Orchid research team wins innovation award


TAIPEI, Taiwan — An orchid research team at National Chiayi University in southern Taiwan has won this year’s national innovation award for its research in phalaenopsis biotechnology, a university spokesman said yesterday.

The award was founded by the Institute for Biotechnology and Medicine Industry in 2002 to recognize excellent research results and encourage the transfer of technologies in industrial application, the spokesman noted.

The award is divided into three categories — enterprises, academic institutes and students — the spokesman said, adding that the university’s research team has won the award in the category of academic institutes.

Shen Tsai-mu, vice president of the university, and Hsu Shan-te, director of the university’s Horticultural Technology Center, will represent the research team to receive the award in Taipei Dec. 20, the spokesman said.

The research team, inaugurated in 2001, is composed of several professors under Shen’s leadership, the spokesman said.

The researchers are developing key technologies for the local phalaenopsis biotechnology industry and have won numerous awards in many contests, according to the spokesman.