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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.

Researchers in Japan Identify Genes to Help Crops Against Flooding

Flooding has become a global concern, putting people at risk of starvation due to water drowning crops. Now, researchers are getting closer to identifying the molecular processes underlying how floods deprive plants of oxygen...

Fantastic Bioplastic

Plastic’s cheapness, versatility and durability are undeniable, but in a burgeoning Ocean Internet of Things, plastic as we know it and the marine environment are a toxic combination.

Jaminan makanan, tenaga antara strategi harungi pergolakan ekonomi

KUALA LUMPUR: Menjamin keselamatan makanan dan tenaga serta persediaan menghadapi perubahan iklim dengan menumpukan kepada peralihan yang adil dan saksama serta pembinaan kapasiti adalah antara strategi penting yang perlu diambil oleh Malaysia untuk mengharungi...

Capacity to spare: US has manufacturing firepower to crank out more essential medicines, researchers...

The U.S.' “onshoring” initiative that kicked off during the Trump administration at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic has been carried forward by President Joe Biden, who recently committed $2 billion in a bid...

South Korea: How vertical farming can tap into foreign markets actually adding value

“We might be one of the largest vegetable producers in Korea currently, supplying the major retailers and food companies. Our B2B business model of supplying big food companies in Korea helps us to stay...

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Next-Gen feedstocks for the emerging bioeconomy

The goal of this project is to develop productive, cost-effective and sustainable warm-season perennial bioenergy feedstock production systems on marginal croplands across geographic locations in the Midwest. The University of Illinois (at Champaign-Urbana)’s D. K....

Economic Outlook Q4: Heading Into Another Global Slowdown As Inflation Remains High

MIDF Investment expects the global growth to moderate to 3% this year, as the low base effect wanes, the pace of growth this year will be back to more normalized levels after the robust...

How ROS loss leads to inflammatory bowel disease

Reactive oxygen species, or ROS, get a bad rap. The volatile byproducts of chemical reactions with oxygen, they’re well-known markers of inflammation. Their build-up can damage DNA, RNA and proteins in the cell.

Nestle to invest CHF1bil to make coffee farming more sustainable

KUALA LUMPUR: Nestle SA is committed to investing more than one billion Swiss francs to make coffee farming for its Nescafe brand more sustainable. Parked under Nescafe Plan 2030, the company is working with coffee...

Bioeconomy and carbon neutrality: ‘Without further investments we will miss the target’

"Without further investments in the bioeconomy, the net zero emission target will not be met." Data issued from the EU project Biomonitor point out gaps in the Green Deal and suggest speeding up procedures...

What to expect when Parliament resumes next week

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 30): The early resumption of Parliament next Monday (Oct 3) will see all eyes fixed on the tabling of the Supply (Budget) Bill 2023 or Budget 2023 on Friday, three weeks...

Vaccine appears to protect against monkeypox, CDC says

WASHINGTON: At-risk people who received a single dose of the monkeypox vaccine in U.S. efforts against the virus appeared to be significantly less likely to get sick, public health officials announced Wednesday, even as...

Farm mechanisation, fertilisation package for sweet potato cultivation can increase crop yield

BACHOK, Sept 29 (Bernama) -- Farm mechanisation and fertilisation package for sweet potato cultivation is capable of improving productivity, saving labour cost, increasing farm-scale crop yield and reducing dependence on imports.

Investing in Malaysia’s oleochemicals

THe Malaysian oil palm industry must develop more downstream oleochemical products to address the global demographic and social changes, increasing wealth as well as improvements in well-being due to rapid urbanisation. Global demand for value-added products...

Malaysia’s economy on solid and stable footing despite global headwinds

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 29): Malaysia’s economy is on solid and stable footing despite global economic headwinds caused by geopolitical tensions and other external events. Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz said the...

Malaysian Genomics, Thai companies to explore joint R&D initiatives

BANGKOK, Sept 24 (Bernama) -- Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Bhd (Malaysian Genomics), a leading genomics and biopharmaceutical specialist, is collaborating with its Thai partners to explore opportunities for research and development (R&D) of new products...

MAFI develops MyKPA to enhance water management efficiency among farmers

MELAKA, Sept 28 (Bernama) -- The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI), through its Agricultural Irrigation And Drainage Division, has developed a National Benchmarking Index of Water Consumer Groups or MyKPA to improve water management efficiency among...

