Malaysia’s bio-based industry recorded an approved investment worth RM6.81 billion from 283 certified local biotechnology companies. Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti) Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau said the investment was a 2.2% increase from RM6.6 billion recorded in 2016. “The investment was made through bio-based firms who had received the BioNexus status from Mosti through Malaysian Bioeconomy Development Corp Sdn...
The Budget 2018 speech by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Prime Minister and Finance Minister: Prospering an Inclusive Economy, Balancing Between Worldly and Hereafter, For The Wellbeing of the Rakyat, Towards the TN50 Aspiration Mr Speaker Sir, I beg to move the Bill intituled "An Act to apply a sum from the Consolidated Fund for the service of the year 2018...
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $9.6 million in available funding for projects to support the development of new biobased products and biomaterials from renewable sources such as crops, trees, and waste materials from farmland and forests. Funding is made through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the...
Petronas Chemicals Group Bhd (PetChem) has approved a final investment decision for an Isononanol plant within the Pengerang Integrated Complex in Pengerang, Johor, for a total investment cost of US$442 million.
Celgene is licensing rights to develop its TORC1/2 inhibitor CC-223 in East and Southeast Asia to Antengene, and CRO Tigermed will help the latter with clinical development.
A Singaporean biotechnology company working on experimental cancer drugs is listing in Taiwan, potentially opening the door for more foreign peers to go public on the island.
COVID-19 discovery was quickly followed by accusations and finger-pointing between the United States and China, further clouding the mystery behind COVID-19 origins and fuelling conspiracy theories. The “infodemic”, as coined by the World Health Organisation (WHO), outpaced the pandemic, overshadowing voices from rational scientific efforts.
The appointment of the National Farmers Organisation (Nafas) as the sole wholesaler for the Certified Paddy Seeds Incentive (Insentif Benih Padi Sah or IBPS) programme will provide space for existing registered agents, individuals or companies to distribute the seeds.
KUALA LUMPUR: Now that the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines has arrived in Malaysia and the first group of people are receiving their jabs as we speak, convincing everyone to get vaccinated remains an issue. Social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, are full of anti-vaccine posts, with many getting louder as the official start...
PRIME Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's expressed wish to review the Environmental Quality Act, enacted in 1974, is refreshing to hear. There have been amendments to the act from time to time, but the moment has come for a comprehensive review of this country's foremost instrument of environmental governance. Our awakening...
Choosing the right crops to grow in your farm is a back-and-forth dance between two elements. Principally the 2 dance partners are the demand side and the production side. This is true whether you're farming traditionally using soil-based techniques, or in controlled environments using hydroponic or vertical farming systems.
Reading the news on our cellphones has been one of the major habit changes due to COVID-19. My friends, who once could not start their days without the touch and feel of a freshly delivered newspaper, have now been compelled to read the digital version. Via apps, or simply through news websites, they have had to adapt...
KUALA LUMPUR, (March 2): The Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (MOSTI) and MIMOS Bhd, with the assistance of the Health Ministry, have begun a vaccine tracing project utilising blockchain technology at the proof-of-concept stage. Its Deputy Minister Datuk Ahmad Amzad Hashim said vaccine tracing can be used not only for the Covid-19 vaccine, but...
KUALA LUMPUR:  Invest Energy Sdn Bhd, a company in the renewal and clean energy sector, plans to invest RM2.2 billion over the next five to seven years in increasing its presence and investments in Malaysia and the Southeast Asian (SEA) region. The company plans to invest and develop strategic sizeable renewable energy (RE) projects in...
Kehadiran teknologi jaringan tanpa wayar Generasi Kelima (5G) berpotensi besar mewujudkan industri baharu membawa manfaat besar kepada ekonomi negara. Dijangkakan, ia akan mula dinikmati di negara ini secara berperingkat menjelang hujung tahun ini. Dengan pelaksanaannya itu, masalah gangguan talian dan rangkaian internet yang sering menjadi rungutan pengguna dapat dikurangkan. Persoalannya, bersediakah rakyat ke arah...
As COVID-19 gained steam worldwide last spring, little was known about the disease and the havoc it would wreak on the world. A year later, vaccines offer hope in the global fight against the virus, but it will be a monumental task to produce them and deliver them around the planet. That these vaccines...
U.S. biodiesel production reached 159 million gallons in December 2020, up from 151 million gallons the previous month and up from 133 million gallons in December 2019, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Feb. 26. Production came from 85 biodiesel plants with a combined capacity of 2.5 billion gallons per year.
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 ― Businesswoman Samantha Lai's family has been composting kitchen waste since she was young. Late last year, the 32-year-old expanded her composting activities when her community at USJ 16 in Subang Jaya started a community garden. According to Lai, residents were encouraged to bring their organic waste...
KUALA LUMPUR: Program Imunisasi COVID-19 Kebangsaan dapat membantu memulihkan keyakinan perniagaan, seterusnya memacu pertumbuhan ekonomi negara, kata Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri (Ekonomi), Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed. Beliau berkata, tindakan lebih ramai rakyat mendapat suntikan vaksin itu juga dapat meningkatkan keyakinan pengguna untuk kembali keluar berbelanja dan akhirnya memulihkan keyakinan peniaga.
The global demand for waste-to-energy (WtE) market is expected to witness high surge in demand as governments across the globe invest in developing sustainable solutions for generating energy from waste. This is being encouraged by improved awareness amongst consumers about the depletion of the non-renewable energy resources and soaring levels of pollution across land,...
The increasingly sophisticated administration of probiotics is having a major impact on the sustainability of shrimp aquaculture, and there are further advances expected, through the use of synbiotics, biofloc and semi-floc systems. As shrimp production intensifies and disease risks become prominent, shrimp health has become more important than ever, as it can make or break the...
The first batch delivery of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to Malaysia is expected to arrive in the second quarter of this year, the pharmaceutical company said.
KUALA LUMPUR, 2 Mac -- Projek berintensifkan modal yang melibatkan teknologi canggih dan tenaga kerja mahir menguasai landskap pembuatan pada tahun lepas, kata Lembaga Pembangunan Pelaburan Malaysia (MIDA).
Americans will start receiving Johnson & Johnson‘s COVID-19 vaccine within the next 24 to 48 hours, J&J CEO Alex Gorsky told NBC’s Today this morning. FDA issued an EUA for J&J’s Ad26.COV2-S vaccine on Feb. 27, a day after an advisory panel unanimously recommended that the agency authorize the vaccine for adults 18 and over. J&J’s vaccine is...
The Australian Government released its Snapshot of Australian Agriculture report, outlining the current state of Australian agriculture. It covers eight key aspects of Australian agriculture, but we'll share a shortened version here. Australian agriculture accounts for: 55% of Australian land use (427 million hectares, excluding timber production in December 2020) and...
Kane Footwear, a new name in active recovery footwear, has launched a new, bio-based molded, EVA foam slip-on, which the company is marketing under the brand name Revive. Constructed from Kane’s sugarcane-derived BounceBack foam, the Revive utilizes thoughtful styling and an active recovery design to provide support for fatigued muscles and all-day comfort. The...
COVID-19 | Side effects such as pain and swelling at the shot spot, fatigue, headache, fever and chills are common for Moderna and Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine receivers, Xinhua news agency citing CNBC said in a recent health report. People who experienced such side effects may take over-the-counter (OTC) pain pills after the shot to alleviate these symptoms, said...
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23: A senior consultant paediatrician believed that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine would reduce the risk of persons with disabilities (PwD) getting infected with COVID-19. Head Clinical Research Centre of Perak, Datuk Dr Amar Singh HSS said currently there are no restrictions for this group to get COVID-19 vaccine unless their immune system...
KUALA LUMPUR: Pertanian memainkan peranan penting dalam ekonomi dan bertanggungjawab dalam pengeluaran makanan serta keperluan asas kita. Semestinya, sektor pertanian amat dekat di hati rakyat Malaysia. Pada 2019, sektor pertanian menyumbang sekitar 8 peratus Keluaran Dalam Negara Kasar (KDNK). Oleh itu, petani yang masih mempraktikkan kaedah bertani secara tradisional mempunyai peluang besar untuk memanfaatkan...
THE past year is one that few of us will forget. While the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic have played out unevenly across Asia and the Pacific, the region has been spared many of the worst effects seen in other parts of the world. The pandemic has reminded us that a reliable and uninterrupted...
THE Government’s decision to implement the movement control order (MCO) for the second time – albeit in a more relaxed and flexible setting, especially for the economic sector – has not been an easy one to make, as there needs to be a balance between the country’s economy and the health of the people.
Each year The Economist Intelligence Unit publishes an annual report giving its outlook for six global industries, one of which is the healthcare and pharmaceuticals sector. While 2020 made it clear that forecasting is far from foolproof, it remains an important task. In 2021, more than ever, companies need to be able to anticipate some of the...
Artificial intelligence is a comprehensive branch of computer science where machines are trained to perform tasks that usually require human intelligence. The machines know nothing from the start, but they can be trained to recognise highly complex patterns. At Nofima we have developed an AI package for the evaluation of salmon skin - the...
Long-chain alkanes, key chemical components of fossil fuels such as gasoline, contribute to urban air pollution even if they are not combusted, reports a study published in Communications Chemistry. In combustion processes, such as in car engines, a chain reaction called autoxidation occurs at high temperatures. Recently, autoxidation was identified as an important source for highly oxygenated...
With digital transformation being an important catalyst for Malaysia’s inclusive economic recovery, MyDIGITAL and the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint announced today by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, is an important milestone that will enable Malaysia to take advantage of the breadth of opportunity that technology offers.  We congratulate the Government for putting a...
BRUSSELS: The European Commission is preparing a digital vaccine certificate which is expected to be globally recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), reported Anadolu Agency, quoting an EU official on Tuesday. Speaking at a press conference following a virtual meeting of EU affairs ministers, Maros Sefcovic, vice president of the European Commission in...
We propose that in the interest of reducing the cost of living of consumers in the long run, efforts to enhance the production of local food whether at the household level, at the scale of gardens, farms or even in residential areas, should be increased. A variety of the latest technology is easily available...
What do Bill Gates and Robert Downey, Jr. have in common? Apparently, they both are looking for ways to alleviate climate change by getting involved in the bioeconomy. Bill Gates is talking about plant-based or lab-grown beef as a way to save the world since cows burp, fart, and poop too much methane. And Iron Man actor...
The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Technical Centre for Mechanical Industry (CETIM) to encourage cooperation in niche engineering and manufacturing technology. The collaboration between MIDA and CETIM aimed to strengthen Malaysia’s technological ecosystem by attracting quality investments.
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 22 — Malaysians are not being used as “guinea pigs” as the Covid-19 vaccines have been administered to 30 million people globally and proven safe, said National Cancer Society of Malaysia (NCSM) general manager Dr M. Murallitharan   The NCSM medical director said any production of vaccines or drugs would also have...
KOTA BELUD: The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry (MAFI) will continue to strengthen the concept of large-scale cultivation to boost rice production, thus realising the country’s 75 to 80 per cent self-sufficient level (SSL) target. Its Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee said the country’s SSL was currently at 70 per cent while...
The hot-off-the-press Renewable Fuels Association’s 2021 Ethanol Industry Outlook focuses on ethanol as an ‘essential energy’ to address the challenges of climate change, food and energy security, and rural prosperity. Now in its 22nd year, it provides key statistics, trends, and analysis on the latest ethanol developments, what to expect in 2021, a listing of every fuel ethanol...
KUALA LUMPUR: Rangka Tindakan (Blueprint) Ekonomi Digital Malaysia (MyDIGITAL) dijangka menempatkan Malaysia pada kedudukan baik dalam kalangan negara serantau dan global, demikian menurut Persatuan Teknologi Kebangsaan Malaysia (Pikom). Pengerusinya, Danny Lee, berkata Pikom melihat inisiatif itu sebagai rancangan komprehensif untuk memberikan nafas baharu kepada sektor awam, memperkasa sektor swasta, melengkapkan masyarakat, membina infrastruktur kelas...
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE have asked the U.S. health regulator to relax requirements for their COVID-19 vaccine to be stored at ultra-low temperatures, potentially allowing it to be kept in pharmacy freezers. Approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could send a strong signal to other regulators around the...
Major reform of global food systems is urgently needed to address natural habitat loss, according to a new report. Produced by the UK think-tank Chatham House and backed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Compassion in World Farming, the study says that agriculture is threatening 86% of the 28,000+ plant and animal...
Today, synthetic fibers – whether elastane, polyester, or polyacrylic - are ubiquitous in clothing. Underwear, sweaters, T-shirts – all are made with synthetic fabrics. Synthetics also play an important role in the sub-sector of the industry to which Vaude belongs - the outdoor industry After all, the outdoor industry is particularly dependent on textiles...
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 24 — Malaysia’s economic recovery plan is on the right track with the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme that begins today, said Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz. He said many economic sectors were awaiting border reopening not only in the country but also abroad, including the tourism and retail...
Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) are set to begin a new Phase II study of their COVID-19, after a delay to the programme was announced in December 2020. The delay to the programme was announced after Phase I/II study results found a low immune response in older adults who received Sanofi/GSK’s investigational adjuvanted, recombinant protein-based COVID-19 vaccine.
One solution to agriculture's many challenges—climate change-induced drought, less arable land, and decreased water quality, to name a few—is to develop smarter fertilizers. Such fertilizers would aim not only to nourish the plant but also to maximize soil bacteria's positive effects on the plant. Tapping into a plant's microbiome may be the extra layer of defense crops...
To combat climate change, shifting from fossil fuels to clean and sustainable energy sources is imperative. A popular candidate in this regard is hydrogen, an eco-friendly fuel that produces only water when used. However, the efficient methods of hydrogen production are usually not eco-friendly. The eco-friendly alternative of splitting water with sunlight to produce hydrogen is inefficient...
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 16  -- The Digital Economy Council under the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) was formed to coordinate policies related to digital economy which involve various ministries and agencies, said Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed. In this regard, the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Economy) said it was appropriate for EPU as a federal agency responsible in planning...
KOTA BHARU, Feb 14 -- The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) is targeting an output of 958,000 tonnes worth RM9.08 billion in the aquaculture sector by 2030. Its Deputy Minister II, Datuk Che Abdullah Mat Nawi said to achieve this target, the government was using the pro-business approach including the private sector’s involvement to take the...
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 — Malaysia could capitalise on its Covid-19 vaccination efforts by becoming a regional hub for halal vaccines catering to Muslim countries, said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. Khairy said Malaysia was approached by vaccine producers about using the country as a regional hub due to its internationally recognised...
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 -- The Department of Environment (DOE) has returned 254 containers of plastic wastes, weighing 5,512 metric tonnes to their respective countries of origin between January and December last year. Environment and Water Minister Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said in addition, the DOE had also suspended the operations of 204 illegal plastic...
AS digital technologies have notably begun to play an even more critical role in the economy, it is increasingly clear that there is a real need to prepare talents – newly graduated or now in the workforce – for digital jobs. More companies are becoming digital by default, with 91% of local organisations having...
BRUSSELS: Kesatuan Eropah (EU) bakal melancarkan program untuk mengkaji varian COVID-19 dan menghasilkan vaksin 'generasi kedua' bagi melawan varian baharu yang bakal muncul. Ketua EU, Ursula von der Leyen ketika bercakap kepada akhbar harian Perancis, Les Echos, berkata, program 'inkubator HERA' yang bermula hari ini akan membawa bersama industri farmaseutikal, makmal, penguat kuasa kesihatan...
Malaysian oil palm estates commonly suffer from rhinoceros beetle attacks, which is estimated to cause an annual yield loss of up to 25 percent in the palm oil sector, an industry valued at RM161 billion globally.   As the second largest palm oil producer in the world, Malaysian farmers have long tested various methods for...
THERE are three main reasons for economic growth to stagnate in Malaysia — market saturation of household and automotive products; increasing cost of low-skilled labour and shortage of a high-skilled labour force; and no development of products and infrastructure in line with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0). For us to rise again economically,...
KUALA TERENGGANU, Feb 16 -- The East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) has outlined three main focus to spur economic recovery in Terengganu to help the people cope with the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Its chief executive officer Baidzawi Che Mat said the priority was given to human capital development, agriculture and tourism sectors...
New data has found that the overuse of short-acting beta2-agonist (SABA) relievers for asthma in the UK is responsible for 250,000 tones of greenhouse gas emissions – or CO2 – annually. The findings, which will be presented at the British Thoracic Society Winter Meeting, also found that 83% of all SABA relievers for asthma...
PUTRAJAYA: Kerajaan memperuntukkan RM30 juta di bawah Pakej Jana Semula Ekonomi Negara (PENJANA) bagi projek Program Kebun Komuniti atau Kebuniti. Menteri Pertanian dan Industri Makanan, Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee, berkata program pertanian bandar itu bakal memberikan manfaat kepada 27,524 individu dan 1,046 komuniti di seluruh negara. Katanya, program yang dilaksanakan...
The U.S. Energy Information Administration released its Annual Energy Outlook 2021 (AEO2021) on Feb. 3, predicting that the consumption of biofuels as a share of the domestic fuel mix will gradually increase through 2050. Although the COVID-19 pandemic affected demand for all liquid fuels last year, the EIA notes that biofuel consumption has not...
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia dan Singapura berada di kedudukan untuk meraih manfaat pertumbuhan global pada 2022, menurut Moody's Analytics. Firma itu menjelaskan, kedua-dua negara mengambil langkah berhati-hati bagi pembukaan sempadan untuk membolehkan perjalanan walaupun menjadi antara negara paling giat melaksanakan sokongan dari segi dasar fiskal demi ekonomi masing-masing sejak tahun lalu.
