A five-year research partnership has been inked by East-West Seed and Thailand’s Chiang Mai University recently. The memorandum of agreement (MOU) will consolidate and build on earlier collaborations between the two partners. The two have earlier collaborated in a papaya micropropagation project and the company provides training for 6-10 bachelor students in their Hortigenetics Research center every year. In September 2015, the company donated a DNA sequencer to the Faculty of Agriculture.
Towards 2018, East-West Seed and CMU will be co-organizing the Scientific Solanaceae conference, that is held in a different country every year. The conference focuses on solanaceous crops like tomato, potato, tobacco, eggplant, pepper, and the ornamental Petunia hybrida.
East-West Seed vice president Simon Jan de Hoop stated: “We aim to contribute to the academic careers of students and scientists. High quality academic research is essential to facilitate innovation and future development in our industry. I am very happy to intensify our collaboration with Chiang Mai University – which is almost our neighbor – and reinforce our worldwide network of research partners.”
Prof. Theera Visitpanich, dean of the Faculty of Agriculture at cmu, responded: “We are proud to work with East-West Seed, the leading vegetable seed breeder in Southeast Asia. It is valuable to connect our students and researchers to the veeryday practich of agricultural business.”
On January 15, 2016, 500 students, including 150 from CMU, visited East-West Seed’s demonstration fields in Chiang Mai. They were welcomed by Simon Jan de Hoop and got a tour of the breeding facilities and demonstration fields at East-West Seed’s Simon Groot Research Center in Chiang Mai.