The Bioresources Technology Unit aligns with the goal of Thailand’s National Biotechnology Policy Framework on Biotechnology and NSTDA’s Cluster for Environment by research and development for sustainable social and commercial use of biological resources. The Bioresources Technology Unit aims to build National infrastructure and research and development on the utilization of bioresources. The Bioresources Technology Unit has four core research programs, namely Bioresources Management System Program, Discovery Program, Microorganism Program and Information System Program (Figure 3). These research programs are categorized as follows:
Figure 3 Organizational Structure of the Bioresources Technology Unit
Bioresources Management System Program aims to collect and preserve microbial cultures and their relevant data for BIOTEC in house research programs and for the country’s official depository and to conduct legal and policy studies with the focus on legal management of bioresources and intellectual property management. The Bioresources Management System Program consists of the following two laboratories.
Discovery Program aims to utilize bioresources for high value added products such as enzymes, bio-control, food and feed for the benefit of agriculture and industry in the country, to build up research facilities on screening for bioactive compounds which are typically present in very low concentrations, with rapid, low cost and highly sensitive detection methods, to develop cultivation technology and bioprocesses for efficient production of various valuable bio-products from microorganisms and to isolate and identify bioactive substances produced from various microorganisms, especially insect pathogenic fungi by using activity-guided fractionation and structure modification for increased biological activity. The Discovery
Program consists of the following six laboratories.
Microorganism Program aims to provide data on the biodiversity of fungi in Thailand, to isolate fungi for the BIOTEC culture collection and screening program and to develop and expand the advancement of molecular phylogeny for a better understanding of the evolutionary relationships of fungi and other organisms. The Microorganism Program consists of the following two laboratories.
Information System Program aims to develop information technology in order to establish and enhance the information infrastructure such as the systematic collection, preservation and distribution of bioresources and the search and discovery of exploitable bioresources using our custom-designed program namely, Microbial Information Management (MIMs) to develop high quality needed spatial database for bio-ecological resources and land resources management and monitoring and to study of the dynamics of and changes in ecosystem for ecological monitoring. The Information System Program consists of the following three laboratories.
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