Crop Physiology Group (CPG)

1. Understanding of physiological processes that regulate growth and performance of oil palm for enhancing oil     production
2. Investigate the environmental factors that limit oil palm production, e.g. water supply, nutrients, temperature, light     and CO2
3. Determine the carbon balance of oil palm on mineral soil

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Carbon Stock Study

TROPI-Harvesting

Harvesting frond base to determine frond base biomass

TROPI-Measuring

Measuring dendrometer of forest tree at 3 monthly interval
TROPI-Tree Species Identification of tree species, and pressing leaf samples for herbarium
TROPI-Measuring Length Measuring length of frond to determine frond biomass
TROPI-Scanning Root Scanning root image to determine root production and growth
TROPI-Extracting Roots Extracting roots of oil palm within soil cores (11 cm diameter, 30 cm length)


Oil Palm Modelling Study

TROPI-Harvesting

Harvesting frond base to determine frond base biomass

TROPI-Measuring

Measuring dendrometer of forest tree at 3 monthly interval
TROPI-Tree Species Identification of tree species, and pressing leaf samples for herbarium
TROPI-Measuring Length Measuring length of frond to determine frond biomass
TROPI-Scanning Root Scanning root image to determine root production and growth
TROPI-Extracting Roots Extracting roots of oil palm within soil cores (11 cm diameter, 30 cm length)


Oil Palm Environmental Study

TROPI-Tower System

Eddy covariance tower system for measuring CO2 fluxes above the canopy of oil palm planted on mineral soil

TROPI-CO2

Studying the effects of CO2 enrichment on oil palm growth
TROPI-Measuring Leaf Gas Measuring leaf gas exchange of oil palm
TROPI-Leaf Water Leaf water potential measurement
TROPI-Root Sampling Root sampling for dry weight determination
TROPI-Capturing Root Capturing root images using a Minirhizotron camera

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Kho Lip Khoon (Dr.)

Name KHO LIP KHOON (DR.)
Designation Senior Research Officer
(Crop Physiology Group Leader)
b03_kholipkhoon
Address Tropical Peat Research Unit (TROPI)
Biological Research Division
Malaysian Palm Oil Board,
No. 6 Persiaran Institusi
Bandar Baru Bangi
43000 Kajang, Selangor
E-mail Address lip.khoon@mpob.gov.my
Phone Number +6086-310 027
+6086-310 037 (Fax)
Qualification i. B.Sc. (Hons.) Environment, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor
ii. M.Sc. Soil Chemistry, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Kota Samarahan, Sarawak)
iii.D.Phil. Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Areas of Research Ecosystem ecology and carbon dynamics
Areas of Expertise -
Interests i. Carbon cycle of forest and terrestrial ecosystems
ii. Interactions between ecosystems and the global atmosphere
iii. Understand how the ecology of natural ecosystems may be shifting in response to global atmospheric change.


Nur Amanina Bt. Shahabuddin

Name NUR AMANINA BT. SHAHABUDDIN
Designation Research Officer (C) b03_nuramanina
Address Tropical Peat Research Unit (TROPI)
Biological Research Division
Malaysian Palm Oil Board,
KM 11, Jalan Johor Tenggara,
Locked Bag 532,
86009 Kluang, Johor
E-mail Address nuramanina@mpob.gov.my
Phone Number +607-7891133
Qualification i. BSc (Hon) in Biology – University Science Malaysia
ii. PhD in Plant Physiology – University of Wales, Bangor, UK
iii.BSc Hon. (Biology) Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
Areas of Research i. CO2 Enrichment on Oil Palm Growth and Yield
ii. ii. Oil Palm Root Study
iii. Physiological Criteria for Evaluating Oil Palm Productivity
iv.Physiology of sago
Areas of Expertise Leaf gas exchange, plant growth and root study
Interests i.i) Plant tissue culture, anatomy and morphology
ii. ii) Environmental study


Afifah Binti Abd.Razak

Name A’FIFAH BINTI ABD.RAZAK
Designation Research Officer b02-afifah
Address Tropical Peat Research Unit (TROPI)
Biological Research Division
Malaysian Palm Oil Board,
No. 6 Persiaran Institusi
Bandar Baru Bangi
43000 Kajang, Selangor
E-mail Address afifah@mpob.gov.my
Phone Number +603-8769 4759
+603-8922 1875 (Fax)
Qualification Bachelor of Agricultural Science (UPM)
Areas of Research i. Water use efficiency of plant
ii. Environmental plant physiology
Interests i. Plant Physiology
ii. Plant Water Relation
iii. Plant Gas exchange
iv. Antioxidant enzymes activity in plant under environmental stress