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NSTDA organized an exhibition showcasing innovations in agriculture at HortEx Vietnam 2019 held at Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on 13-15 March 2019. Three innovations were on display:

  • Plant disease detection tests. Plant disease detection tests are essential for disease diagnosis and management, epidemiology studies, plant breeding programs and disease-free certification for export. A number of accurate and inexpensive detection tests for plant pathogens have been developed by Thai scientists. Products on display include a diagnostic test for Acidovorax citrulli, a rapid test for Acidovorax citrulli, a rapid test for multiplex detection of three pathogens in cucurbits, a multiplex RT-PCR-ELISA to detect and differentiate tospovirus species, and reagents for detection of viral and bacterial pathogens.
  • NPV for pest control. NPV is an entomopathogenic virus used for controlling beet armyworm. The product can be applied to several plants such as shallot, onion, asparagus mung bean, marigold, orchid, rose and chrysanthemum. This NPV product has highly specific effect on the insect pest target and is safe for human, beneficial insects and environment.
  • ActivePAKTM. ActivePAKTM is an innovative fresh produce packaging film with Equilibrium Modified Atmosphere (EMA) technology. It can keep fruit and vegetables fresh for 2-5 times longer compared to standard perforated plastic bags.



In addition, NSTDA also invited Thai companies to join the delegation to visit HortEx Vietnam 2019 in order to explore business opportunity. Nine companies took part in the program.



HortEx Vietnam 2019 was hosted by the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in collaboration with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Vietnam, Vietnam Fruit & Vegetable Association, Flower Association and Vietnam Seed Trade Association. HortEx Vietnam provides a platform for the horticulture and floriculture sector to showcase their work and explore business opportunities.

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With the growing world’s population, economic expansion and increasing use of biomass, global demand for wood and wood products has been on the rise and shall continue for a long period as it is a major source of materials for various industry such as pulp and paper, construction, clothing and furniture. The 20-yr National Strategy identifies that the forestry business has a potential to generate 2-4 trillion-baht revenue annually. To reach this target, 12 agencies from public and private sectors have entered in an MOU to form a consortium to promote sustainable forest management and forestry business. The MOU signing ceremony was held on 26 March 2019 at Thailand Science Park.



Twelve organizations joining this consortium include: 1) Faculty of Forestry, Kasetsart University; 2) Rajamangala University of Technology Tawan-ok; 3) Maejo University, Phrae Campus; 4) Forest Industry Organization; 5) Royal Forest Department; 6) Agarwood Community; 7) Forestry Alumni Association; 8) Fast Growing Tree Association; 9) Thai Timber Association; 10) Thai Biomass Trade Association; 11) Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives; and 12) NSTDA.

The 5-year MOU will have NSTDA serving as the group secretariat, and will be working on setting the standards and certification system for sustainable forestry, as well as R&D on plant breeding and product development to support this business sector.



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NSTDA and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) showcased its electric vehicle (EV) prototype at the Bangkok International Motor Show 2019. This EV prototype is the result of Phase II of the NSTDA-EGAT joint project to transform a used car with an internal combustion engine into an EV.

The car used in Phase II of this project was a 1200cc Nissan Almera. The modified EV has the maximum power output of 61.86 kilowatts and the maximum speed of 160 km/hr. It takes 12-15 hours for a normal charge that will provide enough power for a trip of 150-200 km at the average speed of 90 km/hr. The modification to EV was done using an EV conversion kit developed by NECTEC-NSTDA. The EV conversion kit, now in its prototype stage, is designed to make the modification simple and keep the cost of modification at 200,000 baht/car, excluding the battery cost.  This modified car is much cheaper than a new imported EV which is priced around 3-4 million baht. 




In addition to the EV prototype, a 32A EV charging station developed by NECTEC-NSTDA is also on display. This charging station takes 4 hours to charge an empty 30 kW battery and meets the requirements of IEC61851 safety standards for EV charging stations.


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Thailand automotive industry contributed 12% of the country’s GDP in 2016 and it is the largest in Southeast Asia. With this foundation, there is ample opportunity to move Thailand’s automotive industry up the ladder by enhancing R&D and manpower development in next generation automotive placing emphasis on energy-saving, eco-friendly and safety.

To address this need, NSTDA Academy in collaboration with the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan (JSAE) organized Basic/Advanced Engineering for Automotive Course on 2-3 April 2019 at Chaophya Park Hotel in Bangkok.  This course is among many courses offered by JSAE in Japan and is the most popular one.  This course was first taught in Thailand in 2016 and since then, has been offered every year and tailored to the Thai audience. This year, the course was attended by 66 participants from 11 companies, 2 academic institutes and 1 automotive agency.


