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RM6.8b investment made from BioNexus firms

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...

Budget 2018: Full speech

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...

USDA Announces $9.6 Million in Available Funding to Grow the Bioeconomy

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...

PetChem approves US$442m investment for new plant in Pengerang

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 in Asia-Pacific collab with Antengene, Tigermed as clinical support

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.

Taiwan draws foreign biotech IPOs

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.

Sektor bioekonomi pelengkap Pelan Pemulihan Negara

KUALA LUMPUR: Inisiatif dan program Malaysian Bioeconomy Development Corporation adalah pelengkap kepada strategi empat fasa di bawah Pelan Pemulihan Negara. Ketua Pegawai Eksekutifnya, Mohd Khairul Fidzal Abdul Razak, berkata antaranya adalah Rangka Tindakan Bioekonomi yang...

Drug Control Authority approves Pfizer vaccine for 12-year-olds and above

KUALA LUMPUR: The 359th Drug Control Authority (DCA) meeting today approved the use of Comirnaty vaccine produced by Pfizer-BioNTech for children aged 12 and above. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Comirnaty...

Global food import costs to surge 12% to record this year -FAO

PARIS: Global food import costs are expected to rise 12% in 2021 to a record due to surging commodity prices and robust demand during the COVID-19 crisis, the United Nations food agency said. The world's...

Climate change and biodiversity loss must be tackled together

Scientists and policymakers recognise that climate change and biodiversity loss are interconnected, but in practice they are largely addressed in their own domains. Followers of the biodiversity loss crisis, therefore, welcomed last week's report on...

Pfizer CEO sees a return to ‘normal’ globally by the end of 2022

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla told CNBC on Wednesday he expects life could return to normal for developed countries by the end of this year and the rest of the world by the end of 2022. By...

US scientists develop coating to capture airborne droplets

NEW YORK, June 18 — US scientists said yesterday they had developed a sticky wall coating that repurposes ingredients used in hair conditioners to trap aerosolised droplets, and hope it will become another tool...

Damage control: Plants juggle genome maintenance and growth by being organized

Humans pride themselves on being able to multitask, especially under pressure. But it turns out that we aren't the only ones who are organized: Researchers from Japan have discovered that plants balance genome maintenance...

TotalEnergies, MPG Manifattura Plastica S.p.A. and Froneri launch bio-based ice cream cups made from...

The multinational ice cream manufacturer Froneri - a joint venture between Nestlé and R&R Ice Cream - has placed an order with MPG Manifattura Plastica S.p.A for 100 million plastic cups made from TotalEnergies...

National Recovery Plan seen as timely, will lead Malaysia towards normalcy

KUALA LUMPUR (June 16): The Government announcement of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) is viewed as a strategic initiative and timely and will direct the country towards normalcy and sustainable economic development. Bank Pembangunan Malaysia...

New COVID-19 Vaccines May Reach Out to T Cells, Not Just B Cells

Developers of COVID-19 vaccines may have a chance to do more than round up the usual suspects, that is, the bits of viral material that are used to help B cells recognize and respond...

Agriculture Ministry may recommend EIA for three-island reclamation in Penang be withdrawn

GEORGE TOWN, June 16 — The Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry may submit proposals for the approval of the Penang south reclamation (PSR) project’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to be withdrawn, its deputy minister...

Biofabrication: Using bacteria to produce animal feed

A new method for using bacteria to produce animal feed – or plastic or medicine – is in the works at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. “This is truly a completely new invention,” says...

Malaysia perlu jadi pengeluar vaksin halal

COVID-19 secara tersiratnya mengubah gaya hidup manusia menjadi lebih kreativiti dan berinovasi. Setiap musibah menjadi ujian yang mungkin hadir dalam pelbagai bentuk termasuk wabak melanda dunia kini. Dalam sejarah dunia, ia boleh dilihat umpamanya apa dilakukan...

Survey: Malaysians still do not fully understand diabetes despite being ‘sweetest nation in Asia’

KUALA LUMPUR, June 16 ― Malaysia has the highest number of people living with diabetes in Asia with a one-in-five ratio. Despite ranking the top prevalence rate in the region however, it appears that Malaysians...

Tips on how to ensure the food you buy is safe

There are many factors for parents to consider when buying food and produce at the market. Apart from nutritional value, one should also pay attention to food safety and quality. Food safety means ensuring the food...

Advancing palm oil industry

The development of the palm oil industry has contributed significantly to the increasing export of the commodity and the well-being of the smallholders. Hence, we need to increase the productivity of palm oil to ensure the...

Digital skills in the era of IR4.0 and global pandemic disruption

IN facing the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, policymakers, scientists, medical staff, and IT and data specialists are flooded with terabytes of pandemic and case history data. As a consequence, they now face the...

Private Healthcare Providers In Southeast Asia Seeing Better Days Ahead

Its very difficult to start a business story without mentioning about the pandemic, in this case the medical industry which is at the centre of the storm is currently facing unprecedented pressure due to...

Can aquaculture really take the pressure off capture fisheries?

Published in a recent issue of Fish and Fisheries, the authors note that: “The capacity for aquaculture to provide an alternative source of fish and seafood to capture fisheries was once promoted as a tool...

This plant-based plastic is inspired by the chemistry of spider silk

Some plastic waste is invisible: Shampoo, laundry detergent, and other common products often use tiny capsules made of microplastic as an ingredient. Those capsules then wash down the drain and can pollute waterways. A...

Malaysia’s 2021 GDP to grow four pct following NRP announcement – Economists

KUALA LUMPUR: Economists have projected Malaysia's gross domestic product (GDP) to grow around four per cent in 2021 following the announcement of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) yesterday. United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Bhd (UOB Malaysia) senior...

Pursuing safer, cheaper pharmaceuticals via electromagnetic control at the atomic level

Commonplace pharmaceuticals, such as ibuprofen, can carry with them an inherent flaw in their atomic structure, which pairs the active, beneficial ingredient with a potentially ineffective—or even toxic—counterpart. New research could hold the key...

94 peratus kawasan MADA selesai ditanam padi

ALOR SETAR: Kerja menanam padi di kawasan Lembaga Kemajuan Pertanian Muda (MADA) seluas 100,685 hektar sudah menghampiri 94 peratus siap dengan 332,010 beg benih padi sah (BPS) sudah diagih kepada pesawah. Pengerusi MADA, Ahmad Tarmizi...

How biological batteries can generate renewable energy from soil

Think about where our energy comes from: drilling rigs and smokestacks, windmills and solar panels. Lithium-ion battery packs might even come to mind. We probably don’t think about the farms that comprise over one-third of Earth’s total...

Food security: A national security issue which needs immediate attention

NATIONAL food security is a key pillar in the overall strategy of national development due to its reciprocal relationships with other socio-economic fields. An effective national food security strategy will create availability and affordability,...

Vaccine Trade And Its Intersection With Trade Policies

Amidst the debate on how the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted international trade, it is also interesting to observe how the pandemic has raised the profile of vaccine trade and trade policy in combatting this...

2021-2025 DSMN Action Plan assures preparedness during food security crisis

KUALA LUMPUR, June 9 — The 2021-2025 National Food Security Policy Action Plan (DSMN) which was approved at the Cabinet Committee Meeting on National Food Security Policy yesterday, can ensure Malaysia’s preparedness in facing...

Global supply chain squeeze, soaring costs threaten solar energy boom

Global solar power developers are slowing down project installations because of a surge in costs for components, labor, and freight as the world economy bounces back from the coronavirus pandemic, according to industry executives...

20% increase in demand for actuaries globally in the coming decade

EVERY risk comes with an opportunity. This is key in actuarial science as a field that is helpful in the evaluation of risk. Risk analysis and management are no stranger to professional actuaries, as they deal...

What Covid-19’s long tail is revealing about disease Share using Email Share on Twitter...

Many months after their initial infection, some Covid-19 patients are still suffering a baffling constellation of symptoms. More than a year since the pandemic began, scientists are starting to unravel what is causing long...

Moving towards more sustainable fish feed

How is aquafeed evolving to become much more sustainable and what can we expect to see in the future? Building on past advances, new innovations are being realised with oil and protein aquafeed ingredients...

European airlines dragging feet on carbon measures, group says

(June 10): Europe’s biggest airlines are seeking to deflect moves to tighten carbon curbs by favoring an increasingly discredited offsetting program, according to climate watchdog InfluenceMap. Carriers are pushing to retain the Carbon Offsetting and...

All payments for govt services to be made on cashless basis by 2022 –...

KUALA LUMPUR (June 8): The Ministry of Finance (MoF), under the recently launched MyDIGITAL, will ensure that payments for all government services will be made on a cashless basis by 2022, its Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul...

Waking from the “Coma of COVID-19”

In the words of the great Yogi Berra, “Everything takes longer than it takes.” While the US of A is making great strides at vaccinating its people, Europe and Asia are lagging behind, and...

The powerful new use for cocoa

If you've indulged in a chocolate dessert lately, there is a good chance that its cocoa came from Ivory Coast. This West African country is the largest producer of cocoa in the world, where...

Sayangi lautan, elak guna plastik sekali guna

KUALA LUMPUR: Masyarakat perlu lebih bertanggungjawab dalam menguruskan pembuangan sisa domestik secara sistematik serta mengelakkan penggunaan plastik sekali guna dan memilih bahan asas terbiodegradasi bagi memastikan kelestarian lautan. Pensyarah Kanan Fakulti Pengajian Maritim, Universiti Malaysia...

Malaysians win 3rd place in APEC App Challenge

A PAIR from Malaysia has been named second runner-up at the 2021 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) App Challenge which ended last Saturday. Alvine Choo and Christine Choo’s entry named “Wanderer” was designed to offer a...

COVID-19’s Toll on the Elderly May Be Halted by Targeting Cell Senescence

The elderly and chronically ill have been the most vulnerable to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. In a new study, researchers demonstrate how cellular senescence may contribute to SARS-CoV-2 infection. In addition,...

Agricommodities trade value from January to April increases to RM88.3 bln

Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Datuk Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali said the export revenue of agricommodity products had recorded RM68.1 or 17.6 per cent of the country's total export revenue.

Kimberly-Clark partners with RWDC to develop biodegradable nonwovens for consumer products

In pursuit of its 2030 ambition to reduce the use of fossil fuel-based plastics by half before the end of the decade, Kimberly-Clark announced a partnership with the biotech company RWDC Industries to advance...

Senegal a strategic gateway to halal industry in West Africa – HDC

KUALA LUMPUR, June 8 — African countries, especially Senegal, offer immense business opportunities to exporters from various sectors as the continent grapples to meet the rising needs of an emerging economy. As such, it is...

Pharmaniaga To Accelerate Vaccine Manufacturing Business Through Halal Vaccine Project

Pharmaniaga Berhad (Pharmaniaga) remains cautiously optimistic for its second quarter ending June 2021 and expects to record better performance by focusing on operational efficiencies and fiscal discipline throughout its value chain, including the supply and...

Farm antibiotics use and new trade deals

Concerns about excessive use of antibiotics in the Australian poultry and livestock sectors has prompted an alliance of medical, environmental and animal welfare organisation to write to the UK’s Secretary of State for International...

Indonesian women take on plastic waste brick by brick

JAKARTA, June 9 — Alarmed by the mountains of plastic waste leaching into Indonesia’s waters, two best friends are taking on the environmental menace by turning crisp bags and shampoo packets into paving bricks. Ovy...

