TT No. 474: Inventory of Microbial Biodiversity in Some Oil Palm Plantation

Land degradation and the loss of soil fertility caused by soil erosion due to land conversion is a major problem worldwide. Although the use of agrochemicals increases productivity, it may also cause detrimental effects to the environment. Currently, many oil palm plantations have turned to implementing sustainable agricultural management practices to reduce the negative impacts to the palntations, environment and public. In a sustainable management system, microbial diversity under the oil palm environment can be used for studying biodiversity and soil health because microbes are the fastest living organisms to react to environmental changes. Beneficial microbes can be efficiently integrated into the management practices without sacrificing productivity.

Main Research: Siti Ramlah Binti Ahmad Ali