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Importancia de los murciélagos en la conservación de agaves silvestres y producción de mezcal en Oaxaca, México

Dr. Miguel Ángel Briones Salas

Miguel Ángel Briones Salas, Ph.D.

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He is Full Time Professor "C" (ES), at CIIDIR, Unidad Oaxaca, IPN.

Belongs to the National System of Researchers, Level I. He completed his doctorate in the Faculty of Sciences of the UNAM. 

Responsible for the Mastozoological Collection of CIIDIR, Oaxaca Unit (OAX.MA.026.497) from January 2009 to 2018 and President of the Mexican Mastozoology Association (AMMAC). From October 2012 to October 2014. 

Professor of the Colegio de Bachilleres. Culhuacán Campus, National Preparatory School, Campus (5) "José Vasconcelos". National Autonomous University of Mexico. At the undergraduate level in the Faculty of Sciences, UNAM and the Agricultural Technological Institute of Oaxaca, No. 23 (ITAO), SEP. At postgraduate level in the Faculty of Sciences, UNAM., Autonomous Metropolitan University and the Interdisciplinary Research Center for Regional Integral Development, Oaxaca Unit, National Polytechnic Institute. 

He has directed 26 bachelor's, 24 master's and 5 doctoral theses. 

Responsible of 32 research projects. 

He has published 58 publications with international arbitration (Census of CONACYT, JCR, ISI), 26 chapters in scientific books, 26 participations as editor, compiler or coordinator of scientific books. 

He has published 14 articles of divulgation and 2 talks and conferences in national and international events. 

Granted prizes or distinctions in professional activity:

  1. Fellow of the Commission of Operation and Promotion of Academic Activities of the National Polytechnic Institute (COFAA - IPN). From 1999 to 2018. 

  2. Fellow of the Program of Stimuli to the Performance of Researchers (EDI), of the IPN. From: 2003 to 2018. 

  3. Honorary Member of the Citizen Council for the Protection and Conservation of the World Heritage of the State of Oaxaca A.C. 

  4. Special Mention of the 2016 Award for Ecological Merit in the Research category. 

Government of the Mexican Republic through the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT). 

Member of scientific associations = 4.


Los magueyes como materia prima para elaborar mezcal

M.C. Efraín Paredes Hernández

M.Sc. Efraín Paredes Hernández (Master of Science)

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He is an Agronomist Phyotechnologist graduated from the Autonomous University of Chapingo in 1989. Master's studies in the same institution in Regional Rural Development.

Research professor at the same university since 1990 to date.

Assigned to the Centro Regional Universitario Sur based in Oaxaca.

Professional experience in milpa and maguey-mezcal.

From 2010 to the date he is responsible for the Maguey-Mezcal project of the Centro Regional Universitario Sur.

Advisor to the Maguey Unit of the Mezcal Regulatory Board from 2015 to date.

Coordinator of several projects in the Maguey-Mezcal chain in the following areas:

  • Adaptation of the norm for mezcal appellation of origin

  • Efficiency and quality of distilled mezcales in clay pots

  • NOM-070 Certification of factories for the production of mezcal

  • Rescue and production of native maguey species

  • DOM Catalog of mezgue maguey

  • Maguey registration system of the Mezcal Regulatory Board

  • Establishment of nurseries and management of agave nurseries

  • Establishment and management of maguey plantations.

La Colección Nacional de Agaváceas del Jardín Botánico, UNAM


Dr. Abisaí Josué García Mendoza

Abisaí Josué García Mendoza, Ph.D.