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NSTDA recently officiated a brand-new Plant Factory Facility, aiming to employ cutting-edge technology to enhance the quality and productivity of herbal plants supplied to pharmaceutical, cosmeceutical and nutraceutical industry. NSTDA Plant Factory Facility utilizes the most advanced technologies sourced from Japan and was built with Prof. Toyoki Kozai, a world-leading expert in plant factory, on board as a project advisor.



Thailand currently produces 100 billion-baht worth of herbal plants and herbal products for domestic consumption and export. With the global market size of herbal plants and herbal products stands at 3.2 trillion baht, Thailand has potential to develop and witness the growth in this sector. However, traditional herbal plant production practiced in Thailand results in high pesticide residue and inconsistent level of active ingredients and these have become major obstacles for export. To overcome these problems, a plant factory is introduced. A plant factory is a closed facility utilizing artificial control of light, temperature, moisture, and carbon dioxide concentrations to achieve constant production and uniformity of crops without the use of pesticide as the facility is closed and equipped with an air filtering system. Plant productivity and content of active ingredients can be enhanced by providing optimal conditions for plant growth. NSTDA Plant Factory Facility will therefore strengthen the capability of pharmaceutical, cosmeceutical and nutraceutical industry which is part of bioeconomy landscape.

NSTDA’s Plant Factory Facility is built on 1200 sq.m. space at Thailand Science Park. The facility has an R&D zone and a production-scale zone. R&D of this facility will center around finding the optimal conditions for growing each herbal plant of interest. The production zone is designed for plant production trial based on optimal conditions derived from R&D work. The result of research will be transferred farmers, communities as well as industry. This facility will be managed by BIOTEC-NSTDA with Dr. Chalermpol Kirdmanee leading the research team.



In addition, BIOTEC-NSTDA also built a plant factory system in Nakhon Phanom Province with an aim to improve the quality and productivity of herbal plants supplied to Renunakhon Hospital, a major hospital in Nakhon Phanom Province that manufactures traditional medicines for using in the hospital and distributing to sub-district health promoting hospitals in Nakhon Phanom and nearby.


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Food Innopolis, a food innovation hub of NSTDA, held a press conference on 26 March 2019, announcing an establishment of Future Food Lab and Sensory Testing Lab in collaboration with its partners. Representing NSTDA at the press event were Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, NSTDA President and Dr. Akkharawit Kanjana-Opas, NSTDA Vice President and CEO of Food Innopolis, in the presences of alliances of Food Innopolis, including Mr. Chamlong Termglinchan, CEO of SunGroup, Prof. Pornsak Sriamornsak and Asst. Prof. Bundit Innawong, both from Silpakorn University.



Future Food Lab is a collaboration between Food Innopolis and Silpakorn University, offering services of lab space and expertise ranging from product development to market analysis to food industry, especially SMEs. The lab has been in operation for a period of time, and has serviced more than 20 companies so far. To enhance its research ecosystem, Future Food Lab is adding Food Ingredient Library into its features.  Food Ingredient Library is a new resource for researchers looking for information and samples of food ingredients for research trial. This is the first library established by Food Innopolis and will serve as a model for other types of library to follow, such as Material Library (a resource on food packaging) and OEM Library (a database of OEM service providers). Asst. Prof. Bundit Innawong of Silpakorn University is now serving as Manager of Future Food Lab.

Sensory Testing Lab is co-founded by SunGroup and Food Innopolis, with the consultation of experts from the Faculty of Agro-Industry, Chiang Mai University. Following international standard methods, the lab will play a key role in the product development process of the company. SunGroup also plans to offer service on sensory evaluation to clients outside the company in the future.


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NSTDA and the National Applied Research Laboratories of Taiwan or NARLabs have strengthen collaboration with a signing of a memorandum of understanding and an opening of NARLabs Bangkok Office at the Thailand Science Park.  The ceremony was held on 26 March 2019 with executives of both parties led by Prof. Yeong-Her Wang, NARLabs President and Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, NSTDA President.



The MOU between NARLabs and NSTDA aims to promote collaboration through an exchange of knowledge and research staff, joint workshops/symposia, joint research projects and the promotion of technology/IP commercialization.

As the first step of the MOU implementation, NARLabs brought a number of its top scientists and staff to participate in the NSTDA Annual Conference 2019 (NAC2019) and organized activities in tandem such as exhibition, keynote lectures in several NAC2019 scientific seminars, and a joint workshop. NARLabs delegation also had a chance to tour research facilities of NSTDA, namely MTEC, NANOTEC, NSTDA Characterization and Testing Service Center, and Thailand Organic & Printed Electronics Innovation Center, and meet with Thai companies located in Thailand Science Park.



