Kanchit Thammasiri

Phone: 6689-132-7015, 662-880-1552 Email: kanchitthammasiri@gmail.com

SpecialtiesOrchid breeding, Orchid Tissue Culture, Orchid Conservation & Sustainable Use
FormatOnline and in-person
Provides plants for sale?No


He was born in Bangkok Thailand. He received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Agriculture from Kasetsart University, Thailand and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Horticulture (Orchid breeding) from University of Hawaii, USA in 1984 under the supervision of Professor Dr. Haruyuki Kamemoto. After graduation, he started working on orchid breeding at the Department of Agriculture, Thailand, then moved to Mahidol University to teach and conduct the research on orchid conservation and utilization. He has been the member of the American Orchid Society since 1981. He was the author of three Thai orchid textbooks and 93 scientific papers (SCOPUS). He has also arranged the Workshop on Orchid Production Technology for 31 times and convened four international conferences, namely TSO 2016, CryoSymp 2018, BGL 2019, and Biotech 2021 in collaborations with the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS). In addition, he was the speaker at 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, and 23 WOCs; and 1, 11, and 13 APOCs, as well as other local and international conferences related to orchids. In May 2023, He started working as a full-time professor to teach and conduct the research on orchid conservation and utilization at Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yunnan, China.

Talks and Abstracts


Orchid Breeding

Orchid cultivation in Thailand has been developed by the government organizations, institutions, growers, and private companies for over 50 years. The export value started from a few million baht to about three billion baht in 2019. Major growing factors in natural growing habitats are concerned for appropriate commercial cultivation. They are altitude, light, temperature, relative humidity, nutrients, and air movement. At present, saran houses constructed with cement poles, cement benches, galvanized pipes for hanging orchid baskets, and black netted nylon roof with 50-60% shade and open sides are developed for low cost, long lasting, and suitability for growing tropical orchids for cut-flower and potted orchids. The cultivation is mostly for many outstanding cultivars of pink-red, white and yellow-green flowered dendrobiums and blue, pink, and yellow flowered vandaceous orchids which need hot and humid conditions. A complete cycle of orchid production which need breeding program, micropropagation, planting materials (mainly coconut husks, charcoal, and cement block), plastic containers, watering, fertilizer, pest control, post-harvest technology, and transport from farm to packaging houses are effectively implemented. Thailand is famous for exporting cut-flower orchids applying low-cost cultivation but high production. Orchids continue to dominate other ornamental crops in Thailand due to better technology know-how, suitable climatic conditions for dendrobiums and vandaceous orchids, experienced and skillful growers and exporters, as well as their nationwide popularity. Apart from all these, orchids are a symbol of Thailand that reflects the country’s pride internationally.

Orchid Tissue Culture

The workshop was organized for 31 times (about two times per year). There were about 20-30 participants for each time. The workshop was held for 3 days: 2 days for lectures and practices (in the greenhouse and lab) in orchid growing, pollination, seed germination, and tissue culture. 1 day (the last day) was for the field trip to successful orchid nurseries.

Orchid Conservation & Sustainable Use