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VAAS-NCHU Agricultural Science and Technology Innovation Cooperation

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I. Introduction

National Chung Hsing University (NCHU) has been playing a world-leading role in the research of tropical and subtropical agriculture for decades. NCHU has also been an important institution to enhance the governmental assistance for promoting the agricultural production for developing countries. NCHU has recently selected Southeastern Asian countries as the major partners for modern agricultural technology transfers. Through the mutual collaborations, Taiwan can help transfer modern agricultural technology to upgrade agricultural production of developing countries and also deployed international markets of our Agro-biotech business. The formal and current Presidents of VAAS have visited NCHU several times and signed a scientific collaboration agreement with NCHU in 2014. Based on the intimate relationship between NCHU and VAAS, in this project we selected VAAS at Hanoi, Vietnam, as our major partner for promoting the mutual cooperation in agricultural science and technology.

In cope with the governmental New-South bound police, we intended to establish an overseas Agricultural Science and technology Innovation Center at VAAS, Hanoi to strengthen the collaboration between Taiwan and Vietnam. The Biotechnology Center of NCHU and the International Science and Technology Center of VAAS are the two contact windows for fascinating all collaborative affairs. In this special project, NCHU will mobilize the leading top scientist on different agri-biotech industries, including the modern plant protection bio-industries of agricultural biofertilizer, biopesticide, control of soil-borne diseases, production of pathogen-free seedlings and virus control; and modern food industries of food processing and functional foods. Through the operation of this overseas agricultural STIC at VAAS, the collaborative platforms of above items will be established via different VAAS-controlled research institutions and associated universities.

The major mission of this center will focus on promoting personnel exchanges and training, collaborating to solve important problems of agriculture in Vietnam. Most importantly, through technology transfers and intellectual properties agreement with the STIC associated with VAAS and private sectors, modern agri-biotech industries will be introduced from Taiwan to upgrade the level of Vietnam agricultural production, and at the same time the payment of IP loyalty and the establishment of overseas markets will benefit Taiwan. We believe that this NCHU-VAAS overseas STIC will not only help transform Vietnam agri-biotech industries, but also provide a good model for other Southeastern and South Asian counties for the export of Taiwan Agri-biotech technology and the deployment our international markets.

II. Highlights

2017.12.07 NCHU signed an academic exchange and cooperation agreement with the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS).

Under the coordination of Prof. Woo-Nang Chang, the retired professor of NCHU Horticulture Department. We attained an agreement with VAAS to sign a comprehensive academic cooperation agreement with NCHU, in order to promote academic research and talent exchange, as well as the establishment of the new agricultural biotechnology industry.

Agreement for Scholarly Exchange and Collaboration

Agreement for Scholarly Exchange and Collaboration

 

2018.02.04 Visitation of Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Hanoi to discuss the establishment of VAAS-NCHU ASTIC

Prof. Yeh and Prof. Chang visited the headquarters of VAAS. They first visited the Department of Science & International Cooperation to discuss with Dr. Bui Quang Dang, then the staff led them to the VAAS-NCHU ASTIC office. Later, they discuss about the cooperation projects and related matters with Dr. Dang and Deputy Director of VAAS Dr. Le Quoc Thanh, and signed an official agreement.

Discussion with VAAS executives.

Discussion with VAAS executives.

 

Photo taken with Deputy Director of VAAS, Dr. Thanh (second from left), Director of Department of Science & International Cooperation, Dr. Dang (first from left), and Director of CTDAE, Dr. Dan (second from right).

Photo taken with Deputy Director of VAAS, Dr. Thanh (second from left), Director of Department of Science & International Cooperation, Dr. Dang (first from left), and Director of CTDAE, Dr. Dan (second from right).

 

Office area of VAAS-NCHU ASTIC.

Office area of VAAS-NCHU ASTIC.

Consent letter signed for VAAS-NCHU ASTIC.

Consent letter signed for VAAS-NCHU ASTIC.