A NSTDA-NARLabs Joint Workshop was held on 27 March, offering opportunities for scientists of both sides to discuss and formulate joint research projects in the topics of cyber-physical systems (CPS), internet of things (IoT), high-performance computing, photonics technology and opto-electrochemical sensing.



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The Business Incubation Center of the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST) brought five promising Taiwanese companies to attend NSTDA Annual Conference 2019 (NAC2019) held from 25-28 March 2019 to explore potential business collaboration with Thai academic and industry.  Leading the team of companies’ representatives was Dr. Jason Cheng, CEO of NTUST Business Incubation Center.

Five companies seeking business opportunities in Thailand are as follows:

  • PicSee Inc. PicSee is a social marketing company constantly striving to improve the quality of social marketing operations.
  • Opah Intelligence. This company employs advanced innovations in artificial intelligence and IoT to support education sector.
  • Yiqun Green Energy Tech Limited. This recently-established startup is working on R&D for high-density power conversion and automotive electronics.
  • En Ke Yu Company Limited. This company provide the latest energy-saving solutions for commercial spaces such as hotels, office buildings, hospitals, etc.
  • Design Automation Company Limited (DAC). DAC is engaged in the development of new technologies with innovative design and multidisciplinary applications. Its recent projects involve developing novel solutions to environmental pollution problems and biomedical services.

A special session on “Thailand-NTUST Pitch Day & Business Matching” was organized on 26 March as part of NAC2019 program lineup.


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HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn graciously presided over the opening ceremony of NSTDA Annual Conference 2019 (NAC2019) on 25 March 2019 at Thailand Science Park.  With the theme of “Moving Towards Thailand’s Future Economy with Science, Technology and Innovation”, NAC2019, held between 25-28 March, is filled with exciting activities, ranging from scientific seminars in various subjects, to exhibition displaying projects and innovations from NSTDA, public and private sectors in Thailand and overseas, an open house for visitors to tour research facilities of NSTDA and companies located in Thailand Science Park and fun activities for science teachers and students.

After delivering an opening remarks, Princess Sirindhorn was given a tour to the exhibition hall where she was introduced to a number of research highlights such as food innovations, bio-based industry, advanced aquaculture system, a collaborative bioeconomy project between NSTDA and Forschungszentrum Jülich, aquaculture feed employing protein-binding hydrogel, nanovaccine for aquaculture, TPMAP (Thai People Map and Analytics Platform) and Fabrication Lab project.



On this occasion, Princess Sirindhorn visited a brand-new Plant Factory Facility, recently constructed with funding from the Ministry of Science and Technology. A plant factory is a closed facility utilizing artificial control of light, temperature, moisture, and carbon dioxide concentrations to achieve constant production and uniformity of crops. NSTDA’s Plant Factory Facility is built on 1200 sq.m. space in Innovation Cluster 2 Building and is currently used for the trial production of high-value herbal plants such as Kariyat (Andrographis paniculata (Burm.f) Wall. ex Nees) and tiger’s herb (Centella asiatica).


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NSTDA welcomed four distinguished experts to its campus to share their experience and wisdom in the Presidents’ Forum: Challenges and Chances of R&D Management in the 21st Century, held on 25 March 2019.  Four prestigious keynote speakers drawn from leading academic and research institutes in Asia are:

  • Prof. James C. Liao, President of Academia Sinica, Taiwan;
  • Prof. Yeong-Her Wang, President of National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs), Taiwan;
  • Dr. Raj Thampuran, Managing Director of Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore; and
  • Dr. Eden Y Woon, President of Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand.



As the world are increasingly faced with challenges, including energy security, food scarcity, climate change and aging population, the fast-paced technological advancement can offer boundless solutions to many of these problems. It is therefore imperative that R&D is properly managed in order to deliver optimal solutions in a timely manner. This Presidents’ Forum was therefore conceived so that NSTDA can learn from the experience and success of exceptional academic and research organizations; as well as to explore and strengthen collaboration between Thai academic and research agencies with these esteemed organizations.

In addition to NSTDA executives, the forum also welcomed the attendance of Secretary General of the National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office, President of King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi and Vice Rector of Thammasat University.



 Further to the Presidents’ Forum, Prof. James C. Liao delivered a keynote lecture on Synthetic Biology for Sustainability and Healthcare in NAC2019 Conference: Technology and Innovation Drives the Bio-industry toward to Thailand 4.0, and Prof. Yeong-Her Wang led his NARLabs delegation to participate in several functions held during NAC2019 including an MOU signing with NSTDA and a NSTDA-NARLabs Joint Workshop.


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