CIEDI-FICA Research Projects

CIEDI executes a variety of research projects in colaboration with national and international institutes. These projects are briefly mentioned below. Researchers listed without affiliation are from Universidad de las Americas, Quito. Links are provided to researcher profiles where available.

Current Projects:

Since 2015:

Serological and molecular identification of shallot virus X (ShVX) in cultures of shallot (Allium var strain. Aggregatum) from Tungurahua and Chimborazo, Ecuador.

Effects of oligosaccharines derived from the cell wall of plants and fungi on the cell cycle and response to salt stress in Arabidopsis thaliana plants.

Impact of soil use changes on the physicochemical and biological characteristics of two microbasins in the Rio El Angel area of Ecuador.

Characterization of H2A.Z histone genes encoding thermal sensors in high altitude papayas (Vasconcellea spp)

Improvement of the production chain of chocho (lupine)

  • Principal Investigator: Dr. César Falconí (ESPE, Ecuador)
  • Co-Investigators: Dr. Viviana Yánez
  • Project Duration: 36 months

Development of clean alternative methods to control rots that occur during the post-harvest period of Andean and tropical fruits.

  • Principal Investigator: Dr. Silvia Valencia (EPN, Ecuador)
  • Co-Investigators: Dr. Wilson Vázquez, Dr. Rosa Vilaplana (EPN, Ecuador), and William Viera (INIAP).
  • Project Duration:  24 months


Since 2014:

Evaluation of the biological effect of Ustilago quitensis on the weed Cortaderia jubata

Uranium sequestration mechanisms by hydrotalcite

Silicon K-edge XAFS characterisation of Si-based phytoliths

Copper and arsenate cosorption on kaolinite and amorphous gibbsite

Methodology for obtaining chocho (lupine) seeds with low levels of anthracnose infection

  • Principal Investigator: Dr. César Falconí (ESPE, Ecuador)
  • Co-Investigators: Dr. Viviana Yánez
  • Project Duration: 12 months

Biological control of foliar deseases in lupine (Lupinus mutabilis) by isolation and selection of Bacillus spp. and its metabolites.

Evaluation of the phylogenetic relation between Berberis species in Ecuador and the pathogenesis of Berberis rust in wheat.

Numerical variation model of atmospheric indicators in continental Ecuador by remote sensing using images from infrared bands

  • Principal Investigator: Mr. Federico Rodas (ESPE, Ecuador)
  • Co-Investigators: Dr. Ruth M. Lopez
  • Project Duration: 12 months

Breeding and evaluation of the effectiveness of native and exotic species of pollinating insects in oil palm hybrids Guineensis X Oleifera.

  • Principal Investigator: María Raquel Meléndez, MSc.
  • Co-Investigators: Dr. Patricio Ponce (CIT, UDLA) and Dr. Mauricio Racines
  • Project Duration: 36 months

Detection and identification of fungi affecting historic structures and documents in the center of Quito.

Biological control of Cortaderia jubata in New Zealand.

Establishment and maintenance of stem rust sentinel plots in Ecuador.

Completed Projects

Lipase production by microorganisms isolated from soil in the protected forest of Mindo and palm plantations in Puerto Quito.

  • Principal Investigator: Rommel Granja, MSc.
  • Project Duration: 24 months

Immobilization of lipase on chitosan alginate supports for the production of biodiesel from waste oils by a bioreactor.

  • Principal Investigator: Rommel Granja, MSc.
  • Project Duration: 12 months

Recombinant collection of protease inhibitors from yeast (Pichia pastoris) for the potential control of plant pathogens.

  • Principal Investigator: MSc. Yasel Guerra
  • Project Duration: 12 months

Evaluation of the effect of oligosaccharides derived from plant cell walls on the morphogenesis of in vitro plants of Arabidopsis thaliana.

Study of a filtration system using zeolite, calcium carbonate and natural coal to control water quality for human consumption in Muisne, Esmeraldas.

  • Principal Investigator: Paola Posligua, MSc.
  • Project Duration: 6 months
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