BANGKOK, 10 February 2012 (NNT) – Researchers from the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology of Thailand (BIOTEC) have successfully developed ‘Ascochlorin’, which is viral resistant, from fungi found 8 years ago in a national park.
According to BIOTEC Director Dr. Kanyawim Kirtikara, a team of scientists from BIOTEC and the Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, have discovered a natural antibiotic called ‘Ascochlorin’ from insects living in Khao Yai National Park.
The researchers had published their discovery in the Journal of Antibitotics in 2004. The article had drawn attention from a pharmaceutical company ‘Sigma Aldrich’ who later obtained a license to produce Ascochlorin for commercial purpose.
Dr.Kanyawim said BIOTEC researchers have been collecting and studying microorganisms since 1993 for sustainable benefits and conservation purpose. According to her, there are currently 40,000 micro-organism samples kept at BIOTEC’s micro-organism bank. These micro-organisms can be developed to produce medicines, pesticides and enzymes in the industrial sector.
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