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News Year 2010

NSTDA researchers are successful in rehabilitating saline soil field that had been used for salt farming by growing salt tolerant plants.  Within three years, the salinity of the soil has been reduced to just and the land is now used to grow harvested trees and agricultural plants.

Through the environment cluster management program, NSTDA developed technology to produce porous material which is resistant to low temperature, made from rice husk ash and other waste materials.  This material can be used in diverse industries ie: construction, aquaculture and soil-less planting.  The products from this research include:

Single-use plastic packaging like plastic bags, plastic trays and protective foam is the cause of major environmental concerns as they present problems concerning multiplying quantity and disposal.  Developing biodegradable plastic made with materials that can be manufactured locally is therefore a great solution to such problems.

NSTDA researchers have researched and developed a palm oil extraction system which does not require steam.  One system can process 1 ton of palms per hour or 1,500 rai of palm trees, which is suitable for the use of a community.  The system uses only a small space.  It requires no steaming system which means more convenient control. 

NSTDA using medical and public health clusters is supporting Thai researchers to invent and develop medical diagnosis kits.  Now a product has already been successfully developed and can be used in actual diagnosis efficiently and accurately.

The light-weight synthetic pellet “G-Rock”, an innovation for construction materials developed by MTEC researchers, was voted the “Most Interesting Technology for Investment” by investors at the NSTDA Investor’s Day 2010 event. The innovation adds value to sedimentary clay from tap water plants, adds weight-bearing and insulation

Located in the central plain of Thailand, an intensively cultivated rice land, many provinces such as Ayutthaya, Suphan Buri and Nakhon Pathom are a lowland area drained by the Chao Phraya River and its tributaries.  During a monsoon season, flash flooding is a common problem in these areas.  Large areas of rice paddy fields are submerged under the water.  Only some rice varieties have ability to survive and perform well under submergence condition.

To prove that “a one-atom-thick material really exists”, Dr. Andre Geim and Dr. Konstantin Novoselov from the University of Manchester, England, patiently conducted research and discovered “graphene – the one-atom-thick material” as a result.  This year, the two won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics and “graphene” has become the most watched material as it will change the technology of tomorrow.

Drug allergy is a significant problem in medical practice both for human and animal. In order to help domestic animals from experiencing this ailment, it is necessary to look for mechanisms that will produce early allergy warning signs.  Dr. Ekachai Jenwitheesuk, Researcher at BIOTEC Biostatistics and Informatics and a veterinarian himself has taken on the tasks of researching and inventing a device to test drug allergy for animal.

Researchers at the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) and Kasetsart University (Kamphaeng San Campus) have made a major scientific breakthrough by uncovering a genetic code that controls the aroma of Thai rice and discovering how to prove the gene’s role in controlling the rice’s fragrance.  The patent

A device for blocking mobile phone signals, the T-Box 3.0 has been developed by the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center and is in use by Thailand’s national security forces. Mobile phones are used by terrorists to detonate explosives, constituting a danger to life and property, and the Prime Minister’s Council for National Security

The Development of Science and Technology Personnel

Keeping up with advanced knowledge and technology brings about advantages in business competition and is an important instrument in bringing an organisation to a leading position in today’s global competition. However, no matter how advanced the technologies are, if the personnel who use them fail to keep up with them, their