The National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) and the Sichuan Academy of Agricultural Sciences (SAAS), China entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate in research and training in the area of exchange vegetable germplasm and breeding technologies, agricultural biotechnology and pathology. The signing ceremony was held on 24 September 2009 in conjunction with ABIC 2009 conference at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, Bangkok.
Under the terms of the agreement, SAAS and NSTDA in cooperation with several Thai counterparts such as BIOTEC, Kasetsart University, Chiang Mai University and Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna have agreed to jointly conduct a field trial of hybrid rice, pepper and bitter gourd as well as a field trial for screening disease resistance for cucumber. In addition, the MOU also covered the exchanging research scientists for training in various areas, for example, hybrid rice seed production and cultivation, double haploid technique for cucumber and setting up facility for screening rice pathogens.
Prof. Emeritus Morakot Tanticharoen (fifth from right), Vice President, National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) and Dr. Ren Guangjun (sixth from left), Vice President, Sichuan Academy of Agricultural Sciences (SAAS), China
In addition to participating in ABIC 2009 and MOU signing ceremony in Thailand, SAAS also had the opportunity to visit the field experiment and germplasm management activities in various research institutes, namely the Tropical Vegetable Research Center (TVRC), Rice Gene Discovery Unit, Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna, Lumpang; Royal AngKhang Research Station and East - West Seed Group, Chiang Mai.
Posted on 30 September 2009.