Research Award Recognizes Constant Demand For Improved Productivity

Malaysian National News Agency

MPOB Wins Excellence In Research Award

KUALA LUMPUR,(Bernama) — The Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB)’s Advanced Biotechnology and Breeding Centre (ABBC) has been named as the recipient of the 2007 Frost &Sullivan Asia Pacific Excellence in Research award.

Announcing the award at a dinner here tonight, MPOB said the award recognised its research advancement in the application of biotechnology for crop improvement.

The award was bestowed on ABBC, a unit of MPOB, for its advancement in research and successful development of technologies in the area of biotechnology and breeding of planting materials.

MPOB, via ABBC, focuses on the various aspects of oil palm biotechnology such as metabolics, plant transformation, tissue culture, gene expression, genomics, breeding and genetic engineering to maximise productivity via increased yields, and improving the quality of palm oil through value-added downstream products.

According to MPOB, one of the main challenges for the palm oil industry is the constant demand for improved productivity and efficiency.

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