Insect Biopesticide Research Group

1. Identifying potential beneficial microbes for insect pest control
2. Developing mass production, formulation and application of bio pesticides adoption by the industry
3. Implementing Integrated Pest Management system for insect pest control
4. Developing device to assist on precise data collection prior to census activity, treatment or control action.

1. Developed suitable formulations of the entomopathogenic fungus, Metarhizium anisopliae for the control of Oryctes rhinoceros. The technology for the mass production of powder formulation of Metarhizium is open for adoption by the industry. Both powder and granule formulations were patented.

2. Identified the most effective local O. rhinoceros virus strain for the control of O. rhinoceros. Developed procedures to release of Oryctes virus in the field. Developed techniques to monitor the impact of the release of Oryctes virus in the field.

3. Formulation and production of Ecobac-1 (EC) at MICROTEC for the control of lepidopteran pest.

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Noorhazwani Bt Kamarudin

Name NOORHAZWANI BT KAMARUDIN
Designation Group Leader hazwani
Address MPOB
Biology and Sustainability Research Division,
No 6 Persiaran Institusi,
Bandar Baru Bangi,
43000 Kajang, Selangor.
E-mail Address hazwani.km@mpob.gov.my
Phone Number 03-8769 4478
03-89258215 (Fax)
Qualification i.B.Sc Agriculture, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
ii. M.Sc (Pesticide Toxicology), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
Areas of Research i.Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for bagworm control.
ii. Pheromone study of bagworm.
iii.Resistance study in bagworm towards chemical insecticides.
Areas of Expertise i.Insecticide nanoemulsion formulation.
ii.Pheromone trapping.
iii. Field application of Bacillus thuringiensis products
Interests Entomology, bio-insecticide, biological control and resistance in pest.


Nor Robaatul Adhawiyah Binti Mohd Ali Napiah

Name NUR ROBAATUL ADHAWIYAH BINTI MOHD ALI NAPIAH
Designation Research Officer (C) robaatul
Address MPOB
Biology and Sustainability Research Division,
No 6 Persiaran Institusi,
Bandar Baru Bangi,
43000 Kajang, Selangor.
E-mail Address adhawiyahman@mpob.gov.my
Phone Number 03-8769 4478
03-89258215 (Fax)
Qualification i.B.Sc Plantation Technology and Management, Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM)
ii. M.Sc (Entomology), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
Areas of Research i.Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for bagworm control.
ii. Pheromone study of bagworm.
Areas of Expertise i.Entomology.
ii.Pheromone trapping.
iii.Field application of Bacillus thuringiensis products.
iv.Plantation technology and management.
Interests Entomology, biological control and plantation technology.


Mohd Fahmi Bin Keni

Name MOHD FAHMI BIN KENI
Designation Research Officer (C) fahmi
Address MPOB
Biology and Sustainability Research Division,
No 6 Persiaran Institusi,
Bandar Baru Bangi,
43000 Kajang, Selangor.
E-mail Address fahmikeni @mpob.gov.my
Phone Number +603-8769 4855
Qualification i. Master of Science, Crop Protection, Univ. Teknologi MARA (UiTM)
ii. BSc. (Hons) in Plantation Technology and Management, Univ. Teknologi MARA (UiTM)
Areas of Research i. Neem, Azadirachta indica based as biopesticide for controlling the golden apple snail, Pomacea canaliculata in paddy cultivation
ii. Study effect different ratio of vermicompost on okra
Areas of Expertise i. Preparation of plant based extraction
ii. Rearing the golden apple snail
iii. Lifecycle and biology the golden apple snail
iv. Preparation in producing vermicompost
v. IPM of bagworms
Interests Research in crop protection and production, laboratory works and field works.


Mohd Shawal Thakib Maidin

Name MOHD SHAWAL THAKIB MAIDIN
Designation Research Officer b01_mohdshawal
Address MPOB
Biology and Sustainability Research Division,
No 6 Persiaran Institusi,
Bandar Baru Bangi,
43000 Kajang, Selangor.
E-mail Address shawal@mpob.gov.my
Phone Number 03-8769 4855
03-8925 8215(Fax)
Qualification i. B.Sc Biotechnology, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
ii. M.Sc Genetic Engineering and Molecular Biology, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
Areas of Research i. Soil microbial biodiversity and function.
Areas of Expertise i.1. Isolation and Identification of soil microbes (DNA extraction, PCR-DGGE, NGS).
ii. 2. Bacterial cloning and expression (E. coli and Lactic Acid Bacteria).
Interests Research in soil microbial diversity and function related to oil palm plantation. .


Nur Ain Farhah Bt Ros Saidon Khudri

Name NUR AIN FARHAH BT ROS SAIDON KHUDRI
Designation Research Officer (C) ain farhah
Address MPOB
Biology and Sustainability Research Division,
No 6 Persiaran Institusi,
Bandar Baru Bangi,
43000 Kajang, Selangor.
E-mail Address ainfarhah@mpob.gov.my
Phone Number 03-8769 3841
Qualification i.MSc (Microbiology), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT)
ii. Bachelor of Applied Science (Conservation and Managementof Biodiversity), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT)
Areas of Research i.Propagation of Oryctes rhinoceros Nudivirus on insect cell culture and its infectivity on rhinoceros beetle, Oryctes rhinoceros.
ii.Pheromone trapping of red palm weevil in oil palm plantations.
Areas of Expertise i.In vitro & In vivo replication of insect-specific virus.
ii.Pheromone-based mass trapping of insect pests.
Interests Utilization of microorganisms as potential biocontrol agents for management of insect pests to ensure sustainable growth of oil palm industry


Nurhafizhoh Bt. Zainuddin

Name NURHAFIZHOH BT. ZAINUDDIN
Designation Research Officer (C) b01_hafizoh
Address MPOB
Biology and Sustainability Research Division,
No 6 Persiaran Institusi,
Bandar Baru Bangi,
43000 Kajang, Selangor.
E-mail Address nurhafizhoh@mpob.gov.my
Phone Number 03-8769 4485
03-8925 8215 (Fax)
Qualification i. B.Sc Bioinformatics, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
Areas of Research i. Optimizing Production of Microbial Bio-fertilizer using Oil Palm Biomass and Consortium of Microbes.
Areas of Expertise 1.Identification of microbial biodiversity molecular techniques (PCR).
2.Analysis of microbial biodiversity based on Next Generation Sequencing (Miseq).
Interests 1.Integrating biological agents for effective biofertilizer product for oil palm.
2.Functional analysis of beneficial bacteria using transcriptomic technique.