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Académico del Jardín Botánico del Instituto de Biología (IB), UNAM. Su campo de especialidad es la Sistemática de la familia Agavaceae. Su producción científica incluye la edición de cuatro libros; así como, más de 60 artículos científicos y de divulgación. Ha descrito 30 especies nuevas para la ciencia. Es curador de la Colección Nacional de Agaváceas y Nolináceas del Jardín Botánico del IB y ha incrementado notablemente las colecciones de estas familias en el Herbario Nacional de México MEXU, que por el momento conforma la mejor y más grande colección de agaváceas mexicanas a nivel mundial con cerca de 7000 especímenes. Su producción académica, incluye la participación en el mapa Mezcales y Diversidad, CONABIO; Modelación de la distribución de magueyes mezcaleros; Geografía del mezcal y la familia Agavaceae para la Flora del Valle de Tehuacán-Cuicatlán. Ha participado en más de 80 eventos académicos, tanto a nivel nacional como internacional. Ha sido miembro del SNI nivel I y en 2013, fue merecedor de la Medalla al Mérito Botánico otorgado por la Sociedad Botánica de México, A.C.


Physiological studies of native strains for their possible use as inoculants in mezcal fermentation

Dr. Jesús Bernardo Páez Lerma

Jesús Bernardo Páez Lerma Ph.D.

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He is Research Professor C of the Technological Institute of Durango, Member of the SNI, Level I. His line of research is focused on microbial biotechnology, molecular biology of yeast, fermentation processes, bioenergies.

He was awarded the State Prize for Science and Technology 2017, by the Council of Science and Technology of the State of Durango and the Hidalgo Award of Science, Technology and Innovation 2015, by the State Council of Scientific Research and Technological Development of the state of Hidalgo.

He has a University Expert Diploma in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.

His most recent research projects are focused on the study of the production of esters by non-saccharomyces yeasts with a multidisciplinary approach, Protein enrichment of nopal by solid fermentation with K. marxianus tecnm, Description of the microbiota present during the alcoholic fermentation of a must of A. duranguensis combining independent and dependent methods of cultivation and analysis of yeast populations using microsatellites and denaturing gels of DGGE tecnm.

He has directed 4 doctoral theses, 8 master's and 3 bachelor's degrees, and has published several articles in national and international journals.

​Agave Fructans: processing and biological effects

Dr. Agustín López-Munguía Canales

Agustín López-Munguía Canales Ph.D.

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He is a Chemical Engineer from UNAM and has a PhD in Biotechnology. National Institute of Applied Sciences of Toulouse, France. He currently holds the position of full-time Researcher C at the Institute of Biotechnology of the UNAM in Cuernavaca Morelos, which until May 2013 he was the Academic Secretary, a position he held for 11 years.

His research is Biocatalysis Applied to Food. His main projects focus on the production, characterization and application of enzymes in the food industry having participated in numerous projects related to the application of biotechnologies to agro-industry. He has trained human resources at all levels (undergraduate, master's and doctorate) and regularly teaches courses on enzyme kinetics and technology in the Food Chemistry course at the Faculty of Chemistry and the Master's Degree in Biochemical Sciences at the Institute of Biotechnology of the UNAM. He has published more than 130 research articles in refereed, national and international journals and has several patents. He is the editor and author of several teaching books, but also carries out an intense activity in the field of dissemination, which include his books: "Street market foods to the supermarket" and "Transgenic Foods" both in the series: Journey to the Center of Science and "Biotechnology" in the Third Millennium Series of the Conaculta, and more recently: A date to eat, and "The microbes and me". He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the magazine ¿Comoves?, was Director of the Digital University Journal and for two years (202017-2017) Editor of the column "Science from Morelos published by the Academy of Sciences of Morelos.

He has received several distinctions, among which the UNAM 2000 Prize stands out and the National Prize in Sciences and Arts 2003 in the area of Engineering and Technology. As of November 2018 he is Researcher Emeritus of the SNI.

​Development of a small-scale biorefinery from agave bagasse


Dr. Agustín Jaime Castro Montoya

Agustín Jaime Castro Montoya Ph.D.

