UK-Thailand Workshop on Natural Products

UK-Thailand Workshop on Natural Products was co-hosted by BIOTEC and the British High Commission as a part of “UK-Thailand: Partners in Science”, formalized in September 2009. The purpose of this event was to explore ways and means to strengthen research cooperation focusing on bioresources technology and natural products. This subject was identified as one of high potential areas to develop collaboration between Thai and UK scientists by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), UK governmental funding agency who set up a fact finding mission to scope out the best opportunities for collaboration in biological sciences and explore the possibility of establishing joint R&D funding programs in Thailand last year. 

The workshop took place over two days, 14 and 15 February 2011 and was constructed with exclusive detail information on natural products between the two countries. The presentation and discussion was participated by Thai scientists from BIOTEC, Chulalongkorn University, Kasetsart University, Mahidol University, Khon Kaen University and Prince of Songkla University while UK scientists comprised of the experts from John Innes Centre, University of Warwick, University of Aberdeen, Bristol University, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera). The discussion covered on bioresource technology and molecular research of bioactive compounds derived from plants, marine organisms, microbes including insect-pathogenic fungi, endophytes and actinomycetes, and also plant- microbe interactions.    

Under “UK-Thailand: Partners in Science” program, this is the third workshop that co-organized by BIOTEC and the British High Commission. UK-Brazil-Thailand Joint Seminar on Agricultural Biotechnology was held in February 2010 and UK-Thailand Workshop on Food Borne Disease and Vaccine Technology was held in January 2011. 

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Posted on 18 February 2011.