 

2018.02.05 Visitation of the virus-free passion fruit seedlings nursery of NaFoods in Que Phong county, Nghe An province

The visiting group arrived at Vinh city to view the virus detection laboratory assisted by Prof. Yeh. Under the accompany of Mr. Pham Duy Thai, head of NaFoods nursery, we also visited the virus-free passion fruit seedlings nursery in Que Phong, a place located near the border of Laos. We carefully stated some recommendations and asked to record, hoping that they pay attention to the mother plant, as a virus-free condition. We also planned for personnel training, management and the service mode of the virus detection laboratory. NaFoods has signed a 2.4 million technical transfer contract with NCHU in 2016, as a “win-win” example for Taiwan-Vietnam cooperation.

Prof. Yeh and Prof. Chang visited the virus-free passion fruit seedlings nursery of NaFoods.

Prof. Yeh and Prof. Chang visited the virus-free passion fruit seedlings nursery of NaFoods.

Grafting seedlings waitng for shipment.

Grafting seedlings waitng for shipment.

Construction completion of virus detection center of NaFoods-NCHU.

Construction completion of virus detection center of NaFoods-NCHU.

 

Equipment for virus detection center is ready.

Equipment for virus detection center is ready.

 

2018.02.08 Visit to Hanoi Plant Protection Research Institute (PPRI)

The Deputy Director Dr. Ha Min Tanh did his research in the laboratory of Prof. Jenn-Wen Huang in NCHU Plant Pathology Department for four years and got his doctoral degree. He is currently the Deputy Director of PPRI, and this is a model for talent education. We talked to the Deputy Director, the Director of plant disease group, Dr. Dao Hung Anh, and the Deputy Director, Dr. Ngoc, also a young researcher who in charge of the passion fruit virus detection, Mr. Duy Hung. Three of them are plant virologists. They planned to carry out a comprehensive investigation of the Vietnamese passion fruit virus to confirm the main virus infecting passion fruit in Vietnam. We also exchanged the idea of introducing papaya tissue culture seedlings from Taiwan, in order to control the papaya virus by cross-protection strategy. In addition, we have also planned for the prevention and control of soil diseases, by introducing biologics developed by Prof. Huang, to effectively control the soil diseases of pepper and coffee.

Meeting with PPRI Deputy Director (first from left), the Director of plant disease group, Dr. Dao (first from right), and the former director, Dr. Ngoc, about the cooperation.

Meeting with PPRI Deputy Director (first from left), the Director of plant disease group, Dr. Dao (first from right), and the former director, Dr. Ngoc, about the cooperation.

 

2018.04.23 VAAS-NCHU Agricultural Sciences and Technology Innovation Cooperation Unveiling Ceremony

Under the subsidy program of Ministry of Science and Technology, Prof. Shyi-Dong Yeh from NCHU spent a lot of time planning for the establishment of VAAS-NCHU Agricultural Sciences and Technology Innovation Cooperation (VAAS-NCHU ASTIC) in VAAS headquarters in Hanoi. After finally completed all the preparations for VAAS-NCHU ASTIC, and officially opened on April 23rd. A total of 9 delegations from NCHU were invited by Prof. Yeh, including the President of NCHU Mr. Fuh-Sheng Shieu, Vice President Jenn-Wen Huang, Director of Biotechnology Center Fuh-Jyh Jan, International Affairs Office Division Director Wen-Ling Deng, Deputy Dean of the College of Agricultural and Natural Resources Sheng-Yang Wang, Global Research and Industry alliance CEO Chu-Wan Hong, Chief Operating Officer Yung-Kai Lin and Professor of Horticultural Department Woo-Nang Chang.

