Conclusion of BioAsia 2007 Thailand

BioAsia 2007 Thailand, an international scientific conference and trade exhibition, was held during 5-9 November 2007, with HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhron graciously presiding over the Grand Opening Ceremony in the morning of 5 November 2007.

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BioAsia 2007 Thailand features two major scientific conferences namely, The 6th Asian Crop Science Association Conference and The 2nd International Conference on Rice for the Future. These conferences covered a wide range of topics from breeding, genomics and nutrition, with over fifty invited international speakers and over 250 scientific posters. The conferences are co-organzied by local and international organizations such as the Department of Agriculture, the Thailand Rice Department, Kasetsart University, the Asian Crop Science Association, the Generation Challenge Programme, HarvestPlus, Crop Science Society of Japan and the Japanese Society of Breeding. To commemorate the 2nd International Conference on Rice for the Future, the Golden Sickle Award 2007 were confered to Dr. Gurdev Singh Khush and Prof. Susan McCouch in recognition for their achievements and contribution towards the advancement of rice research. At the Closing Ceremony on 9 November 2007, three poster awards were handed out to

1) Siwaret Arikit for poster on Os2AP, the Aromatic Gene Controlling the Biosynthetic Switch of 2-Acety-1-Pyrroline and Gamma Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) in Rice

2) Nguyen Ngoc Giao for poster on Water Deficit Induced Pollen Sterility Associated with a Programmed Cell Death and Oxidative Stress in Rice Anthers

3) Papapit Ingkasuwan for poster on Discovery of Starch Gene Network Characteristics in Arabidopsis thaliand

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Golden Sickle Award 2007



Dr. Gurdev Khush

Prof. Susan McCouch


To promote business discussion, Asia Bio Business Partnering was held from 7-9 November 2007, consisting of a seminar, business-to-business meetings and site visit to Thailand Science Park. The seminar focused on major global trends in the biotech industry from the viewpoint of global companies such as Philips Medical Systems, Danisco and Novartis Animal Health as well as Asian discussed by bio-clusters from Hong Kong, China, India, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Thailand. Some twenty foreign companies and agencies and fifteen Thai companies participated in this business partnering.

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BioAsia 2007 Thailand international trade exhibition was held over a period of three days from 7-9 November 2007, covering the area of 4500 sq. m. Joining the trade exhibition were seventy companies and institutes from Thailand, Korea, China, Malaysia, Japan, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Pakistan and Taiwan. There was also an exhibition display on the Monarchy and Thai Rice and display of international and local projects and organizations related to crop and rice research.

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Display on the Monarchy and Thai Rice

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Display on Thai Germplasm Collections

BioAsia 2007 Thailand was attended by over 600 conference participants and 1,000 exihibition visitors from more than 20 countries.


Posted on 3 January 2008.