Dr. Yamanishi received B.S. (Agronomy) degree from Federal University of Paraná, M.Sc.(Horticulture) from Kochi University,  PhD (Horticulture) from University of Ehime. Most of his works has been directed to develop read-to-use technologies for the papaya chain such as the implementation of Integrated Papaya Production to raise production standards and the asexual propagation of papaya through cuttings and grafting in the nursery to produce 100% hermaphrodite plants with superior traits. Other areas of papaya research include assessment of papaya rootstock for resistance to phytophthora root rot, dwarfness, and to increase vigor and yield in non-hybrid papaya.

Chair Professor of Plant Pathology; Professor Yeh is a pioneer for the introduction of plant genetic engineering to solve agricultural problems in Taiwan. His outstanding accomplishments on the study of Papaya ringspot virus, including control by cross protection and transgenic approaches, have been featured in five cover articles of Plant Disease and Phytopathology. Through his guidance, national regulations and facilities for biosafety assessment of GM crops were established, providing a solid base in Taiwan for the transgenic studies on rice and other crops.

Dr. Campostrini is professor of Plant Physiology/Ecophysiology of Tropical and Subtropical Crops at Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense, Campos dos Goytacazes, RJ, Brazil. He has currently authored or co-authored 101 publications in international refereed journals. Dr. Eliemar Campostrini and colleagues has worked with Environmental Physiology of Tropical and Subtropical Crops, in special papaya, coffee and grapevine plants. The basic propose is determinate the deeper understanding about the effects of the environmental factors (water, air temperature, light and mineral nutrients) on physiological process [gas-exchange (photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration), sap flow, photosynthetic pigments, photochemical efficiency] in papaya, coffee and grapevine. Understanding the effects of environmental factors on physiological process is crucial to minimize the deleterious impact of supra and suboptimal environmental conditions and manage the crops to increase yield.

Dr. Julian Cuevas (born in 1962 in Córdoba, Spain) got his Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences at 1985, and earned his Ph.D. in the Department of Agronomy of the School of Agricultural and Forestry Engineering of the University of Córdoba, with a dissertation about Self-incompatibility and pollen-pistil interaction in Olive in June 1992. After his PhD, he enjoyed a post-doctoral Fellowship at the University of California in Davis, where he continued his work on reproductive biology of olive. Returning to Spain in 1995, he obtained a position as Professor in the University of Almeria, where already continues now as a Full Professor. His research focuses on the study of the mechanisms that regulate the transition to flowering, pollen-pistil interaction and artificial pollination in subtropical and Mediterranean fruit. Currently he is working actively on the field of protected cultivation of fruit crops.





Dr. María Gloria Lobo is a researcher at the Instituto Canario de Investigaciones Agrarias (ICIA). PhD in Pharmacy at the Complutense University of Madrid, made two postdoctoral stays at the Universities of Wageningen (Holland) and Manoa (Hawaii). Her main research is in Postharvest and Food Technology. She has directed and participated in international, national and local projects, coordinating two of them. She also has more than 30 publications in high impact journals and has participated as an editor and author in numerous national and international books. She has directed 3 doctoral theses and more than 20 final career, degree and master projects, 4 of them in Papaya. She was awarded by the Canarian Government with an accesit as Rural Women 2019.





El Dr. Jorge M Santamaría ha sido Director de Investigación del CICY y Fundador de la Sociedad Mexicana de Biotecnología y Bioingeniería, Delegación Yucatán (SMBBY). También ha fungido como Representante del Eslabón de Investigación del Sistema Producto Papaya y Secretario Operativo de la Unidad de Innovación del Sistema Producto Papaya Yucatán. Actualmente, coordina el Programa de Mejoramiento Genético Integral de Carica papaya en CICY, caracterizando fisiológica y molecularmente accesiones de poblaciones silvestres de papaya. Sus investigaciones incluyen también la Agro-Biotecnología, específicamente los aspectos fisiológicos y moleculares de la aclimatación de plantas micropropagadas de papaya.