Agricultural Technology Foresight and Biodiversity Impacts

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Agricultural Technology Foresight and Biodiversity Impacts
I. Introduction
According to the agreement in 5th Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO)-Taipei Economic and Culture Office (TECO) Joint Science and Technology Commission Meeting, Ministry of Science and Technology and Department of Science and Technology-Philippines joint call for proposals to promote bilateral cooperation in science and personnel exchange.
II. Highlights
1. Professor Te-Yu Liao and his team’s project “Bilateral International Cooperative Project” is funded by Ministry of Science and Technology to work on DNA barcoding of marine fishes from Vietnam. In total, 3674 specimens of 420 species were collected from Haiphong, Ninh Thuan and Phu Quoc, and voucher specimens of all tissue samples are photographed. Except for large species, at least one specimen of each species was preserved and brought back to Taiwan deposited in the Department of Oceanography, National Sun Yat-sen University for future studies on phylogeography, connectivity and taxonomy. A fragment of mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I gene of at least one specimen of every species of each sampling locality was sequenced for the purpose of DNA barcoding, and the obtained data will be published once the analyses are finished. Through the bilateral project, a scientific paper regarding distribution and taxonomy of a moray fish species has been accepted by Journal of Applied Ichthyology. This project also promote establishment of relationship between Taiwanese and Vietnamese counterparts. There are four visits including sample collection and molecular training.
2. In June 2018, two agriculture projects (The Health, Agriculture, and Training (HAT) Program) were approved. Professor Wen-Hsin Chung’s team has sent a Letter of Intent to promote international cooperation in Investigation of strawberry anthracnose and establishment of integrated pest management with Ms. Jocelyn C. Perez in Philippines. The expected goal is to establish Good Agriculture Practice and organic farming system. Overall results are positive impact on social, economic and academic development. Professor Kuang-Ren Chung’s team is preparing to sign a MOU with College of Agriculture, Nueva Vizcaya State University in Philippines. The expected goal is to develop effective Integrated Pest Management approach for controlling diseases and pests of citrus and reduce reliance on fungicides in citrus.
III. Related Links
  1. The 6th MECO-TECO Joint Science and Technology Commission (JSTC)