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Research Focus of Ethnic Borneo Laboratory

Targeted Ecosystem

Sarawak Hill Paddy Ecosystem

Background

Sarawak is a state rich in hill paddy varieties. Hill paddy is planted by ethnic farmers through traditional methods which result in low yield. Thus, to improve the productivity and sustainability of Sarawak ethnic rice, we embark on research in characterizing the physical, nutritional, and genetics of Sarawak hill paddy, seed priming, soil improvement and cultural practices. In addition, productivity modelling and economic valuation as well as generation of electricity from agricultural waste are researched.

Objectives

  1. To integrate modern technology in traditional cultural practices of hill paddy.
  2. To apply agrotechnology in varietal improvement and seed priming of hill paddy.
  3. To improve hill paddy ecosystem quality through good agronomic and post harvest practices as well as soil, waste, pest and disease management with the aid of IoT.

Expected outcomes

  1. Improved productivity of hill paddy varieties.
  2. Superior hill paddy varieties.
  3. Better sustained hill paddy ecosystem.

 

Staff

Associate Professor Dr. Patricia King Jie Hung
Field of Specialization : Microbiology, Pest and Disease Management, Microbial Biotechnology
+6086 855411
patricia@upm.edu.my

Patricia earned her PhD in Microbiology at National University Malaysia. Her research focuses on improving the pest and disease management strategies in maintaining the sustainability of the studied ecosystems. By using molecular approaches to provide new insights about plant-microbial interactions that influence contaminant remediation, carbon cycling, water resources, and subsurface energy systems. She has led or contributed to many initiatives, including IEB’s current Sarawak Pepper Agricultural Ecosystem Quality Research and the oil palm’s industry pest and disease management services.

 

Research Associates Ethnic Borneo Laboratory

Associate Professor Dr. Noorasmah Saupi
Field of Specialization : Agronomy (Plant Ecology)
+6086 855394
noorasmah@upm.edu.my

Dr. Noorasmah Saupi is a senior lecturer from Department of Crop Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Bintulu Sarawak Campus. She obtained her Ph.D from UPM in year 2014. Her areas of expertise are in plant ecology and ethnobotany covering various aspects from cultivation, nutritional and phytochemical of indigenous crops and aquatic plants of Borneo. Her current research focus on consumption, production and phytochemical profiling of indigenous crops, enhancement of pineapple and black pepper production. Her contributions includes scientific publications in international reputed journals, obtained local and industry grants, continuous supervision of masters students, and teaching of the same discipline.


Dr. Shiamala Devi Ramaiya 
Field of Specialization : Agronomy (Pomology)
+6086 855392
shiamala@upm.edu.my

Dr. Shiamala Devi Ramaiya is a senior lecturer from Department of Crop Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Bintulu Sarawak Campus. She obtained her Ph.D from UPM in year 2016. Her areas of expertise are in pomology (fruits) covering various aspects from cultivation, nutritional and phytochemical analysis and genetic diversity of tropical fruits and also an indigenous fruit crops of Borneo. Her current research focus on genetics, production and phytochemical profiling of passion fruit, production and nutrition constituents of Artocarpus and Sapindaceae species, enhancement of pineapple production, LED light irradiation on selected fruits and vegetable quality. Her contributions includes scientific publications in international reputed journals, obtained local and industry grants, continuous supervision of masters students, and teaching of the same discipline.

 

Dr. Suziana binti Hassan
Field of Specialization : Economics valuation of nature resources and conservation
+6086 855455
suzi@upm.edu.my

Dr. Suziana Hassan is a senior lecturer in Universiti Putra Malaysia, Bintulu Sarawak Campus. She obtained her Ph.D from Faculty of Sciences in Copenhagen University, Denmark. Her areas of expertise are Nature Resource and Applied Economics which focusing on the implementation of Choice Experiment Method for Economic Modelling. Her current field of interest are economics valuation of ecotourism, natural resources, and biodiversity conservation. Her contributions include scientific publications, supervision, and teaching of the same discipline. She has supervised Ph.D and Master Science students of related field.


Dr. Tunung Robin
Field of Specialization: Food Safety, Food Science, Microbiology
+6086 855316
tunungrobin@upm.edu.my

Dr. Tunung Robin is a senior lecturer in Universiti Putra Malaysia Bintulu Sarawak Campus. She obtained her Ph.D from Universiti Putra Malaysia. Her area of expertise is Food Safety, particularly focusing on the microbiological quality of food. Her current research focus is on the food safety knowledge, attitude and practices of the public, particularly among the ethnic community in Sarawak. Her contributions include scientific publications in international journals, teaching, and supervision of master students.


Dr. Anita Rosli
Field of Specialization: Agricultural Economics (Productivity and Efficiency Analysis), Socio-economic Studies
+6086 855347
anitarosli@upm.edu.my

My research interest lies in agricultural economics studies, particularly in productivity and efficiency analysis in agricultural production. Sarawak plays a central role in Malaysia’s agriculture sector, producing foodstuffs for local consumption and cash crops to export. Thus, production performance at farm level plays a vital role to determine quality and quantity of agricultural output. High production and as well as productivity at the farm level are both important to ensure agricultural sector continues to be one of income sources for farmers and make Malaysia’s agriculture industry more competitive in the world marketplace.

Dr. Adrian Daud
Field of Specialization: Environmental & Resource Economics, Economic Valuation
+6086 855330
adrian@upm.edu.my

Adrian Daud received his PhD (Economics) from UPM. His research primarily focus on the economic valuation of natural resources as well as cultural heritage. This includes the efficient allocation of resources for agricultural related activities and the production of different agricultural and traditional products. The focus on sustainable development is looking at the aspect of accounting for the management/depletion of natural resources in the process of economic development. Environmental pollution as a result of economic development must be taken into account for a sustainable development to take place. Currently is undergoing research on the socio-economic of pepper planting among farmers in Sarawak under the Geran Putra IPB (Sub-project). For more information, please visit: https://btu.upm.edu.my/visitus/official_website_dr_adrian_daud-26484

 

Dr. Sivasangar Seenivasagam
Field of Specialization : Catalysis
+6086 855743
sivasangar@upm.edu.my

Dr. Sivasangar completed his PhD at Universiti Putra Malaysia (2015) in the field of catalysis. His research interest is focused in the area of renewable energy that includes biomass conversion to hydrogen, Biofuel, Biochemical, Dry reforming and Methanation reactions. Currently, his research activity covers MOF synthesis and its applications as a potential catalyst for various heterogeneous catalytic reactions such as photocatalysis. For more information, please visit https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=54581646800

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=ESKNCt8AAAAJ&hl=en

 

Dr. Zakry Fitri bin Ab Aziz
Field of Specialization: Soil Microbiology, Microbial Biotechnology, Agricultural Technology
+6086 855831
zakryfitri@upm.edu.my

Zakry Fitri Ab Aziz is a Senior Lecturer at Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agricultural Science and Forestry, Universiti Putra Malaysia Bintulu Sarawak Campus. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Microbial Biotechnology from the Universiti Putra Malaysia. He has expertise in soil microbiology, microbial biotechnology and agricultural technology with great passion in enhancing agricultural crop productivity and soil health through alternative and smart strategies. He has been isolating and screening beneficial rhizobacteria to improve crop growth and yield performance. He is also keen on adopting low-cost mobile sensor technology for crop and soil health status monitoring in the soil-plant-bacteria system. He looks for opportunities for collaborative research and training in association with academia, industries, and communities.

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