BIOTEC researchers named fascinating people in 2007 by the Nation

A_year_of_fascinatingMs. Wanchern Potacharoen and Dr. Somsak Sivichai were among 8 distinguished people featured in the column “A Year of Fascinating People”, in The Nation, one of major English newspaper in Thailand. “A Year of Fascinating People” named 8 distinguished people whose stories were published in Sunday issues of the Nation throughout 2007. The list also included Joseph Stiglitz (the Noble Prize winner for economics), Dominic Scott (Director of Cisco), Zaw Min (spokesperson for Burma's Democratic Party for a New Society), Apinun Tunpan (researcher at Asian Institute of Technology on new emerging media), Kopr Kritayakirana, (Head of a government committee on using nuclear as energy source) and Wasinee Chongmeesuk (a popular blogger who has built relationships with thousands of like-minded college girls and working women over the past two years via her blog).

Ms. Wanchern Potacharoen and Dr. Somsak Sivichai were featured in the story entitled “Microbe-management” on Sunday, 14 October 2007. The story introduced BIOTEC Culture Collection as a depository of microorganisms, the source of natural products and enzymes used in industry.

BIOTEC Culture Collection Laboratory (BCC) was firstly established in 1996 to support the national biodiversity policy in conservation and sustainable use of microbial resources in Thailand. The objectives of BCC are to establish culture collection in a standard system, to maintain information and data recording for research work, to stimulate and support the study of biodiversity and taxonomy and to provide safe deposition of microbial cultures and patent-accepted strains.

At present, BCC holds over 27,744 microbial isolates, which comprise of fungi (20,939 isolates), yeasts (1,524 isolates), bacteria (5,091 isolates) and micro algae (190 isolates). In 2007, BCC serviced approximately 2,000 microbial isolates to clients, both in-house and outside BIOTEC researchers to support the study and research work related to producing bioactive compound such as enzyme and chemical for anti-malaria, anti-microbe and anti-tuberculosis. In addition, BCC supplied the microbial isolates to 120 government agencies and 55 private companies in the food, wine, animal feed, textile dying and pulp and paper industries. For more information on BCC, please visit its official website at:



Posted on 14 January 2008.