Entomology & Ecological Research Group

1. To enhance the practice of integrated pest management (IPM) of key oil palm pests through basic and applied     research.
2. Inducing IPM, emphasising in sustainable, good agricultural practices in pest control.
3. Producing and advocating suitable IPM packages for adoption by the industry.

1. Coordinated and monitored the long term establishment of the pollinating weevil, Elaeidobius kamerunicus     which was imported from the Cameroons, West Africa in the 80's
2. Determined the biology and life cycle of the most common bagworm species, Metisa plana. Produced a     handbook with simplified keys for the identification of bagworm parasitoids and predators commonly affecting     bagworm and nettle caterpillars. This information is also packed into a multimedia diagnostic tool, PARATOR     V.1.0.
3. Determined the most suitable flowering plant for the propagation of insect parasitoid for the control of the     bagworm. Initiated seed production of Cassia cobanensis for use by the Industry.

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Siti Nurulhidayah Ahmad

Designation Group Leader / Research Officer b01_nurulhidayah
Address MPOB
Biological Research Division,
No 6 Persiaran Institusi,
Bandar Baru Bangi,
43000 Kajang, Selangor.
E-mail Address nurulhidayah@mpob.gov.my
Phone Number 03-87694248
03-89258215 (Fax)
Qualification i. B. Sc. Bioindustry (Pest Management), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
ii. M. Sc. (Pesticide Toxicology), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
Areas of Research i. Bagworm study (biology, ecology, and control management)
ii. Bagworm pheromone study and field trapping techniques
iii. Pollination weevil, Elaeidobius Kamerunicus study
iv. Insect biodiversity
v. Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Areas of Expertise i. The interaction of bagworms and their natural enemies
ii. Biology and behaviour of the bagworms predator
iii. Development of pesticide (liquid) formulation
Interests i. Sustainable insect pest management
ii. High yielding of oil palm via natural pollination
iii. Informatics and molecular approach for insects taxonomy and biodiversity

Saharul Abillah Mohamad

Name Saharul Abillah Mohamad
Designation Research Officer (C) saharul
Address Biological Research Division
MPOB Sessang Research Station
Kompleks MPOB
Jalan Saratok-Roban Lama
Peti Surat 69
95407 Saratok, Sarawak.
E-mail Address saharul.abillah@mpob.gov.my
Phone Number 083-436252/ 083-436396
083-436254 (Fax)
Qualification i. Diploma in Planting Industry Management (UiTM)
ii. BSc. Plantation Industry and Management (UiTM))
Areas of Research i. Population monitoring of pollinating weevil, Elaeidobius kamerunicus in oil palm plantations in Sarawak..
ii. Field evaluation of performance of selected chemicals and biological agents to control oil palm bunch month, Tirathaba mundella.
iii. Comparing the field performance of entomopathogenic fungi and chemical termiticide to control the population of termite pests in oil palm plantation.
Areas of Expertise i.Field monitoring of oil palm pollinating weevil E. kamerunicus.
ii. Field testing of selected chemicals and biological controls to control oil palm pests.
Interests i. Correlating factors affecting the performance of oil palm pollinating weevil and their effects on the development of oil palm fruit sets.
ii.Finding best possible solution to control the population of oil palm pests planted on peat.

Muhammmad Nurul Yaqin Syarif

Designation Research Officer (C) nurul yaqin
Address MPOB Lahad Datu Research Station
KM 10, Jalan Tengah Nipah,
Locked Bag No 4, 91109 Lahad Datu,
E-mail Address mnurulyaqin@mpob.gov.my
Phone Number 089-897106/107/108
0198630831 (Fax)
Qualification B.Sc Agriculture, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
Areas of Research 1.Population dynamics of Elaeidobius kamerunicus in oil palm plantations.
2.Development of artificial diet of Tiratabha rufivena in oil palm.
Areas of Expertise i.Identification of entomopathogenic fungi (Isaria fumosorosea and Metarhizium anisopliae) based on morphological traits and molecular techniques (PCR).
ii.2. Isolation, mass production, formulation of microbial products to control oil palm insect pests.
Interests i. Integrating of chemicals and biological agents for effective control of insect pests.
ii. Exploiting natural enemies in the habitat to reduce insect pest population in oil palm.