Collaborative Project between BIOTEC and ASEAN-Australian Development Cooperation Program (AADCP)

On 27 November – 1 December 2006, ASEAN-Australian Development Cooperation Program (AADCP) Strengthening Plant Health Capacity Project Taxonomy Workshop II (Cercosporoid Fungi) was held at BIOTEC Building, Thailand Science Park. The objective of the workshop was to improve participants’ understanding of taxonomy, and their capacity to identify cercosporoid fungi (especially those that cause diseases of agricultural crops). The workshop was designed as both lecture and laboratory type sessions. In addition, there was also a field trip to observe the fungi in its natural environment. 

The Workshop was organized by:                                                

  • The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
  • The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Co-Operatives (MOAC), Thailand
  • The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
  • Cardno Acil Pty Ltd. (Cardno ACIL)
  • National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC)  


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Dr. Kanyawim Kirtikara ( Director of BIOTEC Central Research Unit ) and Khun Suchat Vichitrananda (MOAC, Project National Focall Point) were seen here giving the Welcome Remarks.  



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What is Cercosperoid Fungi?
Cercosperoid Fungi are a group of plant pathogens which parasitize plants by producing photoactivated, active-oxygen-producing toxins. These toxins allow the fungi to feed on plant tissues. Cercospora fungi cause disease on many crop plants, including grey leaf spot on corn and purple seed stain on soybeans.  Agricultural growers are the real victims as the fungi can affect 5 to 50 percent of a crop's yield. The complete range of Descriptions of Fungi & Bacteria is available at