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He worked in the chemical process industry for two periods: From December 1987 to July 1990 in Electroquímica Mexicana and from March 1994 to June 1996 in Equinox. Since August 1996, he has worked as a full-time Professor and Researcher in three institutions: From August 1996 to December 2000 at the Technological Institute of Orizaba, from January to February 2001 at the Technological Institute of Celaya and from March 2001 to the date in the Faculty of Chemical Engineering of the Michoacán University of San Nicolás de Hidalgo (UMSNH). He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the Faculty of Chemical-Biological Sciences of the Autonomous University of Sinaloa in 1986. Both the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering and the Doctorate in Science in Chemical Engineering were obtained in the Department of Chemical Engineering of the Technological Institute of Celaya-Mexico in 1988 and 1994, respectively.

His teaching experience includes the following subjects: Mechanical Equipment Design, Process Control, Separation Processes, Instrumentation and Process Control and Motivation and Leadership at the Bachelor's level and Processes of Separation and Process Control at the Master's level. He has been thesis director of 13 undergraduate students, 19 Master's students and 3 Doctorate students. The line of generation and application of knowledge that he cultivates is Chemical Process Engineering, with emphasis on Process Control, Separation Processes and Renewable Sources of Energy (bioethanol production). He has managed and obtained support for the development of personal research projects and group, both from internal sources of the UMSNH (Coordination of Scientific Research) as well as from external sources such as the State Council of Science and Technology of the State of Michoacán, the Council of Science and Technology of the State of Guanajuato, the National Council of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Public Education (SEP) and the Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA).

He belongs to the Academic group Chemical Process Engineering, which since 2005 is recognized as Consolidated by the SEP. He is a member of the Chemical Process Engineering Thematic Network that was approved by the SEP in April 2009, where researchers from the UMSNH, the University of Guanajuato and the Technological Institute of Celaya participate. He is a Level I Researcher of the National System of Researchers. Since 2004, he has been recognized by the SEP as Professor with Desirable PROMEP Profile. He participated in the accreditation process of the three educational programs of the Faculty of Chemical Engineering of the UMSNH: Degree in Chemical Engineering, Master of Science in Chemical Engineering and Doctorate in Science in Chemical Engineering.

He has published 50 scientific articles and has made 100 presentations at scientific events in Chemical Engineering at the ECOS congresses (International Conference on Efficiency, Costs, Optimization, Simulations and Process Systems), AMSE (Congress of International Association for Advancement of Modeling and Simulation), AIChE (Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers), AMIDIQ (National Meeting of the Mexican Academy of Research and Teaching in Chemical Engineering) and IMIQ (National Congress of the Mexican Institute of Chemical Engineers).

His administrative and management experience includes: (1) Coordinator of the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Faculty of Chemical Engineering of the UMSNH from November 2003 to February 2006; (2) Responsible for academic group Chemical Process Engineering from 2003 to 2008. He was Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President and President of the Mexican Academy of Research and Teaching in Chemical Engineering (AMIDIQ). He is currently the Technical Manager of the Thematic Network of Bioenergy (RTB) of CONACYT. He has been technical manager of CONACYT-SENER-SAGARPA projects.

The measure of expectations: an art or a science?

Dr. Luis Guerrero

Luis Guerrero Ph.D.

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He is a Food Engineer, Bachelor of Research and Market Techniques and Doctor of Social Psychology. Since 1988, he has worked as a researcher in the Sensorial Analysis Laboratory of the IRTA (Instituto de Investigación y Tecnología Agroalimentaria). He is the author or co-author of more than 100 scientific publications, 25 book chapters and numerous popular articles. Likewise, he has participated in several research projects of public and private financing, both national and international.

His research activity focuses on measuring the consumer's eating behavior from a multidisciplinary perspective, in the standardization of sensorial analysis in various foods as well as in sensorial methodological aspects, statistical analysis and experimental design. He is also a professor of sensorial analysis and applied statistics in different national master's degrees, member of the Spanish Association for Standardization (AENOR, Asociación Española de Normalización), founding partner of the Spanish Association of Sensorial Analysis Professionals and responsible for the sensometry working group of the International Olive Council.