NEW YORK, Feb 16 ― The year 2021 is ushering in a return to basics even in the world of cosmetics. It is no longer just a question of giving up makeup under the pretext of it interfering with mask-wearing, but of allowing the skin to better defend itself against external aggressions. This is made easier by...
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 — The application of blockchain technology in agriculture can help reduce the cost of transaction for farmers and enables fair trade, Agrichain Technologies Pvt Ltd said. “The micro payment and micro credit to farmers is currently very restricted and the cost of transaction or cost of credit evaluation is very...
PUTRAJAYA, Feb 16 -- The National Mineral Council (MMN) has agreed with the proposal to make the National Mineral Industry Transformation Plan 2020-2030 (TIM 2021-2030) as a new agenda for the development of the mineral industry in Malaysia. The matter was agreed upon during MMN’s inaugural meeting today. Energy and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Seri...
KUALA LUMPUR: Like everyone else, tackling the Covid-19 pandemic via vaccine cooperation is top on the agenda of the European Union (EU). However, the EU is also mindful of assisting Malaysia on improving the latter's trade and investment ties, removing misunderstandings and enhancing cooperation concerning palm oil, and creating new partnerships on climate change,...
The World Health Organization is working to establish a clinical description for the lingering symptoms, known as long-COVID, some people experience months after being cleared of their initial COVID-19 illness, CNBC reported Feb. 13.  WHO recently held a global meeting that involved "patients, clinicians and other stakeholders" to gain a clearer picture of long-COVID, Tedros Adhanom...
Past studies have highlighted how genetically modified (GM) crops contributed to the alleviation of the effects of climate change. But a new calculation reveals that GM crops may be contributing more than previously documented. The researchers behind the study emphasized that previous studies did not incorporate the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with yield increases...
A new US study released has further emphasised the need and benefits of corn ethanol in the nation's fuel supply.Scientists from Harvard University, Tufts University and Environmental Health & Engineering showed in their report, Carbon Intensity of Corn Ethanol in the United States: State of the Science, corn ethanol reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 46%, compared...
Many organisations are in the process of discovering the most productive way to store, unify and, mobilise data effectively. Snowflake estimates that there are still hundreds of millions of data sets isolated in cloud data storage and on-premises data centres globally. The Data Cloud eliminates these silos, allowing organisations to seamlessly unify, analyse, and share data to...
NEW YORK, Feb 18  -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday proposed that the Group of 20 (G20) set up an emergency task force to prepare a "Global Vaccination Plan" against COVID-19, reports Xinhua news agency. "We have come together to create the COVAX facility, the one global tool to procure and deliver vaccines...
BACHOK, Feb 12 -- About 10,000 farmers along the coast of Bachok are able to generate an overall income of over RM32 million a year by growing watermelons, pumpkins and sweet potatoes. Deputy Agriculture and Food Industries Minister II, Datuk Che Abdullah Mat Nawi, said over 90 per cent of the total income was derived from...
When discussing WtE for residual waste treatment, the notion of “lock-in” effect often comes up, suggesting that once a WtE plant is built, the surrounding regions will be inclined to recycle less and instead bring more waste to the WtE plant. CEWEP firmly believes that investment in new or expanded WtE capacity should only take place in...
THE MALAYSIAN Investment Development Authority (MIDA) responds to a report by the Singapore Straits Times. The following is MIDA's full statement: The recent report by The Straits Times of Singapore on 5 February 2021 regarding foreign investors fleeing Malaysia is incorrect. The piece falsely indicates that the United Nations Commission on Trade and Development...
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 8 -- Still sceptical about the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine and its ability to help save millions of lives every year?  Are you aware that the country has successfully implemented various immunisation programmes, for example for polio and chicken pox, over the past seven decades? According to scientist Ts....
ROME, Feb 4 — Global food prices rose for an eighth consecutive month in January to their highest since July 2014, the United Nations food agency said today, as economies continue to battle fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. The Food and Agriculture Organisation’s food price index, which measures monthly changes for a basket of...
PARIS, Feb 8 — The diapers of our beloved babies and toddlers represent a considerable annual mass of waste. Energy Observer Solutions met up with Les Alchimistes, a company in the Paris region, which recycles diapers from four daycare centres and manages to make a quality compost from this hitherto unexploited bio-waste. Every year...
Antibiotic Research UK (ANTRUK) has urged the UK government to provide clarity on whether people receiving antibiotics can also receive a COVID-19 vaccination. The charity, which provides support to people with antibiotic-resistant infections, has said it is clear that better patient advice regarding COVID-19 vaccination is needed.
After growth temporarily slowed down in 2019, Russian turkey producers showed a record 20% production increase in 2020, research showed. The research, conducted by Russian consulting agency Agrifood Strategies, showed that turkey meat production, export, and consumption are increasing against the backdrop of the continuing decline in imports, even despite the difficult economic situation...
As part of its Environmentally Conscious Design (ECD) philosophy, gategroup company deSter has entered a strategic partnership with PulPac, a Swedish Research & Development and Intellectual Property company. Together they will focus on the development and manufacturing of fiber-based, single-use food packaging products for the airline and food service industries.By working with PulPac and...
Before the pandemic, the conventional wisdom was that attractive offices were critical to productivity, culture, and attracting and retaining talent. Companies competed for prime office space, and concepts as densification, open-office designs, hoteling, and co-working were mode of operation.  But a survey⁠1 conducted by KPMG during the Movement Control order (MCO) revealed that 69% of Malaysians...
KUANTAN, Feb 10 (Bernama) -- Muhammad Rusydan Fikri Mohd Roslan’s advertising and graphics studio was not spared the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The business he started after graduating from Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) in 2018 with a visual communications degree survived less than two years.
Heterosis is based on what we call dominance genetic effects, and these effects result from interactions between the pairs of alleles at all of the genes that influence a characteristic of interest. Indeed, the utilisation of dominance genetic effects is fundamentally based on combinations at every level – of species, of lines within species, and occasionally even...
SEOUL, Feb 9 ― From taxing the creators of waste, to repurposing leftovers from hotel restaurants and authorising the sale of expired foods, here's a look at some countries' initiatives to help reduce food waste. Food waste is a global problem. Each year, an estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of consumable foodstuffs are thought to...
NEW YORK, Feb 6 — While looking after our personal well-being has never seemed more important, given the global health crisis, one little-known wellness practice merits more attention: ‘green care.’ This concept can be summed up in one phrase: taking care of your body and mind by calling on the benefits of Mother Nature. 
In a subset of patients diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), immunotherapy paradoxically exacerbates tumor growth and significantly shortens survival. Currently there are no clinically validated biomarkers that can identify patients at risk of this paradoxical response called “hyperprogression.” Using artificial intelligence (AI) analysis of simple tissue scans, researchers at Case Western University...
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 5 — Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) along with residents from several People’s Housing Project (PPR) in Kuala Lumpur have turned a deserted reserve land into a vegetable garden. DBKL said on Facebook that the reserve land, which was filled with untrimmed trees and overgrown bushes, was one of the flood...
2020 is the year that changed everything; from the way we live, to the way we work and play.  As we grapple with the human and economic impact of Covid-19, this is also a time for us to reflect and plan the way forward in Malaysia. This is the first global pandemic of the...
KINABATANGAN: Two recently published scientific papers have highlighted the importance of maintaining small and degraded forests to support the conservation of biodiversity. Danau Girang Field Centre's (DGFC) Kinabatangan Small Carnivore Project (KSCP), in collaboration with the Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) and Cardiff University, has been studying small carnivores within the sanctuary since 2013.
Advances in the fields of biomaterials and nanotechnology could lead to big breakthroughs in the fight against dangerous viruses like the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. In APL Bioengineering, researchers from the Indian Institute of Science describe two possibilities being explored by scientists in the field to make vaccines more effective and build surfaces that...
Malaysia will delay the nationwide rollout of its B20 palm oil biodiesel mandate to early next year.The reason behind the move was prioritise an economy that has been battered by the COVID-19 pandemic, the state news agency Bernama reported.The mandate to manufacture biofuel with a 20% palm oil component - known as B20 - for the transport...
Corporate capture — the exercise of inappropriate influence — is a dangerous thing, but when Big Tech gets involved, it becomes lethal on a global scale. Nowhere is this threat more visible than in agriculture. Big Tech's goal? Control the very thing that feeds the world: food. From farm to fork, the technology companies...
KUALA LUMPUR: LKL International Bhd, menerusi anak syarikat milik penuhnya, LKL Advance Metaltech Sdn Bhd memeterai memorandum persefahaman (MoU) dengan iWOW Technology Pte Ltd dari Singapura bagi meneroka potensi kerjasama untuk membangun dan memasarkan produk pengesanan kontak elektronik COVID-19. Dalam makluman kepada Bursa Malaysia, LKL berkata, iWOW mengeluarkan produk token pengesan, menggunakan peranti Bluetooth...
At the Animal Microbiome and Nutritional Health Congress held in Chicago in March 2020, Niel Baxter, a research scientist with Elanco Animal Health, shared the importance of finding products to change the metabolism of the microbiome of animals to help improve their performance. “I talked a little bit about ways in which we can...
IN NINE short years, the world will have to take stock of how far we have come in taking urgent action to combat the impact from climate change, as well as to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. These are among two of the Sustainable Development Goals set for...
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Bioeconomy Development Corporation (Bioeconomy Corporation) melantik Datuk Iskandar Dzulkarnain Abdul Khalid sebagai Pengarah dan Pengerusi berkuatkuasa 25 Januari 2021. Iskandar Dzulkarnain yang dilantik oleh Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, menggantikan Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun yang meletak jawatan pada 29 September 2020. Dengan pengalaman selama 20 tahun dalam...
In a new perspective piece published in the Feb. 5 issue of Science, pharmacologist Namandje Bumpus, Ph.D.—who recently became the first African American woman to head a Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine department, and is the only African American woman leading a pharmacology department in the country—outlines the molecular origins for differences in how well certain drugs...
NUS researchers have reconstructed nearly a thousand microbial genomes from green leafy vegetables commonly consumed in Singapore to improve the quality of urban farmed crops. This study is a first step towards uncovering the microbiomes associated with urban farmed vegetables. It also marks progress in developing bio-based solutions for local food production. The microbiomes refer to the...
Plastics are among the most successful materials of modern times. However, they also create a huge waste problem. Scientists from the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) and the East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) in Shanghai produced different polymers from lipoic acid, a natural molecule. These polymers are easily depolymerized under mild conditions. Some 87...
PUTRAJAYA: Portal Rangkaian Makmal Nanoteknologi Kebangsaan (RMNK) yang dilancarkan hari ini, dapat dimanfaatkan penyelidik dan pihak industri bagi mendapatkan bantuan konsultasi serta nasihat teknikal dan penggunaan peralatan bagi menjalankan kajian berasaskan nanoteknologi. Menteri Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi (MOSTI), Khairy Jamaluddin, berkata pihaknya juga berharap portal itu dapat menggalakkan lebih ramai penyelidik dan pemain industri...
GENEVA, Feb 4 ― A new tuberculosis treatment that slashes costs and the pill burden for patients will be rolled out in five high-incidence countries this year, international medical research body the Aurum Institute said yesterday. TB ― a respiratory disease that is preventable and treatable yet kills more than 1.4 million people every...
Without exception 2020 has thrown unique challenges at Australian agriculture. Admirably, and equally without exception, our farming communities have proven to be remarkably resilient. Faced with catastrophic bushfires at the beginning of the year, the myriad disruptions caused by Covid-19, collateral damage from international geopolitical events, and the ever present threat of drought –...
In 2019, the palm oil industry contributed 4.67 per cent to the country's gross domestic products (GDP) and 37.9 per cent to the agricultural GDP. Total exports of oil palm products were 27.88 million tonnes in 2019, with export revenue of RM64.84 billion. Palm oil export earnings alone was RM38.03 billion. Currently, Malaysia accounts...
IN real estate, buying the cheapest house on the block is a strategy that may pay off nicely. For the same budget, you’re in a tonier neighbourhood, and your home value is likely to rise faster to catch up to the median price. Perhaps most importantly, you are constantly reminded there’s room for improvement.
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 2 -- The European Union (EU) and Belgium have given assurances to fulfil their vaccine supply agreements with Malaysia, said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar. Khairy, in a statement today, said with the assurances of both the EU and Belgian Ambassadors, Malaysia’s COVID-19 immunisation plan is expected to proceed according to plan.
Wang Somboon Farm, a cage-free production operated by CP Foods, is ready to apply Thailand’s first ever cage-free farming practice standard from Department of Livestock Development, delivering consumers safe food and address an increasing consumer demand for animal welfare products. Mr Somkid Wannalukkhee, Senior Vice President at CP Foods, said that the new cage-free standard...
Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy released the Plastics Innovation Challenge Draft Roadmap and a Request for Information seeking stakeholder input on the Draft Roadmap. Originally announced in November 2019, the Plastics Innovation Challenge is a comprehensive program to accelerate innovations in energy-efficient plastics recycling technologies. The Plastics Innovation Challenge aims to position...
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 2  -- Malaysia can leverage much of the cumulative intellectual property it has developed in Islamic finance, oil and gas services, tourism and industrial agriculture to support innovative new business models, particularly in digital startups. According to Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) chairman Datuk Wira Rais Hussin Mohamed Ariff, the powerful...
Blindness due to age-related dry macular degeneration (AMD) robs over 200 million people worldwide of being able to do the simplest tasks they used to take for granted, such as driving or playing with their grandkids. Currently, there is no approved treatment for AMD. A group of drugs used to treat HIV that block...
SHAH ALAM - Lembaga Kemajuan Pertanian Muda (MADA) optimis untuk terus menjadi penyumbang utama kepada pengeluaran padi negara melalui pelbagai program yang telah, sedang dan akan dilaksanakan. Pengerusinya, Ahmad Tarmizi Sulaiman berkata, pada tahun 2011, MADA telah melaksanakan Projek Estet Padi di bawah program Bidang Ekonomi Utama Negara (NKEA) EPP 10 yang menyasarkan peningkatan...
A new study released today finds biofuels continue to have a significant positive impact on Iowa’s economy, but recent market challenges reduced the job and household income impacts of ethanol and biodiesel production in the state. The study, authored by John Urbanchuk of ABF Economics and commissioned by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA),...
According to the Ministry of Finance, Malaysia’s bond market has recorded an accumulated net foreign inflows of RM18.3 billion in 2020. Although Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) had cut the Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) to a record low of 1.75 percent, there is a room for the central bank to act in terms of monetary...
Cross-continental drug development and commercialization deals are good for business, and imperative for patients to receive access to the most valuable scientific breakthroughs. This month has already brought a number of these partnerships for the treatment of cancer and other diseases with a significant medical need. Here’s a look at four of them. Illumina...
The Scottish mussel aquaculture industry currently produces around 8,000 tonnes a year using wild larvae and is therefore reliant on a successful spawning year. This method is also a limiting factor in the expansion of the industry, which has the potential to become a major part of Scotland’s economy. However, scientists at the Scottish Association...
Space startup company bluShift successfully launched its first rocket powered by biofuels on Sunday.The fuel, which are intended to be used to propel small satellites into space, was employed in a single-stage prototype that can only carry up to 18 lbs of payload and is designed to achieve suborbital space.Stardust's first launch carried three small payloads to...
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 2 -- The essential and critical sectors are still contributing significantly to the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) even during the current Movement Control Order (MCO 2.0) period, according to Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz. He said key sectors such as commodities, mining and agriculture are allowed to operate...
SHAH ALAM, Feb 2  -- Pharmaniaga Bhd (Pharmaniaga) assures the COVID-19 vaccine, CoronaVac produced by Chinese pharmaceutical company, Sinovac Life Sciences Co Ltd (Sinovac), is safe, effective and halal. Pharmaniaga Research and Development Division head, Dr Badarulhisam Abdul Rahman, said the vaccine produced using inactive virus technology is the most effective and proven method forthe past 40...
KOTA KINABALU: The state government is looking to set up Sabah Swiftlet Board to regulate the industry. Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, who is in charge of the state agriculture and fisheries, said the board is expected to be set up this year. "The new authority will be...
Secretary of agriculture nominee Tom Vilsack stressed the important role biofuels and bioenergy will play in meeting the Biden administration’s climate goals during a Feb. 2 hearing before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Vilsack is a former two-term governor of Iowa who served as secretary of agriculture during all eight years...
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25  -- Bioalpha International Sdn Bhd (BISB) has signed an agreement to procure Sinovac Biotech-developed COVID-19 vaccine from a unit of Chinese state-owned Sinopharm Group Co Ltd, and is planning to distribute it in Malaysia by mid-April if relevant approvals are received.  BISB, which is wholly owned by Bioalpha Holdings Bhd, today inked a procurement and distribution agreement with Shanghai Bukun Trading...
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25  -- The Health Ministry (MOH) is targetting the COVID-19 vaccination programme in the country to be completed by the end of this year or early next year. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the vaccination programme would involve three phases with the first phase expected to start in March involving half...
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25 -- The agriculture and plantation sector is expected to see a huge increase in adoption of drone technology this year due to the increase in demand and technology readiness, thus enabling a technology-driven transformation to ensure efficiency and sustainability. Malaysia Digital Economy Cooperation (MDEC) DroneTech and Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) Ecosystem manager Wan...
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – The improper disposal of excess or unused medicines can over the long-term lead to environmental degradation, including the contamination of valuable water resources that can cause harm to aquatic life. Whether indiscriminately dumped into garbage bins or flushed down the toilet, a good portion of the pharmaceutical waste will eventually end...
