found:



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  • Dr. Jorge Manuel Santamaría Fernández.
    CICY. Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán. A. C. México.

  • Dr. Ray Ming.
    University of Illinois. USA.

Academic Committee

  • Dr. Jorge Manuel Santamaría Fernández.
    CICY. Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán. A. C. México.

  • Dr. Luis Sáenz Carbonell.
    CICY. Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán. A. C. México.

  • Dr. Luisa Alhucema López Ochoa.
    CICY. Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán. A. C. México.

  • Dr. Elsa Góngora Castillo.
    CICY. Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán. A. C. México.

  • Dr. Sisir Kumar Mitra.
    Faculty of Agriculture. West Bengal. India.

  • Dr. Ray Ming.
    University of Illinois. USA.

Local Organizing Committee

  • Mtra. Adriana Quiroz Moreno.
    CICY. Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán. A. C. México. Logistics.

  • M.E. Gabriela Herrera Martínez.
    CICY. Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán. A. C. México. Logistics.

  • Norma Marmolejo Quintero.
    CICY. Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán. A. C. México. Logistics.

  • MSC. Rosaura Lorena Martín Caro.
    CICY. Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán. A. C. México. UTIC.

  • Ing. José Fernely Aguilar Cruz.
    CICY. Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán. A. C. México. Webmaster.

  • LAE. Wendy Canul Salazar.
    CICY. Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán. A. C. México. Administrative support.

  • Lic. Gilma Michell.
    CICY. Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán. A. C. México. Administrative support.

Letter of invitation & Visa

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Contact us!

Calle 43 No. 130 x 32 y 34, Chuburná de Hidalgo. CP 97205, Mérida, Yucatán, México.

Dr. Jorge Santamaría Fernández
symposium.papaya [at] cicy.mx

Tel :(52) 999 942 83 30. Ext. 203