MPOB, UPSI seal MoA to Share Expertise in The Study of Lipase Enzyme Expression and Characterization from Palm Trees
The Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) has signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) to collaborate and share research expertise, especially in the study of lipase enzyme expression and characterization from palm trees (Elaeis guineensis).
MPOB and UPSI will also share research expertise in areas that will be mutually agreed upon in the future.
MPOB Director-General Datuk Dr. Ahmad Parveez Hj. Ghulam Kadir said the memorandum of agreement is expected to have a positive impact on UPSI, MPOB, and the Malaysian palm oil industry, especially in leveraging the potential discovery of lipase enzyme from palm trees as a bio-catalyst that would be useful for applications in various sectors.
MPOB has expertise in the field of palm-related biotechnology, especially in the fields of the breeding, genome, transgenic, proteomics & metabolomics, phenolic and tissue culture programs which develops the country's upstream palm oil sector. Meanwhile, UPSI has expertise in the field of microbial biotechnology
“The sharing of expertise, especially in the field of biotechnology will benefit both parties.
This collaboration will also specifically provide opportunities for UPSI students who are undergoing their degrees in the field of biotechnology to gain expertise and research facilities at MPOB in implementing research projects related to palm oil which will be monitored by MPOB," he said at the event.
He said the signing of the memorandum of agreement was one of MPOB's efforts to produce researchers who would help and contribute to the sustainable growth of the palm oil industry.
“The signing of this memorandum of agreement is one of MPOB's efforts for the development of research in the field of biotechnology related to palm oil with the involvement of public institutions of higher learning in Malaysia.
The collaboration between MPOB and UPSI in the development of this study will provide a win-win situation for both parties which will increase the progress of the country's palm oil industry," he added.
MPOB also conducts research in all aspects of palm oil that produce technologies and innovations that contribute to the development of the country's palm oil industry.
One of MPOB's major achievements in the field of biotechnology is genetic engineering research that has produced transgenic (genetically modified) palm trees with new characteristics of high value to increase growers' income from the same land area.