On 24 June 2009, BIOTEC rice research team, led by Minister of Science and Technology and NSTDA President, was granted an audience with His Majesty King, to present “The King Bhumibol Adulyadej Medallion” at Klai Kangwol Palace, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province. The King Bhumibol Adulyadej Medallion is intended as an honor for His Majesty’s tireless support to rice farming in Thailand.
Dr .Sakarindr Bhumiratana, NSTDA President, presented “The King Bhumibol Adulyadej Medallion” to His Majesty the King.
Made of 442.176 grams of 96.5% pure gold, “The King Bhumibol Adulyadej Medallion”, is 9.9 cm. in diameter. An image of King Bhumibol is engraved on the front side. On the back side, the design consists of the words “80 years old” written in Thai, the picture of rice ears and the words “golden rice” written in Thai. Placed inside the Medallion are nine rice varieties. The nine varieties include six varieties used in the Royal Ploughing Ceremony (Pathum Thani 1, Supanburi 1, Khao Dok Mali 105, Kor Khor 6, Pattalung and Phitsanulok 1); one indigenous variety (Sangyod) and two newly-developed varieties (Flash-flood resistant Khao Dok Mali 105 and Riceberry).
During the audience, the research team of BIOTEC and Kasetsart University gave a report on a patent concerning the discovery of aromatic gene in rice granted by the US Patent Office on 15 January 2008. The patent has been applied in Australia, China, the Philippines, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, India, France and the European Patent Office.
Posted on 30 June 2009.