Moody’s: Malaysia’s GDP to grow slightly above 5%

MOODY’S Investors Service Inc expects Malaysia’s GDP to grow by slightly above 5% in 2021 in its latest forecast, as a result of the newly imposed Full Movement Control Order and the potential extension...

Duopharma Biotech bekal 6.4 juta dos vaksin Sputnik V

KUALA LUMPUR: Duopharma Biotech Bhd menerusi anak syarikat milik penuhnya, Duopharma (M) Sdn Bhd (DMSB) dijangka membekalkan 6.4 juta dos vaksin Sputnik V. Pembekalan vaksin tertakluk kepada pemenuhan syarat yang masih ada di bawah perjanjian...

High malnutrition rates can cut global GDP by up to 5%

High rates of malnutrition can lead to a loss in gross domestic product (GDP) by as much as 4%-5%, according to an assistant representative in Turkey for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization...

Bright Biomethane to build biogas upgrading plant in Australia

Bright Biomethane has partnered with Australian company Eneraque to build a biogas upgrading facility. The project will represent Bright’s first biogas upgrader build in Australia and will be constructed for energy company Jemena at the...

4IR Toward National Food Security

The domain of national food security is a key pillar in the overall strategy of national development dueto its reciprocal relationships with other socio-economic fields. An effective national food security strategy will create availability...

The Future of Continuous Bioprocessing

Advancements in the field of advanced therapy redeem the promise of curative treatments for severe and life-threatening diseases. Meanwhile, ten gene and cell therapy products have been launched to the US market1 and more than...

Agritech: Bringing FarmVille to life

Remember FarmVille, the agriculture-simulation social network game that once had tens of millions of players glued to their screens every day, for hours at a time, tending cartoon patches of land? Now that game has been...

Being Human: Success in recycling plastics can transform the economy and society

One of the most poignant cartoons of our times shows a fishmonger telling a customer who asks for a plastic bag to hold the fish she has bought that “it’s already inside”. Meaning, the...

COVID-19: Between politics and economics of the country

FINANCE Minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz’s press release on the performance of the first quarter of 2021 (Q1 2021) indicates that the economy is gradually recovering. The gross domestic product (GDP) for Q1 had only...

Managing cancer during Covid-19

LAST year brought on a global health crisis that impacted the effectiveness of healthcare systems worldwide. Countries with top-notch healthcare facilities saw interruptions and sometimes a complete system breakdown of their state-of-the-art facilities. The pandemic exposed...

Stinkweed to false flax: oilseeds race to reap biofuel bonanza

A disparate group met in an Illinois field on a windy spring morning to study a crop some call stinkweed. Botanists, businessmen, farmers and federal lawmakers, they all gathered to peer at the waist-high plant...

Implementation of B20 biodiesel mandate in Sabah, Peninsular Malaysia delayed again

KUALA LUMPUR (June 2): The execution of the B20 biodiesel programme in Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia has been postponed, to a date to be decided upon later. Sources with knowledge on the matter said the...

Dana RM6.5 juta bangun teknologi inovatif

KUALA LUMPUR: Kementerian Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi (MOSTI) menerusi Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia menawarkan Dana Malaysia Social Innovation (MySI) 2021, berjumlah RM6.5 juta dalam usaha mengetengahkan teknologi tempatan yang berinovatif. MySI yang dimulakan sejak 2015, memberi...

Your Second Vaccine Dose Is Key Against COVID-19 Variants

By now, most of us are very familiar with the new cards issued after receiving our first of a two-dose regimen of the COVID-19 vaccine. It documents the type of vaccine you received and the...

Weeding out unsustainable Kelulut honey harvesting practices

KUALA LUMPUR: Kelulut or stingless bee honey has been gaining popularity ever since it was recognised as a superfood by the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) in 2016 due to its high...

Home-grown algae, biodegradable algae fishing nets, lab-grown lamb, and more: The Digest’s Top 8...

We’ve all seen the horrific photos of ocean trash, much of it consisting of plastic fishing nets, but now biodegradable fishing nets made from algae and other biobased materials are on the uptake. Speaking...

Youths key in digitalisation push

PUTRAJAYA: The extensive use of e-wallet, particularly among youths, should encourage businesses to adopt cashless payment, says Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. He said changes caused by the Covid-19 pandemic had accelerated the shift...

10 of the best pharma companies to work for

The pharmaceutical industry is on the upswing and is poised to have a compound annual growth rate of 13.7% from 2020 to 2027, according to projections from Grand View Research. The industry’s resurgence is a good...

Over 2,000 Nigerian Farmers Reaping the Benefits of Biotechnology

In 2019, six African countries have adopted biotech crops to battle challenges in crop production. One of the biotech crop adopters from the continent is Nigeria, with over 2,000 farmers growing genetically engineered cowpea in 2021. "The...

The Ocean Cleanup and The Coca-Cola Company Announce New Partnership

The Coca-Cola Company and The Ocean Cleanup today announced that Coca-Cola will become a Global Implementation Partner for The Ocean Cleanup’s river project. The unique partnership brings the international company and technological non-profit together...

World Environment Day: How to Make Big Differences with Small Actions at Home

World Environment Day is celebrated every 5th of June to remind ourselves that everyone has a part to play in addressing the pressing environmental issues around us today. With all that has happened over the past...

The Future of Continuous Bioprocessing

Advancements in the field of advanced therapy redeem the promise of curative treatments for severe and life-threatening diseases. Meanwhile, ten gene and cell therapy products have been launched to the US market1 and more than...

Southeast Asia reaping benefits of tech based plantation management

SOUTHEAST Asia is renowned for the plantations that sprawl across millions of acres of its territories, some of the most common including acacia, eucalyptus, and teak. These abundant crops are hailed for their fast...

Tesco Ireland Unveils Home-Recyclable Potato Packaging

Tesco has become the first retailer in Ireland to make its packaging for 1kg new season potatoes fully recyclable while also reducing the amount of paper used in its 2.5kg potato packaging.This step change...

Towards a comprehensive, holistic model of circular economy

Alongside India, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam, it is expected that Malaysia will be in the top 15 manufacturing countries by next year. Nevertheless, the rapid development of manufacturing industries is always associated with environmental pollution...

Study: Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines appear safe, effective

Two vaccines made by China's Sinopharm appear safe and effective against COVID-19, according to a study published in a medical journal. Scientists had been waiting for more details about the two vaccines, even though they...

Collaboration drives home importance of bees, honey

IN celebration of World Bee Day, Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) and Corak Rentak Sdn Bhd (Corak Rentak) signed a memorandum of understanding to support the conservation of the stingless bee (lebah kelulut). This collaborative partnership...

Scientists turn aquaculture waste into new biomaterial for tissue repair

Scientists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a new biomaterial made entirely from discarded bullfrog skin and fish scales that could help in bone repair. The porous biomaterial, which contains the same...

Businesses support moves to keep economic sectors open

KUALA LUMPUR: The government’s decision not to implement a full-scale movement control order (MCO) has the support of chamber of commerce, industry, and small and medium enterprise (SME) associations. The SME Association of Malaysia said...

Medicago’s Plant-Based COVID-19 Vaccine Shows Positive Phase 2 Results

Quebec City-based Medicago and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) have announced the positive interim Phase 2 clinical trial safety and immunogenicity data for Medicago's plant-derived COVID-19 vaccine candidate, which was tested in combination with GSK's pandemic adjuvant. These results...

Is it derived from feed?

Avian influenza (AI) and Salmonella are hot topics in biosecurity and food safety news, likely due to being zoonotic and capable of causing severe illness and death to humans. Having cost the US poultry industry...

How toy industry giants are going green

Whether by using plant-based plastics, recycled materials, or collecting old items from consumers, the toy industry is making efforts to go green. In recent years, major brands in the sector – such as Lego,...

The hidden pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly changed our world and the past year has been challenging for many. Today, although vaccines are bringing hope, the pandemic and its challenges are far from over. People are struggling with...

Top 8 Best-Selling COVID-19 Vaccines and Drugs of Q1 2021

By the end of this week, the world should cross two small but significant milestones on the road to overcoming COVID-19—getting at least 5% of the global population fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, with at least...

Lessons from China: the home of integrated aquaculture

While Canada-based Dr Thierry Chopin might widely be credited with coining the phrase integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) it is the Chinese who have been at the forefront of developing – and adopting – practical...

3D printed biobased flood barriers, big dairy helps cultured milk startups, gelatin clothing, castor...

Gelatin isn’t usually thought of as something you’d wear, unless you are a toddler playing with your wiggly treat, but now a designer in Iceland turned a gelatin-based material into seamless clothing articles using...

Agricommodity industry players must limit workforce capacity to 60pct

KUALA LUMPUR, May 26 — All sectors under the agricommodity industry, including oil palm, rubber, wood and furniture, cocoa, pepper, kenaf and biodiesel, are only allowed to operate at up to 60 per cent...

Pharmaniaga sedia tingkat pengeluaran vaksin Sinovac 4 juta dos sebulan

KUALA LUMPUR: Anak syarikat milik penuh Pharmaniaga, Pharmaniaga LifeScience Sdn Bhd (PLS), bersedia meningkatkan pengeluaran vaksin Sinovac daripada dua juta kepada empat juta dos sebulan bagi membantu kerajaan mempercepatkan program vaksinasi dan mencapai imuniti...

Identified Fruit Protein Helps Control Tomato Ripening

The expression of a single protein located in the subcellular organelles of the tomato was found to help speed up or slow down its fruit ripening, providing a novel opportunity for crop improvement. Scientists from...

Plasticrust: A new form of pollution found on rocks along coastlines

You're on a beach, contemplating the rocks along the coastline. No seaweed or periwinkle moss can be seen on the sea bluffs, but there is a strange blue-tinted layer, which doesn’t resemble any living...

To help solve climate change, look to the biosciences

President Biden’s pledge to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 is an admirable and ambitious undertaking. It’s nearly double the goal set by President Obama in 2015. And it establishes the...

Moderna and Aldevron Expand Collaboration

Officials at Moderna and Aldevron report that the companies have expanded their collaboration in support of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine and additional programs in Moderna’s clinical development pipeline. Aldevron will supply plasmid DNA (pDNA) to...

The technology that could stop the use of plastic mulch

The new technology, named TranspiratiONal, is an environmentally-friendly alternative for agricultural plastics, such as polyethylene, often called plastic mulch. Trials have confirmed increases in crop water productivity in excess of 30 per cent, while also...

Malaysia supports CPOPC’s objection to Belgium’s move to ban palm-based biofuel

KUALA LUMPUR (May 26): Malaysia fully supports the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries’ (CPOPC) move to submit an objection to Belgium which is planning to ban the use of palm oil as biofuel...

Role of local governments to accelerate SDGs in cities

THE 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets of the 2030 Agenda must be achieved at global, national, and subnational levels. Many cities are struggling to provide access to land and housing, support...

Moderna’s vaccine ‘highly effective’ at preventing COVID-19 in adolescents

Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine has hit the primary endpoint in a Phase II/III study in adolescents, with no cases of the disease observed in participants who had received two doses of the jab. The TeenCOVE study...

Penang’s agriculture sector to experience stable growth

GEORGE TOWN, May 26 — The agriculture sector in Penang is expected to experience stable growth due to increasing local demand, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, albeit only making up 2.2 per cent of...

Tapping fibre waste to sustain a green earth

LETTER: The consumption of fruits and vegetables is essential for the sustainability of human health. Besides their beautiful colours and delicious tastes, fruits and vegetables consist of fibre and compounds that help in digestion, as...