Agaves, the masterpiece of evolution


Dr. Luis Enrique Eguiarte Fruns

Luis Enrique Eguiarte Fruns Ph.D.

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He has a PhD in Ecology from the Ecology Center / UACPyP of the CCH, C.U., Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico, D.F. His PhD thesis: Genetics of populations of Astrocaryum mexicanum Liebm. in Los Tuxtlas, Veracruz. 1990. With Honorable Mention and Medal Gabino Barreda to the best average of the Doctorate in Ecology generation. Currently he directs the Laboratory of Molecular and Experimental Evolution, Department of Evolutionary Ecology, Institute of Ecology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

He is a full-time permanent researcher "C" at the Institute of Ecology, UNAM. Member of the SNI, level III. Visiting researcher (sabbatical), Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California at Irvine, September 2009 to August 2010 and Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, USA, September 4 from 2017 to August 31, 2018

He was Head of Department, Evolutionary Ecology, Institute of Ecology, UNAM, from August 2011 to September 2013 and editor in chief, Oikos =, disclosure publication of the Institute of Ecology, UNAM. From 2013 to 2015, member of the SNI Judging Commission, area II, Biology and Chemistry. 

He served as Vice President of the Mexican Scientific Society of Ecology, from 2016 to 2018.

His areas of specialization are Evolutionary Ecology, including population genetics, evolutionary genomics, molecular evolution, molecular ecology, phylogeny, population ecology and conservation, topics that I have worked on in different groups of plants (in particular Agave and other plants in arid zones and relatives of cultivated plants), animals (especially hummingbirds and nectarivorous bat) and bacteria (in particular from Cuatro Ciénegas). He has extensive experience in research and teaching in evolutionary ecology, population genetics and conservation genetics, including, for example, 23 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals on Agave and its evolutionary relatives.

He has been awarded with the second place in the postgraduate thesis in botany "Efraím Hernández Xolocotzi" 1990, Colegio de Postgraduados, Chapingo, Mexico. With the medal "Faustino Miranda", in "recognition of his academic contribution" in Ecology, Institute of Ecology, UNAM, April 25, 2011. And with honorable mention of the Award for Ecological Merit 2014, June 5, 2014, SEMARNAT.

Processing of agave bagasse for the production of gaseous biofuels and value-added metabolites in a biorefinery scheme

Dr. Elías Razo Flores

Elías Razo Flores Ph.D.

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He is a Chemical Engineer from the Autonomous University of Puebla and a Master in Biotechnology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, graduating with an Honors. The doctorate was obtained in the Environmental Technology Department of Landbouwuniversiteit Wageningen, The Netherlands (1997).

He worked as Process Engineer (1984-88) in Volkswagen de México S.A. of C.V. and as Researcher (1991 to 1994, 1997 to 2003) in the Subdirectorate of Applied Research of the Mexican Petroleum Institute. As of February 2004, he joined IPICYT, assigned to the Division of Environmental Sciences. His research topics are: energy production by biological processes, biodegradation and biotransformation of xenobiotic compounds, biotransformation of sulfur compounds and anaerobic treatment of effluents.

He has been responsible for several research projects, has more than 100 international and national publications, which have been cited more than 2500 times (index H = 25). He has directed 10 doctoral theses, 23 master's and 5 bachelor's theses, presented more than 100 works in international and national congresses and symposiums. He is a Level III National Researcher of the National System of Researchers, member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and Editor of Water Science and Technology.

He has participated in different Evaluation Committees of CONACYT, highlighting the Basic Research SEP-CONACYT and CONACYT Chairs. He was a member of the Scientific and Technological Advisory Forum from 2006 to 2007 and within the Mexican Society of Biotechnology and Bioengineering he held the positions of Assistant Secretary and Secretary of the Management Boards 2000-2002 and 2002-2004, respectively. He is currently responsible for the Gaseous Biofuels Cluster.

