Updated on 30 July 2012
In the projects DNA chip for identification and typing Mycobacterium tuberculosis using DigiTag platform, 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 to develop 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.
The third project is 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.
The Strategic Japanese-Thai Cooperative Program was developed under the Memorandum of Understanding between JST and NSTDA in 2009. An important principle of the program is that the collaborations between Thailand and Japan should build on and strengthen on-going research activities in each research group, and the outcome of these should benefit people in both countries.