Cuban Institute for Research on Sugarcane Derivatives

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Last Updated: February 1, 2004
Other Name: Instituto Cubano de Investigaciones de los Derivados de la Caña de Azúcar; ICIDCA
Location: Ciudad de Habana, Cuba
Subordinate To: Ministry of Sugar
Size: N/A
Facility Status: Unknown

According to its website, ICIDCA consists of 50 laboratories, five pilot plants, along with two semi-commercial plants. A 1989 Financial Times article suggested that ICICDA would employ 2,600 scientists and technicians by the end of the decade, and that the institute was composed of three separate institutions, specializing respectively in cellulose, fermentation, and sugar. However, the center's website reports that it has 144 university graduate employees, including 20 with doctorates, 26 with master's degrees, and 137 technicians.

Following the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology's (CIGB) successes with experiments with yeasts, ICIDCA began to use sugarcane derivatives as substrate for growing yeast for single-cell protein production. Single-celled protein may be used as animal feed, eliminating the need to import more expensive feed supplement products. According to a UN University publication, under ICIDCA, ten plants were producing 12,000 tons of single-cell protein per year.

ICIDCA's website lists many of their current products, including various types of biological fertilizers, biological pesticides, and alcohols.

Sources:
[1] Manuel Limonta, "Biotechnology and the Third World: Development Strategies in Cuba," Biomedical Science and the Third World, ed., Barry Bloom and Anthony Cerami, (New York: New York Academy of Sciences, 1989), pg. 325-333.
[2] Charles Cooper (ed), Technology and Innovation in the International Economy (Maastricht, Holland: Edward Elgar- United Nations University Press, 1994), p. 2.4.4.
[3] Juan O. Tamayo, "US skeptical of report on Cuban biological weapons," Miami Herald, 23 June 1999; ICIDCA website, http://www.icidca.cu.
[4] Robert Graham, "Sugar record in sight," Financial Times, 17 February 1989.

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