Austrian based animal nutrition company Biomin has officially opened the Erber Research Center on the grounds of Kasetsart University at its Khamphaeng Saen Campus in the Nakhon Pathom province of Thailand.
The centre is built with natural, functional and sustainable materials and is a joint effort between the Austrian company and the Faculty of Agriculture at Kasetsart University.
The Erber Research Center is the sixth investment in a global network of Biomin Centers for Applied Nutrition (CAN). According to Franz Waxenecker, Director of Development at Biomin, the importance of combined laboratory and applied research in a major poultry producing country such as Thailand cannot be overstated.
Specially designed by Austrian architect, Markus Roselieb, the 466-square meter research centre boasts a unique design inspired by the traditional Chinese farmhouse courtyard with a mixture of Thai and European features. Made entirely of earth and bamboo, it uses only natural materials with energy saving features, keeping it naturally cool in the hot Thai weather. It is adjoined to a state-of-the-art broiler experiment facility by two large glass windows where visitors are able to observe the chickens during trials without compromising biosecurity or causing stress to the animals.
The centre is named after Dr Erich Erber, founder of Biomin and the ERBER Group. He was recently awarded a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) honoris causa by Kasetsart University for his lifetime achievements and contributions to the livestock industry.
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