Biodiversity and Conservation (BC) Group

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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Nik Sasha Khatrina Khairuddin

Name NIK SASHA KHATRINA KHAIRUDDIN
Designation Research Officer b04-sasha
Address Biology & Sustainability Research Division
Malaysian Palm Oil Board,
No. 6 Persiaran Institusi
Bandar Baru Bangi
43000 Kajang, Selangor
E-mail Address sashakhatrina@mpob.gov.my
Phone Number +603-8769 4347
Qualification -
Areas of Research -
Areas of Expertise -
Interests -


Ella Michael Dosi

Name ELLA MICHAEL DOSI
Designation Research Officer (C) ellamichael17
Address Tropical Peat Research Unit (TROPI)
Biology and Sustainability Research Division
MPOB Sessang Research Station
Kompleks MPOB
Jln. Saratok / Roban Lama
P.O.Box 69
95400 Saratok
Sarawak
E-mail Address ellamichael@mpob.gov.my
Phone Number +6083-436 252 / 438 102
+6083-436 254 (Fax)
Qualification i. B. Sc (Hons.) Aquatic Resource Science and Management, UNIMAS.
ii. M.Sc (Environmental Science), UNIMAS
Areas of Research Aquatic Fauna and Water Quality Study
Areas of Expertise i.Fish Fauna
ii.Macroinvertebrates
iii.Water Quality
Interests i. Land use change and water quality
ii. Oil palm and the environment
iii. Biodiversity of aquatic fauna at different peat ecosystem


Bettycopa Anak Amit

Name BETTYCOPA ANAK AMIT
Designation Research Officer (C) bettycopa17
Address Tropical Peat Research Unit (TROPI)
Biology and Sustainability Research Division
MPOB Sessang Research Station
Kompleks MPOB
Jln. Saratok / Roban Lama
P.O.Box 69
95400 Saratok
Sarawak
E-mail Address bettycopa@mpob.gov.my
Phone Number +6083-438102/+6083-436252
+6083-436 254 (Fax)
Qualification i.B. Sc (Hons.) Animal Resource Science and Management, UNIMAS
ii.M. Sc Ecology, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Sarawak
Areas of Research Wildlife Biodiversity and Ecology in Tropical Peat Swamp Ecosystems
Areas of Expertise -
Interests i. i) Biodiversity Study in Tropical Peat Swamp Ecosystem and Oil Palm Plantation
ii. Oil palm and the environment
iii. iii) Sustainable Oil Palm Management


Zahidah Ayob, Dr.

Name ZAHIDAH AYOB, DR.
Designation Research Officer b04-zahidah
Address MPOB Cawangan Bangi
Biology & Sustainability Research Division
Lot PT 11545
No. 3, Jalan P/9B
Bandar Baru Bangi
43000 Kajang, Selangor
E-mail Address zahidahayob@mpob.gov.my
Phone Number +603-8911 0135
Qualification B. Sc Biotechnology Industry Phd Bioscience
Areas of Research i. Microbial function and diversity in peat using DNA barcoding and plate-based methods
ii. Plant tissue culture and genetic transformation via biolistic/ Agrobacterium techniques
iii. Natural products and Anticancer study
Areas of Expertise i. Molecular biology
ii. Genetic transformation
iii. Plant and animal cell culture
Interests i. Microbial diversity using Next - Generation Sequencing (Mi Seq and Shotgun)
ii. Microbial gene functions in peat and oil palm plantation


Nor Azizah Kusai

Name NOR AZIZAH KUSAI
Designation Research Officer b04-azizah
Address MPOB Cawangan Bangi
Biology & Sustainability Research Division
Lot PT 11545
No. 3, Jalan P/9B
Bandar Baru Bangi
43000 Kajang, Selangor
E-mail Address azizahkusai@mpob.gov.my
Phone Number +603-8911 0133
Qualification i. Bachelor of Applied Science (Agrobiology), Universiti Sains Malaysia
ii. Master of Science (Mycology and Plant Pathology), Universiti Putra Malaysia
Areas of Research i. Microbial ecology in agroecosystems
ii. Plant diseases
Interests i. Microbial diversity and functions in agroecosystems
ii. Functional microbial ecology for the sustainability of agroecosystems
iii. Soil nutrient efficiency
iv. Crop diseases
v. Fungal biology


Muhammad Dzulhelmi Muhammad Nasir, Dr.

Name MUHAMMAD DZULHELMI MUHAMMAD NASIR, DR.
Designation Research Officer b04-dzulhelmi
Address Stesen Penyelidikan MPOB Lahad Datu,
Km10, Jalan Tengah Nipah,
Beg Berkunci No.4,
91109 Lahad Datu, Sabah
E-mail Address dzulhelminasir@mpob.gov.my
Phone Number +603-8911 0133
Qualification i. Bachelor of Science (Animal Resource Science & Management)
ii. Master of Science (Zoology)
iii. Doctor of Philosophy (Ecology & Biodiversity)
Areas of Research Zoology
Interests Studying the natural history on various groups of animals has been my main interest.