National Energy Policy signals industry players to participate in energy transition

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 (Bernama) -- The National Energy Policy 2022-2040 launched today sends a clear signal to oil and gas, services and equipment (OGSE) companies to participate in the energy transition as the government prioritises...

ADB rancang bantuan AS$14 bilion tangani krisis makanan

KUALA LUMPUR: Bank Pembangunan Asia (ADB) merancang untuk menyediakan sekurang-kurangnya AS$14 bilion (RM64.28 bilion) antara 2022 dan 2025 dalam usaha mengurangkan krisis makanan yang semakin buruk di Asia dan Pasifik.

Every Child Deserves a Healthy Heart

Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the world’s leading cause of death, with an average toll of 18.6 million lives lost every year. Although CVD are commonly associated with adulthood, the lesser-known fact is that children too...

Fooditive creating bee-free honey using precision fermentation biotech

Dutch plant-based ingredients company Fooditive is scaling up existing products and introducing the latest developments: LowSalt & Bee-free-Honey. “We feel like the next chapter of this journey has just begun. With the support from our...

Malaysia reiterates support for IAEA in resolving global nuclear technology issues

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 28 (Bernama) -- Malaysia common its abutment for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in analytic all-around nuclear technology issues, and is accessible and committed to alive calm with the international agency.

Why Job Redesign Continues To Be Relevant In The Post-Covid World

Job redesign – the process of transforming jobs, reconfiguring tasks and redesigning responsibilities to enhance job roles and improve the organisation’s output – has been undertaken by organisations even before the Covid-19 pandemic.

Is new malaria vaccine ‘world-changing’? Maybe

September 28, 2022 – A new vaccine for malaria developed by scientists at the University of Oxford was up to 80% effective at preventing disease in young children, according to trial results published in early September. Dyann Wirth, Richard Pearson Strong...

Sabah allocates RM50 million to fund agricultural research projects

SANDAKAN: Sabah will allocate at least RM50 million to fund the state's agricultural research. State Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey Kitingan said allocation would help the Agriculture Department in meeting its target...

What Can the Bioeconomy Do For You

In many circles, “biotechnology” is a four-letter word. Whether you’re a Jurassic Park truther, an anti-Monsanto activist, or an anti-Vaxxer, the products of biotechnology—real, live dinosaurs, genetically modified foods, or the COVID-19 vaccine—are modern monsters.

Catalysing Malaysia’s digital economy

The digital economy is one of Malaysia’s key economic pillars, currently contributing 22.6% to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). The number is set to rise to 25.5% by 2025, says Malaysia Digital Economy...

Europe’s generic-drug makers say they may cut output due to energy bills

FRANKFURT (Sept 28): Europe's drug makers have warned they may stop making some cheap generic medicines because of surging electricity costs and are calling for an overhaul of the way they are priced, the...

Syarikat Malaysia bekal hampas kelapa sawit ke Filipina

KUALA LUMPUR: Pemaju, pengilang dan pembekal bahan api biojisim tempatan, Bio Eneco Sdn Bhd (BioEneco) mengembangkan perniagaan ke Filipina menerusi penghantaran hampas kelapa sawit ke negara itu.

Malaysia tawar UAE melabur bangunkan projek sekuriti makanan dan Bandar Malaysia

KEAKRABAN dan hubungan dua hala sedia ada Malaysia dalam pelbagai bidang dengan Emiriah Arab Bersatu (UAE) dipertingkatkan kepada perkongsian strategik. Ia membabitkan bidang ekonomi, pelaburan dan perdagangan, tenaga boleh diperbaharui, sekuriti makanan serta minyak dan...

Italian Journal foresees Vietnam becoming “New Asian Tiger”

Vietnam may become a new tiger in Asia, according to Italy’s La Repubblica daily after the World Bank raised the Southeast Asian country’s growth forecast. The journal cited data from the World Bank East Asia...

Optimizing Cell Characteristics a Challenge for Stem Cell Manufacturing

Knowing which stem cell characteristics to optimize during the manufacturing process is among the biggest challenges still facing the cell therapy industry. That’s according to Greg Fiore, MD, CEO of Exacis Biotherapeutics.

Türkiye ranks first in aquaculture production in EU

With its annual 800,000 tons of aquaculture production in the past three years, Türkiye has ranked first among European Union countries, according to data from the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry.

