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NPUST Research Capacity Catches MOST Attention

NPUST Research Capacity Catches MOST Attention

The remarkable successes of National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST) in agricultural research over the years has attracted the attention of the Agricultural Biotech Analysis and Promotion Office of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).

On November 27th (’18), a matchmaking event, research conference and exhibition were organized at MOST to bring together experts from industry, academia and government so that they could get acquainted with the rich and diverse capabilities of NPUST. With a very practical approach, the university is integrating cross-domain knowledge and technologies, and sharing advancements in agriculture with the industrial sector.

Under the leadership of President Chang-Hsien Tai, NPUST has been actively developing animal immunization technology and smart agriculture technology. President Tai expressed: “With smart agriculture at the forefront, UAV technology, censoring instrumentation, and robotic arms developed by the College of Engineering are being integrated with IoT, big data analyses, and marketing strategies performed by the College of Management. This interdisciplinary cooperation is leading to the development of a large-scale academic resources network.” 

The university’s Director of Research and Development, Yo-Chia Chen, expressed that the university has strong R&D capabilities and excellent interdisciplinary research teams. These teams have sent researchers to Europe, USA and Japan to learn about innovative agriculture technology and are cooperating with the Pingtung Agriculture College & Service Center and members of the business sector to promote technology application in the industry. In addition, courses on related technology have been organized to train people and cultivate the type of human resources the industry needs.

Director of the NPUST Graduate Institute of Animal Vaccine Technology, Guan-Ming Ke, explained that the university has been invested in animal immunization R&D for more than ten years and has already developed four major platforms for work on cells, subunit antigens, adjuvants, immunomodulators. In addition to developing new vaccines, the institute is also focused on reducing virus contamination. Through its connections with industry, this Taiwanese institution has a world-wide reach and is able to positively contribute to the production of animal immunization and cultivation of professional talent.

In Taiwan, 70% of the water that is used by people is used for agricultural purposes. For this reason, emphasis has been placed on the importance of adopting smart technology in agriculture to help conserve water resources. Professor Wang Yu-Min of the Department of Civil Engineering explained that by integrating smart technologies and agriculture technologies interdisciplinary research experiments on diversified rice growing techniques have showed that water use can be reduced by 30% while simultaneously increasing the unit production by 20%. Expectations are that in the future every farmer will use smart handheld devices to monitor detailed information about their crops.

These new technologies will also help the agriculture industry as it deals with the problem of its declining workforce. In recent years, this problem has gradually started catching people’s attention and many are looking to technology as the new force in farming. Thus, in the future, both immunization and smart farming will play big roles in new models of farming operation and researches like the ones at NPUST will be sought out to find answers to many of the challenges that come up in the industry.

 

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