Written by Dr. Sergio Hernández Vázquez
Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste, S. C. performs a wide
array of biological studies and research, paying special attention to four main
fields, which are:
Aquaculture represents the food industry of major
growth at world level (around 10% pa.). This is why
we foresee that in a few years, it will strengthen as one of the main
activities for food production and employment in our country.
Because 94% of the aquaculture production comes from
the northwestern part of the country, CIBNOR location is ideal to attend to
the demands of the industry. Research (basic and applied) is performed and directed
to solve problems in the industry and to propose strategies to diversify
production through the development of culture and technology transfer
to the productive sector.
AGRICULTURE IN DRY LAND AREAS
The agriculture and livestock sector confronts problems due to extreme
conditions in arid and semi-arid areas, such as high solar radiation, water
resource, brackish water, and recurrent drought periods in Mexico.
In CIBNOR we develop sustainable management systems
for culture irrigation of key species to develop agriculture in
Northwest Mexico, including horticultural species, forage, fruit trees, halophytes,
and desert and organic plants with local, national, and international marketing
Fisheries in Mexico have a
wide economic growth margin that derives from their backward state. A great
part of this production comes from the Gulf of California,
considered as one of the most productive ocean areas in the world.
Fisheries Ecology Research at CIBNOR focuses on
basic and applied research. It contributes to national fishery development, based
on wealth sustainability and creation, identification of verifiable
resources capable of increasing national catch, and conservation of marine
biodiversity with the minimum effect on Mexican marine ecosystems.
ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING AND CONSERVATION
At CIBNOR, environmental
planning and conservation are dealt with through directed research to determine the
effects of human activities in biological systems. This
information allows ways of making human activities compatible with conservation
and management of natural resources.
Likewise, the information obtained on biological
diversity of Northwest Mexico helps to
generate an integral diagnosis on the potential use of natural resources,
particularly in B.C.S.. It also helps to determine the environmental factors that favor the
presence of potential species, as well as human and natural threats that
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