Zaman berubah selari kehendak peredaran masa dan manusia, terutama era Revolusi Industri 4.0 (IR 4.0). Pelbagai jenis pekerjaan baharu diwujudkan untuk membantu manusia selari perubahan pantas. Mereka yang tidak memperbaharui atau mempelajari pengetahuan baharu akan terus ketinggalan pada zaman serba mencabar ini. IR 4.0 diharap mengubah cara kita hidup, bekerja dan...
KUALA LUMPUR: Duopharma Biotech Bhd has confirmed it will procure and supply to the Health Ministry the Covid-19 vaccine known as Sputnik V developed by the Gamaleya National Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology. In a statement today, Duopharma said its wholly-owned Duopharma (M) Sdn Bhd (DMSB) had signed a term sheet agreement with...
There are an estimated 40,000 to 50,000 species of micro-organism per gram of soil. Addition of certain microbes can tailor soil characteristics: removing contaminants, improving fertility and even making barren land available for farming. The Microbiology Society's report calls for increased access to research into soil health, promoting outreach activities in agricultural colleges and...
SURGING Covid-19 cases worldwide has recorded up to 2 million fatalities to date (that is about 10 per cent of the total death during WW1), witnessed an overwhelming demand for medical attention in hospitals, necessitating medical institutions to have sufficient supplies of personal protection equipment (PPE). The demand for polymer-based PPE is also observed...
WASHINGTON: The global economy is expected to see a strong rebound this year, but the coronavirus crisis is causing severe damage, slashings tens of trillions of dollars off GDP, the IMF said Tuesday. "Now at $22 trillion," a figure equal to the size of the entire US economy, "the projected cumulative output loss over...
BIOALPHA Holdings Bhd is not competing head-on with the Government’s free-of-charge vaccination programme. Instead, it has found a niche market to capitalise upon. The integrated health supplement company has set its targets on both expatriates and foreign workers from various industries, the latter of which is considered a vulnerable group to the COVID-19 virus.
Growing food in our increasingly variable climate is a challenge. Growing crops in a controlled environment provides an alternative approach to conventional farming which is free from the pressures created by extremes and variations in our weather, isolated from pests, and allows crop growth at a wider range of latitudes. Vertical...
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25  -- Being one of the largest vegetable oil producers and contributing some 31 per cent of the 235.4 million tonnes of world oils and fats production globally, Malaysia's palm oil went through a very treacherous journey especially in recent years. As the top two biggest producers, Indonesia and Malaysia, which contribute 87 per...
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 26 -- The Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) has urged industries to embark on circular economy (CE) practices as an integrated development concept for long-term economic growth, environmental protection and social inclusiveness. Its deputy director-general Zahid Ismail said the CE is an economic model which aims to produce goods and services in a...
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 26 – A group of Malaysian scientists from Subang Jaya Medical Centre, Cancer Research Malaysia in collaboration with the University of Cambridge in the UK have built the largest genetic and genomic database of Asian breast cancers to date. The milestone helps doctors to diagnose patients more precisely and offers the...
Moves to improve the breeding of laying hens by using innovative tracking and data analysis strategies have won backing from a major genetics company. Hendrix Genetics Layers is to support HenTrack, an innovative research project based at the Centre of proper Housing of Poultry and Rabbits (ZTHZ) in Switzerland, which is looking at breeding...
Corrosion control and packaging expert Cortec today announced the launch of Eco Wrap, the world’s first compostable industrial strength machine grade stretch film. The latest formula uses a certified compostable resin plus a tackifier additive to make an industrial strength compostable stretch wrap that can be used on most standard automated stretch wrap equipment....
As a society, we witnessed workers grapple with the strains of the COVID-19 pandemic, experienced the mental stresses of social isolation, and struggled to achieve work-life balance whilst working remotely – all of which has taken an enormous toll on our ‘mental health’. But do we know what this elusive buzzword means?Mental health goes beyond the absence...
Engineers at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis say they have developed a microneedle patch that can be applied to the skin, capture a biomarker of interest, and allow clinicians to detect its presence. The technology is low cost, easy for a clinician or patients themselves to use, and could eliminate the...
HANOI, Jan 25 -- The mammoth trade deal Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is expected to unlock more export markets for Vietnamese agricultural products, according to insiders, Vietnam news agency (VNA) reported. At the “RCEP- UK-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (UKVFTA) opportunities to promote value chains of Vietnamese agricultural products” recently held in Ho Chi Minh...
Last year, Americans consumed over 6 billion avocados, leaving behind tons of inedible pits that turn into food waste. The Mexican company Biofase converts around 130 tons of avocado seeds a month into forks, knives, spoons, and straws.The company claims its bioplastic food products have a lower carbon footprint than any other comparable material — even paper.
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan. 26  -- Education that emphasises on good values is essential to create a future generation of leaders who are able to lead a country with good governance. Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said concerted efforts should also be taken to implant children with good values through the education from the...
BASED on latest reports and after consulting experts, we believe the full story on the mRNA vaccines’ safety aspects is not out, especially the ultra-sensitive and unstable mRNA vaccine developed by Pfizer, which would require refrigeration of -70 degrees to -80 degrees Celsius.  Even the 95% efficacy claimed by Pfizer and Moderna has been...
Despite the feeling of déjà vu as we endure another period of lockdown in Scotland, 2021 is already shaping up to be quite different. While the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine gives some hope for a return to normal, the pandemic has accelerated trends and been a catalyst for change in many sectors, not least in aquaculture.
Fossil fuel is a common word used to refer to buried flammable geologic deposits of organic substances. They are created by decomposed plants and animals which were altered to natural gas, heavy oils or crude oil due to being exposed to a lot of heat and pressure in the earth’s crust over millions of years. Fossil fuels are...
Trade agreements can be exciting. They facilitate opportunities, and more so if the trade agreement involves a wide region for free trade. The RCEP is one that is sizzling right now on the economic pot. It is creating a buzz in the market and firms are preparing and are pumped up taking their position at the starting...
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – More than 50 metric tonnes of pharmaceutical products are collected by hazardous waste management expert Kualiti Alam Sdn Bhd every month for disposal. These products include medicines, syringes, blood bags and tubes, and urine bags from pharmaceutical companies and private hospitals nationwide. Clinical wastes from government health facilities are handled...
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 19 -- Calysseo has appointed the consortium of Black & Veatch and Shanghai LBT Engineering & Technology Co Ltd to execute the full Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) scope for its first commercial FeedKind® production facility. As the consortium leader, Black & Veatch will provide project management, process design and global procurement...
PHA are natural polymers, prevalent in nature and fully biodegradable in the environment. Currently produced by fermentation of engineered microbes, PHA polymers also have applications in water treatment where they act as a zero-waste solution to nitrate pollution and as animal feed ingredients. Yield10 has a long history with and deep knowledge of PHAs and it believes...
2020 was a watershed year for the global economy, financial markets and also life in general. With the havoc wreaked by the Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing global lockdown, we saw the global supply chains were disrupted, most economic activities essentially ground to a halt and international travel also stalled abruptly. Many industries, especially...
Some of the leading SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidates are “mRNA vaccines,” based on incorporating the genetic blueprint for the key spike protein on the virus surface into a formula that when injected into humans instructs our own cells to make the spike protein. In turn, the body then makes antibodies against the spike protein and they protect us...
The vital role the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) plays in nutrient absorption and the immune response is probably much more complex and dynamic than most of us realize. We do know, however, that maintaining good intestinal health and minimizing intestinal disruptions are critical to growth, to the health and welfare of birds and to the food safety aspects...
Industry players have been called to use alternative raw materials other than wood for manufacturing. Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB) director-general Mohd Kheiruddin Mohd Rani said utilising alternative raw materials from oil palm biomass, such as oil palm trunks, empty fruit bunches, oil palm frond, palm kernel shell, and other biomass, such as sawdust,...
THE COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped consumer behaviour in Malaysia. Across myriad sectors, including healthcare, digital education, and retail services, the new normal has propelled the move to online, bringing with it a significant surge in demand for a seamless customer experience. Amid mass remote working in Malaysia, the need for organisations to deploy modern...
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 20 -- Ho Wah Genting Bhd (HWGB) hasobtained a full pharmaceutical product registration approval for its wholly-owned subsidiary, Astramern Sdn Bhd’s health supplement, Astramern Astra H, from the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA), Ministry of Health. The Astramern Astra H comes in capsule form and contains specially formulated Chinese herbs that help to boost the body’s...
Genetic rewiring could have driven an evolutionary explosion in the shapes, sizes and adaptations of cichlid fish, in a breakthrough that could be significant for tilapia breeding programmes in aquaculture. Published in BMC Genome Biology, an Earlham Institute (EI) study, with collaborators at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, shows that genetic rewiring at non-coding...
There is little doubt that Earth’s climate is changing. Science points to these changes being primarily driven by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions. Time is of the essence as OEMs and fleets across the country take a fresh look at the use of low-carbon biodiesel and renewable diesel to help reduce emissions in their new...
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's latest RM15 billion stimulus package will provide support for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to sustain operations while safeguarding jobs and the economy, SME Association of Malaysia president Datuk Michael Kang Hua Keong said. Kang, however, hoped the government would open up all economic sectors to allow more businesses to resume...
KU Leuven researchers have identified the biological mechanism that explains why some people experience abdominal pain when they eat certain foods. The finding paves the way for more efficient treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and other food intolerances. The study, carried out in mice and humans, was published in Nature. Up to 20% of the...
If eating insects as an alternative food protein source is on your agenda then good news is afoot as mealworms have been authorised for human consumption. Although at the early stages of a full green light, dried yellow mealworms has got the initial thumbs up from the EU’s food safety watchdog, the European Food...
Facing rising shorelines and catastrophic wildfires, the reality of climate change has set in. Policymakers, business leaders, consumers, and businesses of all types have been pushing for a transition away from their reliance on fossil fuels – towards a carbon-negative power supply that is economically favorable, logistically feasible, and environmentally smart. What are the critical innovations and...
The days are long, but the years are short.” This bittersweet saying, which is often shared with new parents, may apply to everyone who has been living through the COVID-19 pandemic—although what we’re experiencing is almost entirely bitter and not at all sweet. Over the past 12 months, SARS-CoV-2, an RNA virus that carries a mere 29,903 nucleotides, has...
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 19 -- Taconic Biosciences, a global leader in providing drug discovery animal model solutions, has announced an expansion of its immuno-oncology portfolio.   According to a statement, immuno-oncology is a leading research priority because it uses the body’s own immune system to effectively treat some types of cancer. 
Even as agricultural biotechnology (agbiotech) becomes more refined, it becomes more powerful. For example, relatively crude techniques such as transgenics are being supplanted by genome editing. Where transgenics blasts one organism’s genes into another organism’s genome, genome editing proceeds more delicately, altering a cell’s DNA directly. Genome editing can even be used to patiently reconfigure an organism’s...
Consumers want companies to reflect their values. They’re far more likely to purchase from a business with an identity, whether it manifests in charitable efforts or eco-friendly practices. As a greater number of people show interest in green living, biodegradable packaging presents an opportunity for growth. That said, the virtues of biodegradable packaging extend beyond...
ONE key element often underestimated and overlooked in Malaysia’s past national visions and policies is human transformation, which involves instilling key ethical values and principles. Economic, technological and social targets could not be achieved (or sustainably achieved) if people are still corrupt to the core. National visions have always included ethical...
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 13 ― Malaysia, which is negotiating supplies of a Covid-19 vaccine with China’s Sinovac Biotech, will only go ahead with procurement if it satisfies the safety and efficacy standards of local regulators, a minister said on Wednesday. Brazil has triggered concerns over Sinovac’s vaccine, after clinical trials found that it was...
The European Union’s Green Deal will affect all sectors of the EU economy, including farming and livestock feed. It is described officially as “a new growth strategy that will transform the Union into a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy, where there are no net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050, economic growth is decoupled from resource use, and...
The Covid-19 pandemic is not fully contained and the death toll has soared past 1.4 million globally. The number is almost equal to the population of Trinidad and Tobago. What seems to be a global crisis to human livelihood and the economy poses mixed impacts on the environment at multiple scales.
Ronald Kiandee, the Minister of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) has announced MAFI’s plans with its Budget 2021 allocation at the Majlis Amanat YBM 2021. The Ministry will be looking into food supply chains, incentives, subsidies and living allowances. For 2021, MAFI will be emphasising the following with the allocation of RM4.79 billion under...
ASIANS are at higher risk for an aggressive type of breast cancer, HER2, as they are more prone to a mutated TP53 gene and have enriched tumour profiles compared to Caucasians. The discovery, published in Nature Communications science journal, was made by Cancer Research Malaysia, which currently possesses the largest genetic and genomic database...
Sarya Holdings, the company which recently launched the UAE’s latest hydroponic vertical farming concept, Smart Acres, has revealed global expansion plans in 2021 which include the launch of a healthy food line. Fit Farm is set to hit the supermarket shelves in the first quarter of next year, the company's CEO Abdulla Al Kaabi...
Looking for some good news? Well, look no further as hot off the press is good news from several Hot50 winners starting with plant-based omega-3 pioneers, Qualitas Health, DBA iwi, which has secured $10 million in venture funds at a $73 million post-money valuation, to accelerate growth and build their unique plant-based protein. And Fluid Quip getting a majority...
The COVID-19 pandemic will have a widespread and long-lasting effect on the biotechnology industry, according to speakers at a January 5 presentation held in advance of the Biotech Showcase virtual event taking place January 11-15. Biotech companies have pivoted on a massive scale to pursue infectious disease research -- and not all of them will be successful.
Diets rich in certain plant-based foods are linked with the presence of gut microbes that are associated with a lower risk of developing disorders such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to recent results from a large-scale international study that included researchers from King’s College London, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public...
KUALA LUMPUR: The first drone and robotics hub in South East Asia is being developed in Medini Iskandar Malaysia in Johor to promote locally developed drone-powered solutions and elevate the country's visibility in drone technology. Drone and Robotics Zone (DRZ) Iskandar is a collaboration with the National Technology and Innovation Sandbox (NTIS), spearheaded by...
Most experts agree that halting climate change—and the global warming, extreme heat events and stronger storms that come with it—will require the removal of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere. But with humans pumping out an estimated 37 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, current strategies for capturing it seem likely to fall...
Jan 13 (Reuters) - Malaysia led Asia's emerging stock markets higher on Wednesday as investors bet new COVID-19 curbs may be less severe on the country's economic recovery, while the region's currencies regained their footing as the dollar nursed losses. Stocks in Taiwan and Malaysia climbed more than 1%, while gains elsewhere in Asia were more modest and Shanghai's Composite...
PARIS, Jan 14 — The unprecedented push to inoculate the world’s population against Covid-19 has got off to a sluggish start, triggering a storm of criticism. Here’s a look at the major obstacles that have hampered the vaccine rollout, and what’s being done about them. Insufficient supply While...
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – Incidents involving the accidental swallowing of staple pins from food packaging may not be very common but when it does occur it can lead to harmful consequences as the sharp object may cause perforations in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Those thin and tiny pieces of metal may look harmless but when they...
Environmental wastes constituting both organic and inorganic materials that are derived from homes and industries go directly to landfills. Now, proper managing the landfills will result in the production of methane and other greenhouse gases, which has tremendous utilities. These gases contribute to global warming and other environmental hazards, but if managed effectively, they...
SHAH ALAM: SIRIM Tech Venture Sdn Bhd, anak syarikat SIRIM Bhd menyelesaikan perjanjian penjualan saham bagi anak syarikatnya, Granulab Sdn Bhd dengan KPower Bhd. Ia sebahagian daripada kerjasama pintar untuk meningkatkan aktiviti pengkomersialan dalam bidang peranti perubatan. GranuLab adalah syarikat pembuatan peranti perubatan berstatus Bio-Nexus yang menghasilkan produk tulang tiruan, GranuMas.
esearchers have shown that the link between physical and mental illness is closer than previously thought. Certain changes in physical health, which are detectable in childhood, are linked with the development of mental illness in adulthood. The researchers, led by the University of Cambridge, used a sample of over 10,000 people to study how insulin...
The food system arguably produces more greenhouse-gas emissions than any other sector, and yet it remains the most neglected by policymakers. Food is responsible for more than a third1 of the emissions that must vanish by 2050, and yet food was nowhere on the agenda at the Paris Climate Conference. In fact, menus at the...
Biobased bicycle path bridges that feature bat-friendly design in the Netherlands, biobased backpacks in Sweden, footwear featuring Fido’s dog hair in Germany, drones gettin’ their crown on with pineapple waste in Malaysia, biodegradable floss to keep your smile green and clean in New York – these are just some of this week’s Top 8 Innovations.
KUALA LUMPUR: 2020 was a bad year due to Covid-19, but it was not as bad as 1918 or 1929 where more lives were lost and the economic impact was far more chilling, said Malaysia China Business Council director and chairman of visa and business advisory committee Datuk Alvin Tee Guan Pian. This was...
Pfizer and BioNTech reported results Friday from an in vitro study indicating that the antibodies from people who have received their COVID-19 vaccine BNT162b2 are able to effectively neutralise SARS-CoV-2 with a key mutation that is also found in two highly transmissible strains. The findings were published on the preprint server bioRxiv and have not been peer reviewed.
KUALA LUMPUR: Eurofresh Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of the Perak Agricultural Development Corporation (PPPNP), will soon venture into the distribution of fresh local beef as part of its long-term plan. Perak Plantations, Agriculture and Food Industries Committee chairman Razman Zakaria said people were starting to question the halal status of imported frozen beef following...
After water, concrete is the most widely-used substance in the world. Producing cement, a key component of concrete, is responsible for about 8% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. It involves burning a lot of minerals, shells, shale and other components in kilns heated to about 1,400°C, where fossil fuels are typically used as an energy source, thus producing CO2...
