Víctor M. Jiménez

Puesto: Profesor Catedrático

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Academic profile


  • Dr. sc. agr. (Magna cum laude), Universität Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany, 2000 (Agricultural Sciences)
  • M.Sc. (hon.), Universidad de Costa Rica, 1995 (Plant Biotechnology)
  • B.Sc. (hon.), Universidad de Costa Rica, 1990 (Plant Sciences)

Professional experience

  • 2006-to date         Full Professor (Univ. Costa Rica)
  • 2017-2021            Deputy Director of the Seed and Grain Research Center  (Univ. Costa Rica)
  • 2013-2021            Director of the Institute for Research in Agriculture (Univ. Costa Rica)
  • 2012-2013            Visiting professor (Univ. Hohenheim)
  • 2009-2019            Regional coordinator of the Food Security Center of the University of Hohenheim for Latin America
  • 2006-2007            Georg Forster Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany (Univ. Hohenheim)
  • 2002-2006            Associate Professor (Univ. Costa Rica)
  • 2002                     Assistant Professor (Univ. Costa Rica)
  • 2000-2002            Guest Professor (Univ. Costa Rica)
  • 1991-1995            Instructor (Univ. Costa Rica)

Awards and honors


The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World and the National Scientific and Technological Research Council (Costa Rica). TWAS-CONICIT award for young scientists.
2006-2007  Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany.  Georg Foster Fellowship
2009          Universidad de Costa Rica.  Award to distinguished researcher 2009.
2012-2013 Food Security Center, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany. Visiting Professor.


Curriculum vitae




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  • Yue J, VanBuren R, Liu J, Fang J, Zhang X, Liao Z, Wai CM, Xu X, Chen S, Zhang S, Ma X, Ma Y, Yu H, Lin J, Zhou P, Huang Y, Deng B, Deng F, Zhao X, Yan H, Fatima M, Zerpa-Catanho D, Zhang X, Lin Z, Yang M, Chen NJ, Mora-Newcomer E, Quesada-Rojas P, Bogantes A, Jiménez VM, Tang H, Zhang J, Wang M-L, Paull RE, Yu Q, Ming R (2022) SunUp and Sunset genomes revealed impact of particle bombardment mediated transformation and domestication history in papaya. Nature Genetics,
  • Montoya-Arroyo A, Lehnert K, Lux PE, Jiménez VM, Esquivel P, Silva-Benavides AM, Vetter W, Frank J (2022) 11’-α-Tocomonoenol is the major α-tocomonoenol isomer in cyanobacteria and microalgae from Costa Rica. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis 107: 104325


  • Acuña-Gutiérrez C, Schock S, Jiménez VM, Müller J (2021) Detecting fumonisin B1 in black beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) by near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). Food Control 130: 108335


  • Esquivel P, Viñas M, Steingass CB, Gruschwitz M, Guevara E, Carle, R, Schweiggert RM, Jiménez VM (2020) Coffee (Coffea arabica L.) by-products as a source of carotenoids and phenolic compounds – evaluation of varieties with different peel color. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems 4: 590597
  • Erşan S, Berning JC, Esquivel P, Jiménez VM, Carle R, May B, Schweiggert R, Steingass CB (2020) Phytochemical and mineral composition of fruits and seeds of wild-growing Bactris guineensis (L.) H.E. Moore palms from Costa Rica. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis 94: 103611
  • Alfaro-Solís JD, Montoya-Arroyo A, Jiménez VM, Arnáez-Serrano E, Pérez J, Vetter W, Frank J, Lewandowski I (2020) Acrocomia aculeata fruits from three regions in Costa Rica: an assessment of biometric parameters, oil content and oil fatty acid composition to evaluate industrial potential. Agroforestry Systems 94: 1913-1927
  • Vinas M, Mendez JC, Jiménez VM (2020) Effect of foliar applications of phosphites on growth, nutritional status and defense responses in tomato plants. Scientia Horticulturae 265: 109200


  • Acuña-Gutiérrez C, Campos-Boza S, Hernández-Pridybailo A, Jiménez VM (2019) Nutritional and industrial relevance of particular Neotropical pseudo-cereals. In: Piatti C, Graeff-Hönninger S, Khajehei F (eds) Food Tech Transitions. Springer, Cham, pp 65-79.
  • Zerpa-Catanho D, Hernández-Pridybailo A, Madrigal-Ortiz V, Zúñiga-Centeno A, Porras-Martínez C, Jiménez VM, Barboza-Barquero L (2019) Seed germination of pitaya (Hylocereus spp.) as affected by seed extraction method, storage, germination conditions, germination assessment approach and water potential. Journal of Crop Improvement 33: 372-394
  • Lieb VM, Schex R, Esquivel P, Jiménez VM, Schmarr H-G, Carle R, Steingass CB (2019) Fatty acids and triacylglycerols in the mesocarp and kernel oils of maturing Costa Rican Acrocomia aculeata fruits. NFS Journal 14-15: 6-13


