Angel Llerena, nominated for a Nobel in the branch of Physiology, traveled the weekend to Stockholm (Sweden) to participate today in the ceremony in which the winner of this category will be awarded.
Llerena was nominated for this award for her research on the use of ozone to control black sigatoka in banana plantations.
Professor at the Catholic University of Guayaquil, Llerena has been dedicated to research for more than 20 years.
Five years ago, he began with research to try to eliminate sigatoka using ozone.
The first tests were in Quevedo, on a hectare of banana where aerial fumigation with pesticides did not arrive. They started applying ozone every 8 days with pumps. And then they tried on Baba and Tres Postes. The sigatoka was controlled, the yield was improved by 25% and the cost was reduced by 40% by stopping the use of pesticides.
In Sweden, Llerena had planned to meet with members of the research team of the Agrarian University of Fructuoso Rodríguez Pérez, in which he completed his doctorate and nominated him for the Nobel Prize in Physiology.
The scientist said before traveling that being nominated was already a reward for his years of study. He will compete with 27 other applications in this branch.
The award ceremony will be transmitted through the web portal https://www.nobelprize.org
The event is scheduled to start at 04:00 (Ecuador time). (I)