TT No. 455: Palm-based Mould Oil for the Steel / Concrete Industry

In concrete block production, a mould release agent is needed for lubrication during the process of detaching the moulded concrete from the mould. The mould release agent is called mould oil. Currently, concrete block manufacturers use a petroleum-based mould oil as the mould release agent. Frequent use of this oil causes health problems and has […]

TT No. 454: Sweet Potato Production in Oil Palm Plantations

Many short-term crops have been found to be suitable for intercropping in double-row avenue oil palm including sweet potato. Sweet potato is an important food crop belonging to the Family Convolvulaceae.  It has high nutritive value because the storage roots are a good source of carbohydrates, sugars, calcium, iron and other minerals and vitamins, particularly […]

TT No. 453: Integration of Barbados Blackbelly Sheep in Oil Palm on Peat Areas

In Malaysia, sheep is reared based on the traditional way, where they are allowed to roam freely in search of their feed. As a result, sheep production is known to be not an economically viable venture. For many years, sheep production in this country has not shown any significant improvement in comparison to the rest […]

TT No. 452: First Generation Embryogenic Markers (GEM) for Tissue Culture Amenity

Low embryogenesis rates have long been the point of contention for large scale ramet production ventures. This is further exacerbated by the fact that tissue culture of the oil palm to date is still a random process. This implies that laboratories will have to practice ‘basket sampling’ to meet the demand for clonal plantlets. Ong-Abdullah […]