Nunkui Wakan Earth Spirit Research Group (NUNKUI WAKAN)

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Organization profile

Organization profile

The research group called "Nunkui wakan" name taken from the Shuar language that means "Spirit of the earth", was formed in July 2015 by bringing together research professors from the Salesian Polytechnic University of Ecuador in Quito. The members are involved in studies related to biodiversity, environment and knowledge of the native peoples of Ecuador.

On the other hand, in Ecuador there are 10% of the plant species and 8% of the animal species of the entire planet, this offers us a wide range of options to investigate. The first settlers who arrived in this region 13,000 years ago, began the process to learn about the use of resources, this information has been accumulated and transmitted through generations in the native populations; our group intends to continue with this work and based on traditional knowledge we want to develop new applications for nature's products, especially those elements that improve the quality of life of human beings.

Research lines:

Bioprospecting of Secondary Metabolites
Animal Biotechnology
Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
Molecular Study of Animal Pathologies


Marco Fernando Cerna Cevallos (


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