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Three Universities Worked Together To Develop Taiwan Biotech in Agriculture

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     After eight years of research on increasing the number of eggs laid by chicken, a new model of research and development selection method has been developed by the cooperation of research teams from Providence University, YuanPei University and TsingHua University. Chickens with low laying rates can now be picked out in just 14 weeks of breeding with the help of biological tags. This method hopes to drastically elevate Taiwan’s egg production rates and pave the way for a brighter future for Taiwan’s biotech agriculture.

     Chickens are the major part of the poultry industry, but laying rates have been declining annually and consequently lost international competiveness. President Tang Chuan Yi of Providence University, together with Lui Ming Hua, a professor of PU and YuanPei University and a research team from TsingHua University has found a way to increase laying rates after 8 years of serum studies and analysis. The team discovered biological tags that can be used to pick out low-laying rated chickens by observing their serum. They are able to identify these chickens through their biological tags after only two weeks of breeding. By using this skill, it can lower the cost of breeding and increase the rates of laying eggs.

     Results of this research and development have obtained patents from Taiwan and the United States. A publication meeting will be held sponsored by the office of Animal Technology Institute of Agriculture to discuss important matters such as its business benefits. The research team hopes to achieve the goal of elevating Taiwanese agricultural biotechnology through this technology transfer.

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