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 4 -- Malaysia is projected to deliver 2021 gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 6.0 per cent, ranking second-highest in ASEAN after the Philippines, said Credit Suisse. Credit Suisse ASEAN securities research co-head and Malaysia research head Danny Goh said private consumption accounts for 58 per cent of GDP and is the single-biggest contributor.
PETALING JAYA: With the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccines on the horizon, earnings prospects for the healthcare sector are looking positive not just for the short-term but also for the longer period on higher demand. Although recovery in inpatient volume is only expected to be modest in 2021, AmInvestment Bank said earnings are set...
The Chief Veterinary Officers for Scotland, England, and Wales agreed to new measures to help protect poultry and captive birds in the UK, following outbreaks of avian influenza in both wild and captive birds. The new housing measures, which went into effect on 14 December, mean that it's a legal requirement for all bird...
The pandemic has disrupted economies worldwide, and hampered renewable energy’s (RE) progress, though the International Energy Agency in November projected its impact to be temporary, with the use of fossil fuels expected to decrease. This places renewables as the largest source of electricity generation globally by 2025, supplying one third of the world’s electricity. 
In Florida, the 2021 50 Hottest Companies in Agriculture and Nutrition was published today, as voted by invited international Selectors and subscribers of The Daily Digest, the world’s most widely-read bioeconomy daily. The annual rankings recognize innovation and achievement in fuel, chemicals, materials, advanced foods, genetics, advanced biological and process engineering and integrated biorefinery development, and were...
2020 didn't match 2018's record-breaking performance in the new drug approvals department, but it came pretty darn close. By the FDA’s count, it approved 53new molecular entities, up from 48 the year before and 59 in 2018. As has become custom, our count is different. We included Tecartus, Gilead Sciences' CAR-T therapy for mantle cell...
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 4 -- The integration of cattle farming in oil palm plantations is the solution for Malaysia to reduce its dependency on cattle imports, while the diversified agriculture will promote and enhance the ecosystem amid a changing climate, an academician said. “In oil palm plantations, potential cattle integration with oil palm can result in diversified farming and increase the resilience,...
BACHOK, Dec 31 -- There should be a transformation in the solid waste management system in the country as the current method requires improvement. Universiti Malaysia Kelantan Faculty of Biochemistry and Technology (FBKT) lecturer Associate Prof Dr Wan Mohd Faizal Wan Ishak said based on the Auditor-General’s Report 2019 Series 1, there were areas of non-compliance with Key Performance Indicators for operations...
KUALA LUMPUR: Sektor pekerjaan dalam industri yang disokong teknologi seperti e-dagang, teknologi kewangan (fintech), logistik & rantaian bekalan, pembuatan, penyelidikan & pembangunan (R&D) selain teknologi perubatan dan bioteknologi akan terus berkembang kukuh tahun ini. Pengarah Urusan Randstad Malaysia dan Singapura, Jaya Dass, berkata ketersediaan teknologi organisasi yang menjadi aspek tumpuan kritikal pada tahun lalu,...
BRUSSELS, Jan 7 -- The European Union (EU) on Wednesday approved a second COVID-19 vaccine to be used across the bloc soon after Europe's medicines regulator issued a positive scientific assessment, Xinhua News Agency reported. The European Commission granted a conditional marketing authorisation for the vaccine developed by Moderna, an American pharmaceutical company, and the...
THE economy in 2020 was affected by Covid-19 pandemic, and projected to contract by 4.5 per cent while nearly 100,000 people lost jobs since the start of movement control order (MCO). As for food economy, disruptions in the food chain are minimal as food supply has been adequate and markets stable. We were able...
Observations of Earth's atmosphere show that thunderstorms are often stronger in the presence of high concentrations of aerosols—airborne particles too small to see with the naked eye. For instance, lightning flashes are more frequent along shipping routes, where freighters emit particulates into the air, compared to the surrounding ocean. And the most intense thunderstorms...
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 4 -- Malaysia's massive Budget 2021 will cushion the economic downturn, but the country’s economic rebound will depend on the return of global trade, says Moody's Analytics. Its economist Denise Cheok said lockdowns across Europe and the United States pose significant downside risks, even with vaccine rollouts. "Vaccine...
Pfizer’s tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) Lorbrena (lorlatinib) has scored a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) priority review for the first-line treatment of anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-positive metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The US submission is supported by positive results from Pfizer’s phase III CROWN trial, which hit the primary endpoint of improved...
We live in a world where people are drowning in the oceans attempting to flee their countries for a better life in Europe. A world where a mother’s child is left to brave a journey through the desert to get to the United States. Think about the conditions which enable people to risk their lives, their children’s...
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 6  -- It is prime for the palm oil industry to collaborate more comprehensively with competing seed oil producers, offering a multi-oils solution as a way for a sustainable industry in post-pandemic. IOI Corporation Bhd group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Lee Yeow Chor said the seed oil sector is...
PUTRAJAYA: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, hari ini menanam pokok merbau di perkarangan Seri Perdana, iaitu kediaman rasmi Perdana Menteri di sini bagi memulakan Kempen Penanaman 100 Juta Pokok 2021-2025. Usai menanam pokok itu, Muhyiddin menyampaikan amanatnya yang turut disiarkan secara langsung oleh Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM), dengan mengajak rakyat menjayakan agenda penghijauan Malaysia dengan...
As the sun rose on a new year, approximately 70 companies raised the price of hundreds of prescription drugs by an average of 3.3%. The average price increase is lower than one year ago, when the cost of drugs was raised by an average of 5.8% and 5.2% in 2019, according to an analysis. Pfizer, Sanofi...
SINGAPORE, Jan 2 -- The Agrobazaar Online portal of the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA) consistently attracts a high flow of traffic and is almost congested. This phenomenon started when the first Movement Control Order (MCO) was implemented, FAMA director general Datuk Zainal Abidin Yang Razalli revealed to Bernama recently.
BACHOK: Malaysia requires a transformation in its national solid waste management policy as the current system requires improvement. Universiti Malaysia Kelantan Faculty of Biochemistry and Technology (FBKT) lecturer Associate Professor Dr Wan Mohd Faizal Wan Ishak said this was reflected in the Auditor-General's Report Series 1, which found areas of non-compliance with Key Performance...
In Budget 2021, the government will conduct a social enterprise development programme with an allocation of RM20 million to the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC) and selected agencies. It is believed that the allocation will further encourage the development of social enterprises, and aid in improving socio-economic welfare and community building. Unfortunately,...
The world is anxiously waiting for the Covid-19 vaccine to be made available. Many may resort to obtaining them as quickly as possible out of fear. So it is imperative that the public learn about the complex supply chain that governs the production and distribution of these vaccines. Weaknesses in the...
Certain bacteria, known as plant-growth-promoting bacteria (PGPB), can improve plant health or protect them from pathogens and are used commercially to help crops. To further improve agricultural yields, it is helpful to identify factors that can improve PGPB behavior. Many PGPB form sticky communities of cells, known as biofilms, that help them adhere to...
US based Biofuels Digest has announced that Praj Industries of India is ranked 2nd in a list of world's 50 Hottest companies in global bioeconomy for 2021 in Low Carbon Fuels and Renewable Chemicals category. This list represents companies that have made outstanding contribution to bioeconomy by developing and deploying sustainable decarbonization solutions using innovative technologies that...
Kita masih terkesan dengan kisah Mak Cik Kiah yang menjadi sebutan ramai ketika pengumuman bantuan mendepani cabaran pandemik. Analogi kisah itu tentu menyamai keadaan hidup sebenar pelbagai lapisan masyarakat dalam negara.
Without a doubt, the top topic of 2020, pretty much for any news outlet, was the COVID-19 pandemic. BioSpace ran its first story about the virus on January 22, titled, “China Coronavirus Update: What it is, How Dangerous it is, What is Being Done.” At that time, it had infected more than 440 people and killed nine in China...
Isu sindiket kartel daging import di Senai, Johor Bahru membabitkan aktiviti pemalsuan pelabelan logo halal menggoncang Malaysia. Tahniah diucapkan kepada pengamal media kerana berani membuat pendedahan berani biarpun berdepan risiko ancaman pihak ditelanjangkan kebejatan selama ini. Di sebalik usaha keras bertahun-tahun dalam penyelidikan dan kawalan ekosistem bagi membangunkan kredibiliti pensijilan Halal Malaysia, ada 'makhluk perosak' menangguk di...
Haldor Topsoe announced in December that Grön Fuels has selected its HydroFlex renewable fuels and H2bridge bio-hydrogen technologies with bio-carbon capture and storage (bio-CCS) option for its proposed $9.2 billion biorefinery in Louisiana.
The renewable chemicals and bioplastics markets have been surprisingly strong and very active in terms of investments this year amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. At the 4-day 15th European Bioplastics (EUBP) Conference that virtually took place earlier this month, the organization reported its annual market update noting that the global bioplastics production capacity is set to increase from around...
The Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) today launched three new innovative food products in Kelantan, in line with its efforts to produce quality and healthy food products for the people. The three products were Surimi Meat Loaf, Fish Burger and 'Pegaga’ Extract Premixed Coffee launched by Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry II (MAFI) Datuk Che Abdullah Mat Nawi at...
A 2018 study revealed Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) affects 15.48% Malaysian, with around 50,000 patients undergoing dialysis treatment nationwide. With a significant number of patients from the B40 and rural population, access to practical medical information that is understood by layman is crucial for all kidney patients.  
As Malaysia enters the new year, much hope has been pinned on the restoration of a semblance of normalcy as the nation starts receiving Covid-19 vaccines. Will Malaysians get their lives back as it was pre-pandemic? Not so soon, answer experts. Epidemiologist Professor Datuk Dr Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud said the availability of an effective and safe...
Nuseed (which acquired Agrisoma last year) has four focus crops – carinata, sorghum, canola and sunflower – sound more like a cooking ingredient list but they are in fact fantastic feedstocks for a range of things including biofuels, non-GMO high protein meal, and great cover crops. Check out this illuminating slide guide from ABLC that looks at how...
The topic of food security has been the top of all ministries regardless their primary function, the problem that surfaced during the pandemic should not occur ever again in this country. Shortage of basic necessity like food is unfathomable for any nation what more of ours of 32 million. In this aspect a crisis was narrowly averted...
Pharmaniaga Bhd is ready to efficiently distribute COVID-19 vaccines which are expected to be ready by the first quarter of 2021, as soon as it receives the go-ahead from the government. Group managing director Datuk Zulkarnain Md Eusope said that the government-linked company has set up a team of 400 personnel skilled in logistics and distribution in five...
You would have foreseen the global disruption brought on the Covid-19 virus over the past year, which has forced countries to close their borders and halt their economies. The new normal, as it is now known, includes a halt to face-to-face events and physical conferences. Even schools have had to close.
ALAM Flora Environmental Solutions (AFES) Technical Specialist Dr Muhd Noor Muhd Yunus is a walking encyclopaedia of knowledge and experience, and a stickler when it comes to the application of innovative new technology, precision and the very finest of details. When it comes to topics such as sustainability and integrated waste management, these are just the right...
Pendedahan memalukan mengenai industri daging halal yang berkisar gejala rasuah sistemik sebuah kartel terdiri pengeksport asing yang didakwa berkomplot dengan empat agensi kerajaan, memberi peringatan provokatif bagaimana budaya itu berakar umbi di Malaysia.
Being a patient in 2020 has been worrying, frustrating, isolating, uplifting, tiring, relentless….and all the other adjectives in between. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to you, of course. Patients are people first. So, it’s no wonder their experiences cover the spectrum of emotions we’ve all experienced this year.
Perbadanan Pembangunan Perdagangan Luar Malaysia (MATRADE) merancang untuk berhubung dengan 13,000 syarikat Malaysia menerusi 334 program pada 2021 bagi mengukuhkan daya saing eksport di tengah-tengah tempoh pemulihan COVID-19.
In a circular economy, the aim is to avoid waste, reuse products and recover resources. “Companies that can provide solutions for the transformation to a circular economy will have a crucial competitive advantage,” said Dr. Martin Brudermüller, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors and Chief Technology Officer of BASF, speaking about the circular economy, a key...
The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries is targeting to have more than 150 hectares of land in Kelantan cultivated with pineapples from the Cobek (pull apart), Madu Kaca and MD2 varieties next year, said Deputy Minister Datuk Che Abdullah Mat Nawi.
Aurobindo Pharma has signed an exclusive license agreement with US-based COVAXX to develop the latter’s UB-612 multitope peptide-based vaccine to fight Covid-19. UB-612 is said to be the first multitope, synthetic peptide-based Covid-19 vaccine candidate.
Sejak tercetus Revolusi Industri 4.0 (IR 4.0) pada pertengahan tahun 2016 dengan membabitkan teknologi automasi, cabaran baharu meresap ke dalam semua sektor perkhidmatan dan perindustrian negara. Malah, ia menuntut perubahan semua pihak seiring transformasi digital itu, supaya dapat terus kekal berdaya saing dan merancakkan kemajuan landskap dunia moden.
Climate change and biodiversity loss are laying bare our dependence on the natural world for everything from the food we eat to the air we breathe. But nature also holds the solution to other problems, inspiring scientific discovery in a host of unexpected ways.
FGV Holdings Bhd (FGV) berada dalam landasan memperkukuhkan kehadirannya dalam pemprosesan susu segar dan perniagaan ternakan tenusu di negara ini, dengan sasaran pengeluaran sehingga 30,000 liter sehari menjelang suku pertama 2021.
Researchers from the Institut Pasteur, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), and Inserm have found evidence that gut microbiota also plays a role in mood regulation and brain function. Gut microbiota is the community of bacteria, fungi, and viruses that live in the digestive tract.
Analysts and pundits didn’t foresee COVID-19 coming in 2020 and that the virus will accelerate the digitalisation trend resulting from the fragmentation of the physical processes and the emphases on a low touch economy as part of compliance to the standard operating procedures (SOP) to break and contain the transmission.
KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 21): The government will continue to cultivate an ecosystem that enables businesses to thrive and makes Malaysia an attractive investment destination, said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. Without making Covid-19 as an excuse for insularity and inward-looking policies, the government would also pursue policies that ensure favourable market conditions for Malaysian...
EFFECTIVE access to healthcare as a controversial and thorny issue in Malaysia might spill-over into full-blown political and financial crises of sorts if not tackled sufficiently and proportionately. We have seen how Budget 2021 had attracted brickbats for claims of “under-funding” our public healthcare system. Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz have clarified that in...
SERDANG, Dec 21 -- The MyPadiManager mobile application, developed by the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI), has helped about 200 farmers to manage paddy cultivation in a more efficient and systematic manner, said Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee. According to him, the application provides an overview of the performance of...
PUTRAJAYA, Dec 18 — The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti) has been tasked to prepare a paper on Low-Touch Infrastructure and Economic Initiatives in line with the behavioural changes due to Covid-19, said its Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. “This will require a paradigm shift in how we look interact both with each other...
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 21 -- While Malaysia is on the path towards economic recovery, containing the COVID-19 pandemic and protecting the most vulnerable must remain the country’s topmost priorities over the near term. World Bank Group senior economist Shakira Teh Sharifuddin said Malaysia is projected to grow by 6.7 per cent in 2021, which could be...
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 23 — AstraZeneca will supply 6.4 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine to Malaysia next year without profit, according to the pharmaceutical firm’s country president. AstraZeneca Malaysia’s Dr Sanjeev Panchal also said the delivery of the AZD1222 vaccine would be in the first half of 2021. “AstraZeneca is...
THE damning expose of the domestic halal meat industry revolving around systemic and institutional corruption by a cartel comprising foreign exporters with the alleged connivance of four government agencies is a provocative reminder how entrenched such a culture is in Malaysia. What’s truly shocking is the corruption not only involves routine or your typical...
With the gloves theme having such an enormous exposure this year, its only apt that Malaysia a leading producer of rubber gloves for world market, look at ways and means to improve on the technology with innovation. Adopting this vision, NanoMalaysia together with Bonric Sdn Bhd have worked on a new technology that is set to change...
The traditional classroom model of teaching has remained largely unchanged for hundreds of years.  The wise teacher stands facing a class of students, with a blackboard (nowadays of course a whiteboard) behind them, and imparts knowledge to hopefully eager and receptive students.  Apart from possessing deep knowledge of their subjects, good classroom teachers use...
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) has announced a collaboration between its Bioprocessing and Biomanufacturing Research Centre (BBRC) and biotechnology company, PNT Research.  The collaboration is set to enhance the efficacy of functional ingredients to contribute towards a society with healthy ageing. It will delve into the huge potential microalgae bring in preventing oxidative stress that...
A project to recycle waste from a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) into nutrient-rich agricultural fertiliser has won an environmental business award. The VIBES Scottish Environment Business Award went to Scottish Sea Farms’ for its efforts to capture fish waste – mainly faeces and uneaten feed – from its new £58 million salmon hatchery at Barcaldine, near Oban,...
Canada published its nationwide Clean Fuel Standard draft regulation in a bid to achieve more than 20 million tons of annual reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The Canadian Clean Fuel Standard regulatory scenario has modelled compliance to include an average 15% ethanol in petrol by 2030.This is part of the country’s new...
We can more or less sum the year as being surreal, many businesses have been totally upended and some are in a state of flux wondering how 2021 is about to pan out. Lets not be dismayed Covid-19 has not gone away, while the vaccine news is welcomed, inoculation will be a long and tedious process expected...
The European Commission (EC) has authorised Janssen’s Rekambys (rilpivirine injection) in combination with ViiV Healthcare’s Vocabria (cabotegravir injection and tablets) to treat HIV-1 infections in adults who are virologically suppressed. This approval marks the first time that people living in the EU with HIV can receive a long-acting injectable treatment without having to take...
