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The Speakers


Alessandro Borini Lone

Agricultural Engineer

Graduated in Biological Sciences - Bachelor's degree from the State University of Londrina (UEL - 2007), Master's degree in Agronomy, in the areas of Seed Technology and Fruit Culture (UEL - 2010), PhD in Agronomy in the area of Fruit Culture (UEL - 2013), Postgraduate -Junior PhD in Fruit Culture (UEL - 2013) and Graduation in Agronomy (UNIFIL - 2013). He was a professor at the Federal Institute of Southern Minas, Campus Inconfidentes between 2014 and 2015. He is currently a researcher at the Santa Catarina Agricultural Research and Rural Extension Company (Epagri), Itajaí Experimental Station (EEI). 


Aldenício Paixão Lino

Agricultural Technician

He is an Agricultural Technician from the Escola Agrotécnica Federal Dom Avelar Brandão Vilela (1995). He has a degree in Administration from the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences of Petrolina (2007) and is studying Agronomy at Faculdade Anhanguera campus Juazeiro-BA (2024). It has extensive experience in the area of production and management in the field of livestock, grains, irrigated fruit growing, vegetables, forestry; for over 28 years following work in Brazil and the African Continent.                                             He is currently a consultant and family farmer in an area where he develops, transfers production and management technologies in the agricultural sector.


Eduardo Cézar Saldanha

Agricultural Engineer

Agricultural Engineer, Master in Soil Science (UFRPE) and Doctor in Agronomy (UFRA), currently works as a Senior Agronomist at Rio Tinto Desenvolvimento Minerais, where he holds the position of Agricultural Development Specialist. He actively participates as an instructor in agronomic courses and training programs for field technicians and producers, with emphasis on topics related to crop fertilization, soils and fertigation.


Agricultural Engineer

Agricultural Engineer graduated from UFPR, Specialist in Production Engineering with an emphasis on Rural and Agroindustrial Management from UFSC, works in the Economic Technical Department (DTE) of the FAEP/SENAR-PR System, Advisor to the Horticulture Technical Committee, Technical Coordinator of the Minor Crops Committee Brazil, she was Technical Coordinator in the Hortiqualidade Program-PR - Program for Improving Commercial Standards and Packaging of Horticultural Products. Expertise in classification, packaging, labeling, traceability of fruits and vegetables and registration of chemical and biological products for Crops with Insufficient Phytosanitary Support (CSFI). 


José Otávio Menten

Agricultural Engineer

José Otavio Menten, Agricultural Engineer, Doctor in Plant Protection, Senior Professor at USP/ESALQ. 

President of the Sustainable Agro Scientific Council (CCAS) and partner at PlantCare PesquisaAgricola 

Eduardo Augustinho dos Santos

Agricultural Engineer

Agricultural Engineer MsC. Eduardo Augustinho dos Santos.  

Agricultural Engineer from UNESP Campos Jaboticabal-SP 1990. 

Specialization in Business Coffee Farming from UFLA.  

Master's degree in Agronomy from UNOESTE – 2011. 

State Coordinator of Fruit Growing by IDR-PR.  

With specialization from UFLA in Business Coffee Farming: productivity and quality.  

Has experience in Phytotechnics in Coffee, Fruit Farming, Vegetable Farming, grains; soil and water conservation and the environment.

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Percy Perez Luna

Agricultural Technician. 

General Manager, of the company Grupo Manada”
S.A.C Pitahaya Herd of Peru
President of the national producers association
pitahaya from Peru.
* Director and organizer of symposiums and fairs
Pitahaya citizens in Peru.
* National and international speaker and advisor (Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia) on agronomic management.
* Specialist in project development, commercialization and industrialization of Pitahaya
* Distinctions, recognitions and awards
public institutions, regional governments
National and International, Municipalities and
private companies from different countries, in
work to promote, disseminate and develop the cultivation of Pitahaya in South America.

Juan Carlos Piña

Agricultural Engineer

Specialist in tropical cultures, international trade and sustainability.

Procomer "Green Growth" Award for environmental management 2020

First place in the 2019 Seedstars Competition for Innovation

President of the National Chamber of Pitahaya Producers of Costa Rica

Vice-president of the Nandayure Cantonal Agricultural Center, Guanacaste

This is an NGO dedicated to leading, controlling and promoting forest conservation in the Nicoya Peninsula. Forest management and payment for environmental services on more than 10 thousand hectares

Cantonal titular representative at the Costa Rican Agricultural Forum

Member of the Permanent Assembly of Graduates of EARTH University


Andressa Cristina Zamboni 

Engenheira Agrônoma

Possui graduação em Engenharia Agronômica pela Universidade de São Paulo, doutorado em Agronomia (Fitopatologia) pela Universidade de São Paulo e pós-doutorado em Nematologia pelo Instituto Biológico. Atua em resistência de plantas a nematoides, manejo químico e biológico, taxonomia e diversidade genética de nematoides. Atuou como pesquisadora na área de Proteção de Plantas, especialidade Nematologia, no Instituto de Desenvolvimento Rural do Paraná- EMATER-IAPAR, Londrina, PR, por 12 anos. Atualmente é pesquisadora e responsável técnica na Agronema Análise, Consultoria e Experimentação Nematológicas. É professora da área de Fitopatologia do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Agronomia UEL-IDR e é a atual Presidente da Sociedade Brasileira de Nematologia.

