Thai PhD. student awarded Monsanto’s Beachell–Borlaug International Scholarship for rice improvement research

On 12 September 2012, Monsanto Thailand Ltd. organized the Monsanto’s Beachell–Borlaug International Scholarship (MBBIS) Certificate Ceremony at Siam Kempinski Hotel, Bangkok to announce the first Thai to be awarded the Scholarship in 2012.


Left-Right: Mr. Craig Dunn, Country Lead Thailand, Ms. Shakilla Shahjihan, CA Lead- ASIA-PACIFIC, Dr. Kanyawim Kirtikara, BIOTEC Executive Director, Mr. Eakpol Phuvanartnarubal, KU graduate student, Assoc.Prof. Apichart Vanavichit, Director of Rice Gene Discovery Unit, Assoc. Prof. Wuttichai Kapinkan, President of Kasetsart University
Mr. Eakpol Phuvanartnarubal, a graduate student of Kasetsart University, was selected for this prestigious award. He will be conducting a research titled “Breeding-by-design: New Submergence Tolerance Rice Prolong Flash Flooding Environment” with a main goal to improve rice variety with tolerance to prolonged flooding, a trait that is likely to be in demand both locally and internationally. The project will be supervised by Assoc. Prof. Apichart Vanavichit, Director of Rice Gene Discovery Unit, which was established through the close collaboration between BIOTEC and Kasetsart University.

The MBBIS program was established in 2009 in honor of two of the world’s most pre-eminent rice and wheat breeders, Drs. Henry Beachell and Norman Borlaug, with a prime objective to develop highly educated rice and wheat plant breeders who can serve as future agricultural leaders. The Program is open to students worldwide who are seeking a Ph.D. in rice or wheat improvement through plant breeding.



Posted on 13 September 2012