ALAP 2023

XXIX Latin American Potato Congress

The Reunion and a look towards sustainability and climate change


March 28 to 31, 2023.

It is a great honor to announce the XXIX ALAP Congress together with the XXIII ACHIPA meeting in Chile. We are pleased to invite you to participate in this Congress, which will be held from Monday 28th to Friday 31st March 2023.

We are working hard to be able to offer you the most up-to-date scientific, technical and industrial advances. In addition to having visions and trends from experts in our potato sector.

We look forward to seeing you in Puerto Varas, Los Lagos Region, Chile!




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The Latin American Potato Association (ALAP) was born in 1977, as a result of a previous organization known as the «Latin American Society of Potato Researchers (SLIP)».

The mission of ALAP is to stimulate the production and efficient use of potatoes, as well as increase and disseminate the knowledge we have of this crop through the development of research and dissemination of technical and scientific advances achieved in the regional and global context. All these actions are aimed to awake the interest for this crop in people, with the certainty of achieving greater well-being in the communities that grow potatoes and in the people who consume it in all its forms.



The Chilean Potato Association (ACHIPA), which is a trade association whose mission is to:

  1. Promote the production and the role of potatoes for human, animal or industrial food systems.
  2. Encourage the improvement of the productivity and quality of the potato crop and its derivatives.
  3. Support research and knowledge dissemination on potato improvement, cultivation methods, pest and disease control, costs and other issues related to the production.


ALAP and ACHIPA have come together to hold the twenty-ninth version of the Latin American Potato Congress in the city of Puerto Varas, which will bring together the entire potato industry and will have as its main focus the sustainability of production and the challenges of climate change in the world of this tuber. Scientists, researchers, academics, extensionists, farmers, and technology and equipment companies and providers have been convened for this event. Representatives from more than 20 countries will attend to discuss topics such as: breeding and biotechnology, plant pathology, cultivation and storage techniques, positioning and nutritional value. The objective of this congress is to increase potato cultivation and its consumption.


Boris Contreras
President of the Chilean Potato Association (ACHIPA)


Leah Tsror

Leah Tsror is a Research Group Leader in the Department of Plant Pathology, Agricultural Research Organization, Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and her Master’s and PhD from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Her Post-doctoral research was conducted at Reading University, UK. Tsror served as the President of the Israeli Phytopathology Society (2004-05), and she was the Director of the Gilat Research Center, ARO (2008-13). Tsror has been the Chairperson of the Pathology & Pests Section of the EAPR (European Association of Potato Research) and a member of the EAPR Council (2013-up-to-date). Her research interests include epidemiology and management of potato diseases, populations of soil-borne pathogens and host-pathogen interactions. She has supervised 18 MSc and PhD students. In addition to research, she is the director of the Plant Disease Diagnostics Lab, which provides diagnostic services to growers. Current research projects are Powdery scab, Blackleg and Soft rots, Potato Early Dying and Verticillium wilt on potato. Tsror has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications and she is on the editorial boards of Potato Research and Phytoparasitica (both published by Springer).

Gary Secor

Gary Secor is a Professor of Plant Pathology at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota in the USA. Secor is a native of Bozeman, MT and has a BS and MS degree from Montana State University, and a PhD from the University of California at Davis. He began his potato career in Montana as director of the of the first potato virus testing lab in the US, and has   worked with numerous other potato diseases during his 43 year career at NDSU, concentrating on disease discovery, diagnosis, management and grower education. He works closely with the potato breeding program at NDSU and has been interim potato breeder. In addition, Secor also works with sugar beet diseases, including fungicide resistance management. He teaches classes, has graduate students and enjoys international travel and work. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Distinguished Service Award from the Chilean potato industry, and considers Chile his second home.



