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December 09, 2015

LAMP-LFD assay for malaria parasite detection

Malaria is largely a preventable and curable disease. However, a delay or an inappropriate treatment can result in serious adverse outcomes for patient. Rapid, simple and cost-effective diagnostic tests that can be easily adapted and rapidly scaled-up at the field or community levels are needed. BIOTEC researchers have developed an…
November 13, 2015

Insights to pathogenicity and host specificity in insect fungi

Ophiocordyceps unilateralis is referred to as a zombie ant fungus because it causes the infected host ant to climb into vegetation, bite vegetal materials then hang themselves upside down until death. The biology of O. unilateralis still has much to be discovered and the genome sequencing of this species will help…
October 28, 2015

Discovery of a halotolerant yeast, a potential starter culture for soy sauce fermentation

Soy sauce is made by the fermentation of soybeans combined with wheat flour, rice flour, and brine. The production involves two steps: koji fermentation using Aspergillus oryzae and moromi fermentation by adding brine solution into the koji.  In moromi fermentation, glutaminase produced by naturally-present yeast converts l-glutamine originated from soy…
August 18, 2015

The use of bacteriophage to control bacterial wilt

Bacterial wilt caused by R. solanacearum is one of the most devastating diseases of many economically important crops in Thailand such as ginger, pepper, tomato, potato and Curcuma alismatifolia Gagnep. At present, protection from losses by bacterial wilt is achieved mainly by early detection and subsequent eradication by destroying the…
July 16, 2015

Capacity Building in Biosafety of Genetically Modified Microorganisms

A genetically modified microorganism (GMM) is a microorganism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic modification techniques to produce desired genetic features for specific needs. In an industrial scale, GMMs have been utilized to produce specially designed products in a wide range of industries, from pharmaceutical and medical supply…
June 10, 2015

Building up national capacity in plant breeding to enhance food security

It was reported that climate change will have a great effect on agricultural sector.  As Thailand is an agriculture-based country, with half of the land and 35% of the labor force devoted to agriculture, this is a major threat to its economy and food security.  To cope with the effect…
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