Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) developed a scheme for joint funding of Japanese-Thai cooperative research projects called “Strategic Japanese-Thai Cooperative Program” to strengthen the collaboration in science and technology between Japan and Thailand.
Identification of genes confer high Fe and Fe toxic tolerance in rice. Led by Dr. Vinitchan Ruanjaichon from Rice Gene Discovery Unit, BIOTEC and Prof. Dr. Naoko Nishizawa from Research Institute for Bioresources and Biotechnology, Ishikawa Prefectural University, the project aims to find a new allele identification of genes associated with high grain Fe density and tolerance to Fe toxicity which is now a major problem that contributes to the reduction of rice yields. Such findings will open the way for effective manipulation to breed new rice varieties for high grain Fe density to alleviate Fe-malnutrition problem.
DNA chip for identification and typing Mycobacterium tuberculosis using DigiTag platform.In this project, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Angkana Chaiprasert from Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University and Prof. Dr. Katsushi Tokunaga from Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, aim todevelop DNA chip for identification and typing M. tuberculosis into different sequence types. The result will benefit TB vaccine development, treatment and control strategies in the future.
Bacteriophage biocontrol for sustainable crop production: application to bacterial wilt. The project leaders, Prof. Dr. Takashi Yamada of Hiroshima University and Dr. Orawan Chatchawankanphanich of BIOTEC, plan to use an integrated bacteriophage technology to characterize and develop a detection method for bacteriophages isolated in Thailand. The findings will lead to stable managements of crop rotation, resistant plant breeds, general bacterial biocontrol and contribute much to increase in crop yields.