  • Challenges for pesticides reduction in potato production.
  • Potato genetic breeding: Perspectives and progress.
  • Climate change in potato production: Projections and challenges.
  • Resources use sustainability in potato production.
  • Technological advances and aplicability in potato production.
  • Digital transformation for sustainable potato production.
  • The agregated value of potato and its future as a staple crop.
  • Potato as valuble food source in the world.
  • Worldwide emerging diseases and its effect on Latinamerica.



  • Emerging pest and diseases: prevention and containtment in Latin America.
  • Potential and self´-suficiency in for potato seed production in Latin America.
  • Puting a value to the protection of potato genetic heritage in Latin America.
  • Potato as a super food crop.
  • Climate change in potato production: Projections and challenges.
  • Potato consumption tendicies: new challeges for its comercialization.



Abstracts Presentation


The Scientific Committee of ALAP 2023 extends a cordial invitation to you to present your Abstracts in some of the six topics that have been arranged for this Congress.

For this event, a Virtual Platform has been set up to facilitate the application process and review of the Papers received. We ask you to carefully read the following CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS GUIDELINES file.



The deadline for first call is September 15th, 2022. The editorial committee will inform to the authors the acceptance. It is required that at least one of the authors is registered in the event for the abstract publication


  • Plant breeding, genetic resources and seed production

  • Added value: Processing, industrialization, nutritional quality and marketing.
  • Technology transfer and extension: Associativity, connectivity and development.

  • Technological innovations: A.I., digital development and precision agriculture.

  • Agronomy and alternatives for sustainable and agroecological management.
  • Plant health: Integrated management and emerging pests.



Ivette Acuña Bravo

ALAP 2023 Scientific Committee Director
Agronomist. Ph.D. Phytopathologist. Integrated management, epidemiology and pathogen characterization on emerging diseases. INIA Chile.

Claudia Barrientos

Agronomist. UACH. Technical adviser Corteva Agrisciences.

Anita Behn

Agronomist, Dra. Plant genetic resources conservation and plant crops breeding. Universidad Austral de Chile.

Mónica Gutiérrez Arévalo

Agronomist, M. Sc. Phytopathologist. Detection, diagnostic and epidemiology of endemic and quarantine pathogens. Agricultural and Livestock Service of Chile.

Juan Inostroza Fariña

Agronimist. Crop manegement and extension in agricultural technology. INIA Chile.

Carolina Lizana Campos

Agronimist, M.Sc. Dr. Crop production and its response to environmental stresses and the role of genetic diversity in the sustainaibility of agriculture. Universidad Austral de Chile.

Ingrid Martínez

Agronomist, Dr. To develop strategies for the use and protection of soils, combining fertility, soil physic and root phenotyping. INIA Chile.

Luis Miquel Avilés

Graduated in Philosophy. Main Manager Consorcio Papa SpA.

Manuel Muñoz David

Agronomist, Dr.
Encharged of the Potato breeding program at INIA Chile.

Patricio Sandaña

Agronomist, Dr. Ecophysiology, resources use efficacy and crop simulation models. Universidad Austral de Chile.

Constanza Sepúlveda Teuber

Agronomist. Extension in agricultural technology. INIA Chile


Rate Calendar

→ Current rates valid until October 31, 2022
→ Period Nov. 1, 2022 to Jan. 31, 2023: Members US$550 – Non-Members US$650 – Students US$350 – Companion US$350
→ Period Feb. 1, 2023 to Mar. 28, 2023: Members US$650 – Non-Members US$750 – Students US$400 – Companion US$400


US$ 450

  • Access to all Conferences
  • Coffees
  • Lunches
  • Inaugural Cocktail
  • Closing Dinner
  • Field day

Non Members

US$ 550

  • Access to all Conferences
  • Coffees
  • Lunches
  • Inaugural Cocktail
  • Closing Dinner
  • Field day


US$ 280

  • Access to all Conferences
  • Coffees
  • Lunches
  • Inaugural Cocktail
  • Closing Dinner
  • Field day

Accompanying Person

US$ 280

  • Inaugural Cocktail
  • Closing Dinner
  • Field day

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