Photo taken at VAAS CTDAE

Photo taken at VAAS CTDAE

ASTIC opening party

ASTIC opening party

 

Prof. Shyi-Dong Yeh, the host of program, explains the mission of ASTIC

Prof. Shyi-Dong Yeh, the host of program, explains the mission of ASTIC

Photo of key members of the opening ceremony

Photo of key members of the opening ceremony

VAAS-NCHU ASTIC unveiling ceremony From the left, the host Prof. Yeh, Vice President Mr. Huang, VAAS Dean Dr. Son, NCHU President Mr. Shieu, and VAAS Deputy Dean Dr. Thanh

VAAS-NCHU ASTIC unveiling ceremony From the left, the host Prof. Yeh, Vice President Mr. Huang, VAAS Dean Dr. Son, NCHU President Mr. Shieu, and VAAS Deputy Dean Dr. Thanh

The heads and key members of both partied took a group photo at ASTIC office

The heads and key members of both partied took a group photo at ASTIC office

 

2018.04.24 Unveiling ceremony of virus detection center of Hanoi NaFoods company

The virus detection center was unveiled by Dr. Nguyen Van Viet, Director of Research Department in NaFoods, and Mr. Pham Duy Thai, head of the nursery field. Prof. Yeh and Prof. Chang reported the work of virus detection center, then the PhD student, Mr. Yee-Hang Chong reported the technical guidance and preliminary results.

Welcome speech given by Mr. Thai on behalf of NaFoods

Welcome speech given by Mr. Thai on behalf of NaFoods

Prof. Yeh from NCHU and NaFoods representative Mr. Thai signed a memorandum of cooperation, to develop the passion fruit virus detection technology.

Prof. Yeh from NCHU and NaFoods representative Mr. Thai signed a memorandum of cooperation, to develop the passion fruit virus detection technology.

NaFoods company presents a gift.

NaFoods company presents a gift.

Opening ribbon cutting ceremony of the Passion Fruit Virus Detection Center.

Opening ribbon cutting ceremony of the Passion Fruit Virus Detection Center.

NCHU-Nafoods Plant Virus Certification Center officially unveiled.

NCHU-Nafoods Plant Virus Certification Center officially unveiled.

Ready for the visit to nursery.

Ready for the visit to nursery.

 

2018.06.15 Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Institute visit Dept. Plant Pathology, NCHU Agriculture and Environment Building Courtesy Signing MOU

Dr. Nguyen Quoc Hung, Dean of the Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Research Institute, Dr. Tran Ngoc Hung, Chair of the Biotechnology Department, Dr. Vu Viet Hung, Chair of the Fruit Tree Department, Ms. Le Thi Ha, Director of International Affairs, and Ms. Hoang Thi Tuyet Nhung, the Chief Director, a total of 5 people came to NCHU on June 15th, 2018. Prof. Yeh, host of the program led a seminar with professors of related departments and signed a memorandum of cooperation with the dean of the College of Agriculture, Dr. Su-Chin, Chen, to cooperate and complete the research on management of papaya ringspot virus (PRSV) and papaya tissue culture and propagation technology in Vietnam.

Photo taken with professors and students of NCHU Plant Pathology Department

Photo taken with professors and students of NCHU Plant Pathology Department

Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Research Institute and College of Agricultural and Natural Resources of NCHU signed a memorandum of cooperation.

Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Research Institute and College of Agricultural and Natural Resources of NCHU signed a memorandum of cooperation.

Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Research Institute and College of Agricultural and Natural Resources of NCHU signed a memorandum of cooperation.

Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Research Institute and College of Agricultural and Natural Resources of NCHU signed a memorandum of cooperation.

