TT No. 533: Detection of Fusarium Wilt in Oil Palm by Polymerase Chain Reaction Methods

Vascular wilt of oil palm is caused by a soil-borne fungus, Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. elaeidis (foe). This disease is seriously affecting the oil palm industry in Africa, where yield in some areas have drastically been reduced. Currently, F. oxysporum can be diagnosed up to the species level through a morphological and molecular technique namely, the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). Detection […]

TT No. 532: Field Spectroscopy for Detection of Ganorderma Disease in Oil Palm

The Basal Stem Rot (BSR) disease caused by Ganoderma boninense has caused huge economic losses to oil palm plantations (Roslan and Idris, 2012). The disease can be diagnosed based on the presence of basidiomata of the pathogen on the stem base or frond bases or roots (Idris and Ariffin, 2004). Several technologies have been developed for the […]

TT No. 531: Vermicompost for Enhandced Vegetative Growth of Oil Palm Seedlings

Composts are produced in some palm oil mills as a waste management method to mitigate greenhouse gas *GHG) emmisions from empty fruit bunches (EFB) and palm oil mill effluent (POME). Vermicomposting has been considered as a method of achieving stabilised compost products (Elvira et al., 1998; gupta and Garg, 2008; Suthar, 2006). Vermicomposting of EFB and […]

TT No. 530: The Performance of Mungbean Integrated with Oil palm

Mungbean, Vigna radiata is a green seeded legume with pods borne at the top of the plant (Figure 1). The crop originated from India. It was distributed to other topical Asian countries in the early 17th century. It belongs to the family Leguminosae, the same as soyabean, groundnut and chick peas (John Milton Poehlman. 1991). […]

TT No. 529: Malaysia Unified Peat Clasification Technique

Peat or organic soils are soils in which organic soil materials (OSM) form an important protion of the upper 100cm of the soil. These soils generally occur in lowland coastal swamps, inland swamps and valleys, and high altitudes (Paramananthan and Wahid, 2008). Most published data in Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak were 716 944 ha, 121 […]