  • Solórzano-Cascante P, Sánchez-Chiang N, Jiménez VM (2018) Explant type, culture system, 6-benzyladenine, meta-topolin and encapsulation affect indirect somatic embryogenesis and regeneration in Carica papaya L. Frontiers in Plant Science 9: 1769
  • Irías-Mata A, Jiménez VM, Steingass CB, Schweiggert RM, Carle R, Esquivel P (2018) Carotenoids and xanthophyll esters of yellow and red nance fruits (Byrsonima crassifolia (L.) Kunth) from Costa Rica. Food Research International 111: 708-714
  • Schex R, Lieb VM, Jiménez VM, Esquivel P, Schweiggert RM, Carle R, Steingass CB (2018) HPLC-DAD-APCI/ESI-MSn analysis of carotenoids and α-tocopherol in Costa Rican Acrocomia aculeata fruits of varying maturity stages. Food Research International 105: 645-653


  • Lieb VM, Kerfers MR, Kronmüller A, Esquivel P, Alvarado A, Jiménez VM, Schmarr H-G, Carle R, Schweiggert RM, Steingass CB (2017) Characterization of mesocarp and kernel lipids from Elaeis guineensis Jacq., Elaeis oleifera (Kunth) Cortés, and their interspecific hybrids. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 65: 3617–3626
  • Chacón-Ordóñez T, Schweiggert RM, Bosy-Westphal A, Jiménez VM, Carle R, Esquivel P (2017) Carotenoids and carotenoid esters of orange- and yellow-fleshed mamey sapote (Pouteria sapota (Jacq.) H.E. Moore & Stearn) fruit and their post prandial absorption in humans. Food Chemistry 221: 673-682
  • Zerpa-Catanho D, Esquivel P, Mora-Newcomer E, Sáenz MV, Herrera R, Jiménez VM (2017) Transcription analysis of softening-related genes during postharvest of papaya fruit (Carica papaya L. 'Pococí' hybrid). Postharvest Biology and Technology 125: 42-51


  • Viñas M, Jiménez VM (2016) Occurrence and characterisation of calcium oxalate crystals in stems and fruits of Hylocereus costaricensis and Selenicereus megalanthus (Cactaceae: Hylocereeae). Micron 89: 21-27
  • Chacón-Ordóñez T, Esquivel P, Jiménez VM, Carle R, Schweiggert RM (2016) Deposition form and bioaccessibility of keto-carotenoids from mamey sapote (Pouteria sapota), red bell pepper (Capsicum annuum), and sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) filet. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 64: 1989-1998
  • Schweiggert RM, Vargas E, Conrad J, Hempel J, Gras C, Ziegler JU, Mayer A, Jiménez VM, Esquivel P, Carle R (2016) Carotenoids, carotenoid esters, and anthocyanins of yellow-, orange-, and red-peeled cashew apples (Anacardium occidentale L.). Food Chemistry 200: 274-282


  • Solís CA, Jiménez VM, Arias J (2015) Propagación asexual de azul de mata (Justicia tinctoria (Oerst.) D.N. Gibson, Fam. Acanthaceae) por medio de estacas. Agronomía Costarricense 39: 91-103


  • Hempel, J, Amrehn, E, Quesada S, Esquivel P, Jiménez V.M., Heller, A, Carle, R, Schweiggert RM (2014) Lipid-dissolved γ-carotene, β-carotene, and lycopene in globular chromoplasts of peach palm (Bactris gasipaes Kunth) fruits. Planta 240: 1037-1050
  • Jiménez VM, Gruschwitz M, Schweiggert RM, Carle R, Esquivel P (2014) Identification of phenolic compounds in soursop (Annona muricata) pulp by high-performance liquid chromatography with diode array and electrospray ionization mass spectrometric detection. Food Research International 65A: 42-46
  • Heringer AS, Steinmacher DA, Fraga HPF, Vieira LN, Montagna T, Quinga LAP, Quoirin MGG, Jiménez VM, Guerra MP (2014) Improved high-efficiency protocol for somatic embryogenesis in peach palm (Bactris gasipaes Kunth) using RITA® temporary immersion system. Scientia Horticulturae 179: 284–292



  • Guevara E, Jiménez VM, Bangerth F (2012) Response of endogenous hormone concentrations to two floral inductive treatments, viz. KNO3 and PBZ, in mango cv. ‘Tommy Atkins’ growing under tropical conditions. Tropical Plant Biology 5: 253-260
  • Engels C, Gräter D, Esquivel P, Jiménez VM, Gänzle MG, Schieber A (2012) Characterization of phenolic compounds in jocote (Spondias purpurea L.) peels by ultra high-performance liquid chromatography/electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. Food Research International 46: 557-562