Even with the global pandemic, biotech innovations remain at the forefront

THE first quarter of 2021 was challenging for the biotechnology industry, as the selloff in March represented a sharp reversal from record highs in February. As the pace of vaccinations has picked up worldwide, investors...

Only Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine suitable for pregnant women

PUTRAJAYA (May 17): Only the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is suitable to be given to women who are in their 14th to 33rd week of pregnancy, said Coordinating Minister for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Khairy...

Mardi to expand R&D at plant factory

SERDANG: The Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Mardi) is set to expand research and development (R&D) at its plant factory on several aspects such as energy efficiency and alternative energy, mechanisation and the Internet...

Daily food waste staggering

PETALING JAYA: Every day, Malaysians produce enough food waste to fill seven Olympic-sized swimming pools, according to the Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp). This means that out of the 38,000 tonnes of...

(Updated) How MAEPS Is Managing The Nation’s Health Crisis

In early April 2020, MAEPS (the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang) managed by MARDI Corporation Sdn. Bhd. was appointed by Putrajaya to play a very significant role in the fight against the Coronavirus that...

PM: Asia should lead in opening up patent protection to produce cheaper life-saving medicines

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Asia should lead the way in opening up patent protections to produce cheaper generic versions of life-saving medicines for critical diseases, from Covid-19 to HIV/AIDS, said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin...

The farms being run from space

Farming’s digital revolution has potential for both business and planet to benefit alike. The aim of the transformation is to produce more food from farming with less. That's lower volumes of agrochemicals, less heavy...

Greater Efforts And Awareness Needed To Shed Light On Ongoing Water Crisis

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), there are around 633 million people who do not have access to clean water. Every day, over 800 children die from preventable diseases caused by poor...

How can we build trust to unlock the value of the behavioral economy?

We are rapidly becoming a behavioral economy — a world in which human behavior is a commodity that can be influenced, quantified, standardized and packaged at scale. This shift is driven by the maturing...

CDC says it’s OK to get a Covid-19 vaccine alongside other vaccines

(CNN)A US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expert said Wednesday that it's OK to give the coronavirus vaccine alongside other vaccinations, a major boon for children and teenagers behind on their regular inoculations. Doctors...

EU soybean production areas hit record level

The biggest increases in soybean production this year were recorded in Italy and Romania, according to current figures published by the EU Commission. These were the two major soy-producing countries, but soybean production in Germany...

Canada is now home to 279 biogas projects

Canada is now home to 279 biogas projects following a decade of ‘rapid growth’, according to recent figures. In its Canadian 2020 Biogas Market Report, the Canadian Biogas Association (CBA) reported that the sector grew...

Malaysia’s economic prospects still firm: Moody’s

KUALA LUMPUR: Moody's Investors Service expects Malaysia's growth prospects to remain strong. This is underpinned by the country's well-developed infrastructure, competitive services and manufacturing sectors, as well as ample natural resources. The resiliency of its growth...

ACC21: AstraZeneca’s Farxiga shows no significant benefit on organ failure, recovery in COVID-19 study

More details were presented Sunday at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) conference from the Phase III DARE-19 trial testing AstraZeneca's Farxiga (dapagliflozin) in patients with COVID-19. Last month, the company reported topline results that its...

Housewife earns lucrative income from maman farming

KUALA PILAH: The popularity of the traditional rendang maman speciality dish prepared during Aidilfitri in Negeri Sembilan, has inspired a housewife to start a maman farm to meet the festive season demand. Raihana Ayub (pix), 31,...

EU reviews approach to new genomic techniques

The European Commission (EC) is reviewing its approach to new genomic techniques (NGT) following a report published on 29 April saying they had the potential to contribute to a more sustainable food system. According to...

The aquafeed market: Growth, trends and future outlook

As populations grow and pressure on wild fisheries mounts around the world, aquaculture is gaining attention – and a bigger share of the human food protein market. Demand for aquafeed is therefore also growing. Global...

How Reverse Mentoring Can Eliminate Ageism In The Workplace

We are familiar with the concept of mentoring. Typically, a more senior employee is tasked with guiding a junior colleague. But what if we told you it could be the other way around? Gone are...

Pfizer, Moderna vaccines effective against Indian variants: Study

WASHINGTON: The Pfizer and Moderna Covid vaccines should remain highly effective against two coronavirus variants first identified in India, according to new research carried out by US scientists. The lab-based study was carried out by...

Textile Recycling: Innovation for a growing global problem

The skyrocketing quantity of textile waste fast fashion is considered one of the biggest technological problems in the circular economy. This is also because the technical problems in recycling are still unresolved. A research...

Intellectual property and Covid-19

THE governments of South Africa, India and dozens of other developing countries are calling for rights on intellectual property (IP), including vaccine patents, to be waived to accelerate the worldwide production of supplies to...

50 of 2020’s best-selling pharmaceuticals

Drug sales in 2020 proved more resilient than many experts anticipated in the early days of the pandemic. Still, the impact on many injectable drugs was tangible in the first half of the year...

Planned hatchery in Saudi Arabia to become largest in region

A new memorandum of understanding between NEOM Company and Tabuk Fish Company will see the establishment of the largest fish hatchery in the Middle East and the North African region. The agreement includes the development...

3D printed bio-leather, bio-orthotics, hummus in space and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations...

In a crazy week with gas shortages in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern U.S. because of panic buying after a cyber-attack on the Colonial Pipeline, it’s enough to make us want to escape to the...

Malaysia’s economy to bounce in Q1 on strong trade

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's gross domestic product (GDP) growth is expected to rebound sharply in the first quarter (Q1) of 2021, following the sharper-than-expected exports growth, Kenanga Research said. The firm said this would be largely...

Greater investment needed for public healthcare

THE Malaysian public healthcare system needs bigger investment and a stronger institution to ensure that the people in the country always have access to efficient and high-quality healthcare services, said University of Malaya medicine...

Pea plants make smart investment decisions that could help inform sustainable agriculture

Researchers at the University of Oxford have shown that pea plants are able to make smart investment decisions when it comes to interactions with their symbiotic bacterial partners. Better understanding of how plants manage...

Here’s How To Fix Renewable Energy’s Diversity Problem

The energy industry has long been an old boy’s club. This is especially true in the U.K. where inequalities in education and economic opportunities are embedded across the country. Many of the important contributions and...

Off the vine and definitely in fashion, grapes are a sustainable alternative to leather

NEW YORK, May 3 — We know that fruits and vegetables are good for our health, but they could also be beneficial for the fashion industry. For several months now, they have been emerging...

Personalized Medicine For The Planet

Imagine you’re a little girl—let’s call you Brooke—and you and your two siblings are sitting in the waiting room of a pediatrician’s office. The pediatrician pokes her head through the door and your older...

MAFI to implement policy to encourage corn farming for animal feed

PUTRAJAYA (May 3): The Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry (MAFI) will implement a policy to encourage more people to venture into the corn farming industry to produce animal feed. Its minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald...

Researchers pioneer a technique to filter water with corn leftovers

NEW YORK, April 29 — Why not purify water using the leaves and stalks that are left behind when corn is harvested? A group of American engineers has come up with a plan to...

71% Of Malaysian Employees Fear Losing Their Job To Automation

Malaysians are among the more adaptive to technology than their regional peers, our mobile penetration is at 140% and we are known to be high on using the social network medium per capita. So...

Biopharma’s Resilience to Future Pandemics Relies on Manufacturing Innovation

Manufacturing innovation and collaboration with technology developers will be vital to maintaining the supply of medicines in future public health emergencies, according to the organizations behind a new study. The research—called the Global Biopharma Resilience...

How shrimp aquaculture can benefit from insect-based feed ingredients

The shrimp sector is set to benefit from the inclusion of insect-based ingredients in its feed, according to Maye Walraven, head of business development at InnovaFeed, who will shortly be taking part in a...

Perak encourages use of biodegradable plastics to protect environment

LARUT: The Perak government is encouraging the use of biodegradable plastics that, unlike conventional plastics, are believed to be not harmful to the environment. State Health, Science, Environment and Green Technology Committee chairman Mohd Akmal...

Malaysia a Haven for Startups and Tech Innovations

A perfect 10 – this was Malaysia’s score in terms of performance and market reach in the Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2020 (GSER 2020). Kuala Lumpur was ranked 11th in the Top 100 Emerging...

Avoid three poisonous cosmetic products – Health DG

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The Health Ministry has urged the public to refrain from buying and using three cosmetic products that have been detected to contain scheduled poisons. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah...

Making vinegar products out of overripe pineapples in Tamparuli

KOTA KINABALU: A team of University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) researchers has taken the initiative to teach Tamparuli villagers how to transform overripe pineapples into vinegar products through technology intervention. The team consisting food technologists and...

Five things to know about briquettes and sustainable bioenergy in Africa

The majority of people in Africa depend on wood for cooking and heating energy due to its affordability, accessibility and versatility for meeting people’s needs. But while it offers a low cost means for...

Malaysia: A case of towering economy, struggling populace

“…In the past, a total income of RM800–RM1,000 could support six people or more. Nowadays, you can barely support three people, and even that is a nightmare… Malaysia has developed, but the rakyat ...

The risks and benefits of vaccines: Which outweighs the other?

VACCINES are a very powerful tool in our fight against COVID-19. Following recent reports of a serious but extremely rare side effect of blood-clotting from two vaccines, it is understandable why people may be...

Executive Committee discusses action plan on National Food Security Policy

PUTRAJAYA: Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee chaired a meeting yesterday to discuss the National Food Security Policy Action Plan, enhanced monitoring of meat imports, as well as strategies to...

Malaysia aspires to be carbon-neutral nation

MALAYSIA aspires to become a carbon-neutral nation in the future as it views climate change and sustainability as an issue of high significance, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed (picture) said...

Championing Digital Talent In The Energy Sector

The Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder of Plus Solar, Ryan Oh Zhi Kang has highlighted the need for more talent in software engineering, UIUX design and data analytics in Malaysia. “These are the talents needed...

Kanada luluskan vaksin Pfizer untuk remaja

OTTAWA: Kanada semalam meluluskan penggunaan vaksin Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 untuk remaja berumur 12 tahun ke atas, menjadi negara pertama yang melakukannya. "Ini adalah vaksin pertama yang diluluskan di Kanada untuk pencegahan COVID-19 pada remaja dan menandakan...

THE MOST INNOVATIVE VERTICAL FARMING COMPANIES OF THE DECADE

Food security is and always will be at the forefront of global social and environmental issues. Vertical farms transcended the boundaries of the food landscape by forcing farmers and entrepreneurs to reimagine what food...

Forestry waste plan for New Zealand outlined

New Zealand Forest Service said it aims to turn forestry waste into a potential biomass source. The government agency will also be working on a business case with help from global investment consulting service Indufor...

Malaysia Looking To Strengthen Agriculture Cooperation With Uzbekistan

News portal Bernama has reported that the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries is looking to explore new cooperation opportunities in the agriculture and food industry sector with Uzbekistan. According to MAFI, agricultural trade from...

FirstWord Perspectives: Pharma marketing in the age of COVID

In a new FirstWord Perspectives podcast series sponsored by PDQ Communications, From Conference Rooms to Zooms, How Marketing has Changed since 2020, leading experts discuss the impact of COVID-19. From managing client relationships, to diving...

Malaysia perlu manfaat potensi besar industri koko global

Di Malaysia, Guan Chong Cocoa Manufacturer Sdn Bhd di Pasir Gudang adalah syarikat pengisar koko terbesar Malaysia dan keempat terbesar dunia, dengan kapasiti 250,000 tan setahun. Ia pembekal utama kepada syarikat coklat dan industri makanan...