Carinata, also known as Ethiopian mustard, is a cousin of canola – and a true oilseed ‘wonder crop’ with the potential to take sustainability to a whole new level in several industries, including animal feed. If you haven’t yet heard much about it, let me introduce you to it. The meal, which is non-GMO,...
Have you ever wondered what happens to the banana peel that you threw away after your morning snack? For most of us, it ultimately breaks downs into the greenhouse gases CO2 and methane in another filthy landfill. Other products from the banana’s human-directed biological degradation may even pollute water and soil.  The problem is, this scenario is...
South Korea said Tuesday it will invest 520 billion won ($468.7 million) in biotechnology next year as part of efforts to develop treatment and vaccines for COVID-19. The Ministry of Science and ICT said the figure represents a 24.9 percent hike from 2020. The ministry said it will spend 31.7 billion...
Effective access to healthcare as a controversial and thorny issue in Malaysia might spill-over into full-blown political and financial crises of sorts if not tackled sufficiently and proportionately. We have seen how Budget 2021 had attracted brickbats for claims of “under-funding” our public healthcare system. Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz have had then to clarify that in...
Agrotech is the next big thing in farming, while in the past the industry is seen as outdated or not for the younger more tech savvy generation, today many European and Japanese entrepreneurs are venturing into this field looking to transform it with innovation. Over in Malaysia, similar initiatives are being taken by the...
KUALA LUMPUR: Local power demand is expected to rebound with a 6.0 per cent growth in 2021 following an average gross domestic product (GDP) projection at 6.0 per cent next year, said Hong Leong Investment Bank Bhd (HLIB). Its analyst Daniel Wong said the economy would likely witness gradual normalisation of economic activities with...
KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 17): More private sector actors need to come into the agricultural industry, which means the rules and regulations that govern the industry also need to be changed to enable their involvement as well. During a panel discussion following the launch of the World Bank Group’s Malaysia Economic Monitor, Khazanah Research Institute...
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 -- Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Bhd has ventured into the biopharmaceutical sector with the aim of improving cancer treatment options in the country.  Chief executive officer Sasha Nordin said under the diversification, the company would also be the exclusive distributor of CAR T-Cell treatments for specific countries within Southeast Asia, namely...
KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 17): Malaysia’s agricultural strategy has created a two-speed system between tree crops and the agrifood sector. At the launch of its Malaysia Economic Monitor, World Bank Group lead agriculture economist Dr Aminesh Shrivastava said Malaysia has a strong dynamic tree crop sector, such as oil palm, rubber and cocoa, which is not...
“Think of the children” who won’t know that meat comes from life, not from labs, says the France ag minister who poo-poo’d cultivated meat, yet Israel’s prime minister championed cultivated meat calling it a “powerhouse” and a way to save the cows. While that debate goes on, milk rethinker Remilk raised $11.3 million for their dairy products...
Throughout this year, uncertainty has been the prevailing theme for investors and executives trying to make informed capital allocation decisions. The unpredictable course of the pandemic, alongside economic turbulence and the rapid development of vaccines and therapeutics, has particularly challenged health care systems and life sciences companies. At this moment in Q4 2020, it...
BANGKOK: Thailand semalam mengumumkan penganjuran kembara ganja untuk perubatan yang pertama di Asia Tenggara tahun depan, ketika kerajaan menyiapkan deraf program pembukaan ladang ganja di seluruh negara itu. Kementerian Kesihatan Awam serta Kementerian Pelancongan dan Sukan Thailand menjelaskan lawatan itu bertujuan meningkatkan kesedaran mengenai kegunaan ganja sebagai ubat.
MELAKA, Dec 12 —The Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) launched its food technology innovations and the Technology ‘Test Bed’ Laboratory for the Melaka Mardistation here today. Agriculture and Food Industry Deputy Minister 1 Datuk Seri Ahmad Hamzah said the food innovation products are technologies to produce high antioxidant mango fruit leather and fermented beverage products from under...
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia needs an overarching green policy framework that cuts across ministries, sectors and industries to address the existing unsustainable practices that are threatening the planet and human health on an unprecedented scale. Environmental experts believe this is crucial to tackling the country's biggest problems, namely water pollution and the lack of ecological...
KUALA LUMPUR: The Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) recently recognised 30 outstanding scientists as the 2020 Top Research Scientists Malaysia (TRSM), in line with its focus on fostering a culture of excellence in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI). The recognition is given to active Malaysian research scientists with outstanding achievements in STI and have...
THE first vaccines against Covid-19 aren't just a landmark in the fight against the pandemic. They're also the stepping stone for an unconventional technology that could one day defeat other ailments that have eluded doctors, from cancer to heart disease. The shots from Moderna and a partnership of Pfizer and BioNTech use genetic material...
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 16 -- The improvements of the Certified Padi Seed Incentive (IBPS) programe is being implemented to ensure the quality of service as well as give farmers the right to choose the best seeds to be planted in their fields. Minister of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee said the move for...
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 14 — The Environmental Protection Society Malaysia has urged palm oil stakeholders to step up their engagement with environmental, cultural and social organisations when dealing with external parties pertaining to the negative perception against palm oil. Its president Nithi Nesadurai said stakeholders need to get inputs from these organisations to develop...
Nurition world market leader Nestlé as well as Neste Oyj, Volkswohl Bund Versicherungen, NRW.BANK and an undisclosed family office contributed to the €93m raised on top of the €80m first closing of the ECBF (European Circular Bioeconomy Fund) in October. Upon the launch, EBCF head Michael Brandkamp said, "we now have about a year to increase the...
Contrary to popular belief COVID-19 has actually had little positive impact on perceptions of pharmaceutical companies, finds a new report launched by Takeda UK. It also found that the pandemic has raised public perception of healthcare professionals while UK adults’ impression of politicians has got markedly worse.
Shrimp farming isn't easy - but getting the basics right can keep your ponds productive and disease-free. Shrimp farming requires hundreds of activities on a daily basis. As Alune learns from, works with and designs standard operating procedures (SOPs) and data solutions for farms around Indonesia, we have been keeping a list of our...
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 14 -- The Environmental Protection Society Malaysia has urged palm oil stakeholders to step up their engagement with environmental, cultural and social organisations when dealing with external parties pertaining to the negative perception against palm oil. Its president Nithi Nesadurai said stakeholders need to get inputs from these organisations to develop a sustainable palm oil sector,...
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 14 --  Budget 2021 is very important to determining the resurgence of people’s lives and the nation’s economy, said Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) president Datuk Abdul Halim Mansor. He also opines that the Budget is extremely concerned with the sufferings of the people and the country in facing these challenging times.
KUALA LUMPUR: Agensi Kesihatan Awam England (PHE) mengesan mutasi baharu virus COVID-19 yang dikenali sebagai VUI-202012/01, khususnya di selatan dan timur negara itu. Menurut laman sesawang kerajaan United Kingdom, mutasi baharu itu dikesan menjangkiti 1,108 individu di England setakat 13 Disember lalu. PHE memaklumkan, mutasi baharu itu boleh menyebabkan virus berkenaan...
KOTA KINABALU, Dec 14 -- The Sabah government will collaborate with Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) to study, plan and develop a dairy valley in Keningau. In a bilateral discussion with the university on Thursday,  Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan proposed that the facility be built in Tambunan.
KUALA LUMPUR: Responsible actors at all levels of governance must put in place comprehensive and robust strategies, interventions and programmes to effectively mitigate the key environmental health risks in Malaysia. Malaysian Public Health Physicians Association president Datuk Dr Zainal Ariffin Omar said environmental threats to public health were widespread and increasing as the nation...
BRUSSELS, Dec 15 — People need stronger protection from the effects of artificial intelligence, the EU's rights agency argued in a report Monday, as one expert warned against the “blind adoption” of such technology. Much of the attention on developments in AI “focuses on its potential to support economic growth,” said the report, by...
Fat metabolism (lipid metabolism) is the term used to describe the synthesis and degradation of lipids in cells. This is increasingly recognized as an important key process that could also influence the maintenance and differentiation of stem cells. It has already been shown that fat metabolism is important for the maintenance of stem cells in the blood.
Aquaculture, or fish farming, is the world’s fastest-growing food production sector. But the key ingredients in commercial fish feed – fishmeal and fish oil – come from an unsustainable source: small fish, such as anchovies and herring, near the base of ocean food webs. My colleagues and I have developed a high-performing, fish-free aquaculture feed that replaces...
The United States generates seven million tons of sewage sludge annually, enough to fill 2,500 Olympic-sized swimming pools. While a portion of this waste is repurposed for manure and other land applications, a substantial amount is still disposed of in landfills. In the journal American Chemical Society (ACS) Omega, the researchers report that the bacterium Zobellella...
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – The world has been battling COVID-19 for close to a year now, with more than 200 countries and territories affected by the pandemic. In Malaysia, the third wave of infections led to total case numbers spiking to over 75,000. Globally, the virus has infected more than 68 million people and caused over 1.5 million fatalities.
Exposure to the widely used weed-killer glyphosate makes genetic changes to rats that can be linked to increased disease in their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, a new study has found. The study provides evidence that glyphosate-induced changes to sperm from exposed rats could be used as biomarkers for determining propensity in subsequent generations for prostate and kidney...
Nutrient contamination of groundwater as a result of nitrogen-based fertilizers is a problem in many places in Europe. Calculations by a team of scientists led by the UFZ have shown that over a period of at least four months per year, nitrate can leach into the groundwater and surface water on about three-quarters of Europe's agricultural land....
KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 9): Petronas Gas Bhd (PGB) has extended its steam supply to Japanese-owned Polyplastics Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd (PAP), the new business secured following an agreement sealed last year. In a statement today, PGB managing director/chief executive officer Kamal Bahrin Ahmad said PGB's excellent track record in supply reliability to existing customers...
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – The days of farmers toiling for long hours in their fields in the sweltering heat are numbered. The latter part of the past decade has seen technology creeping into agriculture, which has been helping farmers to operate their farms more efficiently and increase their yields and profitability. Currently,...
BRITAIN will start rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech on Tuesday, the first Western country to start vaccinating its general population in what was hailed as a decisive watershed in defeating the coronavirus. The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) granted emergency use approval last week to the...
Between a global pandemic and politically turbulent climate, livestock industries have eagerly looked toward international policies and trade. Now that 2020 has nearly come to an end, specialists in policy, trade and economics can evaluate trends and offer a future outlook, writes Jaclyn Krymowski for Global Ag Media. As part of the virtual Agriculture Policy...
The Malaysia Palm Oil Board’s (MPOB) collaboration with a plantation company Kulim has successfully produced the latest oil palm planting material known as Clonal Palm Series 3 (CPS3).According to the MPOB, CPS3 is a quality palm oil clone capable of increasing productivity and higher yields of fresh fruit bunches (FFB), according to a report from the Malaysian...
KUALA LUMPUR: The global economic recovery will strengthen and become more sure-footed from the middle of next year as coronavirus vaccines are rolled out and social distancing starts to unwind, Fitch Ratings said. In its latest Global Economic Outlook (GEO), Fitch now expects world gross domestic product (GDP) to fall 3.7 per cent in...
GENEVA: The World Health Organisation said on Monday that persuading people on the merits of a Covid-19 vaccine would be far better than trying to make the jabs mandatory. The WHO said it would be down to individual countries as to how they want to conduct their vaccination campaigns against the coronavirus pandemic.
HO CHI MINH CITY, Dec 5 -- In the past 30 years since the establishment of the Vietnam Cashew Association (Vinacas), cashew exports have reached more than US$31 billion, according to insiders, reported Vietnam News Agency. Pham Van Cong, chairman of Vinacas, said the establishment of Vinacas was a turning point for the industry. Starting as a country that...
A new multi-layer film developed by BASF and Swedish packaging manufacturer BillerudKorsnäs demonstrates that functional and sustainable can go together - in fact, very well. The two companies have come up with an innovative home-compostable paper laminate for flexible packaging. The multi-layer film consists of three basic components: BillerudKorsnäs‘ paper ConFlex® Silk, a sealing layer...
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 8  -- When people worldwide welcomed the new year 2020, few envisioned that a deadly contagious disease would sweep across the globe, threatening health, wrecking economies and creating a need for extraordinary policy measures and actions that caused governments to walk a tightrope towards recovery. Triggering what is deemed the worst economic crisis since the 1930s Great Depression, the COVID-19 pandemic...
In 2019, Scott Gottlieb, former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner, argued against throwing in the towel on biosimilars, as some other experts had advised. Gottlieb was right. The growth in biosimilar market share from late 2018 until now has been remarkable. Biosimilars are biologics that are highly similar to a reference or originator biologic product....
The multibillion-dollar marine aquarium trade has a mixed reputation, with many specimens being captured from the world’s coral reefs. However, a number of pioneers are now farming marine ornamentals – offering hope for a venture that benefits both people and planet. The culture of marine ornamentals – including fish, crustaceans and corals – for...
Ketua Kluster Alam Sekitar dan Kelestarian, Akademi Profesor Malaysia (APM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Dengan mendapat pendidikan sarjana muda dalam bidang geologi dan doktor falsafah (PhD) dalam kejuruteraan perlombongan, seharusnya saya teruja dengan pengumuman Menteri Besar Kedah mengenai penemuan dan eksplorasi sumber unsur nadir bumi (UNB) yang dikhabarkan bernilai RM62 bilion.
KUALA LUMPUR: With the digital economy contributing to some 19.1 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2019, it is evident that Malaysia is well on its way to realising the aspiration of integrating the 'digital' into the national economy. This requires a pro-active adaptive policy stance at the federal level to help...
A team of researchers headed by Jun Wu, PhD, assistant professor of molecular biology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, has derived a new type of embryonic pluripotent stem cell from mice, horses, and humans that they have named XPSC. A unique feature of XPSCs is that they can not only be induced to form...
MENGASINGKAN antara kepakaran teknologi terkini dengan alam sekitar adalah tindakan yang cukup merugikan. Mungkin ramai yang tidak terfikir cara bagaimana ‘besi’ boleh diasimilasikan dengan flora dan fauna sekeliling kita. Tapi inilah yang cuba diketengahkan dalam Revolusi Industri 4.0 atau lebih terkenal dengan istilah IR4.0 dalam dan luar negara. Peredaran revolusi dalam ketamadunan manusia telah...
PUTRAJAYA: While many Malaysians associate Alam Flora as a company that collects and disposes of rubbish and waste from offices, businesses, homes and shopping centres, the company is more than just that. The subsidiary of Malakoff Corporation Bhd is a forward-thinking company with a subsidiary that is committed and focused on sustainability and better,...
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 5 -- The younger generation needs to be encouraged to venture into technical fields, especially engineering which is often associated with the term ‘dirty, difficult dan dangerous’ or 3D, as these fields have brighter job market potential with higher returns.  Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said graduates of fields that often raise negative perceptions, whether directly or...
ANIKA Chebrolu, a 14-year-old girl from Frisco, Texas, wowed the world when she discovered a molecule that can selectively bind to the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus. Binding and inhibiting this viral protein would potentially stop the virus entry into the cell, creating a viable drug target. Her invention clinched the 2020...
BANGKOK: Satu kaji selidik di Thailand mendapati petani di negara itu bercadang untuk bertukar kepada penanaman durian berikutan permintaan yang tinggi dari dalam dan luar negara. Menjelang 2021, petani di Chanthaburi, Rayong dan Trat mengunjurkan dapat menghasilkan kira-kira 1.6 juta tan pelbagai jenis buah-buahan utama termasuk durian, manggis, rambutan dan langsat.
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Plastic waste, instead of decreasing as planned, is on the rise due to COVID-19, threatening to derail the country’s fledgling environmental efforts.  From medical masks, takeaway plastic food containers to zip ties, experts have reported seeing an increase in plastic waste. Since the beginning of the pandemic, when...
KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 3): Malaysia is now ranked the 16th most connected country, according to the DHL Global Connectedness Index 2020. The country is also the second most connected in the East Asia Pacific, behind Singapore which remained as the second most connected nation in the world. “Besides ranking countries on...
BRUSSELS, Dec 4 — Scientists are currently developing a smart bandage prototype equipped with sensors to communicate precious information in real time on all types of wounds in order to care for them without delay. The research carried out by the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and sponsored by Nato has led to the...
KUALA LUMPUR - Sebanyak 15 buah pusat pengeluaran benih ikan di seluruh Malaysia yang mampu mengeluarkan benih ikan sehingga 20 juta ekor setahun telah dibina di bawah Program Pembangunan Induk dan Pengeluaran Benih Kebangsaan. Menteri Pertanian dan Industri Makanan (MAFI), Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee berkata, usaha MAFI melalui Jabatan Perikanan Malaysia (DOF) itu...
PUTRAJAYA, Nov 30 -- The Environment and Water Ministry (KASA) through the Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Centre (MGTC) is implementing the Green Houses of Worship Programme as an initiative to preserve the environment at the community level. Minister Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said mosques and houses of worship selected for the programme would be models of...
KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 2): Health supplement group Bioalpha Holdings Bhd has been appointed by Hong Kong-listed Ritamix Global Ltd as a contract manufacturer to make and supply a longevity dietary supplement. “We are expecting multi-millions of orders from Ritamix for the Malaysia and China markets,” Bioalpha managing director William Hon said in a virtual...
SHAREHOLDERS of genomics and genetics testing company, Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Bhd approved its proposed diversification into biopharmaceutical, and healthcare products and services business on cancer immunotherapy, expected to kick off in December. In a statement today, Malaysian Genomics CEO Sasha Nordin said the diversification would provide the company with a new income stream for long-term advantage with development...
