Project : Background
by Pairash  Thajchayapong, Akagi Osamu,Tanit  Changthavorn and Pariyaporn Thengprasert

 

Introduction

The HCMR project, more fully the Human-Chicken Multi-Relations Research Project, H.I.H. Prince Akishinonomiya Fumihito’s Research under the Royal Patronage of H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, was initiated during H.I.H. Prince Akishinonomiya Fumihito’s visit to Thailand in August 2003. This initiative is based on His Imperial Highness’s profound academic interest in human and chicken relationships. Her Royal Highness most graciously bestowed her patronage on this project and assigned Thai experts to work with Japanese experts. Her Royal Highness has also paid special attention to this project by visiting HCMR exhibitions on many occasions and encouraging Thai HCMR researchers to present progress reports on the project.

 


 

 

 

                       Figure 1  H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and H.I.H. Prince Akishinonomiya
                                Fumihito Visit an exhibition during the 2007 HCMR Congress held at Thailand
                                Science Park in March 2007                                     

The HCMR study was designed to investigate the domestication of chickens as the result of human interaction. Throughout the HCMR project, Thai and Japanese experts jointly worked together in various academic fields, including biology and ecology, humanities, economics and geo-informatics and space technology. Many joint surveys and research activities have been conducted in several areas of Chiang Rai Province. In August 2004, the first joint field survey was conducted at five locations in Chiang Rai: Pong Pa Kham Village; Huai San Village; Pa Kham Samakkhi Village; Na-to Village; Ruam Chai Village. Later similar joint research projects have been conducted on several occasions. H.I.H. Prince Akishinonomiya Fumihito himself has paid considerable attention to this project by leading HCMR researchers in conducting joint research in various areas in Thailand on two occasions in 2006 and 2007. 


 

 

 

 

Figure 2-4  Joint field servey at researchsite in Chiang Rai Province

 

Project management
Apart from research activities, the HCMR project also recognizes the importance of project management. The project lays down basic rules as follows:

  1. Scope and details of study shall be discussed and agreed upon by Thai and Japanese HCMR researchers.
  2. All HCMR activities shall be jointly conducted by Thai and Japanese researchers
  3. Any movement and use of biological material shall comply with applicable laws and regulations.
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  5. All information shall be kept and managed in www.biotec.or.th/hcmr.
  6. HCMR researchers can use HCMR information, provided that they inform HCMR managers in advance.
  7. Any use of information in publication shall cite the title of HCMR project ‘Haman-Chicken Multi-Relationships Research Project – H.I.H. Prince Akishinonomiya Fumihito’s Research under the Royal Patronage of H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’.

The management is under the responsibility of the HCMR joint steering committee, consisting of Prof. Dr. Pairash Thajchayapong, Prof. Akagi Osamu, Prof. Yoshihiro Hayashi, Dr. Tanit Changthavorn and Miss Pariyaporn Thengprasert.

HCMR Progress

The HCMR researchers have produced many interesting findings, for example, the humanistic study of chickens where researchers investigated the relationship between chickens and humans in folklore, myth and ritual. The scientists invested great efforts in the genetic and ecological study of wild chickens, decoy chickens and domestic chickens.

 

 

Figure 5 H.I.H. Prince Akishinonomiya Fumihito leads Thai and Japanese HCMR researchers
to conduct field study in chaing Rai Province in 2006

 

Figure 6 H.I.H. Prince Akishinonomiya Fumihito leads Thai and Japanese HCMR researchers
to conduct field study in Suphan Buri Province in March 2007

 
Every year, the HCMR researchers and other experts are invited to meet and discuss the progress of the HCMR project. The first two HCMR congresses were  organized in Tokyo, Japan in 2005 and 2006. At these two events, researchers shared their information and knowledge concerning the HCMR research results. H.I.H. Prince Akishinonomiya Fumihito graciously presided over these two Congresses and actively participated in the discussions. The 2007 HCMR Congress was the third event and was the first to be organized in Thailand. H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn graciously presided over the 2007 Congress and H.I.H. Prince Akishinonomiya Fumihito gave a special talk.

 

 

Figure 7  H.I.H  Prince  Akishinonomita Fumihito and H.I.H. Princess Kiko attend the2005
HCMR Congress in Japan

 

 

 

Figure 8 H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirinthorn and H.I.H. Prince Akishinonomiya Fumihito
at the 2007 HCMR Congress

 

 

Figure 9 H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and H.I.H. Prince Akishininimiya Fumihito sit for photograph
with HCMR executive membbers and VIP guests at the 2007 HCMR Congress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Figure 10-11  H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and H.I.H. Prince Akishinonomiya Fumihito sit for a photograph with HCMR researchers at the 2007 HCMR Congress


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The progress of HCMR projects has been demonstrated on many occasions. The latest HCMR exhibition was organized at Chulalongkorn University on 13 June 2006. Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan graciously visited the HCMR exhibition.

Under the HCMR project, the researchers have produced a number of articles published in many journals. His Imperial Highness’s book entitled Niwatori to Hito published in the year 2000 has been translated into Thai in order to share the useful knowledge therein with a Thai readership. . In 2010, the HCMR project publishes a book entitled “Chickens and Humans in Thailand: Their Multiple Relationships and Domestication”. This book compiles all important findings and knowledge from the HCMR project.



 

 

 

 

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