Sino-Thai Collaboration on Phyto-Bioremediation

Over the past two decades there were serious cases of agricultural soils being contaminated by heavy metals that caught public attentions among Thai communities. Among these are arsenic poisoning incidents at Ronphiboon district in Nakhon Sri Thammarat Province, lead-polluted water supplies in Khanchanaburi Province, and cadmium-contaminated rice grains collected from Mae Sod district in Tak province. Recognizing the importance and urgency of land and water contamination problem, the development of phyto and bioremediation technologies for the plant-based clean-up of contaminated soil are therefore the significant interest topic for Thai scientific community. Prompted by this interest, BIOTEC invited Dr. Jing Song, scientist from Institute of Soil Science Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISSCAS), China to visit Thailand during 18-21 February 2008 to establish network and research collaboration between Thai scientists and Institute of Soil Science.

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Dr. Jing Song (3rd from right) with Thai scientists and BIOTEC executive.

A joint seminar was held on 18 February 2008 at BIOTEC to share research status and information in Thailand and China. The seminar covered the following lectures (please click presentation title to download files):

Visit program also included roundtable discussion between Dr. Jing Song and Thai scientists, lab tour and visit to field testing site for salt-tolerance rice.

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Posted on 25 February 2008.

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