In 2011, Dr. Razo received the "El Potosí" Internal Award 2011 - maximum recognition of IPICYT to its academics and researchers for their professional achievements - for the magnitude and impact of their work and for their contribution to the institutional development of IPICYT.

Agave Fructans through time


Mercedes Guadalupe López Pérez Ph.D.

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She is a Senior 3D Researcher at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute, in the Department of Biotechnology and Biochemistry, Campus Guanajuato. She completed his doctoral studies at the University of Davis, California, USA and his post-doctorate at the University of Missouri Columbia, USA. 

She belongs to the National System of Researchers Level III.


She has made several sabbaticals at the Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods. University of Laval in Quebec, Canada, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Berkeley in California USA and at the Food Department of the University of Otago in New Zealand. 

She performs research in different disciplines: Agaves, Carbohydrates, Prebiotics, Lipids, Antioxidants and Health. 

She is editor in International Indexed Journals: Frontiers Neuroscience, Analytical Methods in Chemistry. 

She has 94 Indexed publications, 31 diffusion publications and 21 book chapters. She has also participated in 205 Congresses. 

She has directed 13 doctoral theses, 15 master's and 23 bachelor's theses. 

Likewise, she has 3 national Patents granted; Two applications for National Patents. 

With respect to teching courses, she has participated in 13 of Academic Programs; 7 External, 4 Postdoctoral and 7 workshops. 

She was awarded honors in the Science Academy of Cuba 2015 (Cuba), Woman and Science 2011 (CDMX), COLUSI 2011 (Argentina).

The recovery of knowledge and productive prospects of the Andean Agave in half of the world

Andrea Villarroel

Andrea Villarroel

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Architect and Designer of Interior Architecture by the Equinoccial Technological University (Ecuador).

  • Design and Construction of Architectural works with ecological materials in the Ecuadorian cities of: Quito, Guayaquil, Santo Domingo and Portoviejo.

  • Design and Construction of AMARU Building, cataloged as the best Building of the City of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas (the third most populated city of Ecuador).

  • Head of product innovation for the brand AGAVE SPIRIT ECUADOR.

  • Responsible for the design and implementation of the first Museum of Culture of the Agave in Ecuador.

  • Researcher of the sustainable uses of ecological materials of the coastal and inter-Andean regions, in the vernacular and contemporary architecture. Investigation of resistance, duration and use of Agave derivatives in interior and exterior design.

  • Active Member of the National Association of the productive chains of the American Agave of Ecuador "ANAGAVEC”.


The recovery of knowledge and productive prospects of the Andean Agave in half of the world

Diego Mora Flores

Diego Mora Flores

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Bachelor in Tourism Business Administration from the University of Las Americas (Ecuador).

  • Manager / Owner of the business venture AGAVE SPIRIT.

  • Head of production chains, development and research in the first Ecuadorian distillery of "Miske" spirit drink of Andean agave. Producer of Agave derivatives such as: juices, ferments, syrup, preserves, etc. 

  • Promoter of obtaining the appellation of origin of the distillate of Agave "Miske" in the National Assembly of Ecuador.

  • Co-founder and Director of the first Museum of Culture of the Agave in Ecuador.

  • Founder of the Community Tourism Network in the Middle of the World, which promotes the "Route of the Agave".

  • Active Member of the National Association of Productive chains of the American Agave of Ecuador "ANAGAVEC".

  • He has a 15-year track record in researching the uses and cultural significance of the Agave for the indigenous peoples of the Americas (Research developed in the countries of the region: Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador).


Posibles mecanismos involucrados en la síntesis de ésteres por Kluyveromyces marxianus en la fermentación de jugo de Agave

Dra. Anne Christine Gschaedler Mathis

Anne Christine Gschaedler Mathis, Ph.D.