First ever shoe made from carbon emissions

This is a significant moment in On’s journey to move away from petroleum-based resources by creating a new foam material called CleanCloud™, made using carbon emissions as a raw material. On is the first...

Implementation of national low carbon plan will expand average GDP growth by RM13b annually...

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 19 — The holistic implementation of the National Low Carbon Aspiration 2040 plan is expected to expand gross domestic product growth (GDP) by RM13 billion a year and generate over 207,000 jobs.

Malaysian Genomics inks LoI with UMS, Rinani Genotec for genetics R&D, alternative medicines

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Bhd (MGRC) has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with the Faculty of Science and Natural Resources, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) and Rinani Genotec Sdn Bhd (RGSB) to...

Malaysia has huge potential to become feedstock supplier to SAF – Wee

SINGAPORE (Sept 20): Malaysia has a huge potential to supply feedstock to companies involved in producing Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

Energy policy to boost GDP by RM13bil

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia has set a goal to raise the country's annual average gross domestic product (GDP) by RM13 billion with the implementation of the National Energy Policy 2022–2040. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob...

Agriculture Ministry, state govts to maintain gazette on food production parks

KUALA LUMPUR: The Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry has agreed in principle for state governments to maintain the gazette on Permanent Food Production Parks, as well as to gazette those that have not yet...

Apex Healthcare and Shanghai Pharmaceuticals to jointly market healthcare products in Asean markets

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 21): Apex Healthcare Bhd has proposed to team up with Shanghai Pharmaceuticals Holdings Co Ltd to market their branded pharmaceuticals, consumer healthcare products and medical devices in selected Asean and other...

MAFI Looking At Gazetting Underdeveloped Land To Increase Food Production

Ministery of Agriculture and Food Industry is mulling on Gazetteing, Maintenance, and Modernization of the Permanent Food Production Park (TKPM) as well to look at ways in optimizing existing and undeveloped agricultural land to...

New lactic acid bacteria create natural sweetness in yoghurt

Researchers at DTU have developed a yoghurt bacterium, which can cleave lactose in a cost-effective and sustainable manner. This makes it possible to create natural sweetness in yoghurt with less added sugar.

President Biden to Launch a National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative

Today, President Biden signed an Executive Order to launch a National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative that will ensure we can make in the United States all that we invent in the United States. This...

Scientists engineer mosquitoes that can’t spread malaria

Scientists have engineered mosquitoes that slow the growth of malaria-causing parasites in their gut, preventing transmission of the disease to humans. The genetic modification causes mosquitoes to produce compounds in their guts that stunt the growth of...

PepsiCo, ADM Announce Groundbreaking Agreement Aiming to Reduce Carbon Intensity by Supporting Regenerative Agriculture

CHICAGO and PURCHASE, N.Y., September 14, 2022 – ADM (NYSE:ADM), a global leader in sustainable agriculture and nutrition, and PepsiCo (NASDAQ: PEP) today announced a groundbreaking 7.5-year strategic commercial agreement to closely collaborate on projects that...

Use oil palm biomass as feedstock for “green” jet fuel: Transport Minister

SINGAPORE: Malaysia hopes that oil palm biomass will be accepted as a feedstock for the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) given the rising demand for the use of the jet fuel alternative worldwide. Transport...

How To Manage Anxiety At Work

Feeling anxious at work? Here’s how you can manage it according to the Advanced Psychiatry Associates.

Access to essential generic medicines can save 10 million lives annually

GOING by the World Health Organisation (WHO), "essential medicines are those that satisfy the priority healthcare needs of the population. "They are selected with due regard to public health relevance, evidence of efficacy and safety,...

A new, genetically modified purple tomato may hit the grocery market stands

It tastes like a tomato, smells like a tomato, and even looks (mostly) like a tomato. There's just one catch: It's purple. The USDA has approved a genetically modified purple tomato, clearing the path for the unique...

Is there a good alternative to peated compost?

In a greenhouse in Nottinghamshire, Barbara Wright is growing peat. Well, not peat exactly. Wright's company, BeadaMoss, is growing sphagnum moss – the main component of natural peat extracted from northern peatlands for use in...

