Project 1: Design and synthesis of fungicide nanodelivery systems for controlling Ganoderma disease in oil palm
Oil palm is one of important crops in Malaysia. However, fungus especially Ganoderma which cause basal stem rot (BSR) disease in oil palm devastates thousands of hectares of plantings. The economic loss caused by this pathogen is up to 500 million USD a year. Therefore, an effective method for the prevention and amelioration of BSR disease could save millions of dollars a year.
Prof. Dr. Mohd Zobir bin Hussein
Novel controlled fungicide carrier for anti-fungus should have long circulation time, the ability to target fungus cells without affecting healthy cells, and eventually the ability to efficiently deliver and release fungicide into target site. Currently, fungicides such as hexaconazole and dazomet are being directly applied for this purpose.
Fungicide nanodelivery system (FUNADS) with controlled release capability is superior, as the concentration window of the fungicide can be maintained for a desired duration. This will decrease fungicide wastage and increase fungicide efficacy.
A novel fungicide nanodelivery systems together with the in vitro and in vivo studies is hoped to uncovered
|Dr. Idris Abu Seman|
Head of Ganoderma and Diseases Research for Oil Palm Unit,
Ibu Pejabat MPOB, 6, Persiaran Institusi, Bandar Baru Bangi
|Assoc. Prof. Dr Sharida binti Fakurazi|
Head of Laboratory of Vaccine and Immunotherapeutics,
Institute of Bioscience, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM),
Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia.
|Professor Datin Paduka Dr. Khatijah Yusoff|
Dean of the Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences,
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia.
|Prof. Dr. Rickey Yada|
Department of Food Science, University of Guelph,
|Prof Dr A. Perez-de-Luque,|
CSIC, Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, Apartado 4084,