$15 trillion global hydrogen investment needed to 2050 – research

LONDON, April 27 (Reuters) - Decarbonising energy and other industries globally using hydrogen will require investment of almost $15 trillion between now and 2050, the Energy Transitions Commission (ETC) said in a report on...

How Malaysia’s blossoming drone economy will transform the nation

KUALA LUMPUR, April 23 ― A special forum was recently held to discuss new Civil Aviation Directives (CAD) by the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM), designed to mitigate risks and security issues surrounding...

It’s DNA Day! Here Are 4 Ways Gene Editing Is Transforming Medicine

Happy DNA Day, fellow nucleic acid enthusiasts! On April 25, 2003, Congress declared National DNA Day, commemorate the date in 1953 that our favorite molecule’s double helix structure was solved. Since then, the National...

Microplastics in fishmeal: A growing concern

Microplastics are ingested by marine biota including fish. This could lead to food safety concerns: they are potentially dangerous for consumers of fish. A study assessed the concentrations of microplastics in fishmeal and method...

Phillips 66 and Southwest Airlines Partner to Help Commercialize Sustainable Fuel

Phillips 66 and Southwest Airlines have signed a memorandum of understanding to advance the commercialization of sustainable aviation fuel, focusing on public awareness, along with research and development. The memorandum of understanding also sets the framework...

Developing Asia’s growth to 7.3pct in 2021- ADB

KUALA LUMPUR: Developing Asia’s gross domestic product (GDP) is set to rebound to 7.3 per cent this year and moderate to a growth of 5.3 per cent next year, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said. According...

Tingkatkan vaksinasi selamatkan 50 juta nyawa menjelang 2030: WHO

GENEVA: Pertubuhan Kesihatan Sedunia (WHO) dan agensi lain menyeru supaya tindakan pemberian vaksin bagi campak dan penyakit lain dipertingkatkan di seluruh dunia selepas wabak COVID-19 mengganggu akses kepada suntikan vaksin berkenaan. WHO bersama dengan Tabung...

Food security: Time to go High-tech in Agriculture

A RECENT site visit to a chilli and rock melon farm in Banting, Selangor – part of the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) Digital Agtech initiative’s pilot project – demonstrated a good example of...

Astra Zeneca recycles waste with Rocket Composter on-site

Astra Zeneca set a sustainability target to reduce waste and embrace a circular economy. As part of this environmental commitment, the company is also aiming to achieve zero-carbon status at its 4,000-person-capacity campus by...

MOSTI hopes space sector to contribute 0.3 per cent to GDP, create 500 skilled...

KUALA LUMPUR, April 22 — The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti) hopes the country’s space sector will contribute at least 0.3 per cent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and create...

Lobster Underbelly Inspires Nanofibrous Hydrogel Tech for Tissue Engineering

A team of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers has developed a nanofibrous hydrogel-based material that mimics the structure of a lobster’s underbelly, and is potentially strong and stretchy enough to be used to...

‘Seaspiracy’: We are taking too much valuable ‘trash’ from the sea

THE documentary, Seaspiracy, claims commercial fishing's bycatch hauls (non-targeted or unintended species) are huge. You want to snare a bird, but you also get more than a handful of insects. These hapless creatures are called trash...

TRANSFORMING THE NATION’S MINERAL RESOURCES INDUSTRY

THANKS to the Earth’s geological formation millions of years ago, today Malaysia is blessed with various mineral resources – all of which have contributed to the country’s economic growth. These resources are valuable and hold...

Ekonomi berpendapatan tinggi: Malaysia perlu wujudkan 2 juta pekerjaan berkualiti tinggi – Pakar

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia perlu mewujudkan kira-kira dua juta pekerjaan berkualiti tinggi untuk pekerja dari semua latar belakang dan tahap kemahiran. Menurut penulisan Pemimpin Amalan untuk Pembangunan Manusia Bank Dunia, Dr Achim Schmillen dan Ahli Ekonomi dalam...

New study finds e-cigarettes with nicotine effective in helping smokers quit

A new study led by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania, has found that e-cigarettes that deliver a similar amount of nicotine as cigarettes are associated...

Renewables could displace fossil fuels to power the world by 2050, report claims

LONDON — Solar and wind energy could replace fossil fuels entirely to become the world’s power source by 2050, a new report has claimed. Published Friday, the report from think tank Carbon Tracker also predicted that if...

Oyster farming technology coming up from Down Under

On a global stage, the oyster industries in Australia and New Zealand are small fry compared to their US and French counterparts. But what these countries lack in scale, they more than make up...

Agricultural Education in Malaysia: The Way Forward

The agriculture sector is among the major contributors to the Malaysian economy, in terms of food supplies, export earnings and employment generation.

Top 10 Life Sciences Jobs Most in Demand over the Next Decade

COVID-19 may have wreaked havoc on the U.S. economy last year, but it did not derail biotech employment. If anything, the pandemic is expected to stoke increasing numbers of jobs during this decade. In assessing the...

10 NEW TRENDS IN CEA IN 2021 AND BEYOND

The world of controlled environment agriculture (CEA) is continuing to develop at an accelerated rate. In line with Agritecture’s mission “to accelerate climate-smart agriculture strategies,” we’ve decided to share our top predictions for the...

Indonesian coal miner Adaro Energy looks to renewables

JAKARTA -- Major Indonesian coal miner Adaro Energy aims to enter the renewable energy sector this year, CEO Garibaldi Thohir said on Monday, calling biomass, hydrogen and solar power the company's top options. Thohir said...

Unleashing the potential of HealthTech, EdTech in M’sia

WHILE the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the growth potential of both HealthTech and EdTech, inconsistent access to internet connectivity might prevent these two emerging start-ups in revolutionising healthcare and education system in Malaysia. HealthTech is...

Virtual health guidance

PFIZER has entered into a collaboration with DoctorOnCall to launch a digital therapeutics platform that focuses on three key therapeutic areas namely smoking cessation, vaccination, and heart health. Catering to an increasingly tech-savvy and mobile...

SABAH SECURES RM235 MLN SUGAR REFINERY, AQUACULTURE INVESTMENTS

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah government-owned Sawit Kinabalu Group has signed memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with Borneo Lestari Sdn Bhd and Admuda Sugar Sdn Bhd to develop the state’s agriculture industry. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor said the RM235...

Renewable diesel kicks off 2021 with conversions, capacity increases, new feedstocks and more

Renewable diesel has been off to quite a start this year. Just one week in February brought several big news stories in the renewable diesel world and that doesn’t even include all the renewable...

Building Incinerators Key To A Sustainable Waste Management

In August 2005, the Malaysia’s National Strategic Plan (NSP) for Solid Waste Management envisaged a target of diverting 40 percent of municipal waste from landfill and increasing recycling rates to 22 percent. Fast-forward to 2020 –...

NICE unveils new strategy to improve patient access to innovative treatments

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has unveiled new guideline recommendations with the aim of providing accelerated patient access to new treatments and innovations. The five-strategy, launched today, will seek to transform...

Aplikasi pertanian pintar dapat atasi isu benih padi

KUALA LUMPUR: Isu kekurangan hasil dan kualiti benih boleh ditangani dengan pengenalan aplikasi pertanian pintar yang dapat memberikan jangkaan pengeluaran dan tahap kualiti benih. Profesor Jabatan Sains Tanaman Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Prof Dr Mohd...

Malaysia eyes African and Middle East markets for its palm oil

Malaysia said it was not affected by Belgium’s decision to ban the use of palm oil as a biofuel in the country from next year. The Minister for Plantation Industries and Commodities Khairuddin Razali said...

Microsoft labur lebih RM4 bilion jayakan Inisiatif Bersama Malaysia

PUTRAJAYA: Pusat data serantau yang pertama di Malaysia akan ditubuh bagi menyediakan perkhidmatan boleh diyakini dalam negara, dengan tahap keselamatan data dan privasi bertaraf dunia. Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, berkata penubuhan pusat oleh...

America reaches milestone with COVID-19 vaccine widely available to those who want it, but...

As of Monday, COVID-19 vaccines are available to every American over 16 who wants a shot, but a panel of experts convened by USA TODAY remains deeply concerned about the people who say vaccines aren't needed. Anxiety about getting...

Improved management of farmed peatlands could cut 500 million tons carbon dioxide

Substantial cuts in global greenhouse gas emissions could be achieved by raising water levels in agricultural peatlands, according to a new study in the journal Nature. Peatlands occupy just three per cent of the world's land...

Boustead Partners Next Gen To Co Create New Economic Ecosystem With Renewable Algae Biofuel...

Boustead Holdings Bhd has partnered Next Generation Oil Sdn Bhd (Next Gen) to co-create a new economic ecosystem with renewable algae biofuel technology, which will result in a reduction of greenhouse gases emitted by...

Agricultural Sustainability Into The Future

Achieving economic, social, and environmental performance in today’s dynamic business climate requires a sustainability strategy that is executed with discipline year after year. This starts with farmers reducing their emissions, preserving agricultural soils, and...

Make cosmetic product safety easy to understand

Earlier this month, I read with much concern about the reports related to harmful ingredients like hydroquinone and tretinoin in local cosmetic products. Unfortunately, this has been happening year in, year out in Malaysia. Unscrupulous manufacturers...

Blood clots should be listed as rare Johnson & Johnson side effect: EMA

THE HAGUE: Blood clots should be listed as a "very rare" side effect of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine but its benefits still outweigh the risks, the EU's drug watchdog said on Tuesday. The...

FT Ministry to implement large-scale precision farming project to help the homeless, says minister

KUALA LUMPUR, April 19 — The Federal Territories (FT) Ministry will implement a large-scale precision farming project commercially to provide employment opportunities to the homeless and help them generate their own income. Its minister Tan...

New process makes ‘biodegradable’ plastics truly compostable

Biodegradable plastics have been advertised as one solution to the plastic pollution problem bedeviling the world, but today's "compostable" plastic bags, utensils and cup lids don't break down during typical composting and contaminate other...

What Biotech Can Expect From the Biden Administration’s Agricultural Policy Agenda

With Katherine Tai confirmed unanimously by the Senate as the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in place at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the world is now getting a better picture of what...

Collaborative research could help fine-tune the production of antimalarials, chemo drugs

Much of common pharmaceutical development today is the product of laborious cycles of tweaking and optimization. In each drug, a carefully concocted formula of natural and synthetic enzymes and ingredients works together to catalyze...

SMK Kubang Kerian develops apps to facilitate waste management, recycling effort

KOTA BHARU: Three students from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Kubang Kerian, near here have developed a smartphone application called ‘Recybin’ to facilitate waste management and recycling effort. Teacher Wan Azrina Muhamad Zuki said the application was...

Four ways a sustainable bioeconomy could transform Europe’s industry

Experts in the European Commission’s in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), have built four alternative scenarios for how the EU bioeconomy could contribute to achieving the climate targets set in...

Pharmaniaga appointed sole distributor of Baraka in Malaysia

Pharmaniaga Bhd 's subsidiary, Pharmaniaga Logistics Sdn Bhd (PLSB) has been officially appointed by Egypt's Pharco Pharmaceuticals as the sole distributor of Baraka health supplements in Malaysia recently

ANGKASA sasar 500 ahli usaha ternak udang galah

Angkatan Koperasi Kebangsaan Malaysia Berhad (ANGKASA) menyasarkan 500 ahli koperasi membabitkan diri dalam penternakan udang galah bagi menggalakkan perkembangan industri akuakultur.

