Breeding and Tissue Culture Unit

Mission

Continuous improvement and generation of elite oil palm planting materials.

Objective

Generation of improved and elite planting material through breeding and clonal propagation, enhanced through the use of molecular tools developed.
 

Strategic Research Areas

  1. Diversity studies for oil palm
  2. Establishment of a DNA database for oil palm germplasm material
  3. Establishment of a cryopreservation method for storage of germplasm and clonal materials
  4. DNA fingerprinting for our planting material
  5. Marker assisted selection towards improving oil palm breeding material
  6. Genetic resources
  7. Improve the selection methodology
  8. Establishment of advanced breeding populations
  9. Further exploitation of Elaeis oleifera, interspecific hybrids and backcrosses
  10. Introgression of germplasm into breeding research
  11. Genotyping analysis
  12. Use of –omics technologies to discover biomarkers for improvement of clonal propagation
  13. Epigenetics studies towards understanding the oil palm clonal abnormality
  14. Mitochondria research with relations to yield production and clonal abnormality
  15. Production of elite clonal palms and specialty palms such as Bactris and Elaeis oleifera.
  16. Development of novel methods for improvement of the tissue culture process.
  17. Development of liquid cultures for improving the efficiency of the tissue culture protocol.
  18. Clonal propagation and breeding to produce planting materials with the following priority traits:
    1. High oil yield
    2. Ganoderma tlierance
    3. High bunch index
    4. Low height
    5. Long stalk

Breeding and Quantitative Genetics GroupMolecular Breeding GroupClonal Propagation GroupEpigenetics Group

Objective

To develop new and improved oil palm planting materials

Group Leader

Members

MR. MARHALIL BIN MARJUNI

Research Officer

MDM. FADILA BINTI AHMAD MALIKE
Research Officer

MDM. NOR AZWANI BINTI ABU BAKAR
Research Officer

MR. MOHD MUSTAKIM BIN MOHAMAD
Research Officer

MR. MOHD YAZID BIN HASSAN
Research Officer

Objective

  1. To accelerate conventional breeding programme for developing and conserving elite oil palm planting materials through molecular approach.
  2. To conduct research on oil palm breeding materials in the field of genetic diversity, markers assisted-selection, fingerprinting and DNA preservation.

Group Leader

Members


MDM. NORZIHA BINTI ABDULLAH
Research Officer

 


MDM. SUZANA BINTI MUSTAFFA
Research Officer

 


MR. CHIN CHEE MENG
Research Officer

 

MDM. FATIN BINTI MOHD NASIR
Research Officer

MDM. WAN NOR SALMIAH BINTI TUN MOHD SALIM
Research Officer

Objective

  1. Increase efficiency of generation of elite planting materials.
  2. Create a centre of excellence in oil palm biotechnology (plant tissue culture).
  3. Development of improved planting materials.

Group Leader

Members

MR. SAMSUL KAMAL BIN ROSLI
Research Officer

DR. MOHD NAQIUDDIN BIN HUSRI
Research Officer

MDM. DALILAH BINTI ABU BAKAR
Research Officer

MDM. DAYANG IZAWATI ABANG MASLI
Research Officer

 

Objective

  1. Establish epigenomic reference maps for the oil palm
  2. Discover epigenetic marks for traits that are possibly epigenetically-regulated to enhance oil palm tissue culture and breeding

Group Leader

Members

DR. MEILINA ONG BT. ABDULLAH
Principal Research Officer

 

MS. NORASHIKIN SARPAN
Research Officer

  

MS. NURAZIYAN BINTI AZIMI
Research Officer

MR. NABEEL BIN ATA ABDUL MUNEIM
Research Officer

Breeding & Quantitative Genetics Group ServicesClonal Propagation Group ServicesEpigenetics Group Services

Services

  1. Sale of DxP seeds
  2. Sale of genetic materials for seed garden
  3. Leasing of mother palms
  4. Sale of pollen
  5. Conslitancies on breeding and seed production

Services

  1. Sale of ortet
  2. Consultancies on clonal propagation

Microscopy services

  1. Histology
    (Contact person: rosna@mpob.gov.my)
  2. Scanning Electron Microscopy
    ( Contact person: jini@mpob.gov.my)
  3. RNA In situ hybridization
    (Contact person: rosna@mpob.gov.my)