Activities in 2012
Centre for Biodiversity Research
holds Agriculture Technology Seminar Series VI and UTAR
Scientific Mini-Symposium Concurrently
Agriculture Technology Seminar and UTAR Science Mini
Symposium (USMS) were successfully held on 24 November,
2012 (Saturday). The events were co-organised by the
Centre for Biodiversity Research (CBR), Faculty of Science
and Institute of Postgraduate Studies and Research (IPSR).
The Agriculture Seminar series sixth with the theme
"Sustainable Agriculture" was concurrently held at the
UTAR Perak Campus Faculty of Science with USMS.
Participants were from universities, public and
industries. The seminar focused on topics related to the
sustainability of agriculture industries such as the
management of natural resources, effective estate and
plantation management and practice,
applications of geospatial
information technology and disease management
particularly with reference to the oil palm industry in
speakers consisted of experienced stakeholders involved
directly with the agriculture industry, Dr. Paramananthan
a/l Selliah (Managing Director, Param Agricultural Soil
Surveys (M) Sdn. Bhd), Mr. Chew Poh Soon (Research
Consultant & Plantation Advisor),
Mr. Tey Seng Heng
(Principal Research Officer, Applied Agricultural
Resources Sdn. Bhd), and Mr. Khoo Khee Ming (Former
Director, IJM Plantations Berhad) and academician from
UTAR, Assoc. Prof. Dr Goh Teik Khiang.
seminar saw a great turn up with approximately 180
participants and served to be a good platform for them to
gain new knowledge and share experience in the field of
agriculture. The participants were able to interact with
speakers during the Q&A sessions.
Besides, USMS which aims to foster and cultivate research
interest among the students is an event to showcase the
final year students’ research project of Faculty of
Science. A total of 22 posters were exhibited for
competition and four best poster prizes were awarded to
the winners at the end of the seminar.
The seminar’s organising chair, Prof. Peter Ooi summarised
all the papers presented in the seminar before the end of
the seminar. The seminar concluded with a brief closing
remark from the Dean of Faculty of Science, Assoc. Dr. Lim
Tuck Meng and a token of appreciation was presented to all
the speakers and prizes were awarded to the best posters.
Paramananthan a/l Selliah, Managing Director of Param
Agricultural Soil Surveys (M) Sdn. Bhd (left) and Mr. Chew
Poh Soon, Research Consultant & Plantation Advisor
Speakers: Mr. Tey Seng
Heng, Principal Research Officer from Applied Agricultural
Resources Sdn. Bhd (left) and Mr. Khoo Khee Ming the
Former Director of IJM Plantations Berhad (right).
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Goh Teik
Khiang (left) from UTAR during his talk on mycology (left)
and speakers join Prof. Emeritus Dr. Yong Hoi Sen (right,
second from the left), the moderator, during the Q&A
Participants pay attention
to the talk.
with the speakers
Prof. Dr. Peter Ooi (left)
summarizes the talks presented and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lim
Tuck Meng (right) gives a closing remark.
UMSM Poster presentation:
Students present their posters to the judges during the
winners of the UMSM poster presentation with their
supervisors and UMSM coordinator (blue shirt) are all
happily posing in front of camera (left). Agriculture
Science students are selling vegetables cultivated by them
as part of their assignment to the participants of the
Agriculture Technology Seminar Series V Organized By UTAR
Centre for Biodiversity Research (CBR) A Success
The fifth series of Agriculture Technology Seminar was
successfully held on 19 May, 2012 (Saturday). The seminar
was co-organised by the Centre for Biodiversity Research (CBR),
Faculty of Science and Institute of Postgraduate Studies
and Research (IPSR). With the theme "Agro-biodiversity",
the seminar was held at the UTAR Perak Campus Faculty of
Science, DDK1. Participants of the seminar were from
universities, public and industries. The seminar focused
on topics related to the use of the biodiversity to
improve agriculture sectors in Malaysia. Topics such as
conservation and applications of biodiversity in various
areas particularly the use of bio-control agents were
discussed. The speakers are members of the community with
experiences in sustainable agriculture and
agro-biodiversity. A lively interaction between the
participants and speakers during the seminar made it a
wonderful platform for gaining new knowledge and
experience sharing in the field of agriculture.
The seminar started off with welcome speech by the
Organising Co-Chairperson, Dr. Tee Chong Siang, before
handing over the floor to Dr. Wong Hann Ling to chair the
seminar sessions. Speakers of the morning sessions were
Datuk Dr. Abd. Shukor Abd. Rahman (Director General MARDI,
MARDI Headquarters), Prof. Dr. Ooi Aun Chuan, Peter (Head
of Department of Agricultural and Food Science, UTAR), Ms.
Sarojeni V Rengam (Executive Director, Pesticide Action
Network Asia and Pacific (PAN AP) Penang) and Dr. Ho Cheng
Datuk Dr. Abd. Shukor Abd. Rahman calls for the need
to optimize the utilisation of biodiversity and to tap
our biological resources rapidly and effectively.
Right, Prof. Dr. Ooi Aun Chuan highlighted the
importance of more ecological studies to understand
the nature and how native pests are kept in check by
their own natural enemies.
Left, Ms. Sarojeni Rengam from PAN AP is
concerned about the negative impact on the health and
lives of millions of agricultural workers, their
communities and consumers worldwide together with the
damage to biodiversity and the environment. Right,
Dr. Ho Cheng Tuck shared his experience in overcoming
the threat from rodents, particularly rats, major pest
of agricultural crops.
Participants of the
seminar pay full attention to talks delivered by
Interaction among participants during tea break.
Right, Participants take a break for lunch
During the afternoon
session, Mr. Chung Gait Fee (Consultant), Dr. Leocadio
Sebastian (Regional Director, Regional Office for Asia,
the Pacific & Oceania, Bioversity International),
Assistant Prof. Dr. Chai Tsun Thai (Faculty of Science,
UTAR) and Dr. Amporn Winotai (Chief, Biological Control
Plant Protection Research and Development Office,
Department of Agriculture Chatuchak, Thailand) continued
to feed the participants more interesting knowledge in
Mr. Chung Gait Fee shared with the audience methods of
weed control such as manual weeding, mechanical
control, cultural control (mulching, intercropping),
animal grazing, biological control and chemical
control. Right, Dr. Leocadio Sebastian informed
the audience that Bioversity International is working
to investigate and promote the use and conservation of
agricultural biodiversity towards better nutrition,
improve smallholders’ livelihoods and enhance
Dr. Chai Tsun Thai, in his presentation, focused on
medicinal potential and allelopathic properties of
local plants and discussed the bioherbicidal potential
of aquatic plants against terrestrial plants.
Right, Dr. Amporn Thailand, from Thailand, shared
her experience on the introduction of Asecodes
hispinarum from Vietnam for the control of the coconut
hispine beetle on coconut, Diadegma semiclausum from
Malaysia for the control of the Diamondback moth and
Anagyrus lopezi from Benin for the control of the
Live interaction during Q&A session between the
speaker and participants during the seminar.
A participant interacts with the speaker during the
seminar. Right, Dean of Faculty Science, Dr.
Lim Tuck Meng, thanks all parties involved in making
this seminar a success. The organizers of this seminar
are grateful to Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)
for the support to the Center of Biodiversity Research
in organizing this seminar series. This meeting was
successful as a result of the support from KLK Bhd.