US intelligence report predicts greater global role for biotechnology

Biotechnology could potentially account for about 20 percent of the global economy by 2040, with agricultural and manufacturing uses the main drivers and health care applications expanding.

New approaches to AI, cell biology may have uncovered a novel drug target for...

By combining artificial intelligence and an extensive atlas of protein biology, Cyclica is taking new approaches to searching for old drugs that could fight COVID-19—and, now, it’s helped find what could...

Regional seaweed delicacy ‘latok’ to be commercialised

In a bid to strengthen, promote and develop collaborative research on the commercialisation of Sea Grapes, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between SCU Southeast Asia Sdn Bhd (SCU-SEA) and Universiti...

Biobased diesel is a proven climate change solution

Low-cost, low-carbon but high greenhouse gas reducing impact describes the opportunity for using biobased diesel fuel as helping achieve climate change.  Biofuels are a ready solution for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and...

MATRADE Inks MoC With JETRO To Explore Halal And Digital Transformation Trade Segments

Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) has inked a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) in Tokyo to enhance trade promotion co-operation between Malaysia and Japan.

Diet Rich in Animal Products, Processed Foods, Alcohol and Sugar Linked with Inflammatory Gut...

The results of a study by researchers at the University of Groningen and University Medical Centre Groningen suggest that high dietary intake of animal products, processed foods, alcohol and sugar, support a...

MDEC seeks pledge from banks to microfinance agricultural technology-driven farmers

Malaysian Digital Economy Corp (MDEC) is working to get more banks to provide microfinancing for farmers in driving the country's agriculture ecosystem based on agricultural technology (AgTech).

Waste to Energy: The Future of Renewable Energy Via Circular Economy

The world is struggling to act on the climate impact via various new standards and regulations. While the USA declined participation under the Trump administration, the new Biden one will continue to...

What Truly Frightens Us As We Age

As we reach our golden years, it is interesting to note that what we are truly frightened about is not ageing itself, but rather the effects of it, such as senility and...

Biotech and pharma services outsourcing market to be worth over $91bn by 2028

A new report suggests the global biotechnology and pharmaceutical services outsourcing market will grow because of the pandemic and rising drug development costs and R&D investments.

Kenya’s Agricultural Reforms Set to Bolster Bt Cotton Commercialization

Radical reforms in Kenya's agricultural sector are set to inject fresh impetus to Bt cotton farming in the country, should a fibre crops legislative Bill pass into law. The Government shall be mandated to...

Oxomar, UK Government and Microplastics

Last month the case for oxo-biodegradable (as distinct from oxo-degradable) plastic was strengthened considerably, because a five-year study (the Oxomar Study), has now proved beyond doubt that oxo-biodegradable plastic does biodegrade in the...

Program digital bantu perkasakan usahawan mikro

Majlis Pembangunan Wilayah Ekonomi Pantai Timur (ECERDC) dengan kerjasama Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) menganjurkan Program Digital @ Jeli, semalam. Kursus latihan berbentuk latihan secara terus itu dianjurkan bagi memperkasakan usahawan di Kelantan...

NICE publishes new guidance on chronic pain management

The UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published new guidance on the assessment of chronic pain, recommending exercise instead of commonly used drugs such as paracetamol as part...

Are single-cell and novel proteins the next powerhouse feed ingredient?

The latest in a series of webinars organised by the team behind the F3 Challenge, which is focusing on single-cell and novel proteins in aquafeeds, will be accessible on The Fish Site...

German construction industry exceeds EU targets for disposal of mineral construction waste

A study shows that around 90 percent of mineral construction waste in Germany is recycled in an environmentally compatible manner. In road construction, for example, almost all construction waste is recycled.

Digitalisation to empower entrepreneurs

KUALA LUMPUR: In developing a dynamic entrepreneurial community, MARA is offering programmes that will offer optimum opportunities for entrepreneurs to expand their businesses, particularly in e-commerce. Its chairman Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun said it was...

Some cosmetics could increase the risk of endometriosis

PARIS, April 8 — Certain substances present in cosmetics and beauty products could be responsible for an increased risk of endometriosis. Spanish researchers are sounding the alarm, calling for preventive measures to reduce public...

Contract Farming Programme: MAFI targets RM60 mln turnover this year

BACHOK: The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) is targeting sales of agricultural products through the Contract Farming Programme to reach RM60 million this year. Its Deputy Minister Datuk Che Abdullah Mat Nawi said the...

KASA lancar garis panduan urus sisa klinikal

PUTRAJAYA: Kementerian Alam Sekitar dan Air (KASA) hari ini memperkenalkan garis panduan bagi mengurus bahan buangan klinikal daripada Program Imunisasi COVID-19 Kebangsaan (PICK) yang akan memasuki fasa kedua pada 19 April ini. Garis panduan itu...

Malaysia tumpu pembangunan IoT pacu ekonomi

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia percaya tumpuan terhadap Internet Kebendaaan (IoT) dapat membantu merancakkan pembangunan industri pasca COVID-19 dalam sesebuah blok ekonomi. Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, berkata beliau yakin teknologi itu boleh menjadi kunci pendorong...

Blood Clots a Very Rare Side Effect of AstraZeneca Vaccine: EMA

The European Medicines Agency has concluded that certain unusual types of blood clots are a very rare side effect of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, according to a statement the agency posted yesterday (April 7). These...

Understanding the intrigue of the Malaysian poultry industry

MOST of us have consumed both chicken and eggs during our lifetime without much knowledge of how the poultry industry actually operates. For a starter, there is a distinction between broilers which are raised for...

Achieving Malaysia’s True Clean Energy Potential, A Dream Or Reality?

Solar power’s environmental benefits are not new information to most, though adoption in its early years has been slow due to financial viability. Historically, Malaysia has depended on fossil fuels, importing more than half...

Greater public-private partnership crucial to drive Malaysian economy — Mustapa

KUALA LUMPUR (April 2): A greater public-private partnership is crucial to drive the country's economy and it will become even more important in the years ahead. In making the call, Minister in the Prime Minister’s...

Twice-weekly coronavirus tests for all

The government has announced plans for everyone in England to be able to access free, regular, rapid coronavirus testing from April 9, in a bid to further reduce the spread of the virus by...

Working together towards global food security

Access to safe and nutritious food has never been more important. The Covid-19 pandemic has added to the global problems of hunger and malnutrition. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) reported almost...

Using salmon waste for bioplastic production

Waste from farmed salmon processing plants is currently being tested as a means to produce a biodegradable alternative to polyurethane plastic. While polyurethane, which is derived from crude oil, is toxic to synthesize and slow...

Over 110,000 people in Malaysia acquire digital skills during COVID-19

ASIA PACIFIC, MALAYSIA — 1 April 2021 — Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced it has helped over 30 million people in 249 countries and territories gain access to digital skills, of which over 110,000 of...

UPM vaccination centre provides value-added services

PUTRAJAYA (April 6): Universiti Putra Malaysia Teaching Hospital (HPUPM), which is a COVID-19 vaccination centre, is going that extra mile to gain the confidence of vaccine receivers and ensure their safety. Three days before HPUPM’s...

FAMA bantu promosi strawberi Cameron Highlands

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: Lembaga Pemasaran Pertanian Persekutuan (FAMA) tampil membantu mempromosikan produk strawberi keluaran pusat pelancongan Cameron Highlands sepanjang Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP). Timbalan Ketua Pengarahnya, Mohamad Mustahapa Awang, berkata pelbagai usaha dilakukan pihaknya untuk membantu...

Construction of rubber glove hub to start in June

KUANTAN: The construction of the rubber gloves and personal protective equipment (PPE) hub by the World Gloves International Group City and Hub Development Sdn Bhd (WGC) is set to begin this June. To be located...

IMF maintains Malaysia’s GDP growth at 6.5pc this year

KUALA LUMPUR, April 6 — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) maintains its forecast on Malaysia’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth this year at 6.5 per cent, according to its latest World Economic Outlook (WEO)...

Johnson & Johnson takes charge of Emergent COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing site

The US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has put Johnson & Johnson in charge of the Emergent BioSolutions' Bayview facility in Baltimore, which ruined around 15 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine Ad26.COV2.S. Johnson & Johnson said it...

Sabah providing 35,000 subsidised Musang King durian saplings to farmers

KOTA KINABALU (Apr 6):  The Sabah Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries through the State Agriculture Department (JPS) is allocating 35,000 subsidised saplings of high-quality Musang King durian to be distributed to farmers across the...

Goodyear demands sustainable practices from soyabean suppliers

US tyre giant Goodyear announced a new sustainable soyabean procurement policy on 18 March. The company said the policy’s aim was to help guide processors, farmers and all other members of the supply chain to...

The unimaginable potential of e-wallet – both regionally and within Malaysia

THE ASEAN consumer market, which is expected to reach US$4 tril by 2030, is still very tied to cash transactions, implying that there would be an enormous demand for e-wallets as consumers gradually shift...

Call to step up virus genome sequencing

KUALA LUMPUR: Health experts have called for increased genomic surveillance and epidemiological analysis to track the SARS-CoV-2 variants and break the chain of Covid-19 transmission in the country. Epidemiologist Datuk Dr Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud...

Bangladesh’s floating gardens: A sustainable solution for farming in the face of climate change

DHAKA, April 2 ― The floating gardens of Bangladesh are a precious aid in reducing the food insecurity linked to frequent flooding. According to a recent study, this form of agriculture could also provide...

Wildlife biodiversity is a boon to human health, seafood nutrition

Biodiversity provides human health benefits on the land and in the water, according to a pair of newly published studies. Previous studies have highlighted many of the ways biodiversity offers indirect benefits to human health...

Resetting economy for resilience

KUALA LUMPUR: The Covid-19 pandemic has provided Malaysia with an opportunity to reset and build stronger fundamentals on multiple fronts, says Bank Negara. Governor Datuk Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus (pic) said it was timely for...

Allergies are linked to stress, says research

TOKYO, March 27 ― Stress could be an aggravating factor in people who suffer from allergies. According to a Japanese study, the increase in allergic reactions could be linked to the stress hormone corticotropin. “In...

Selangor Smart Agro Park hub sekuriti makanan

SABAK BERNAM: Kerajaan Selangor melalui Perbadanan Kemajuan Pertanian Selangor (PKPS) melaksanakan Selangor Smart Agro Park (SSAP) yang mampu menjadi tunjang kepada keselamatan bekalan makanan di negeri ini. Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari berkata, dianggarkan...

Ocean Plastic: Positive 2020 Impact in Circular Waste Management in Indonesia

Project STOP and its partners celebrate milestones in preventing plastic leakage to the environment in Indonesia. From 2017 until end of 2020, the programme has brought waste management services to more than 133,500 people,...

Report: Fresh grad salaries fell to minimum wage level in 2020, says Stats Dept

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 1 — New graduates who joined the job market last year received lower pay than the previous year, with most getting the absolute lowest salary allowed by law, Statistics Department’s chief...

Vaksin BioNTech-Pfizer berkesan untuk remaja

BERLIN: BioNTech-Pfizer mengatakan vaksin COVID-19 keluarannya berkesan 100 peratus untuk kumpulan umur 12 hingga 15 tahun. Syarikat itu menyusun jadual untuk mula menyuntik remaja sebelum permulaan sesi persekolahan tahun depan. Menurut kenyataan syarikat itu, ujian fasa...

Call for more local companies to develop seed industry

Local companies have been urged to take part in developing the seed industry so as to accommodate the domestic supply, said Agriculture & Food Industry Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Roland Kiandee. He said up...

