On 29 March 2011, BIOTEC welcomed the visit of Dr. Virachai Virameteekul, Minister of Science and Technology, with an objective to learn about biodiversity research and the collection of insect-pathogenic fungi at BIOTEC. On hand to welcome Minister Virachai were Dr. Kanyawim Kirtikara, BIOTEC Executive Director and BIOTEC executive team.
Dr. Lily Eurwilaichitr, Director of Bioresources Technology Unit together with Dr. Sasitorn Jindamorakot, Head of BIOTEC Culture Collection Laboratory and Dr. Jennifer Luangsa-ard, Head of Mycology Laboratory explained the research work and gave a tour of BIOTEC Culture Collection (also known as Microbial Bank) research facilities to preserve and maintain these important bioresources. In addition to the survey and study of biodiversity, BIOTEC also conducts research to uncover the utilization and application of these bioresources in the medical, environmental and agricultural fields.
BIOTEC started the survey of insect-pathogenic fungi in Thailand in 1994. Over 17 years, BIOTEC collection of insect-pathogenic accumulated with many new species discovered first time in the world. Currently, BIOTEC houses the largest collection (the most species) of insect-pathogenic fungi in the world.
Posted on 30 March 2011.