SINGAPORE: Lab-grown chicken will soon be available in restaurants for the first time after winning the green light from Singapore regulators. US start-up Eat Just said Wednesday that its meat, created from animal cells and produced in bioreactors, had been approved for sale in the city-state as an ingredient in chicken bites.
Burning plant biomass for electricity at first appears to be a great alternative to burning fossil fuels. Biomass is a renewable energy source in that trees can be replanted. So, if you consider the replanting of forests as part of the carbon cycle, the carbon emissions from burning biomass are considerably lowered, given that the carbon released...
AS Malaysia’s visionaries begin to champion Malaysia 5.0 initiative, the stumbling question is whether we would have sufficient human capital at every level to successfully carry this initiative into the future. Malaysia 5.0 initiative is inspired by Society 5.0, concept proposed by Japanese government and wholeheartedly embraced by its entire nation back in 2016.
Several diseases are marked by retinal degeneration that eventually leads to blindness, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and retinitis pigmentosa. Targeting these diseases with gene and cell therapies is a popular pursuit, though picking the right targets has proven challenging. Researchers at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona are developing a stem...
Many of this year’s International Egg Commission young egg leaders said that while they recognised a push towards alternative proteins and vegetarian/vegan diets, there was a massive opportunity for the sector to highlight that eggs are a healthy and sustainable protein source. Marco Hennes of Eirehof-Hennes GmbH, Germany, said the growing trend towards healthy...
Global bioplastics production capacity is set to increase from around 2.1 million tonnes in 2020 to 2.8 million tonnes in 2025. Innovative biopolymers, such as bio-based PP (polypropylene) and especially PHAs (polyhydroxyalkanoates) continue to drive this growth. Since PHAs entered the market, the share of this important polymer family continued to grow. Production capacities are set to...
KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 1): Malaysia recorded a total of RM109.8 billion worth of approved investments in the manufacturing, services and primary sectors for the first nine months of this year, said the International Trade and Industry Ministry (MITI).  The manufacturing sector contributed RM65.3 billion or 59.5%, followed by services (RM42.8 billion or 39.0%) and...
BRUSSELS, Dec 2 -- Pharmaceutical firms Pfizer and BioNTech, as well as their competitor Moderna, have filed applications for approval of their COVID-19 vaccines, reports Xinhua news agency according to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Tuesday. The firms seek "conditional marketing authorisation" for their vaccines. The authorisation will be granted after the agency...
In the world of Vitamin D3, we are seeing a substantial difference in market demand for food versus feed grade products. Consumption of Vitamin D3 food supplements is trending upwards, especially as we enter the winter season. The British government is offering 2.7 million people Vitamin D3 because lockdown measures have kept people inside, increasing the risk of...
In Florida, the Daily Digest released the early-voting totals from Subscriber Voting in the 50 Hottest Companies in Low Carbon fuels, chemicals & materials for 2021 — which do not yet include Invited International Selector votes. Companies such as Praj Industries, Renewable Energy Group, LanzaTech, and Amyris were prominent in the early ballots as readers placed...
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia approved a total of RM109.8 billion of investments in the manufacturing, services and primary sectors for the first nine months of 2020. This involved 2,935 projects and would create 64,701 jobs opportunities, said Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida). Of the total investments approved, domestic direct investments (DDI) accounted...
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will gather more information on the effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccine and its side-effects when it is administered in the United Kingdom next week. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this was crucial for Malaysia to study the results for at least three months after the vaccine was administered.
Hari Sistem Maklumat Geografi (GIS) disambut di seluruh dunia setiap 18 November sejak 1999. GIS sebenarnya bukanlah bidang asing memandangkan semua sektor kerajaan mahupun bukan kerajaan sudah pun menggunakan aplikasi ini dalam banyak perkara. Pada dasarnya, aplikasi GIS mampu memaparkan peta bersama data atribut, iaitu maklumat berteks. Secara ringkas, peta bermaklumat.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently published a special short profile on New York’s renewable energy leadership and split. What I found particularly interesting in the piece, though, was the variation in renewable energy splits in the different top states. Whereas hydropower is the dominant source of renewable electricity in New York, Oregon, and Washington,...
PERJANJIAN Perkongsian Ekonomi Komprehensif Serantau (RCEP) akhirnya ditandatangani pada 15 November lalu selepas melalui sebanyak 31 pusingan rundingan dalam tempoh lapan tahun lepas. Pemeteraian RCEP yang merupakan Perjanjian Perdagangan Bebas (FTA) terbesar di dunia melambangkan pencapaian penting dalam integrasi dan pemerkasaan ekonomi 15 negara.
UK-based Vectura Group has signed an agreement with Kinaset Therapeutics to develop and commercialise a preclinical inhaled pan-JAK inhibitor for the treatment of severe asthma. Under this agreement, the therapeutic candidate – VR588 – will be taken into phase I studies, with the goal of advancing the drug through to commercialisation.
The increase in damming of large and important rivers such as the Nile in Africa and the Mekong in Asia have caused increased awareness of the negative effects of saltwater intrusion into parts of rivers that normally remain unaffected by salinity. In addition, due to rising sea levels and the increase in unusual weather events, such as...
If your home looks anything like mine, Jeff Bezos should be paying rent. Cardboard Amazon boxes have taken over. Tiny boxes. Unusable boxes. Boxes that are painstakingly designed to be efficient and recyclable, sure, but boxes that end up in the trash anyway. The problem isn’t that you or I don’t recycle them. The problem is that recycling...
Kerjasama Ekonomi Asia Pasifik (APEC) membabitkan forum ekonomi membabitkan 21 negara bersempadan dengan Lautan Pasifik. Seperti forum ekonomi lain, APEC membincang dan mendapatkan persefahaman dalam kalangan ahli anggota berkaitan isu ekonomi serta kerjasama dari segi pelaburan dan perdagangan. Jika dilihat statistik terkini, nilai Keluaran Dalam Negara Kasar (KDNK) anggota APEC, iaitu...
PERTANIAN dan makanan menjadi sektor nadi kepada rakyat, sama ada ketika pandemik atau tidak. Ketika sektor lain seperti pembuatan, perkhidmatan dan pembinaan terencat oleh pandemik, sektor makanan walaupun parah masih mampu menyediakan makanan kepada rakyat. Apakah Belanjawan 2021 mujarab menangani kegentingan dihadapi sektor pertanian dan makanan? Bagi menjawab soalan ini, kita serasikan dengan masalah...
GENEVA, Nov 27 — As early as February, with the global pandemic spreading fast, the World Health Organisation issued a warning about an “infodemic,” a wave of fake news and misinformation about the deadly new disease on social media. Now with hopes hanging on Covid-19 vaccines, the WHO and experts are warning those same...
For the first time ever, a new method enables the recycling of clothing containing polyamide as part of a circular system. The recycled polyamide can then be spun into new textile fibers. Polyamide is produced from crude oil, which is a non-renewable raw material. This is why it is not an entirely obvious choice...
KUALA LUMPUR, 25 Nov -- SIRIM Berhad, through its Industrial Biotechnology Research Centre (IBRC), will strengthen the agency's laboratory expertise and technology to ascertain the safety, as well as increase the quality, of food, medical and pharmaceutical products. IBRC general manager Dr. Ahmad Hazri Ab. Rashid said the products included health supplements, medical devices such as gloves...
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25  -- While pharmaceutical companies are gaining momentum on positive COVID-19 vaccination news, Top Gloves Corporation Bhd expects demand for examination gloves to double when the vaccines are ready by year-end. Its chairman Tan Sri Lim Wee Chai said that over the long term, the glove business remained good and healthy, with the company's...
Singapore-based entrepreneur John Diener is committed to developing a series of urban aquaculture facilities that are able to produce shrimp, whitefish and seaweeds in high tech five-story farming systems. The last decade of Diener’s career has seen him involved in a number of aquaculture-related ventures, as well as agritech startups, and the concept of...
Living sustainably is difficult and confusing. Being a conscious consumer comes with a variety of challenges - from trying to reduce household energy use, to consider the item’s life expectancy and recycling, but one thins is sure - sustainable living philosophy has become part of our life this way or another with one single goal - to...
Penularan COVID-19 menyebabkan setiap lapisan masyarakat terasa pahitnya. Kewibawaan bidang penyelidikan dan tumpuan diberikan universiti awam serta institusi penyelidikan tempatan tidak terkecuali, malah dipersoalkan. Hingga kini, belum jelas tanda aras serta bidang berkepakaran semasa mampu menangani penularannya.
Research conducted by Imperial College London in partnership with Philips UK has found that the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted existing healthcare inequalities in the UK. In addition, the challenges posed to the NHS during the pandemic show the need for the rapid acceleration of community diagnostic hubs (CDHs) to tackle healthcare inequalities and alleviate...
Vending machines are being used to dispense liquid bioethanol to customers across Nairobi in Kenya.Designed and built by KOKO Networks, these machines are being installed inside local shops to provide fuel in small quantities for daily cooking.These form part of a solution to a widespread problem in African cities - how to get clean fuel for cooking...
By 2050 the world’s population is expected to be close to 10 billion, and with it a serious demand for food.  Feeding a growing population is a challenge but so too is doing it in a way that reduces the impact on our planet.  So how can we sustainably ensure the world has enough to eat?
KUALA LUMPUR, November 25, 2020 —The rapid digitalization of ASEAN’s essential industries such as education, healthcare and supply chain amid the global pandemic has opened new possibilities for digital disruptors, according to a new study by Cisco and Jungle Ventures. Titled Emerging Disruptors from the Global Pandemic, the report looks at the transformation of essential services in...
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 24 -- The pneumococcal vaccination provided free under the National Immunisation Programme for Children, will be available at public health facilities beginning Dec 1. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine  (PCV) would be given in three doses, the two primary doses at the age of four and six months...
DUNGUN, Nov 25 -- The hanging fertigation method has not only proven capable of reducing losses but also helping the vegetable farmers to double their profits during the monsoon season. Checks by Bernama at several farms here found that most farmers had been utilising the method to ‘save’ their crops, especially from floods.
Global bioplastic production is projected to rise to 2.43 million tonnes by 2024, according to European Bioplastics. With its sustainability and vast array of applications, bioplastics are set to take the place of traditional plastics and even metals  in all sectors of manufacturing. Let’s take a look at how important bioplastics are in the auto industry. Origins...
PUTRAJAYA, Nov 25 -- Ten local universities - seven public and three private - are among 110 best universities in Asia based on the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings: Asia 2021 report. According to the report released today, University of Malaya (UM) leads other universities in this country at 9th place, followed by Universiti Putra Malaysia (28th),...
BioNTech and Fosun Pharma have begun a phase 2 trial of their COVID-19 vaccine in China. The trial will generate data to support a filing for approval of the vaccine, which is nearing authorization in the West, in China. Fosun partnered with BioNTech in March in a deal worth up to $135 million. In July, Fosun...
The French biotech company and the US grain processor and trader announced these plans on Thursday. The announcement comes amid rising global grain prices and tightening supplies. Insect protein is gaining popularity as a sustainable alternative to fishmeal and other high-protein feeds as increasingly more companies focus on reducing their carbon footprints.
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 24 -- In supporting the biogas industry, SIRIM Bhd has developed innovative solutions for the production of biogas and to upgrade its quality to natural gas-like fuel or Bio Natural Gas (BioNG). Its president and group chief executive Datuk Dr Ahmad Fadzil Mohamad Hani said various technologies are being developed by its...
The shopping habits of consumers have significantly changed in the last few years. From brand discovery to product research down to the actual purchase of goods and services, more consumers are now shifting to online shopping. Based on Global Web Index’s survey on the latest trends in online commerce, three out of four internet users buy their products online....
French pharma company Sanofi has won approval from the European Commission (EC) for its meningococcal (MenACWY) vaccine MenQuadfi. The EC has given MenQuadfi the green light for active immunisation of individuals from the age of 12 months and older against invasive meningococcal disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroups A, C, W and Y.
Ancestral varieties of modern corn and wheat might be the key to non-chemical mycotoxin prevention. More specifically, some of the strains of bacteria which naturally developed alongside those varieties have been shown by Canadian researchers to be highly effective against Fusarium head blight and Gibberella ear rot. Now these researchers are working with the private sector to develop a...
In Florida, Amyris, Fluid Quip Technologies, Praj Industries and MetGen have taken the lead in early voting in the 50 Hottest Companies in Bio+Engineering for 2021. The Digest released the early-voting totals from Subscriber Voting — which do not yet include Invited International Selector votes. Private Companies on the rise, National Labs disappoint
KUALA LUMPUR: The modernisation of agriculture and fisheries is among the focus of the 2021 Budget, with the agro-food sector expected to grow 4.7 per cent of next year's gross domestic product (GDP). Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee said of the development expenditure of RM1.51 billion (ministry to receive...
New research into the HIV-1 virus has shed light on an important factor in the evolution of viruses, which is likely also to affect SARS-CoV-2 (the virus which causes COVID-19). This new insight could have important implications for vaccine development. Differences in the cellular immune system in different human populations are now known to...
KUALA LUMPUR: Golongan petani, penternak dan nelayan mendapat perhatian khusus menerusi peruntukan Belanjawan 2021, selaras usaha kerajaan merancakkan sektor pertanian dan industri makanan domestik. Menteri Pertanian dan Industri Makanan, Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee, berkata peruntukan RM4.79 bilion itu adalah nilai besar yang membuktikan komitmen kerajaan sektor agromakanan dapat segera pulih pada setiap peringkat...
BiON is to establish a consortium to accelerate the expansion of biogas activities in Malaysia. The environmental engineering, wastewater treatment, and renewable energy solutions firm signed several non-binding memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with three parties with complementary expertise and resources in the biogas industry in Malaysia.
All that glitters is not gold, or so the expression goes. Similarly, as business leaders, academics, and policymakers gather for the third Global Bioeconomy Summit it's worth noting that all that's green is not necessarily sustainable. The ‘bioeconomy’ is a sophisticated sounding term, but essentially it means the things we make, use and sell that have their origins in nature;...
Measles has come back with a vengeance around the world in recent years, wiping out steep declines in cases seen since the start of the new century. From 2000 to 2016, reported measles cases worldwide plunged from 853,479 to 132,490. Cases began to rise again after that (SN: 11/30/18). In 2019, a reported 869,770 people had measles,...
In the film The Martian, astronaut Mark Watney (played by Matt Damon) survives being stranded on the Red Planet by farming potatoes in Martian dirt fertilized with feces. Future Mars astronauts could grow crops in dirt to avoid solely relying on resupply missions, and to grow a greater amount and variety of food than with hydroponics alone...
A University of Akron (UA) professor’s latest development in bioplastics has the potential to make important strides in sustainability for future plastics. In the lab of Shi-Qing Wang, Ph.D. in UA’s School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, the team is focusing on research that showcases effective strategies for turning brittle polymers into tough...
KUALA LUMPUR: The Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry aims to increase crop productivity through research, optimising the use of land and technology, and encouraging locals to join the industry. Its minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee said the ministry was currently drafting the Bill of Plant Seed Quality and amending the Plant Variety Protection...
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov  16 --  The government has communicated with 10 COVID-19 vaccine producers following a notification by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that there are 11 COVID-19 vaccine candidates in phase 3 clinical trial, as of last Nov 13. Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Khairy Jamaluddin said communications with eight of the producers...
KUALA LUMPUR: The government must reduce bureaucratic processes when introducing new systems or products, said former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Dr Mahathir in his blog said the country needs to establish the new normal to strengthen its economy as it cannot depend on the old one due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Biotalys is transforming food protection with unique protein-based biocontrol solutions, tackling two birds with one stone – reducing food waste and driving the sustainability of food production. But how? And why should we care? In today’s Digest, how Biotalys is creating nature-based protein products that protect food, ensure a safe, sustainable food supply, and...
HANOI: Backed by China, the sprawling Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is seen as a coup for Beijing in extending its influence across the region and marks its dominance in Asian trade. After eight years of wrangling over the details, the trade pact – the world's largest in terms of GDP, was signed on...
The EMA’s human medicines committee (CHMP) recommended six medicines for approval at its November 2020 meeting. Roche's Phesgo (pertuzumab/trastuzumab) was endorsed as a treatment for early and metastatic breast cancer. According to the CHMP, the benefit of Phesgo is that it is administered as a subcutaneous, fixed-dose combination of pertuzumab and trastuzumab, “offering...
KUALA LUMPUR,  Nov 17 -- The potential rise in food insecurity during the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many countries, especially developing ones, to focus on optimising natural resources. This is to ensure that the agricultural sector remains functioning as usual in supplying sufficient quality food at reasonable prices while consumers can get raw supplies during the movement control...
KUALA LUMPUR: FGV Holdings Bhd (FGV) mencatatkan keuntungan sebelum zakat dan cukai (PBZT) RM173 juta untuk suku ketiga berakhir 30 September 2020, peningkatan ketara berbanding kerugian sebelum zakat dan cukai (LBZT) RM363 juta dalam suku sama 2019. Pendapatannya bagi suku dikaji turut meningkat kepada RM3.989 bilion berbanding RM3.549 bilion pada suku sama tahun lalu.
SIGNIFICANTLY more organisations in Malaysia have found innovation to be easier since COVID-19, according to a study done by Microsoft and International Data Corporation (IDC) Asia Pacific. Microsoft Malaysia managing director K. Raman said that based on the research, 65% of organisations in the country have found innovation to be easier, a drastic shift...
The global pandemic has spurred technology innovation in the pharmaceutical industry as companies try to keep up with ever-changing demands and regulations. As supply chains worldwide crumbled under pressure from the pandemic, the need for vendor visibility thorough regulatory compliance and adoption of new technology became even more vital for future progress and stability. Here are three...