Biofuel feedstock to aid Thailand’s biochemical industry growth

PTT and Bangchak Corporation have pledged to help Thailand become a regional production base for high-value biochemical products after the pandemic eases. Thailand wants to add value to biofuels by using them as feedstocks for...

Sustainability Is Not Only Compatible With Growth, It Requires It – But Only With...

As prospects for an end to the pandemic prompt talk of building back better, many have argued for a sustainable, inclusive and resilient recovery as the best means to secure growth in productivity. But are such proposals realistic or is...

Export of Malaysia’s medical devices 24.9 pct up at RM30 bln in 2020

KUALA LUMPUR, March 29 — Malaysia’s export of medical devices registered a double-digit growth of 24.9 per cent valued at RM29.99 billion in 2020, driven by the increasing demand during the pandemic, said Deputy...

This American grows vegetables in the Arctic Circle thanks to permaculture (VIDEO)

LONDON, March 29 — Benjamin Vidmar is an American chef living in Norway, in Longyearbyen. In this city, the last inhabited community before the North Pole, a great challenge awaited him — that of...

As EV sets to conquer Southeast Asia, Malaysia remains an industry laggard

AS Asean countries are progressively updating their electric vehicle (EV) roadmaps, both Malaysia and the Philippines have emerged as two laggards in terms of adoption among their regional peers. While it is understood that Malaysia...

Good Employee Experience Drives Bottom-Line Growth

The pandemic has brought a greater focus to employees’ reliance on technology and their employee experience as the remote working trend started to rise in line with initiatives to curb the spread the virus. And...

Vaccination coverage – a crucial factor in achieving herd immunity in Malaysia

ALTHOUGH the current administration will increase the funding allocation of the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (NIP) from RM3 bil to RM5 bil, low vaccination coverage in several Malaysian states might hinder Malaysia’s progress in...

Restorative aquaculture: seagrass

Anyone looking to sequester carbon and improve biodiversity should seriously consider in investing in seagrass restoration, according to Mark Parry, of the Ocean Conservation Trust. Seahorses are largely to blame, explains Parry, when asked how...

Volvo Cars facility in China mostly powered by biomass

Volvo Cars’s manufacturing plant in Daqing, China, is now powered by 100% climate-neutral electricity, with 83% coming from biomass. With the addition of the Daqing plant, the company’s global...

Nestle, championing sustainable future

KUALA LUMPUR: With indisputable realities such as the climate change being a growing global emergency, Nestle (Malaysia) Bhd has been stepping up its action and sense of urgency, at the global level...

The seed bank that’s inadvertently storing fungi

This was the moment of truth. We'd spent countless hours meticulously sterilising seeds (1,710, to be specific), filling the lab with a cacophony of rattling as we shook them in bleach. We'd...

TB cases in Malaysia still high – Specialist

KUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — The number of tuberculosis (TB) cases in the country is still high, said a respiratory medicine specialist. Dr Zamzurina Abu Bakar from the Respiratory...

Renewable Diesel: Where’s The Value?

If companies want to capture value and ultimately profit from the projected growth in renewable diesel, they must understand their netback. The demand and price for renewable diesel is...

How MOF Initiatives For SME’s Have Stacked Up So Far

A total of 7,205 applications for the PENJANA Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Financing programme have been approved as of March 12, involving a total loan value of RM1.36 billion. Finance Minister...

Selenium Protects against Diet-Induced Obesity in Mice

Selenium is a trace mineral that has powerful antioxidant properties. It is a co-factor enzyme and its main job as an antioxidant is to protect against oxidative damage, so it can help...

Plant-Based COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Starts Phase 3 Trial

Medicago, the Quebec City-based biopharmaceutical company, and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) have announced the start of Phase 3 clinical testing of Medicago's plant-derived COVID-19 vaccine candidate in combination with GSK's pandemic adjuvant, as part of the...

Bath is first UK university to sign ‘green chemistry’ commitment

The Green Chemistry Commitment (GCC) is a global initiative to help transform chemistry education by preparing chemistry students with a better understanding of green chemistry, developing innovative, environmentally-sound solutions to chemical products...

Ronald: Agrofood sector needs mechanisation, automation technologies

SERDANG: The country’s agrofood sector needs to emphasis on the use of mechanisation, automation, modern and precision farming as well as other innovative technologies to increase productivity. Agriculture and...

Modern farming, IoT application among those discussed at national agriculture convention

SERDANG: Modern farming and computer networking in the agriculture sector are among the focus of topics discussed at the National Agricultural and Food Engineering Convention (Nafec) 2021. Agriculture and...

‘Zombie’ genes? Research shows some genes come to life in the brain after death

In the hours after we die, certain cells in the human brain are still active. Some cells even increase their activity and grow to gargantuan proportions, according to new research from the...

World Bank: Monetise plastic waste to boost circular economy, reduce pollution

BETTER management of plastic waste would create a multi-billion-dollar economy, particularly for circular economy, on top of reducing marine pollution. World Bank Group said this following several studies conducted...

Malaysian halal parks record RM200 mln increase in direct investment

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has recorded an increase of RM200 million or 1.25 per cent in domestic direct investment (DDI) into Malaysian halal parks in 2020, said Halal Development Corporation Bhd (HDC).

Malaysians fond of digital healthcare devices, leading region adoption

OUT of 13 Asian markets surveyed in a new research commissioned by Prudential Corporation Asia, Malaysia came up top as the leader in terms of adopting digital healthcare services, with Malaysians believing...

Agrotourism – the way to protect the economic livelihoods of rural dwellers

ALTHOUGH travel for tourism is allowed under the targeted bubble travel between states under the recovery movement control order (RMCO) effective from March 10, the continuous closure of international borders eventually leads...

Malaysia, Philippines & Thailand lose US$6bil in material value of plastics a year

KUALA LUMPUR: More than 75 per cent of the material value of plastics worth US$6 billion is lost per year across Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand, according to the World Bank.

Lifeline for SMEs

PETALING JAYA: The government has approved 7,205 applications with a total loan value of RM1.36bil under the National Economic Recovery Plan (Penjana) Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Financing scheme as at March...

Thai-developed Covid-19 vaccine starts human trials

The government started human trials on Monday of a domestically developed coronavirus vaccine and expects to deploy it next year, which its health minister said could give the country more freedom with...

Gimme a piece of that! Licella, Nestlé, others have sweet news on plastic waste...

It was a big week of news for Licella and their Cat-HTR platform in Australia with two soft plastic project announcements. First, Licella joined forces with a group of high-profile companies like...

Lobster farming to uplift B40 family’s economic status in Sabah

TUARAN: Lobster farming will become a source of income for B40 families at Kampung Bantayan in Tamparuli here. Minister in the Prime Minister's department (Special Tasks) Datuk Seri Mohd...

The Global Industrial Bioeconomy Opportunity: Is Canada Going to Get Serious?

If you heard Canada is sitting on an untapped $200 billion/year sustainable economic development opportunity for forestry, agriculture and municipal solid waste, would you not want to hear more?

Cannabis Turns On Overlooked Star-Shaped Cells in the Spine to Reduce Pathological Tremors

Everybody has an opinion on medical cannabis. The fact is we do not know a lot about the effects of cannabis on bioprocesses. A new study sheds light on...

Adopt digitalisation in farming for better yields — Uggah

KUCHING: Farmers in Sarawak are encouraged to adopt digitalisation or the Internet of Things (IoT) in their farming to increase productivity and reduce costs, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah...

Gazette green lungs in urban areas as forest reserves – FRIM

KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 — Singer Zainal Abidin Mohamad’s popular number “Hijau” comes to mind when setting foot on the grounds of the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) here.

UPM researchers create innovations for faster detection of TB

KUALA LUMPUR: A team of researchers from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) has succeeded in creating two innovations – TB Strip and TB Reader – to screen and detect tuberculosis (TB) faster to...

Scientists discover how humans develop larger brains than other apes

A new study is the first to identify how human brains grow much larger, with three times as many neurons, compared with chimpanzee and gorilla brains. The study, led by researchers at...

Statos teams up with Sky Urban Solutions to introduce vertical farming methods into Sarawak

KUCHING (March 22): Sarawak’s Trade and Tourism Office in Singapore (Statos) is partnering with Singapore’s vertical farm founder, Sky Urban Solutions, to introduce their unique farming methods into Sarawak.

Biodiesel exports in 2021 seen falling to four-year low

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's exports of palm-based biodiesel are likely to fall this year to their lowest since 2017 due to European Union restrictions and the coronavirus pandemic, the Malaysian Biodiesel...

Mida eyes quality investments

THE Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) is intensifying its efforts to attract high quality investments to boost Malaysia’s status as a globally competitive trading nation despite the Covid-19 health crisis.

Malaysia lifts ‘one dose, one dose reserve’ policy to expedite vaccination process, says Khairy

PUTRAJAYA (March 22): Malaysia will no longer adopt the previous 'one dose, one dose reserve' policy, to speed up the vaccination process under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, said National Covid-19  Immunisation...

Cracking down on carbon footprint of eggs to reach net zero

With UK agriculture accounting for 10% of all UK greenhouse gas emissions, the pledge by Morrisons is 5 years ahead of other supermarkets and 10 years before the National Farmers’ Union net...

SWCorp encourages recycling practice among teenagers

Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Corporation (SWCorp) is encouraging recycling practice among teenagers to create a community that is more sensitive to solid waste management. Its chairman, Dr...

PEMERKASA bukti keazaman kerajaan bantu rakyat

Pengumuman pakej rangsangan terkini diumumkan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, iaitu Program Strategik Memperkasa Rakyat dan Ekonomi (PEMERKASA) menjadi langkah maklum balas kerajaan. Ia menjadi respons kerajaan terhadap...

Medical cannabis can reduce essential tremor by turning on overlooked cells in central nervous...

Medical cannabis is a subject of much debate. There is still a lot we do not know about cannabis, but researchers from the Department of Neuroscience at the Faculty of Health and...

MAFI To Include Private Insurance Players To Develop Policies For Agricultural Insurance Schemes

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) is working on policy models that can be created with the assistance of insurance players including private insurance players. The implementation...

Teknologi baharu loji insinerator lupus sampah secara sempurna

KUALA LUMPUR: Pengurusan sisa pepejal adalah satu proses yang rumit dan kritikal.  Loji Rawatan Termal (Insinerator) adalah alternatif terbaik dalam melupuskan sisa pepejal kerana ia membabitkan ruang yang kecil berbanding tapak pelupusan,...

Makanan, farmaseutikal halal dijangka jana RM41.6 bilion

KUALA LUMPUR: Perbadanan Pembangunan Industri Halal (HDC) menyasarkan perkhidmatan makanan dan farmaseutikal halal dapat menjana pendapatan masing-masing sebanyak RM40 billion dan RM1.6 bilion menjelang 2025. Ketua Pegawai Eksekutifnya, Hairol...

Duopharma Biotech capai pensijilan ISO37001

KUALA LUMPUR: Semua anak syarikat Duopharma Biotech Bhd termasuk anak syarikat luar negaranya di Singapura dan Filipina, mencapai pensijilan ISO37001, piawaian antarabangsa yang mengiktiraf pelaksanaan sistem pengurusan pencegahan rasuah yang berkesan.

MPIB TO HELP BOOST PINEAPPLE INDUSTRY IN SABAH

SERDANG: The Malaysian Pineapple Industry Board (MPIB) will be established in Sabah to increase production and expand pineapple cultivation in the state, said Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee.

