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MPOB, Partners Identify Genetic Secrets To Improve Palm Oil Yield

Last update: 10/09/2015
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 10 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) and its research partners from the United States have identified genetic secrets to improve oil yield via the use of oil palm clones.

"Through the research on the oil palm genome, we have identified a transposable element named 'Karma', which is responsible for the low-yielding mantled fruit.

"The discovery has led to the development of a simple, leaf based test that can identify 'Bad Karma' and predict mantling before palms are planted in the field," MPOB said in a statement today.

It said the new test would enable the cultivation of high performing clonal oil palms by identifying only those with the 'Good Karma' epigenetic trait, further optimising the use of environmentally sensitive land resources.

MPOB said that oil palm clones had the potential to produce 20 to 30 per cent more oil on the same planted area as trees grown from seedlings.....


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