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Actualmente es investigadora titular C y directora de la Unidad Zapopan del Centro de Investigación y Asistencia en Tecnología y Diseño del Estado de Jalisco (CIATEJ), ubicado en Guadalajara, Jalisco, México. Cuenta con un doctorado en Biotecnología e Industria de Alimentos (INPL, Nancy, Francia, 1994) y su investigación se centra en los procesos artesanales de fermentación (tequila, mezcal, cacao), estudios fisiológicos de levaduras no-Saccharomyces y optimización del proceso de fermentación para buscar nuevas aplicaciones biotecnológicas de los microorganismos aislados. Profesor en el Posgrado Interinstitucional en Ciencia y Tecnología (PICYT) y en el Posgrado en Innovación Biotecnológica enseña la biología molecular y la biotecnología. Responsable de la formación de varios estudiantes (11 doctorado y 17 maestros de ciencias) y de varios proyectos de investigación así como en colaboración con la industria. Cuenta con 50 publicaciones a nivel internacional, es coautor de 6 patentes y pertenece al Sistema Nacional de Investigadores, nivel II.


Sistema Integral de Vigilancia epidemiológica del Agave

Dr. Gustavo Mora Aguilera

Gustavo Mora Aguilera, Ph.D.

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Es mexicano, se gradúo de Ing. Agrónomo especialista en Parasitología Agrícola en la Universidad Autónoma Chapingo en 1985. Culminó sus estudios de postgrado en Fitopatología en el Colegio de Postgraduados y la Universidad de Florida, EUA, en 1990 y 1995, respectivamente. Desde 1985, el Dr. Mora labora en el Colegio de Postgraduados en Ciencias Agrícolas, dependiente de la SAGARPA y uno de los centros públicos de investigación del CONACYT. Actualmente, es Profesor-Investigador Titular responsable de la cátedra de Epidemiología Agrícola, área en la cual ha desarrollado su actividad académica, investigación y vinculación. Internacionalmente, ha impartido 24 cursos de esta disciplina en universidades y ministerios de agricultura en Brasil, Argentina, Guatemala, Bolivia, Chile, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Belice y Costa Rica. Su experiencia internacional incluye colaboraciones con organismos como el IICA, FAO, OIRSA, BID, EMBRAPA y COSAVE en el desarrollo de diversos proyectos epidemiológicos regionales en Centroamérica, Caribe y Paraguay. Por más de 10 años, se ha vinculado en forma activa con el SENASICA-DGSV desarrollando investigación y desarrollos tecnológicos en el área de Vigilancia epidemiología y manejo de plagas reglamentadas. También ha participado con el CONACOFI en aspectos consultivos fitosanitarios de interés nacional. Entre los cultivos que recientemente ha abordado, siempre con equipos interdisciplinarios, incluyen los cítricos, agave y cafeto. De los desarrollos científico-tecnológicos generados para el sector federal y productivo, destaca SIVEA en agave azul y PVEF-Cafeto, este último premio INNOVATIS 2018, segundo lugar (CONACYT) e INNOVAGRO 2016, primer lugar (IICA y COFRUPO). Actualmente, desde 2013 funge como Editor en Jefe de la Revista Mexicana de Fitopatología. 

El Dr. Mora cuenta con 34 reconocimientos profesionales y académicos entre ellos miembro del SNI Nivel II y el Premio Nacional de Sanidad Vegetal 2017. Su producción colaborativa incluye más 78 conferencias por invitación nacionales e internacionales; 100 artículos científicos en revistas arbitradas nacionales e internacionales. Como autor o coautor ha publicado 6 libros y 24 capítulos de libros editados en México y en el extranjero (EUA, Brasil y Chile); ha contribuido en la formación y graduación de 78 maestros en ciencias y doctorados, 3 de los cuales de universidades de Brasil (UFRP). De estos estudiantes, 20 graduados han sido reconocidos con diversos premios de investigación a nivel nacional e internacional. 

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