Mars Wrigley and Danimer Scientific develop biodegradable packaging

Sweets and snacks producer Mars Wrigley and Danimer Scientific, a developer and manufacturer of biodegradable materials, today announced a two-year partnership to develop an innovative home compostable packaging for its numerous product...

Green investment, revenue mobilisation, big data can help in Southeast Asia’s recovery

KUALA LUMPUR, March 17 — Southeast Asian countries, which are recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic, can benefit from investments in green infrastructure, digital transformation, big data, and revenue mobilisation through tax reform,...

China looks to strengthen vaccine cooperation with M’sia

COVID-19 | China will continue to work closely with Malaysia to strengthen cooperation on the Covid-19 vaccine and to assist the country to recover from the pandemic at an earlier time.

Is climate change threatening our rice consumption?

ILLINOIS, March 16 ― Will we still be able to eat rice whenever we want in 30 years? That's the question asked by a team of American researchers from the University of...

Penggunaan plastik sukar dielakkan

SHAH ALAM - Penggunaan plastik sukar dielakkan kerana ia telah menjadi suatu kebiasaan yang memudahkan kehidupan seharian dari peralatan makanan sehingga komponen peralatan elektrik dan kenderaan. Presiden Gabungan Persatuan...

Kadar kebolehjangkitan COVID-19 terus rendah

KUALA LUMPUR: Kawalan penularan COVID-19 di Malaysia menunjukkan perkembangan positif apabila kadar kebolehjangkitan (Rt) kekal pada kadar 0.87, manakala jumlah zon hijau khususnya di Semenanjung semakin bertambah. Berdasarkan data...

β-Blockers Not Linked to Depression

Drugs such as beta-adrenergic antagonists (beta blockers) have been linked to a range of adverse effects, including depression. But how reliable are these data, and which psychiatric side effects might indeed be...

Organic farming the way to go

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown one-year anniversary, we realise the importance of securing global, regional and especially the local food supply chain. We saw bountiful of...

KPower To Develop Solar Photovoltaic Energy With Government Authorities In Pahang

KPower Berhad has been shortlisted by the Energy Commission (EC) to develop a large scale solar photovoltaic plant of 50 megawatts in Pekan, Pahang through competitive bidding for the fourth cycle of...

Malaysia on the right track in boosting investors’ confidence – OBORCC

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s move to embark on official visits to meet with leaders of foreign nations is proof that Malaysia is wasting no time in taking steps...

What are the Covid-19 vaccines available or in development?

PARIS: With several Covid-19 vaccines either being rolled out or under trial, here is a rundown of the various stages of their development. PFIZER/BIONTECH The mRNA...

Canada: Dairy farmers under fire for feeding palm oil to cows

Canadian dairy farmers are under fire for feeding palm oil to their cows in order to produce more butter, which is in hot demand for home baking during this pandemic. However, it’s...

Low-Carbon Renewable Natural Gas from Waste: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Greenlane Renewables

Decarbonizing natural gas for transportation and utility/pipelines by taking organic waste from landfills, dairy and hog farms, food waste and wastewater treatment plants and converting it to biogas and low-carbon RNG is what...

Report: Food drives a third of global emissions

PARIS, March 9 — A third of all the world’s man-made greenhouse gas emissions are linked to food, according to new global research that tracked produce from field to fork to landfill.

Hepatitis B Virus Uses Host’s DNA Repair Proteins to Close Circle of Infection

To establish chronic disease, the hepatitis B virus (HBV) must have its genome of relaxed circular DNA (rcDNA) turned into covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA). Exactly how rcDNA becomes cccDNA has been...

MARDI launches four food innovation products

SERDANG (March 9): The Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) has introduced four food innovation products with health benefits, namely mixed soup with pegaga extract, high-protein jelly pudding premixed flour, high-fibre...

SWCorp data shows trashpile averaged slightly over 200,000 tonnes a month since MCO 1.0,...

KUALA LUMPUR, March 11 — Malaysians have been generating over 200,000 tonnes in household waste nearly every month since the start of the first movement control order (MCO) in March last year, The...

Re-envisioning FDI for the next lap post-pandemic

ON the first anniversary of the Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin administration, the stage is set for the next lap of our economic development which would include our continuing reliance on foreign direct...

Malaysia Secures Up To 32 Million Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccines

Malaysia will purchase additional Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines bringing the total allocation of the vaccines in the country to 32 million. The additional Pfizer-BioNTech doses are expected to be enough...

Malaysian Cocoa board’s innovative and technology centre undertaking various R&D

KUALA LUMPUR, March 10 — The The Malaysian Cocoa Board’s (MCB) Cocoa Innovative and Technology Centre (CITC) is undertaking various research and development in cocoa downstream activities involving personal care products, cosmetics,...

Apa cerita kempen jangan guna straw?

KUALA LUMPUR - Straw besi, straw buluh, straw serai dan straw kertas, ini antara jenis penyedut minuman yang pernah muncul dua tahun lepas sebaik kerajaan melaksanakan kempen ‘Tak Nak Straw Plastik’ dalam...

OECD expects global GDP to reach pre-pandemic levels by mid-2021

BRUSSELS (March 10): Global gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to reach pre-pandemic levels by mid-2021, provided that countries roll out vaccines rapidly to lift coronavirus-related restrictions and prevent further mutations of...

Pfizer-BioNTech capable of producing 3 bln doses of COVID-19 vaccine in 2022 – BioNTech...

MOSCOW: Germany's BioNTech and the US' Pfizer have the capacity of manufacturing up to three billion doses of their coronavirus vaccine next year, BioNTech CEO Ugur Sahin said in an interview with Bloomberg...

Six tips for water quality management in shrimp farming

We recently presented 10 top tips for shrimp farming, covering a number of areas. In this instalment, we would like to focus on one aspect in particular – water quality.

EIA updates bioenergy 2021, 2022 bioenergy forecasts

The U.S. Energy Information Administration released the latest edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook on March 9, predicting that electricity generation from renewables will reach 21 percent this year and 23 percent...

Vietnam firm to hire 2,000 to produce high-quality farm products

HANOI (Vietnam News/ANN): Nova Consumer Group has announced plans to hire around 2,000 employees this year to bring more high-quality agricultural products to the market. They would include experts...

Sel-T lawan Covid-19

SINGAPURA - Penyelidikan terbaharu di Singapura mendapati vaksin Pfizer-BioNTech dapat membantu tubuh menghasilkan antibodi dan jenis sel imun tertentu bagi melawan virus Sars-CoV-2. Laporan itu sekali gus menjelaskan bagaimana...

Less than 3,000 of 18,547 vacancies available in agriculture sector – Saravanan

KUALA LUMPUR: Only 2,982 of the 18,547 vacancies available in the agriculture sector last year have been filled, said Human Resources (KSM) Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan. He said from...

Capsul’in Pro launches world’s first certified home compostable coffee capsule

Luxembourg-based company Capsul’in Pro has launched its Zero Impact Nespresso-compatible coffee capsule, the first of its kind to be 100% biobased, certified home compostable and with a high oxygen barrier that protects...

KPWKM, MAFI terima KSU baharu

PUTRAJAYA - Dr Maziah Che Yusoff dilantik sebagai Ketua Setiausaha (KSU) Kementerian Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat (KPWKM) berkuat kuasa pada Rabu. Menurut Ketua Setiausaha Negara, Tan Sri Mohd...

MOSTI Turns To Blockchain For Better Monitoring and Better Decision Making

Director of Media and Communications at EMIR Research, Jamari Mokhtar has emphasised that Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MOSTI) Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin’s move to use blockchain technology to track the logistics and supply chain...

Welfare-conscious consumers are urged to avoid purchasing large eggs

The British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) is urging consumers to buy small, medium or mixed weight eggs in a bid to protect the welfare of laying hens. The rehoming...

EU to provide 77 million euro for waste management system in Romania

The European Commission has approved an investment of over €77 million from the Cohesion Fund to improve the waste collection, treatment and recycling system in southeast Romania. The investment...

Unsustainable industries must go, focus on high-growth ones

K-SHAPED recovery is most likely to happen in most countries after the Covid-19 pandemic, including Malaysia. As a result, the government, businesses, communities and people should tune their directions...

What are the benefits of propolis?

Propolis is a resin that bees create. It contains a mixture of bee saliva, beeswax, and substances from plants and trees. Propolis may have some health benefits for humans, but more large-scale...

Research reveals how tea may lower blood pressure

Humans first drank caffeinated tea more than 4,000 years ago in China. Since then, it has become one of the most popular drinks worldwide, second only to water. Both green and...

The Science Behind Ethanol’s Carbon Intensity, Land Use Change: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide...

What’s the life cycle system for corn starch ethanol? What is the current best estimate for carbon intensity of corn ethanol? What about ethanol biorefinery energy use intensity and land use change carbon...

Utilise Science-Communication Campaigns As “Vaccines” To Help Fight COVID-19 “Infodemic”

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...

Nafas’ sole distribution of paddy seeds to ensure quality, ceiling price

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,...

Analysis: Why you should say yes to the vaccine

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...

All is not well with environmental governance

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...

WHAT CROP IS RIGHT FOR YOUR FARM?

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...

Going Paperless: Is less paper the holy grail of automation and digitization?

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...

MOSTI begins vaccine tracing project using Blockchain

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...

Invest Energy to pump RM2.2bil in renewable energy

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...

Siap sedia raih manfaat, tangkis risiko teknologi 5G

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...

What does it take to supply COVID-19 vaccines across the globe? Here’s how the...

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...

EIA: Biodiesel production at 1.817 billion gallons in 2020

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...

Subang Jaya residents collect waste for compost piles to grow community garden

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...

Program imunisasi pulih keyakinan perniagaan, pertumbuhan ekonomi

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,...

Waste-to-Energy (WtE) Market Report shows the future growth of the market

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.

Exploring the use of probiotics in shrimp farms

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.

First batch of Astrazeneca vaccine expected to arrive in second quarter of 2021

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.

MIDA: Projek berintensifkan modal kuasai landskap pembuatan pada 2020

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).

FDA authorizes J&J’s single-dose COVID-19 vaccine

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...

Snapshot of Australian Agriculture 2021 report shows production growth

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.

Bio-based active recovery footwear for body and planet

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...

Common side effects of Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines

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...

Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine vital for persons with disabilities -paediatrician

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...

Pertanian pintar guna teknologi IoT

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...

Sustainable energy key to recovery

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...

Health or economy: MCO 2.0’s chicken and egg conundrum

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...

Expectations for healthcare in 2021

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...

How AI is helping to solve key fish health issues

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...

Fossil fuels may still contribute to air pollution even when the car is turned...

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...

MyDigital: Malaysia’s catalyst to drive native policies and digital-first economy

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...

EU aims to create global vaccine certificate

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.

Encourage local food production to lower cost of living

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...

Iron Man investments in bioplastic, Bill Gates’ beef with beef, biobased clogs, and more:...

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...

MIDA And CETIM To Collaborate On Niche Engineering And Manufacturing Technology

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.

Malaysians not ‘guinea pigs’ as Covid-19 vaccines proven safe, says Cancer Society of Malaysia

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...

MAFI TO STRENGTHEN LARGE-SCALE PADDY CULTIVATION TO MEET SSL TARGET – KIANDEE

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...

Ethanol as Essential Energy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to RFA’s 2021 Ethanol Outlook

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...

MyDIGITAL lonjak kedudukan Malaysia di persada global

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,...

Pfizer seeks to store vaccine at higher temperatures, easing logistics

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...

Agri and food production causing huge biodiversity loss

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...

Outdoor specialist Vaude to debut trekking pants made from biobased PA

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...

