TT No. 480: Lycopene Cyclase Genes for Modification of Carotenoid Content

Modification of carotenoid content especially towards increasing lycopene content is one of the main targets of the oil palm genetic engineering programme at the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) (Parveez et al., 2003). This is due to the potential nutraceutical properties of lycopene. It has been shown that this carotenoid has the greatest ability of […]

TT No. 479: KAS II Gene from Jessenia Bataua for Synthesis of Very Long Chain Fatty Acids

Modulating endogenous levels and/or production of novel fatty acid of oils has gained significant attention in recent years due to the increasing awareness by consumers of the impact that dietary lipids have on health. Commodity palm oil is composed of four main fatty acid: palmitic acid, stearic acid, oleic acid and linoleic acid. The percentage […]

TT No. 477: Small- Scale Production of Palm-Based Vermicompos

The vermicomposting process has been described as the bio-oxidation and stabilisation of ooranic materials involving the hoint actions of earthworms and microorganisms (Aira et al., 2002). In contrast to traditional compost, vermicompost never heats up much above the ambient temperature. Many practitioners combine the two techniques, initially doung a partial pre-composting at high temperatures, followed […]

TT No. 476: Bio Organic Fertiliser

Bio fertiliser production in the oil palm industry has so far cincentrated mainly on the wastes from palm oil mills, but has excluded the refinery waste discharged by the palm oil refineries (POR). There are now 59 POR, and the generation of SBE has increased to 240 000 t annually. For the past 30 years, […]