  • Jiménez VM, Guevara E, Masís S (2011) Effect of macronutrients and sucrose concentration on in vitro growth of Drosera capensis L. (Droseraceae) plants, and evaluation of six substrates for acclimatization. Propagation of Ornamental Plants 11: 34-39




  • Jiménez VM, Guevara E, Herrera J, Alizaga R, Bangerth F (2008) Changes in hormone concentrations during dormancy release of oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) seeds. Seed Science & Technology 36: 575-587
  • Muñoz M, Jiménez VM (2008) Capsule development, in vitro germination and plantlet acclimatization in Phragmipedium humboldtii, P. longifolium and P. pearceiLankesteriana 8: 23-31



  • Montiel M, Jiménez VM, Guevara E (2006) Caracterización anatómica ultraestructural de las variantes “Atlántica”, “Sur” y “Cebolla” del bambú, Guadua angustifolia (Poaceae: Bambusoideae) en Costa Rica.  Revista de Biología Tropical 54 (Suppl.2):1-12
  • Guevara E, Jiménez VM (2006) Producción de frutos y senescencia.  In E. Villalobos (ed.).  Fisiología de la Producción de los Cultivos Tropicales.  Fascículo 5: La reproducción de las plantas.  Editorial de la Universidad de Costa Rica.  pp. 35-84.  ISBN 9977-67-994-0.
  • Guevara E, Jiménez VM (2006) La floración.  In E. Villalobos (ed.).  Fisiología de la Producción de los Cultivos Tropicales.  Fascículo 5: La reproducción de las plantas.  Editorial de la Universidad de Costa Rica.  pp. 1-34.  ISBN 9977-67-994-0.
  • Guevara E, Jiménez VM (2006) Regulación hormonal del desarrollo de las plantas.  In E. Villalobos (ed.).  Fisiología de la Producción de los Cultivos Tropicales.  Fascículo I. Germinación y Crecimiento de la planta.  Editorial de la Universidad de Costa Rica.  pp. 49-108.  ISBN 9977-67-996-7.


  • Jiménez VM, Guevara E, Herrera J, Bangerth F (2005) Evolution of endogenous hormone concentration in embryogenic cultures of carrot during early expression of somatic embryogenesis.  Plant Cell Reports 23: 567-572


  • Jadán M, Guevara E, Jiménez VM (2004) Efecto de concentraciones enzimáticas y tiempos de digestión en el aislamiento de protoplastos a partir de callos y cultivos en suspensión de dos cultivares de naranja dulce (Citrus sinensis Osb.).  Revista de Agricultura Tropical 34: 41‑51


  • Jiménez VM, Bangerth F (2001) In vitro culture and endogenous hormone levels in immature zygotic embryos, endosperm and callus cultures of normal and high-lysine barley genotypes.  Journal of Applied Botany 75: 1-7
  • Jiménez VM, Bangerth F (2001) Hormonal status of maize initial explants and of the embryogenic and non-embryogenic callus cultures derived from them as related to morphogenesis in vitro.  Plant Science 160: 247-257
  • Jiménez VM, Guevara E, Herrera J, Bangerth F (2001) Endogenous hormone levels in habituated nucellar Citrus callus during the initial stages of regeneration.  Plant Cell Reports 20: 92-100


  • Jiménez VM, Bangerth F (2000) Relationship between endogenous hormone levels in grapevine callus cultures and their morphogenetic behaviour.  Vitis 39: 151-157
  • Jiménez VM (2000) Endogenous hormone levels in wheat, maize, barley, carrot, grapevine, and Citrus tissues, and the relationship to their in vitro somatic embryogenesis.  PhD Thesis.  Stuttgart, Germany, Verlag Grauer.  173 p.


  • Guevara E, Jiménez VM (1998) Principios y aplicaciones de la fisiología vegetal: manual de laboratorio.  San José, C.R., Editorial de la Universidad de Costa Rica.  225 p.


  • Pfenning J, Ebert AW, Jiménez VM, Bangerth F (1997) Endogenous hormonal status of embryogenic callus in cocos (Cocos nucifera L.) explants.  Acta Horticulturae No.463:127-133


  • Jiménez VM, Guevara E (1996) Propagación in vitro de Phalaenopsis (Orchidaceae) mediante el cultivo de seccion es de ejes florales después de la senescencia de las flores.  Agronomía Costarricense 20: 75-79
  • Jiménez VM, Guevara E (1996) Regeneración in vitro mediante embriogénesis somática de variedades de cítricos.  II.  Efecto del "plateo" de suspensiones celulares en medio de cultivo con diferentes carbohidratos sobre la inducción de embriones.  Agronomía Costarricense 20: 9-16


  • Jiménez VM, Guevara E (1995) Regeneración in vitro mediante embriogénesis somática de variedades de cítricos.  I.  Obtención de callo friable y suspensiones celulares de naranja dulce (Citrus sinensis) y naranja agria (Citrus aurantium) cultivadas en Costa Rica.  Agronomía Costarricense 19: 7-18

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