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Record ID
Date of creation
2013-06-11 18:46 UTC (jorgehuete@uca-cbm.org/14718/14718/14718)
Date of last update
2018-04-12 13:13 UTC (melissa.willey@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2018-04-12 13:13 UTC (melissa.willey@cbd.int)

General information
Name of the Organization
Molecular Biology Center University of Central America
Molecular Biology Center University of Central America (CBM-UCA)
Nicaragua, 69
Contact Information
Type of organization
  • Academic or research institute
Thematic areas
Genetically modified organisms biosafety biodiversity
Geographical area(s) of Operations
  • Americas - Central America
Organization’s profile
The Molecular Biology Center (MBC) at the University of Central America (UCA) was founded in 1999 with financial support from a number of foundations, universities and private foundations with the purpose of improving science research and training in Nicaragua.  It became the first biotechnology research and training institution in Nicaragua.  The MBC provides a series of services in biotechnology, including forensic diagnostics, paternity testing, bioprospecting for potentially useful enzymes for industry and medicine, training in molecular biology practices and agricultural consulting regarding genetically modified seeds and crops. 
Contact person
Prof. Jorge A. Huete-Perez
Molecular Biology Center
University of Central America (UCA)
Rotonda R Dario 150 mts Oeste, Managua, Nicaragua.
Nicaragua, n/a
Laboratory for detection and identification of LMOs
Is this organization a laboratory or does it include a laboratory for the detection/ identification of LMOs?
Services and activities performed
  • Field sampling
  • Field testing
  • Organisation of interlaboratory comparisons
  • Validation of third parties’ results and methods
  • Capacity-building or training
Collaborative agreements
Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Environment of Nicaragua
Type of detection/ identification method(s) available for use in the laboratory
  • DNA sequencing
  • Qualitative PCR
  • Quantitative PCR
  • Strip test
Types of LMOs
  • Bacteria
  • Plants
LMO(s) detectable by the laboratory
ACS-ZMØØ3-2 - Liberty Link™ maize
Resistance to antibiotics - Ampicillin Resistance to herbicides - Glufosinate
Show detection method(s)
Genetic element(s) detectable by the laboratory
CaMV 35S promoter - Cauliflower mosaic virus - CaMV