Danilo Batista Pinho 

Engenheiro Agrônomo

Possui graduação em Agronomia pela Universidade Estadual de Montes Claros. Iniciou o mestrado em Fitopatologia na Universidade Federal de Viçosa (2008), transferiu-se do nível de mestrado para doutorado (2009), obtendo o título em 2012. Em 2012 foi contemplado com o Prêmio Jovem Micologista - Maria Auxiliadora de Queiroz Cavalcanti e no ano seguinte recebeu o prêmio Carlos Augusto Batista na categoria Micologista recém-doutor. É editor associado do periódico Tropical Plant Pathology na área de Micologia. É professor da Universidade de Brasília (UnB) e coordenador do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Fitopatologia, onde desenvolve trabalhos sobre a diagnose e manejo de doenças fúngicas. 


Dejalmo Nolasco

Engenheiro Agrônomo

Consultor, palestrante, Diretor técnico Appibras.  

Produtor de Pitayas no Município de Arroio Grande. 

Mestre e Doutor em Ciências e Tecnologia de Alimentos, pela Universidade Federal de Pelotas. 




From 08:30 to 09:00

Coffee Break for Participant Reception, Accreditation and Delivery of Materials. 

From 09:00 to 10:00

Presentation of work on e-banners. 

From 10:00 to 10:30

Official Opening. 

From 10:30 am to 11:45 am 

Products derived from Pitaya. 

Clécio Antônio Eloy – PhD in Business Administration. 

From 11:45 am to 12:15 pm 

Space for questions. 

From 2:00 pm to 2:50 pm 

Phytosanitary Regulation for “Minor Crops” crops. 

Agricultural Engineer Elisangeles Souza – Economic Technical Department – FAEP/SENAR-PR System

From 2:50 pm to 3:40 pm 

Damage caused by nematodes. 

Agricultural Engineer Dr. Jerônimo Vieira de Araújo Filho – UFPel. 

From 3:40 pm to 4:00 pm 

Coffee Break and Visit to stands. 

From 4:00 pm to 4:50 pm 

Agronomic management in desert soils in Peru and industrialization of Pitayas.  

Percy Perez Luna - Agricultural licensee and technician.  

Lima - Huaral 

From 4:50 pm to 5:40 pm 

Chemical and biological pesticides registered for the management of agricultural pests of pitayas in Brazil. 

Agricultural Engineer Dr. José Otávio Menten – ESALQ/USP. 

From 5:40 pm to 6:10 pm 

Round table with speakers. 

From 6:10 pm to 6:40 pm 

Presentation of work on e-banners. 


From 08:30 to 09:20

Certifications and quality specifications for export. 

Agricultural Engineer Juan Carlos Piña - Masters in International Business - Costa Rica. 

From 9:20 am to 10:10 am 

Nutritional management in Pitaya cultivation for high productivity and fruit quality. 

Agricultural Engineer Dr. Eduardo Cézar Medeiros Saldanha. 

From 10:10 am to 10:40 am 

Coffee Break and Visit to stands. 

From 10:40 am to 11:30 am 

Post-harvest of Non-Climacteric Fruits. 

Agricultural Engineer Dr. Cesar Valmor Rombaldi – UFPel. 

From 11:30 am to 12:15 pm 

Round table with speakers. 

From 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm 

Biofertilizers and biological nematicides. 

Agricultural Engineer Dr. Fernando Dini Andreote - ESALQ/USP. 

From 2:45 pm to 3:30 pm 

Pitaya's advances in Paraná. 

Agricultural Engineer MsC. Eduardo Augustinho - IDR- PR.  

From 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm 

Coffee Break and Visit to stands. 

From 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm 

Use of artificial light in pitayas in Angola. 

Agricultural Technician Aldenício Paixão Lino – APPIBRAS. 

From 4:45 pm to 5:30 pm 

Pitaya's advances in Santa Catarina. 

Agricultural Engineer Dr. Alessandro Borini Lone – EPAGRI.

From 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm 

Round table with speakers. 


From 08:00 to 12:00

Visit to the pitaya orchard. 

Station 1: Agroindustry and pitaya processing. 

Station 2: Management of cultural treatments and soil cover. 

Station 3: Espanol driving systems. 

Technical Visit Coordination: EPAGRI. 

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The place

The III Brazilian Symposium and I Latin American Pitayas Meeting will take place in Criciúma, Santa Catarina, on the 6th, 7th and 8th of March 2024.

The event will be held at the Associação Empresarial de Criciúma, a modern space prepared to host the event.

ACIC is located on Rua Ernesto Bianchini Góes, 91 - Bairro Próspera, Criciúma - SC

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(48) 9 9916 9734   



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