Director, Post harvest and Processing Research and Development Office, Department of Agriculture, Bangkok, Thailand
Dr Surmsuk Salakpetch completed her MSc (Horticulture) at the then School of Agriculture, UWA in 1989. She went on to complete her PhD (Horticulture) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA. Her dissertation was entitled, “Flower Bud Formation in Carambola (Averrhoa carambola L.) as Affected by Temperature, Day length, Water stress and Girdling”.
During her study at UWA she was supported by ACNARP (Australian Cooperation National Agricultural Research Program) grant, the collaborated project between Australia and Thailand. Before going for further study at UWA, she worked as an agricultural scientist, tropical fruit physiology, at the Department of Agriculture, Thailand. Dr Salakpetch returned to the same position after graduating from UWA. She enjoyed working with tropical fruit in the eastern region of Thailand. At the moment, she is focusing on administration and takes responsibility on post harvest and processing research. “I had a great time at UWA. The buildings, landscapes and the whole environment of the University are still in my memories,” she reminisces.