Shell Gene: A Breakthrough Solution for Palm Oil Contamination and Enhanced Productivity

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Palm Oil Fruit. Photo by: Sawit Fest 2021 / Satria Nugroho Kusumoharjo

PALMOILMAGAZINE, KUALA LUMPUR – The palm oil industry in Malaysia has witnessed substantial advancements with the recent breakthrough achieved by the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB). The identification of the Shell Gene, or palm oil shell gene, is considered a pivotal factor in determining the most crucial genetic aspects of palm oil.

This groundbreaking discovery led to the development of a diagnostic DNA test for the gene, marking a historic milestone for the palm oil sector.

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MR Chandran, Chairman of IRGA.AG and Advisor of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), emphasized the significance of focusing on the transformative potential of technology, particularly in addressing the challenges of low harvests in the palm oil industry. He highlighted the positive impacts stemming from these findings and underscored their key role in boosting plantation productivity for the country’s economy.

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Quoted from MR Chandran’s LinkedIn account by Palmoilmagazine.com on Saturday (13/1/2024), he stated, “In association with the harvest issue, my focus is on contaminants in this industry.”

Chandran also told the introduction method about DNA Shell test would be the valuable thing for delivering employment for planters to identify and solve contaminant within low productivity in seeding or planting process. This would escalate not only plant quality but also be potential to minimize the loss of the harvest because of the contaminant.

The success of Malaysian palm oil industries to adopt the technology would play important key roles in industrial transition heading to more environmental and efficient palm oil sector. The technology implementation, for instance, DNA Shell diagnostic by MPOB and tool integration in digital and mechanism base, would be strategic to realize the long term of food security and sustainable climate security in the globe.

“The industries have option to deliver significant impacts not only to people’s welfare but also to ecosystem balance. That is why to support innovation and technology, such as, Shell Gene, is a must to maintain the balance of industrial progress and environmental conservation. The balance would create sustainable environment and deliver positive contribution for the people and the planet,” Chandran said. (T2)

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