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In vitro potatoes

Mexican wins international biotechnology competition

A Mexican won first place in the XI REDBIO 2016 international biotechnology meeting, which was held in Peru, with an in-vitromethod to cultivate vegetables.

Monica de Jesus González, a graduate from the National Polytechnic Institute, Guanajuato campus, stood out in the most important biotechnology scientific event in Latin America and the Caribbean with her initiative, "optimization of the in vitro microtuberization of commercial potatoes within temporary investment systems."

This project uses small reactors to grow seeds, and its goal is that Potato producers can cultivate them in confined spaces.

"Producers lose many resources in each harvest because of the purchase of seeds, the system I am proposing will allow them to obtain their own seeds without having to grow them in the land, thus avoid that investment. Additionally, they'll be able to guarantee good quality products because the seeds that are obtained in greenhouses are of good quality and are free of pests and viruses," she said.

Monica de Jesus also said her initiative, which she considers has a future in the Mexican countryside, had been recognized due to its social impact and results.

"My job consists of a glass bottle in which we put a small plastic meshes and plants covered with a hose and cotton, that's all, and it can be reused as often as one wants." The expensive part is the culture's medium, I am working to make this technique more economical and functional," she said.


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