 

2018.10.05 Crop Soil Disease Dissemination Conference

The Vietnamese representatives, Deputy Dean of VAAS, Dr. Phem Van Toan, and NCHU representatives, Academician Dr. Shyi-Dong Yeh, host the opening ceremony. Dr. Bui Quang Dang, Director of VAAS International Affairs Office, in charge the whole event, while Dr. Ha Minh Thanh, Deputy Director of Plant Protection Research Institute, was responsible for the venue layout, the meeting schedule and the agenda printing. Dr. Tong-Yi, Li, Head of the Ministry of Science and Technology in Vietnam also came and pay tribute. It can be seen that both sides attach importance to this seminar. In part of Taiwan, the Vice President of NCHU led the relevant experts in Soil Disease to join the seminar, including two companies Advanced Green Biotechnology Inc. and Jia Non Biotech Shareholding Company. There were altogether 10 participants from Taiwan and 35 experts from Vietnam, and also two major group companies, Hop Tri and Loc Troi. 48 scholars attended the seminar, all experts from Taiwan and Vietnam, and large enterprises from both sides also joined the event, this is a very successful combination of the industry, learning and research. This seminar was also highly valued by VAAS, two deputy deans of VAAS participated in the whole event, and gave us a warm reception at the dinner. This was an important and successful seminar.

Speech given by Academician Shyi-Dong Yeh, host of ASTIC.

Speech given by Academician Shyi-Dong Yeh, host of ASTIC.

Speech given by Dr. Tong-Yi, Li, representative of Science and Technology Department.

Speech given by Dr. Tong-Yi, Li, representative of Science and Technology Department.

Dr. Toan, Vice President of VAAS, chaired the meeting.

Dr. Toan, Vice President of VAAS, chaired the meeting.

Group of the Taiwan and Vietnam speakers.

Group of the Taiwan and Vietnam speakers.

Dr. Ha Minh Thanh (third from right), Deputy Dean of PPRI, received Academician Shyi-Dong Yeh, Vice President Jenn-Wen Huang and Taiwan representatives.

Dr. Ha Minh Thanh (third from right), Deputy Dean of PPRI, received Academician Shyi-Dong Yeh, Vice President Jenn-Wen Huang and Taiwan representatives.

Photo taken in front of PPRI

Photo taken in front of PPRI

 

2018.12.13-12.15 「Propagation system of virus-free passionfruit seedlings in Vietnam and development of mild strains for control of passionfruit virus」2018 Future Tech

Virus-free passionfruit seedlings were examined by molecular detection method and transferred to Vietnam. Currently, Vietnam can produce 4 million seedlings a year, becoming an important passionfruit production country. In 2018, ‘Nafoods-NCHU Plant Virus Certification Center’ was established to ensure the production of virus-free passionfruit seedlings. Currently, we are developing mild vaccine to protect passionfruit for sustainable production.

 

Future Science and Technology Exhibition Hall

Future Science and Technology Exhibition Hall

Group photo with awards winners

Group photo with awards winners

Awards ceremony

 

2019.09.03-09.05 International Symposium on Virus Diseases of Important Crops 

This symposium themes focus on virus detection and classification, emerging viruses and epidemiology, resistance and control measures, and molecular virology. There were over 200 participants in this international symposium including eleven foreign speakers from USA, Japan, Singapore and Vietnam; seventeen local speakers mainly from NCHU, NTU, Academia Sinica who shared excellent academic achievements.

2019.09.03-09.05 International Symposium on Virus Diseases of Important Crops

 

2019.12.05-12.07 International Symposium on Advanced Plant Biotechnology

During Dec 5th to 7th 2019, the International Symposium on Advanced Plant Biotechnology has been held in the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS) focusing on the topics of rice, orchid and plant-pathogen interaction technologies. A total of 15 renowned scientists from VAAS-NCHU ASTIC and Academia Sinica (Taiwan), ETH Zurich (Switzerland) and UCDavis (USA) together with 7 experts in Vietnam have been invited to attend this symposium for consolidating the international collaborations among these four countries, and further promoting the application of advanced plant biotechnology to solve the important problems of tropical agriculture.

2019.12.05-12.07 International Symposium on Advanced Plant Biotechnology

2019.12.05-12.07 International Symposium on Advanced Plant Biotechnology

 

III.. Related Links

  1. VAAS-NCHU Agricultural Science and Technology Innovation Cooperatio
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2020-05-26