Dr. Masahide Nishibori (Associate Professor at the Animal Genetics lab, Food and AgriLife Science Program) and Ms. Megumi Matsunaga (Master course student) received the Best Oral Presentation Award and the Best Poster Presentation Award, respectively, at the recently concluded 2nd International Conference on Tropical Animal Science and Production/2nd International Conference on Native Chicken hosted by the Suranaree University of Technology in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand (July 9-12, 2019).

Associate Professor Nishibori received the award for his presentation entitled “Chicken domestication, genetic diversity, and migrate to world wide,” which was cited for his comprehensive discussion on the current and future prospects of domestication of chicken under the scenario of rapid environmental change, and how scientists can contribute towards its future development and impact on society.

On the other hand, Ms. Matsunaga received the prize for her poster presentation showcasing the “Genetic diversity of Okinawa (Ryukyu) native chickens”, an on-going study documenting the high diversity of indigenous chicken breeds in the Ryukyu Islands.

The Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Life extends its warm congratulations and conveys its encouragements to the winners.