HCMR Thai - Japanese study project collaboration was initiated in 2003 by H.I.H. Prince Akishinonomiya Fumihito and taken under the Royal Patronage of H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. The study aims to investigate human's interaction with domestic and wild chicken in three main aspects: (1) Biology and Ecology; (2) Humanities; and (3) Economics. In addition, the study covers human perception, practices and historical consequences.
The HCMR study was designed to investigate the domestication of chickens as the result of human interaction. Throughout the HCMR project, Thai and Japanese experts jointly worked together in various academic fields, including biology and ecology, humanities, economics and geo-informatics and space technology. Many joint surveys and research activities have been conducted in several areas of Chiang Rai Province. H.I.H. Prince Akishinonomiya Fumihito himself has paid considerable attention to this project by leading HCMR researchers in conducting joint research in various areas in Thailand on two occasions in 2006 and 2007.
The study has produced many interesting findings, for example, the humanistic study of chickens where researchers investigated the relationship between chickens and humans in folklore, myth and ritual. The scientists invested great efforts in the genetic and ecological study of wild chickens, decoy chickens and domestic chickens.
A conference and exhibition on Multiple Relationships between Humans and Chickens was held on 18 March 2010 at the Siam Society under Royal Patronage in Thailand. H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn graciously presided over the conference. The event also marked the celebration of the publication of the extraordinary collection of articles “Chickens and Humans in Thailand: Their Multiple Relationships and Domestication”, which was jointly developed by distinguished scholars under the auspicious patronage of H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and H.I.H. Prince Akishinonomiya Fumihito. The subject of this book, chickens (Gallus gallus), is the animal most commonly sighted among mankind since the beginning. Interestingly enough, all modern chicken genes are said to be derived from the subspecies of Gallus gallus gallus found in northern Thailand. Undoubtedly, chickens have contributed to the livelihood of mankind as food, companionable pets and entertainment in the form of cockfighting. The relationship between humans and chickens is also mentioned in the book.
H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn took a photo with the executives of Ministry of Science and Technology and distinguished Thai - Japanese scholars during the conference.
Posted on 24 March 2010.