Malaysia on track for economic recovery with rollout of Covid-19 vaccination programme, says finance...

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.

Sanofi and GSK begin new study of their COVID-19 vaccine

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...

Researchers use new tool to study stress in root-colonizing bacteria

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...

Biopolymer-coated nanocatalyst can help realize a hydrogen fuel-driven future

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...

Digital Economy Council to facilitate coordination among ministries, agencies – Mustapa Mohamed

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.

MAFI targets 958,000 tonnes of aquaculture output by 2030

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...

Malaysia could become hub for halal vaccines, says Khairy

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...

Malaysia shipped off 5,512 metric tonnes of plastic wastes last year – Tuan Ibrahim

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.

Digital skills are crucial to bolster workforce innovation

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...

EU lancar kajian vaksin COVID-19 ‘generasi kedua’

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...

From Flight Control To Damage Control, Poladrone Is Innovating FELDA Farmers

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...

The future of cars is electric — what are we doing about it?

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;...

ECERDC outlines initiatves to spur economic recovery in Terengganu

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...

Overuse of reliever medication for asthma a ‘major contributor’ to greenhouse gas emissions

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.

Peruntuk RM30 juta projek Kebuniti

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...

EIA predicts gradual increase in biofuel use through 2050

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...

Malaysia, Singapura raih manfaat pertumbuhan global

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...

Prebiotics are set to revolutionise the cosmetics industry

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...

Blockchain in agriculture helps reduce cost of transaction, enables fair trade, says Agrichain Technologies

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.

TIM 2021-2030 to be new agenda for mineral industry development

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...

Combating Covid-19 and enhancing trade, investment EU’s top priority

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...

WHO to develop ‘agreed clinical description’ for long COVID-19 diagnosis

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. 

GM Crops’ Benefits to Fight Climate Change May Be Underestimated Than Previously Documented

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.

University research reveals benefits of corn ethanol

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...

10 Predictions About Data Cloud Analytics In 2021

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...

UN chief urges G20 to prepare “Global Vaccination Plan”

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,...

Bachok farmers make RM32 mln from growing watermelons, pumpkins, sweet potatoes

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.

CEWEP: Only Invest in Additional Waste to Energy Capacity Where Needed

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...

Malaysia continues to be investment destination for global services in Asia

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...

History records great success of Malaysia’s immunisation plans – Scientist

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...

Global food inflation fears grow as UN index hits 6-1/2-year high

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...

Protecting our planet, one step at a time: The Alchimistes are turning kids’ diapers...

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...

Antibiotic Research UK calls for clear guidance on the use of antibiotics and COVID-19...

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...

Russian turkey production shows record growth rate

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,...

deSter, Pulpac enter strategic partnership to produce fiber-based, single-use food packaging products

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...

Reimagining the workplace after Covid-19

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,...

Youth cool with becoming a cucumber farmer

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...

The pros and cons of crossbreeding and hybridisation in aquaculture

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....

From Seoul to Dubai, some of the world’s initiatives for cutting food waste

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...

What in the world is ‘green care’?

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.’

Artificial Intelligence Identifies Lung Cancer Patients at Risk of Harm Caused by Immunotherapy

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...

DBKL, PPR residents turn abandoned reserve land into vegetable garden

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.

The social trends shaping business in 2021

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...

Balance forest protection and agriculture to conserve biodiversity

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...

Biomaterials could mean better vaccines, virus-fighting surfaces

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...

Malaysia’s B20 plans pushed back to next year

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...

NST Leader: Big Tech, big ambition

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...

LKL edar produk pengesanan kontak COVID-19

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...

How to make positive changes to the microbiome of animals

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...

Managing climate change

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...

Bioeconomy Corporation lantik Pengerusi baharu

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,...

Pharmacologist offers plan to solve disparities in designing medicine

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...

KALEIDOSCOPE OF AN URBAN FARM MICROBIOME: SUSTAINABLE CROP PRODUCTION

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...

Molecule from nature provides fully recyclable polymers

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...

Portal RMNK bantu penyelidik, industri dapatkan konsultasi nanoteknologi

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.

New TB treatment to cut pill intake by two-thirds, say researchers

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...

How Australian agriculture can continue to succeed in 2021

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...

Malaysia must formulate strategies to counter negative perception of palm oil

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...

Time to reset, rebuild for a more sustainable and inclusive society, economy

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...

EU, Belgium assure to fulfil vaccine supply agreements, vaccine plans on track – Khairy

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.

CP Foods certifies Thailand’s first ever cage-free egg standard

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...

Waste Makes Haste – D.O.E., SABIC, TOTAL, PLASTIC ENERGY racing to recycle plastics into...

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...

Collaboration across society is key to achieving Malaysia 5.0 Vision – MDEC

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...

HIV Drugs May Be Repurposed for Blindness

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...

MADA penyumbang utama padi negara

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...

IRFA: Biofuels continue to have positive impact on Iowa’s economy

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...

MOF: RM48 billion worth potential investments currently being evaluated

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...

An Early February Focus on U.S.-Asia Drug Development Deals – UPDATED

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...

“Designer algae” could make bivalve hatcheries 10 times more efficient

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...

Experimental rocket powers into sub-orbit on biofuels

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...

Essential, critical sectors remain major contributor to GDP during MCO 2.0 – Tengku Zafrul

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...

China’s Coronavac vaccine safe, effective, halal – Pharmaniaga

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...

Sabah Swiftlet Board to add value to state’s bird’s nest industry

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...

Vilsack: Biofuels, bioenergy can help meet climate goals

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...

Bioalpha plans to roll out COVID-19 vaccine by April, targets private sector

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...

COVID vaccination programme expected to be completed end of this year or early 2022

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.

Huge adoption of drone tech seen in agriculture sector this year – MDEC

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...

Environmental Implications Of Pharmaceutical Waste

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...

Tingkat ilmu IR 4.0 penuhi keperluan kerjaya masa hadapan

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...

Duopharma to supply 6.4mil doses of Russian Covid-19 vaccine to Malaysia

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...

Soil health is as environmentally important as air and water quality, say microbiologists

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...

Beware of polymer waste due to pandemic

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...

IMF: Global economy on stronger footing, but suffers huge losses

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...

Bioalpha eyes private sector vaccination; targets expats and migrant workers

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...

Developing and Improving Productivity in Vertical Farms

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...

Palm oil demands fair game

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...

MPC urges industries to embark on circular economy practices

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...

Malaysian scientists build the largest genetic database of Asian breast cancers to better fight...

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...

HenTrack project uses new tracking to boost poultry genetics

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...

Eco Wrap becomes world’s first compostable industrial strength machine grade stretch film

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...

Let’s Talk About Mental Health at The Workplace

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...

Novel Microneedle Patch on the Skin Can Test for Biomarkers

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,...

RCEP helps Vietnamese agricultural products reach out to the world

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.

A Mexican company is turning leftover avocado pits into biodegradable silverware

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...

Education, good values key to shaping future leaders, good governance — Dr Mahathir

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.

COVID-19: Safety concerns of mRNA vaccine and other alternatives

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,...

Four themes that will shape aquaculture in 2021

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...

What are Fossil Fuels?

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...

RCEP: The Noodle is NOT Straight

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...

More Than 50 Tonnes Of Pharmaceutical Wastes Disposed Of Monthly

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,...

Calysseo appoints Black & Veatch on first commercial-scale animal feed production facility

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...

Yield10 Bioscience announces proof-of-concept milestone

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...

OCBC Bank: Economic Outlook 2021

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...

Understanding how vaccines work against COVID-19

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...

Intestinal health in the era of NAE

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...

Time to use alternative raw materials

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...

COVID-19: Impact and challenges on the tech industry

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...

Ho Wah Genting gets NPRA approval for health supplement

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...

Shedding fresh light on tilapia evolution

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.

Now is the time to cut carbon with biodiesel, renewable diesel

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...

‘Permai will sustain businesses, safeguard jobs’

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...

Scientists reveal mechanism that causes irritable bowel syndrome

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...

Mealworms could soon be on menus across Europe

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...

Truly Renewable Energy: The Importance of Organics Recycling in a Decarbonized Future

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...

COVID-19 One Year Later: The Biology and the Business

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...

Taconic Biosciences announces immuno-oncology animal model portfolio expansion

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,...

Sowing the Seeds of Agricultural Biotechnology

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...

5 Benefits of Biodegradable Packaging for Businesses

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...

Revolutionary transformation is the way forward for Malaysia

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...

Khairy: Malaysia to study Sinovac clinical trial data before approving Covid-19 vaccine

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...

The Green Deal: Potential impact on the feed industry

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...

Impact of Covid-19 on the environment

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....

MAFI to emphasise on food supply chain and incentives for farmers and fishermen using...

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...

Asians at higher risk for HER2 type breast cancer

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.

UAE VERTICAL FARMING FIRM REVEALS PLAN TO LAUNCH HEALTHY FOOD BRAND

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.

Hot50 companies lead in investments, moving forward in 2021 – iwi’s $10M investment, $73M...

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...

COVID-19 to have long-lasting effect on biotech industry

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...

Human Microbiome Study Unveils Strong Links Between Diet, Gut Microbes, Metabolic Health

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...

NTIS powers tech innovation for Malaysia

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...

Could the ocean hold the key to reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere?

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...

EMERGING MARKETS-Malaysia stocks rebound, dollar losses prop up Asian currencies

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...

Five hurdles in the global Covid-19 vaccine rollout

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...

Staple Pin A Hazard In Food Packaging

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...

How Do Landfills Contribute to Global Warming?

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...

SIRIM, KPower jalin kerjasama strategik

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...

High insulin levels during childhood a risk for mental health problems in adulthood, study...

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...

Why It’s Falling To You—And Not Your Government—To Decarbonize The Food System

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...

Holy Biobased Bat-Bridge Batman!: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of January...

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,...

World is ageing, not prepared for lost decade

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...

Study finds Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine works against fast-spreading variant

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...

Eurofresh taps local fresh beef distribution

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.

Carrot cement: How root vegetables and ash could make concrete more sustainable

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...

Credit Suisse sees 6.0 pct GDP growth for Malaysia in 2021

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...

Healthcare sector earnings set to pick up pace

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...

New biosecurity housing measures to protect UK poultry, captive birds against avian flu

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...

Outlook 2021: Renewable energy industry Malaysia

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...

The 50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy — Agriculture and Nutrition, 2021

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.

New drug approvals hit a high note in 2020 but face uncertainty in 2021

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...

Cattle integration in oil palm plantations can reduce cattle imports

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...

Drastic changes needed for country’s solid waste management

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...

Pekerja mahir teknologi dapat permintaan tinggi

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...

EU approves mass inoculation of second COVID-19 vaccine

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...

Food security 2021 and beyond

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).

Aerosols from pollution, desert storms, and forest fires may intensify thunderstorms

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,...

Malaysia’s economic rebound depends on global trade – Moody’s Analytics

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.

Pfizer’s Lorbrena scores US priority review

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...

What’s holding back high impact aquaculture development?

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...

Palm oil industry needs to collaborate with seed oil producers for sustainability

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...

PM lancar Kempen Penanaman 100 Juta Pokok 2021-2025

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.

New Year, New Price Hikes on Hundreds of Prescription Drugs

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,...

Pandemic a blessing in disguise for agrobazaar online, boosting its performance

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...

Transforming solid waste management

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...

Revamping Social Entrepreneurship

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...

Supply chain integrity will ensure vaccine’s effectiveness

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...

Groups of Bacteria Can Work Together to Better Protect Crops and Improve Their Growth

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...