On 28 March 2007, Thai-French Joint Seminar on Molecular and Genomic Study of Oil Palm was organized at BIOTEC, Thailand Science Park. The seminar was co-organized by Institute of Research for Development (IRD), Montpellier, France, French Agricultural Research Center for International Development (CIRAD) and BIOTEC. The aim of this event is to present information about research activities of Thai and French scientists focusing on molecular and genomic study of oil palm, which will provide important tools for breeding strategies aimed to develop cultivation of oil palm with higher yields, which is necessary to meet future demand. The seminar was attended by 80 local audiences.
The seminar was opened with the overview presentation of research and development of oil palm tissue culture in Thailand by Dr. Sompong Te-chato, Prince of Songkla University. According to Dr. Sompong, oil palm was first cultivated in southern Thailand since 1937. Following Dr. Sompong’s presentation were two representatives from IRD Montpellier, Dr. James Tregear and Dr. Stefan Jouannic. Dr. Tregear drew the audiences’ attention to the topic covering the flowering and its regulation in oil palm, whereas Dr. Jouannic talked about oil palm shoot and leaf organogenesis emphasizing on cellular and molecular aspects. The other three presentations were as following:
"Current molecular research of oil palm in Thailand" by Dr. Somvong Tragoonroong, Director of BIOTEC DNA Technology Laboratory.
"Molecular studies and biotechnology of oil palm somatic embryogenesis" by Dr. Fabienne Morcillo, CIRAD
"Oil palm structural genomics and molecular breeding" by Dr. Timothy Tranbarger from IRD.
Dr. Sompong Te-chato (left) from Faculty of Natural Resources, Prince of Songkla University and Dr. Stefan Jouannic (right) from IRD Centre, Montpellier, France.