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On 6th September, 2016, a signing ceremony between Centre of Sustainable Palm Oil Research (CESPOR), UNMC and Green Plant Organic Fertilizer Sdn Bhd was held for an industrial research project entitled The efficacy of Living Organic Fertilizer (LOF) and Fortified Living Organic Fertilizer (FLOF) amended with mix cultures of Trichoderma spp. to control basal stem rot diseases in oil palm. The PI of this project is Dr. Christina Vimala Supramaniam of the School of Biosciences, UNMC and the co-PI is Prof. Denny Ng, the Founding Director of CESPOR.

The representatives from Green Plant Organic Fertilizer Sdn Bhd are Dr. David Lim, the Executive Director and Dr. Carmen Goh, the Research and Development Manager. The project is commenced in September 2016 and will be carried out for 3 years in 2 phases. The first phase is for the formulation and amendment of Trichoderma mix culture into organic fertilizer products and the second phase is the application of theTrichoderma-amended organic fertilizer products in 2 oil palm estates located in Malaysia for the biocontrol of Ganoderma sp.

The results will be used for the formulation of commercial fertilizer products by Green Plant Organic Fertilizer Sdn Bhd. UNMC plays crucial responsibility to provide expertise on the microbial formulation and the experimental design for the field trial of Trichoderma-amended organic fertilizer products. Meanwhile, Green Plant Organic Fertilizer Sdn Bhd will be responsible to carry out the cultivation of the microbes to be used with existing commercial fertilizer products, LOF and FLOF at both pilot and large scales production.

The total research fund for this project is budgeted at RM 580,120 and it is fully funded by Green Plant Organic Fertilizer Sdn Bhd.

On 19 March 2015, our composting technology is certified by BIOTECHCORP as one of the entry point projects in the BioEconomy Transformation Programme. As of September 2015, we are the only effective composting technology producing quality fertilizer that is awarded BTP status in Malaysia.

Our composting technology was developed since 2008. The technology converts palm biomass into high grade fertilizer using microbe technology. Currently, we commercialise both the composting technology and fertilizer product - Living Organic Fertilizer. Not to be confused with regular compost, Living Organic Fertilizer is a high grade fertilizer that can be used to nourish soil and consequently improve plant yield and quality.

For more information about BioEconomy Transformation Programme click here.

We are delighted and pleased to host the site visit for our honoured guests from the UK-Malaysia Workshop on “Bioenergy, Biorefinery and Bioeconomy: Promoting innovation, multidisciplinary collaboration and sustainability” at Havys Oil Mill, on the 3rd June 2016. The workshop was in line with the National Biomass Strategy 2020 and 1Malaysia Biomass Alternative Strategy (1MBAS) initiatives, which aimed to bring together early career researchers, experts and stakeholders in bioenergy, bioeconomy and biorefinery for knowledge transfer to generate systematic innovative solution between UK and Malaysia.

The vision of this workshop is to achieve the replacement of fossil fuels with renewable sources and development of a sustainable and globular bioeconomy. It gives us a great pleasure to welcome the experts and leading researchers from the workshop, Dr. Jhuma Sadhukhan (Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey), Dr. Mimi Haryani Hassium (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia), Prof. Richard Murphy, Dr. Kok Siew Ng, Dr. Elias Martinez-Hernandez (University of Surrey), Prof. Denny Kok Sum Ng (University of Nottingham Malaysia) and Prof. Abdul Wahab Mohammad (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia) to visit to our biomass processing facilities and biogas plant at Havys Oil Mill, Palong, Pahang, Malaysia. Our guests arrived at the oil mill at 11.00 a.m., and a welcoming speech was given by Prof. Mei Fong Chong (University of Nottingham Malaysia/Nottingham Green Technology Sdn Bhd).

The guests were then given a brief introduction about the Integrated Anaerobic-Aerobic Bioreactor (IAAB) system for the treatment of wastewater at the Centre of Sustainable Palm Oil Research (CESPOR) hub located in the oil mill. After the lunch and networking session, a tour for site visit to the IAAB system, biogas plant (Cenergi SEA Sdn Bhd), as well as the biofertilizer composting, fiberizing and pelletizing plants in Havys Oil Mill was provided and led by Prof. Denny Ng and Prof. Mei Fong Chong.

The entire session was very interactive and interesting, the guests were impressed by the overall system and the development and implementation of innovative technologies in our mill. For more information please visit UK-Malaysia Workshop.