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The Technical and Cultural Tour will be held on 22 September 2009. ABIC 2009 participants will also be offered an opportunity to join technical program tours to specific research facilities at Thailand Science Park and Thailand cultural tour at Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Ancient City.

Technical Program at Thailand Science Park
Laboratory Facilities Tour Focusing on Agriculture:

  • Animal Cell Biotechnology and Monoclonal Antibody Production Laboratory
    The research unit is working in three broad areas: Cytotoxicity, skin equivalents and monoclonal antibody production. In the area of cytotoxicity projects the unit is looking for natural biopesticide derived from extracts of insect fungi. The skin equivalents work offers the potential of testing cosmetic products in vitro. In the area of monoclonal antibody production, the unit is working to rid agricultural pests, via the use of diagnostic kits.

  • Starch Biosynthesis Molecular Laboratory
    The Starch Biosynthesis Molecular Laboratory is working extensively on identification and expression analysis of starch biosynthesis enzymes in various cassava cultivars with varying levels of starch storage. In addition to looking at the genes participating in starch biosynthesis, researchers are paying attention to genes involved in sucrose transportation mechanism and sucrose-to-starch conversion.

  • Plant Physiology and Biochemistry Laboratory
    The Plant Physiology and Biochemistry Laboratory aims to generate new technologies by conducting multi-disciplinary research activities related to plant growth regulation. The core research disciplines include physiology, biochemistry, tissue and cell culture and molecular genetics. The program focus on selection of plants that is tolerant to drought and soil salinity.
  • Genome Institute   
    Genome Institute was established to focus on post-sequences, functional genomic questions. The major technical platforms of high-throughput sequencing, high-throughput proteomics, bioinformatics, and HPC (High-Performance Computing Service) are integrated with programmes in molecular and cellular biology, and computational biology. Genome Institute houses Sequencing Laboratory, Proteomics Laboratory and Biostatistics and Informatics Laboratory, as well as providing DNA sequencing and related services through the Bioservice Unit and servicing genomic data through HPC and the Genomics Database Laboratory. Genome Institute currently houses the following genomic databases: Rice, Shrimp, Cassava, Spirulina and Thai SNP. It also plans to cover oil palm genome in the coming year.

  • Plant Molecular Genetics Unit
    The research unit focuses on molecular genetic study of male sterility in rice plant to further the research study on hybrid rice.

  • Shrimp Biotechnology Business Unit (SBBU)
    The unit is an autonomous unit within BIOTEC to provide public service to develop the commercial potential of BIOTEC’s shrimp research. Along with the commercialization of diagnostic kits, SBBU expertise in shrimp health management broadens to diagnostic analysis laboratory, contract research for the shrimp industry, training and consulting. SBBU produces and markets a wide range of kits for diagnostic in crustaceans. The Ezee-Gene® range of PCR products includes test for the major viruses of shrimp; WSSV, TSV, YHV/GAV.
  • Pilot Plant for Nuclear Polyhedrosis Virus (NPV) Production
    The plant consists of a worm rearing, inoculation and harvesting facility to produce NPV by the in vivo culture of infected beet armyworm ( Spodoptera exigua ). The facility is a pilot production plant to demonstrate to potential investors who would like to obtain the technology for full commercial production. The product produced by the plant is currently used in field demonstrations conducted by the BIOTEC Rural Development Technology Service Unit and is also for sale to farmers and distributors. The facility and knowledge obtained also lends itself to research and development into projects to produce other viral biocontrol agents, varying viral strains and worm types.
  • Thai Traditional Herbs Research and Development Center
    In collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health, the center is geared towards helping local SMEs and community groups to implement research and develop products made from traditional Thai herbs.

Cultural Program at Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Ancient City

The Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya or Ayutthaya in short, is one of Thailand's historical and majestic highlights. Serving as the Thai capital for 417 years (1350 – 1767: Kingdom of Ayutthaya), it was once glorified as one of the biggest cities in Southeast Asia. During the 17th century, most foreign visitors to Ayutthaya, traders or diplomats alike, claimed Ayutthaya to be the most illustrious and glittering city that they had ever visited. The map of Ayutthaya published in 1691 by Simon de la Loubere in Du Royaume De Siam is proof of such recognition.

The Kingdom of Ayutthaya reached its apex in terms of sovereignty, military might, wealth, culture, and international commerce in the 16th century when the Kingdoms territory was extended far beyond present-day Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar. Ayutthaya even had diplomatic relations with Louis XIV of France and was courted by Dutch, Portuguese, English, Chinese and Japanese merchants.

Visitors can explore and appreciate Thai history in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, which is situated only 86 kilometers north of Bangkok. Visitors to Ayutthaya can marvel at its grandeur reflected through numerous magnificent structures and ruins concentrated in and around the city island surrounded by Maenam Chao Phraya, Maenam Pa Sak and Maenam Lopburi.

More importantly, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Historical Park, an extensive historical site in the heart of Ayutthaya City, has been included in UNESCO's World Heritage list since 13 December 1991.

Source: Tourism Authority of Thailand, http://www.tourismthailand.org

Limitation of Space:    50 persons

Registrant will receive:

  1. Transportation round trip during the tour
  2. One-day lunch and morning refreshment


  1. The Technical Program Tour reserves for the full-package participants who has completed the payment process.
  2. The admission fees of historical places are not inclusive of registration fee.
National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Thailand (BIOTEC)