THE global pandemic has drastically changed consumer perceptions of the world, influencing the way we eat, drink and connect with one another. So what will be the food and beverage trends in the coming year? ADM, a global leader in nutrition and partner to the world's leading consumer brands, has released...
Nine trade associations across various sectors published a joint-statement to positively consider Waste to Energy in the EU Taxonomy. The statement was co-signed by nine associations representing several important sectors at the EU level: CEWEP, Cogen Europe, Energy-Cities, ESWET, Energy Technologies Europe, Euroheat & Power, European Aluminium, FEAD and Municipal Waste Europe.
KUALA LUMPUR: Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) leaders have agreed to facilitate the movement of essential goods and services as well as the people within the bloc, without compromising efforts to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. The reciprocal decision was jointly concluded by 21 Apec economies during the 31st Apec Ministerial Meeting (AMM) last night,...
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 17  -- The Ministry of Health (MOH) has announced changes to the National Immunisation Schedule for Children which is being implemented in stages beginning early this month. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the combination of five vaccine series - diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis-polio-Haemophilus influenza type b (pentavalent DTaP-IPP//Hib) - would be replaced with a six-series vaccination programme.
Over the past few months, aquaculturists in many parts of the world have begun to focus their attention on formulating strategies to survive difficult economic conditions. As national economies trend (or plummet) downward, developing economic survival strategies will be increasingly important for producers of almost every aquaculture commodity. The keys to economic survival in...
W2X sounds like a new rock band name, but it’s what Brightmark’s CEO, Bob Powell, talked about at last week’s DigestConnect on fuels and plastics from dairy and MSW wastes. How do the technologies work? What are the economics? Where are the markets? When are projects coming online? Who’s joining in on the RNG and plastics-from-waste future?
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia akan menumpukan tiga agenda utama semasa Mesyuarat Pemimpin Ekonomi Kerjasama Ekonomi Asia Pasifik (AELM) dan Mesyuarat Menteri Kerjasama Ekonomi Asia Pasifik (AMM) sempena Persidangan Kerjasama Ekonomi Asia Pasifik (APEC) 2020. Tumpuan utama itu adalah meningkatkan perdagangan dan pelaburan, penyertaan inklusif melalui digital ekonomi dan teknologi, serta peralihan ke arah kelestarian inovatif.
Providing support to help people with prediabetes make small changes to their lifestyle, diet and physical activity can almost halve the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according the results of the Norfolk Diabetes Prevention Study (NDPS) the largest diabetes prevention research study in the world in the last 30 years. The findings of...
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 -- The provision to help farmers under the the Federal Government Padi Fertiliser Assistance Scheme (SBPKP) is based on three bulk formulations as per land requirements according to zones in the Peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak. Agriculture and Food Industries Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Hamzah said at the same time the ministry...
Researchers have developed a powerful, low-cost method for recycling used cooking oil and agricultural waste into biodiesel, and turning food scraps and plastic rubbish into high-value products. The method harnesses a new type of ultra-efficient catalyst that can make low-carbon biodiesel and other valuable complex molecules out of diverse, impure raw materials.
NEW YORK, Nov 11 ― The new anti-retroviral therapy cabotegravir could be a “game changer” as a study shows it is many times more effective in preventing HIV in women as PrEP, the UNAIDS body said Monday. Injected in women every two months, cabotegravir is 89 per cent more effective in preventing HIV than...
Demand for soy diesel could quadruple in Europe because of the EU’s biofuels policy, a new independent study has found.According to the Transport & Environment (T&E) campaign group, soy cultivation was a major cause of deforestation in the Amazon and other ecosystems in Latin America and biofuel made from soy was twice as harmful to the climate...
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 10 -- California-based fruit breeding company, International Fruit Genetics (IFG) recently filed for patent / plant breeders' rights / plant variety rights and trademark protection for many of its proprietary varieties in various jurisdictions. The company is the world’s largest private breeder of table grapes and licenses proprietary breeds of fruit to...
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 10 -- The first meeting of the National Digital Economy and Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) Council has identified six clusters as the driving components in the digital economy and 4IR agenda. According to a statement from the Prime Minister's Office today, the six clusters are economy, digital talent, community, data and digital infrastructure, emerging...
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – Finding and treating cancer at an early stage can save lives. Not only that but detecting cancer early can also greatly reduce its financial impact. Not only is the cost of treatment much less when the cancer is in its early stages, but people can also continue to work and support their families if...
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, people have moved to at-home food consumption over the last six months. Globally, we haven’t seen this big or dramatic of a change in food consumption in many, many years. As a result, global markets have been shaken up, primarily due to movement restrictions mandated in many countries. “Poultry...
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 10  -- The global demand for palm oil is expected to contract by four per cent or 3.2 million tonnes due to the impact from COVID-19, which has mainly affected the food sector, said Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC). According to global statistics for 2019, the demand for palm oil stood at 71.48 million tonnes, followed...
Here’s a headline that doesn’t get to be seen very often in 2020, while the COvid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc in the global economy and trade, looks like Malaysia is still a key destination for foreign investment in the manufacturing sector. Its interesting to note that MIDA has just reported that the country has received higher investment...
THERE are two issues that investors need to come in terms with following outcome of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine trial success. Firstly, while this is a positive development, some questions and concerns remain, including whether the vaccine can prevent severe disease or complications or how long it will protect against infection, and...
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov11 -- Financing provided under Agrobank’s Vessel Modernisation and Capture Mechanisation Programme and Agrofood Value Chain Modernisation Programme will stimulate investments in modern technology in the agriculture and food production industries in Malaysia. Covering president and chief executive officer Khadijah Iskandar said a total allocation of RM210 million for both programmes would also help the industries to meet food...
Because of the challenges of registering it as an agricultural crop, federal agencies have not yet provided clear direction on the use of agrochemicals (i.e., herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides) on hemp, and regulatory decisions have subsequently devolved to the states.  However, the majority of states that have allowed hemp production have not addressed the issue, taking the...
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 9  -- The number of students taking Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) has fallen short of the target, said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar. Khairy said according to the Science Outlook Report for 2017, the annual tertiary education enrolment in STEM courses was 40 per cent in 2016 from the...
Researchers at Duke University and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), have developed a hydrogel-based biomaterial that, when applied to wounds, triggers a regenerative immune response that could potentially help to heal skin injuries like burns, cuts, diabetic ulcers, and other wounds that would normally heal with scarring that is more susceptible to reinjury.
KUANTAN: Inisiatif Majlis Perbandaran Kuantan (MPK) menganjurkan Program Kebun Komuniti di Projek Perumahan Rakyat Disewa (PPRS) Pinggiran Putra, di sini bukan sahaja menjimatkan perbelanjaan dapur, malah turut mengisi masa lapang suri rumah dengan lebih bermanfaat. Dalam keadaan ekonomi yang tidak menentu kesan penularan pandemik COVID-19, inisiatif itu sikit sebanyak membantu meringankan beban peserta khususnya...
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 10 -- The crude palm oil (CPO) futures contract on Bursa Malaysia Derivatives closed higher today as market sentiment remains bullish in anticipation of lower stockpile in the country. Palm oil trader David Ng said the fresh leads from the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) report today continued to support the price in the near...
According to the Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2020, Malaysia ranked 11th as the Top 100 Emerging Ecosystem, with an ecosystem valuation of RM 63.5 billion. The study further rated Malaysia as an ideal startup location, citing low prices, high quality of life and expertise, coupled with strong government support as primary reasons for entrepreneurs to either start...
ANKARA, Nov 9  -- US drugmaker Pfizer and German biotech firm BioNTech announced Monday their COVID-19 vaccine candidate is more than 90 per cent effective against the novel coronavirus, Anadolu Agency reported. The pharmaceutical firms said in a statement their vaccine candidate "has demonstrated evidence of efficacy against COVID-19 in participants without prior evidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection."
MELAKA, Nov 8 -- The spread of COVID-19 impacts on the chicken egg industry resulting in farmers losing millions of ringgits. Federation of Livestock Farmers’ Associations of Malaysia deputy president Lee Yoon Yeau said the pandemic had reduced the demand for chicken eggs whilst the cost of bran, namely, imported maize and soya had risen...
The biofuels industry has been strongly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA).Global transport biofuel production for this year was expected to be 144 billion litres, or 2,480 thousand barrels per day (kb/d) – an 11.6% drop from 2019’s record output.The IEA said this was the first reduction...
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 2  -- Although the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a devastating impact on the economy, it also provides an opportunity for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies to leverage the present narrative in doing business and investment on a renewed trajectory. The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) deputy secretary general (investment) Datuk Bahria...
When antibody-producing immune cells encounter infectious pathogens for the first time, they engage a signal cascade to generate a massive activation signal within seconds. The mechanisms underlying this acute initial activation have not been fully understood. In a new study by Yale Cancer Center, scientists have identified the short endosomal protein interferon-inducible transmembrane protein 3 or IFITM3...
Vertical farming hasbecome a hot topic during the coronavirus pandemic, as supply chain disruptions and labour shortages feed perennial fears over global food security. The nascent sector, in which crops are grown in stacked indoor systems under artificial light and without soil, has enjoyed a flurry of activity this year. Headline-grabbing developments have...
The process from gas to packaging occurs in three steps. First, LanzaTech captures the industrial carbon emissions and converts them into ethanol using a unique biological process. Then, Total, using an innovative dehydration process jointly developed with IFP Axens, first converts the ethanol into ethylene and subsequently polymerizes this into polyethylene that has the same technical characteristics...
NAIROBI, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- African agricultural experts have called on governments, development agencies and regional economic communities to integrate biotechnology into the continent's agricultural development. The experts also urged governments to strengthen and harmonize biotechnology policies and biosafety regulations to create an enabling environment for biotechnology development in Africa.
KUALA LUMPUR,  Nov 3  -- Two influenza vaccine products, Vaxigrip Tetra and SKYCellflu Quadrivalent, which were temporarily discontinued, can now be used, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. He said the Health Ministry, through the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA), has conducted a detailed risk assessment for the two vaccine brands...
KUALA NERUS: Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) mahu menjadi perintis tanaman padi air masin pertama di negara ini. Dekan Pusat Pendidikan Asas dan Lanjutan UMT, Profesor Dr Aziz Ahmad berkata, universiti itu akan menjalankan kajian berkaitan kaedah penghasilan padi dengan menggunakan air masin bagi memenuhi permintaan negara.
With woodchip biomass in greater demand, the Energy Crops Consultancy (ECC) has acquired a New Holland self-propelled Forage Harvester from Lloyd in Carlisle, UK. The machine has been fortified with extra protection and fitted with New Holland’s purpose-built compact FB103 coppice header for its use in ‘meticulously’ harvesting renewable energy crops, such as SRC...
According to the Department of Statistics Malaysia, the percentage of employed individuals dropped from 15.23 million in March to 14.89 million in May this year. The unemployment rate in May 2020 further escalated by 0.3 percentage to 5.3 percent after registering 5.0 percent in April 2020. It is very common to see employers advertise job...
KUALA LUMPUR: Harga maksimum yang ditawarkan kepada Malaysia menerusi pelan peruntukan vaksin COVID-19 global, COVAX ketika ini adalah AS$21 (RM87.60) bagi setiap satu vaksin. Menteri Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi, Khairy Jamaluddin, ketika mengumumkan perkara itu berkata rundingan dengan COVAX mengenai proses perolehan vaksin kini berada di peringkat terakhir.
PERMAISURI, 1 Nov -- Kementerian Pertanian dan Industri Makanan akan terus memberi galakan kepada usahawan muda untuk memperhebat penternakan arnab daging di negara ini. Timbalan Menteri Pertanian dan Industri Makanan II Datuk Che Abdullah Mat Nawi berkata industri itu mempunyai potensi besar walaupun ia bukan komoditi utama negara.
Researchers at National University of Singapore have figured out a way to use food waste to derive a drug to treat Parkinson’s disease and amino acid essential for collagen production. It is no secret that food waste is in abundance in our world, in the US alone there is 80 billion pounds of food waste each year. Although food waste may...
PETALING JAYA: Higher education students can now get data plans and electronic devices to be used for their online studies. Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad said the ministry has taken steps by implementing several initiatives to facilitate students' access to the online teaching and learning (PdP) process.
Dengue is transmitted to humans through the bite of certain species of Aedes mosquitos that carry one of the virus’s four serotypes: dengue viruses 1–4. These mosquitos mostly inhabit subtropical and tropical places worldwide, including some hot, humid parts of the United States. Globally, dengue is commonplace in more than 100 countries, with 40% of the world’s population living...
KUALA LUMPUR –Sekumpulan penyelidik Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) berjaya menghasilkan penyalut edibel daripada madu kelulut untuk kawalan penyakit Antraknos (kulat pasca tuai) bagi pelbagai hasil pertanian, termasuk betik. Madu kelulut itu diformulasikan kepada bentuk serbuk sebelum digunakan. Sepuluh gram madu kelulut akan menghasilkan juga 10 gm serbuk, yang boleh digunakan untuk 100 biji betik.
CLIMATE change and biodiversity collapse represent a double crisis for our world. The threat is increasing and there is an urgent need to scale-up response efforts. Our immediate tendency is to look to technology for solutions. But, we should not overlook nature. Sometimes natural solutions may be more cost-effective.
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 3 -- The Human Resources Ministry has introduced three schemes that focus on job placement and self-employment, said its Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan. Launched through Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad (PSMB), he said the three schemes were the Place and Train scheme, B40 Development scheme and Gerak Insan Gemilang (GIG) scheme.
Blood-clot-promoting autoantibodies have been found in at least half of the serum samples collected from 172 patients hospitalized with COVID-19. These autoantibodies—which are also linked to a dangerous autoimmune condition called antiphospholipid syndrome—are promising therapeutic targets. For example, if the clot-causing autoantibodies were to be neutralized or removed from the blood, perhaps by plasmapheresis, clotting could be lessened...
POLICY makers should consider levying taxes on livestock production and meat consumption to reduce the risk of future deadly pandemics, international experts said on Thursday, as they published a study calling for better protection of nature. “Over-consumption of meat… (is) bad for our health. It’s unsustainable in terms of environmental impact. It’s also a...
Big news from big companies this week with mega-brand Coca-Cola revealing an initial prototype for a paper bottle it hopes can be recycled with household paper recycling streams, Pampers diaper-brand’s new Pampers Pure line features a plant-based liner enriched with 100% renewable shea butter, Twist Bioscience converts art into DNA for launch into space, and bioengineering company...
KUALA LUMPUR: The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the economy has forced Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) economies to change its narrative in doing business and investment on a renewed trajectory. The Ministry of International Trade and Industry deputy secretary general (investment) Datuk Bahria Mohd Tamil said the course of the pandemic had given all...
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia adalah antara negara dunia yang mampu memberi perkhidmatan kesihatan percuma kepada seluruh rakyat dan ia adalah sesuatu yang patut dibanggakan, kata Timbalan Menteri Kewangan I, Datuk Abd Rahim Bakri. Peruntukan bagi maksud penyediaan perkhidmatan kesihatan ialah sekitar RM 30.6 bilion setahun. "Setakat ini kerajaan belum bercadang untuk melaksanakan...
PASIR PUTEH, Nov 1 —The Kelantan government has allocated a total of RM400,000 to supply coconut seedlings and pesticides to be distributed for free to farmers, particularly in 16 state constituencies located in the coastal area, this year. State Agriculture, Agro-based Industry, Biotechnology, Green Technology and Environment Committee chairman Tuan Saripudin Tuan Ismail said that...
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 2 -- Palm oil industrial players should keep an open mind and explore today’s latest technology, namely the blockchain technology that can offer great value to and differentiate Malaysia’s palm oil production as sustainable and credible. “The application of blockchain technology in the Malaysian palm oil industry not only provides an unprecedented...
Agriculture in Malaysia is arguably at a pivotal crossroad and whether or not it’ll enjoy sustained transformation is dependent on making a “quantum leap” through digitalisation such as “smart farming” and “precision farming”. As widely recognised under the 11th Malaysia Plan (2016-2020), digitalisation is key to increased productivity, addressing the issue of monoculture (single crop...
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 27  -- Healthcare experts are hoping that the government would reorganise and restructure the country’s healthcare system -- especially the public hospitals -- to avoid overspending. Stem cell banking company, CryoCord Sdn Bhd managing director, James Then said for instance, the government could outsource certain competitive services, such as the blood test service, to the...
PUTRAJAYA, Oct 27  -- Malaysia has called for stronger efforts and cooperation in food security among the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries to face post-COVID-19 challenges, besides ensuring a sustainable food system in the region. The Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry (MAFI) in a statement said the message was conveyed by its minister, Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee...
Bioenergy Europe has released the fifth chapter of its Statistical Report 2020, focusing on pellets. The report highlights the key contribution of wood pellets to the EU sustainable recovery, and to the 2050 carbon neutrality target, describing pellets as a ‘true example of circularity’. In 2019, the EU28 produced nearly 18...
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 26 -- The government’s #MyMudah programme is expected to help businesses by addressing unnecessary and burdensome regulations that are impeding their recovery and growth in the current challenging economic climate due to the COVID-19 health crisis. International Trade and Industry (MITI) Deputy Minister Datuk Lim Ban Hong said #MyMudah will help to reduce regulatory compliance costs...
ACCORDING to the International Diabetes Federation, there are approximately 1.8 million undiagnosed diabetics in Malaysia. It is estimated that 17 out of every 100 individuals in Malaysia suffer from this chronic yet silent condition. One of the most common complications from diabetes is diabetic retinopathy which is asymptomatic during early stages but can lead...
