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.


Monday, October 23, 2017
15:00-15:30 Registration
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
09:00 - 09:30 Open Ceremony. Lic. R Zapata Bello, Governor of Yucatan; Dr R Godoy, Minister of Research and Higher Education, Yucatán; Dr. F Sanchez, General Director CICY
09:30 – 10:15 Plenary Lecture - Ray Ming: "Papaya Genome"
10:15 – 11:00 Plenary Lecture
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 13:00 Conferences Session
13:00 – 15:00 Lunch Break
15:00 – 15:45 Plenary Lecture – Patricia M. Bueno-Fernandes: “Papaya Meleira Virus”
15:45 – 16:30 Plenary Lecture – Laura Silva: "Papaya Ringspot Virus"
16:30 – 18:00 Conferences Session
18:00 – 19:30 Posters
19:30 – 21:30 Welcome Reception
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
09:00 – 09:45 Plenary Lecture
09:45 – 10:30 Plenary Lecture – Jorge Santamaría: "Transcriptomic profile of drought response by wild papayas"
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30 Conferences Session
12:30 – 14:30 Lunch Break
14:30 – 15:15 Plenary Lecture – Enrique Galindo: “Biopesticides”
15:15 – 16:30 Plenary Lecture – Jorge López Morton: "Exporting to New Markets"
16:30 – 17:00 Plenary Lecture– Gustavo García: "The Status of Papaya Industry in Mexico"
17:000 – 17:30 Plenary Lecture – Sisir Mitra: "The Status of Papaya Industry in India"
17:30 – 18:00 Plenary Lecture– Patricia M. Bueno-Fernandes: "The Status of Papaya Industry in Brazil"
18:00 – 19:30 Posters
Thursday, October 26, 2017
08:15 – 09:00 Plenary Lecture– Rod Drew: "Papaya research in Australia"
09:00 09:45 Plenary Lecture – Sisir Mitra: "Papaya Breeding programs in India"
09:45 – 10:30 Plenary Lecture – Cuahutemoc Navarro: "Papaya micropropagation"
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30 Conferences Session
12:30 – 14:30 Lunch Break
14:30 – 15:15 Plenary Lecture– Yves Desjardins: “Papaya as nutraceutic”
15:15 – 16:30 Plenary Lecture– Patricia Esquivel: “Carotenoids from papaya”
16:30 – 17:15 Plenary Lecture – Amit Dingra: “CRISPR/Cas9 technology for crop genome editing”
17:15 – 18:00 Plenary Lecture
18:00 - 19:30 Posters & ISHS Business Meeting (MEETING ROOM 2)/Reunión de negocios PROPAYA (MEETING ROOM 1)
19:30 – 21:30 Yucatecan Night
Friday, October 27, 2017
Visit to Papaya field
Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza: Light and sound show

Confirmed Speakers

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

  • Dr. Patricia M. Bueno-Fernandes. Federal University of Espírito Santo. Vitoria, ES, Brazil.

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

  • Dr. Yves Desjardins. Université Laval. Québec. Canada.

  • Dr. Amit Dhingra. Washington State University. USA.

  • Dr. Roderick A. Drew. Griffith University. Australia.

  • Dr. Laura Silva Rosales. Cinvestav Unidad Irapuato. Guanajuato. México.

  • Dr. Patricia Esquivel. Universidad de Costa Rica. Costa Rica.

  • Ing. Jorge Lopez Morton (COMCE). México.

  • Gustavo García Cuevas. Presidente del Comité Nacional Sistema Producto Papaya. México.


We are pleased to announce that the deadline of abstract submission has been extended up to June 30 due to the increased interest in V Symposium on Papaya 2017

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
Deadline for full paper modification September 30th, 2017



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.

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.

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:

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 70+ hamlets and 40+ 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.

Local info/Tours

What to do in Yucatán. http://www.amigoyucatan.com.mx/.


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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.

Letter of invitation & Visa

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We will provide a letter of invitation upon request. To request a letter please e-mail us at symposium.papaya [at] cicy.mx


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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