Belarus has completed the first stage of building the Belarus National Biotechnological Corporation (BNBC) – the most expensive and ambitious project embarked on in the country’s agricultural industry over the past few decades. This project consists of 14 feed and feed additive plants. The first one began operating on 10 August.
Although fossil fuels have been an essential energy source for many centuries, they come with many disadvantages that do more harm than good in the long run. Algae biofuels may be the future of alternative, renewable energy resources.Still relatively new to the research and energy industry, algae biofuels have the potential to produce a lot of energy...
KUALA LUMPUR: Belanjawan 2021 wajar menyentuh usaha penjenamaan semula pekerjaan meliputi pelbagai industri, khususnya yang sebelum ini didominasi oleh pekerja asing. Pengarah Eksekutif Persekutuan Majikan Malaysia (MEF), Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan, berkata pandemik COVID-19 menyaksikan industri yang mempunyai kebergantungan tinggi terhadap pekerja asing mengalami kesan teruk sehingga menjejaskan operasi harian mereka.
KUALA LUMPUR: Health experts are rooting for more allocations under the 2021 Budget to secure access to Covid-19 vaccines and decisively defeat the pandemic. Health systems and policies specialist Dr Khor Swee Kheng said the 2021 Budget should not focus solely on purchasing the vaccines, but also strengthening the country's vaccination programmes.
Desmond Chow, the founder of Singapore Crawfish, is so convinced that crayfish aquaculture is ripe for investment that he’s spent the past two years, and considerable amounts of his own capital, developing a range of crayfish farming technologies and products, including specialized crayfish feed and high-tech integrated farming systems. He aims to develop disease...
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 28  -- FGV Holdings Bhd's (FGV) recently installed a biogas power plant at its Triang palm oil mill in Bera, Pahang, the company’s biggest renewable energy biogas power plant to date. In a statement today, it said the plant has an installed capacity of 2.4 megawatts (MW). “FGV’s...
At the time of writing, Malaysia is going through yet another wave of COVID-19 cases. While the spike in cases is controlled within a few states of Malaysia, it somewhat has reintroduced the impacts faced by Malaysians during the first surge of the coronavirus. Schools in red zones have been ordered to close, not...
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 27  -- To ensure sustainability of the healthcare sector, the government will need to allocate the necessary public funds as part of a broader strategy to leverage financing for the treatment of rare diseases, said the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS). In its latest policy paper on “Next Steps for Rare...
SERDANG, Oct 27 -- Cauliflowers which are normally grown at high altitudes now can be cultivated at lowland areas through a technology developed by the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI). Agriculture and Food Industries Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee said this technology was expected to reduce the country’s dependence on imported cauliflowers, as to date, the domestic...
Food that is thrown away because it can no longer be sold, or that goes straight from our refrigerators into the trash can simply because its best-before date has expired, is a threat to the sustainability of our food supply systems. This amounts to between 95 and 115 kg/year per capita in the EU.
THE COVID-19 pandemic has brought many of us to the realisation that sympathy and empathy towards each other are crucially needed when there’s no certainty to what is going to happen in the future. As many await the Budget day, it seems that not everyone namely the politicians feel the need to empathise as...
SHAH ALAM, Oct 27  -- Pharmaniaga Berhad (Pharmaniaga) and Serum Institute of India Private Limited (SERUM) will collaborate to make available an affordable Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) in Malaysia. Pharmaniaga in a statement today said the vaccine is intended for the use of infants and toddlers aged between six weeks to two years old as a...
Marine bivalves are an important component of our global fishery, with over 500 species harvested for food and other uses. Our understanding of their potential vulnerability to extinction lags behind evaluation of freshwater bivalves or marine vertebrates, and so Shan Huang and colleagues, in analyses presented at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, used...
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – Remember how bread, rice, eggs, mineral water and other essential items flew off the shelves at grocery stores and supermarkets when the government announced the Movement Control Order (MCO) in March? The panic buying scenario repeated recently when the Conditional MCO (CMCO) was reimposed in certain states to stem the spike...
Apple has released its new smartphone, the iPhone 12, without an accompanying charger or earbuds. Users have harshly criticised the company for this move and will have to purchase these accessories separately, if needed. While some see it as cost-cutting, or a way for Apple to profit further by forcing customers to buy the products separately, the...
TOKYO, Oct. 27 -- The Japanese government has passed amendments to the law, according to which the country’s population would be vaccinated against the coronavirus disease for free, reported Sputnik news agency. According to Kyodo news agency report on Tuesday, the vaccination will be obligatory, however, if there is insufficient evidence on vaccine safety, the obligation...
Research shows that hens that are 50% bald take up almost 20% more feed compared to laying hens with intact plumage. The condition of a breeder hen’s plumage is important for her internal thermal regulation. Hens with bad plumage are not well insulated which causes them to take in more feed. This leads to...
Renewable energy targets (RETs) may be too blunt a tool for ensuring a sustainable future, according to University of Queensland-led research. Ph.D. candidate Scott Spillias, from UQ's School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, said that, while RETs are a go-to for policymakers, more nuanced approaches were more effective at actually achieving holistic, sustainable outcomes.
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 21 -- The upcoming Budget 2021 should emphasise on efforts to produce more small and medium enterprises (SMEs) involved in the halal industry, as well as facilitate them in obtaining halal certification and penetrating the export market. Halal Development Corporation (HDC) chief executive officer Hairol Ariffein Sahari said the government, through the relevant agencies, needs to help SMEs that...
Malaysia's Medical Innovation Ventures (Mediven®) achieved 100% concordance for GenoAmp®, its COVID-19 PCR test kit in an international third party evaluation study External Quality Assessment (EQA) / Proficiency Testing (PT) from the UK. The study is participated by many international brands from South Korea, Spain, France, China, Germany, USA, Turkey, Australia and UK. The...
KUCHING, Oct 19 -- The Sarawak Government plans to embark on a hybrid seed production programme at the Debak Agricultural Centre in Betong Division, the State Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said today. He said this programme would proceed once Green World Genetics (GWG) Sdn Bhd, a Kuala Lumpur-based company specialising...
KUALA TERENGGANU, Oct 18  -- Sunscreen and skincare lotion applied to the body when doing recreational activities at sea such as snorkelling and scuba diving can threaten the existence of coral reefs. That is what happens when tourists are more concerned about protecting their skin than understanding conservation and rehabilitation of the ocean’s precious treasures.
Transitioning from the use of fossil fuels to biofuels—particularly in the transportation sector, which is a major source of direct greenhouse gas emissions—is one of the key means envisioned to reach emissions reduction targets outlined in the Paris Agreement. Growth rates of biofuel production are lagging, however. Providing sustainably sourced biomass that supports biofuel production but does not...
PUTRAJAYA, Oct 19  -- Anti-virus medicines such as remdesivir were found to be ineffective in treating COVID-19 patients as well as not helpful in reducing death cases of the outbreak. Health director-general, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said clinical studies by the WHO Solidarity trial proved anti-malaria medicine hydroxychloroquine, as well as lopinavir and ritonavir were not effective in treating the...
Some images of the Covid-19 pandemic will last generations – deserted city streets, football games played in empty stadia or world leaders in face masks. For many of us, the most vivid memories may be a little closer to home: queues at the shops, talking to loved ones on mobile screens and bare aisles in the supermarket.
Among the 300,000 tonnes of plastic waste found today on the surface of the oceans, more than half are made of polyethylene.  The degradation of polyethylene (PE) by microorganisms is indeed very slow, and a solution proposed by manufacturers consists of integrating additives that promote the oxidation of PE to make it more accessible...
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 19 -- Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said a special focus on sustainability agenda will be included in Budget 2021 with a very important announcement on it to be made this Nov 6. Describing the COVID-19 pandemic as a wake-up call for the world, Muhyiddin said Malaysia, just like any other countries,...
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned the public to continue to follow social distancing rules amid growing concerns surrounding the long-term effects of the novel coronavirus. The warning comes alongside a the release of a new film released today as part of the wider national Hands, Face, Space campaign.
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 20 — Remember how bread, rice, eggs, mineral water and other essential items flew off the shelves at grocery stores and supermarkets when the government announced the movement control order (MCO) in March? The panic buying scenario repeated recently when the conditional MCO (CMCO) was reimposed in certain states to stem...
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 21 -- The implementation of a centralised treatment system is expected to improve efficiency of industrial waste management and upgrade the quality of the country’s water resources. Water quality and modelling expert Dr Zaki Zainudin said the move would also ensure that each factory complied with the effluent discharge standards as set while helping the...
Facebook on Monday unveiled software based on machine learning which the company said was the first to be able to translate from any of 100 languages without relying on English. The open-source artificial intelligence software was created to help the massive social network deliver content better in 160 languages to its more than two...
GENEVA: Sebanyak 184 negara dan ekonomi bergabung di bawah COVAX, sebuah inisiatif antarabangsa dipimpin Pertubuhan Kesihatan Sedunia (WHO) dan rakan-rakannya untuk memastikan akses vaksin COVID-19 yang adil dan berkesan di seluruh dunia, lapor agensi berita Xinhua. "COVAX mewakili portfolio terbesar vaksin COVID-19 dan kaedah paling berkesan untuk memastikan vaksin dapat dikongsi dengan selamat dan...
JELI, Oct 17  -- The Agriculture and Food Industry Ministry is encouraging more farmers in the country to participate in contract farming programmes to increase the production of vegetables and fruits, according to Deputy Minister Datuk Che Abdullah Mat Nawi. He said through the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA) programme, farmers will be able to enjoy...
KUCHING, Oct 19 -- The Sarawak government is giving an emphasis on investments towards the development of green technology and alternative renewable energy sources such as biogas from sago waste, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg. He said waste from the sago industry could be treated and help to ensure a cleaner environment compared to the...
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 20 —China remains Malaysia’s largest foreign investor in the manufacturing sector for four consecutive years since 2016, with 32 foreign direct investments (FDIs) amounting US$452.43million (US$1=RM4.14) approved in the first six months of 2020. Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Lim Ban Hong said Malaysia approved 79 FDIs worth USD3.74 billion from China last year.
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 19 -- Prestige BioPharma Ltd has been granted positive opinion for an Orphan Drug Designation (ODD) status to its first-in-class anti-PAUF monoclonal antibody, PBP1510, for pancreatic cancer treatment. According to a statement by the Singapore-based biopharmaceutical company, the opinion was granted by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) Orphan Drug Commission (COMP).
For many generations, Chinese adults mostly ignored milk, seeing it as a food for children or the elderly. And there’s a biological reason why it took so long to catch on. China’s appetite for milk has exploded in recent years. The nation of nearly 1.4 billion people is now the world’s second largest consumer...
While renewables are now the fastest growing energy industry, hydrogen is following closely behind in a massive gale. The 21st century will likely witness the rise of a mega-billion hydrogen fuel industry. Countries are taking first steps – and it’s breathtaking. With the announcement of its 10-year $10.5 billion Green Hydrogen roadmap earlier this month, Spain joins...
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 20 — The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) has introduced a Digital Skills Training Directory during its recent #MyDigitalWorkforce Week, an initiative to assist youth job-seekers and the unemployed. MDEC chief executive officer (CEO) Surina Shukri said the directory would act as a guide for Malaysians in selecting digital courses that...
Consuming a diet that is rich in flavanol-rich foods and drinks, including tea, apples and berries, could help to lower blood pressure, according to the results of what University of Reading scientists claim is the first study, in thousands of U.K. residents, to use objective measures of diet. In contrast with most other studies investigating links between...
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 20 -- The Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) is committed to improving the productivity and yield of the palm oil industry instead of expanding lands for the commodity. Its secretary-general Ravi Muthayah said today during the virtual International Palm Oil Sustainable Conference 2020 that the government has put in place several new...
You might not imagine the sleepy town of Kuala Pilah in Negri Sembilan to be the epicentre of a farming revolution, but this is exactly the place that has been earmarked for change. On a small 3.5 acre plot of land in the area, a secondary forest has been cleared and herb and vegetable...
Behind every successful nation there are great leaders with intellectual honesty and sincerity, leaders who pursue the truth, keep their word, make decisions based on facts and formulate policies for the benefit of their electorate. As leaders, they always think of their country first and avoid placing their personal needs above others. Thomas Jefferson...
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia dalam fasa akhir bagi mempertimbangkan penyertaan dalam pelan peruntukan vaksin COVID-19 global, COVAX dan dijangka menandatangani perjanjian itu dalam tempoh dua minggu lagi. Menteri Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi Khairy Jamaluddin, berkata terdapat banyak faktor yang perlu diambil kira khususnya berkaitan struktur perolehan memandangkan masih belum ada syarikat farmaseutikal antarabangsa berjaya menghasilkan...
It’s safe to say that every person depends on agriculture in one form or another. Whether you are eating food that has been grown or meat raised for consumption, a farmer had to do the work to provide that for you. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected so many different aspects of life, but how was this area...
KUCHING, Oct 13  -- Sarawak will be able to increase the value of its exports if it can produce hydrogen at a cheaper cost, Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Hussain said. The pro tem chairman of Sarawak Hydrogen Association said hydrogen is also required as a base for the chemical industry and the state...
THE 2021 Budget, to be tabled on Nov 6, 2020 shall add more colour to the country’s recovery path with the government remains supportive of expansion and growth. “As you know for this year the government has already stated that we will have a fiscal deficit of 5.5% to 6% and that is to...
AKARTA: Menteri Menyelaras Hal Ehwal Maritim dan Pelaburan Indonesia, Luhut Pandjaitan, berkata China menyokong usaha Jakarta untuk menjadi pusat pengeluaran vaksin di Asia Tenggara selepas bertemu dengan Menteri Luar China, Wang Yi. Pandjaitan dalam kenyataan yang dikeluarkan selepas pertemuan itu berkata, Wang menyifatkan Indonesia mempunyai keupayaan yang kuat untuk pengeluaran vaksin di Asia Tenggara...
SEBUT sahaja Rompin, pastinya terbayang udang galah pejal, segar dan menyelerakan yang menjadi habitat di sungai-sungai daerah itu. Lokasi di pesisir pantai menjadikan daerah itu sebagai syurga pemancing dan penggemar makanan laut malah kewujudan ikan layaran membuatkan daerah itu menjadi sebutan dalam peta dunia.
Anchor is set to launch New Zealand’s first plant-based milk bottles. From October 13, Anchor Blue will be available in recyclable two-litre bottles made from sugarcane. The sugarcane is natural, renewable and sustainably sourced in Brazil, one of the largest growers of sugarcane. In addition, the plant captures...
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 12  -- Implementation of the learning concept that combines two elements, namely a two-year study programme at the university and two-year industrial training (2U2I), will prepare graduates for the employment market, said Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister  (MEDAC) Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar. He said the concept, pioneered by agencies under...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The World Bank said its executive board approved on Tuesday $12 billion in new funding for developing countries to finance the purchase and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatments for their citizens. The financing plan, part of $160 billion in total resources that the multilateral development lender has pledged to...
BUENOS AIRES: Argentina muncul negara pertama meluluskan penanaman serta pengambilan gandum yang diubah suai secara genetik, umum Kementerian Pertanian, semalam. Menurut suruhanjaya saintifik kementerian itu dalam satu kenyataan, di sini, ia telah meluluskan jenis gandum tahan kemarau di negara ini yang merupakan pengeksport keempat terbesar tanaman berkenaan di dunia.
In the United States, efforts to replace fossil fuels with biofuels are gaining momentum, supported by growing public awareness, government programs and emerging waste-to-fuel technologies. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) analysis of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) projected that several types of biofuels, such as biodiesel, could yield lower lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than gasoline over...
MENJEJAKI awal tahun 2020, wanita ini mempunyai misi sangat penting untuk memastikan segala prospek pelancongan kesihatan di hospitalnya berjalan lancar serta memenuhi apa yang diingini dan dirancangkan oleh pihak pengurusannya. Biarpun tidak menang tangan dibuatnya berikutan pelbagai aspek perlu diambil perhatian jitu, namun Eksekutif Kanan, Pusat Perkhidmatan Pesakit Antarabangsa (IPC) Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur...
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – Since the start of this year, Hemakumari Sugayindran’s main mission was to ensure the smooth implementation of plans to harness the potential of healthcare tourism. The senior executive of International Patient Centre (IPC) at Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur (PHKL) and her team were committed to positioning PHKL as the hospital of...
Funke Olatunde Kechicha is a catfish producer at Imoran Farms and PhD student at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. She recently won the Rising Star category at the 2020 Aquaculture Awards and is looking forward to both improving her own production and to helping to influence Nigerian aquaculture in general.
Despite the media attention, no one seemed to be taking much action at that time. Now, a decade later, water scarcity affects 2.3 billion people, nearly one-third of the world population today. By 2025, experts estimate that two-thirds of the world’s population will be in water-stressed regions. By 2030, humanity’s annual global water requirements will...
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 13  -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects Malaysia's real gross domestic product (GDP) to rise by 7.8 per cent next year. However, the IMF has revised its Malaysia 2020 GDP forecast to 6.0 per cent year-on-year contraction from the previously estimated 3.8 per cent contraction.
Japan-based Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (Takeda) and Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Inc. in the US have announced a collaboration and licensing agreement to develop ARO-AAT, a Phase 2 investigational RNA interference (RNAi) therapy in development to treat alpha-1 antitrypsin-associated liver disease (AATLD). ARO-AAT is a potential first-in-class therapy designed to reduce the production of mutant alpha-1...
When Macomb, Illinois, farmer Kendell Litchfield, 57, got a call out of the blue one evening last March, it surprised and pleased him. His son, Ryan, 23, wanted to come back to the farm.  Ryan had been indifferent about farming growing up, says Kendell (pictured at right with wife, Suzanne). He’d earned a college...