€3 billion hydrogen bank ensures Europe’s hydrogen economy

The Hydrogen Bank will invest €3 billion to capitalise on the rapidly developing hydrogen economy, helping Europe to forge a future market for hydrogen in Europe, alleviating the continent’s reliability on fossil fuels and...

WHO Advises against Antibody Drugs for COVID-19 Patients

The World Health Organization (WHO) Guideline Development Group recommended that patients with COVID-19 not receive the antibody drugs sotrovimab and casirivimab-imdevimab. The Group’s recommendation replaces previous conditional recommendations “Rapid Recommendations: A living WHO guideline on drugs...

Anina – reshaping the future of food by upcycling rejected vegetables

Two industrial design students were so concerned by the huge amounts of perfectly good fresh produce being wasted, they spent two years working on a healthy solution. Esti Brantz and Meydan Levy noticed that fruit...

Manufacturer finds new material for toilet paper

FRANKFURT: Choked by soaring energy and wood pulp costs, German toilet paper maker Hakle is turning to waste from coffee production to stay afloat and help the environment. Just two years ago, at the height...

Cutting just 1g of salt a day could prevent millions of heart disease cases

A modest cut of just 1g in daily salt intake could ward off nearly nine million cases of heart disease and strokes and save four million lives by 2030, suggest the estimates of a...

This Blood Stem Cell Research Could Change Medicine of the Future

New discoveries about embryonic blood stem cell creation made independently by biomedical engineers and medical researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney could one day eliminate the need for blood stem...

Why Ecuador’s aquaculture operators have created “business class for shrimp”

Ecuador’s relatively extensive shrimp farming techniques have ensured that their shrimp are robust enough to cope with the presence of pathogens that would be disastrous in most parts of Asia – allowing them to...

Global emissions targets spell growth for CO2 tech sector

Companies that produce technologies to remove or reduce carbon emissions are “poised for strong continued growth,” reaching an expected value of $1.4 trillion by 2027, according to new market research. The research report, recently released...

Biotechnology community lauds DBN 2.0

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 13 (Bernama) -- The country’s biotechnology fraternity has lauded the government’s launch of the National Biotechnology Policy 2.0 (DBN 2.0). The National Institutes of Biotechnology Malaysia (NIBM) chief executive professor Prof Datuk...

3D Gens muncul syarikat tempatan pertama di Malaysia hasilkan implan khusus pesakit

KUALA LUMPUR: Syarikat teknologi 3D Gens Sdn Bhd (3D Gens) tampil menjadi syarikat tempatan pertama di Malaysia menghasilkan implan khusus pesakit (PSI) dengan menggunakan cetakan logam 3D yang disasarkan kepada pesakit yang memerlukan bantuan...

Food supply chain approach, alternative imported food sources to be reviewed, says Annuar Musa

PUTRAJAYA (Sept 12): The Special Task Force on Jihad Against Inflation will review the aspects of the food supply chain approach and distribution, and find alternative sources of imported food to reduce price and...

How can the waste sector face the current challenges?

Waste management is a universal issue affecting the daily health, productivity and cleanliness of communities. Poorly managed waste is contaminating the world’s oceans, clogging drains and causing flooding, transmitting diseases, increasing respiratory problems through airborne...

DBN 2.0 fokus sekuriti makanan, kesihatan, perubahan iklim

KUALA LUMPUR - Dasar Bioteknologi Negara 2.0 (DBN 2.0) yang dilancarkan pada Isnin akan memberi tumpuan kepada tiga tunjang utama dalam memperkasakan sektor berkenaan seiring aspirasi menjadikan Malaysia sebagai negara berteknologi tinggi menjelang 2030.

Malaysia’s vaccine development at animal preclinical trials

KUALA LUMPUR: The status of vaccines being developed under the National Vaccine Development Roadmap (PPVN) is now at the stage of preclinical trials on animals, said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr...

26 agricultural items record over 100% self-sufficiency rate in 2021

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 12): A total of 26 selected agricultural commodities recorded Self-Sufficiency Ratio (SSR) of over 100% in 2021, according to the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM).

White House Unveils Strategy To Grow Trillion Dollar U.S. Bioeconomy

The U.S. bioeconomy is booming. Valued at nearly one trillion dollars and predicted to grow globally to over $30 trillion over the next two decades, bioproducts now include everything from the food that we...

RM7mil to boost growth and development in biotech

KUALA LUMPUR: The biotechnology sector will receive RM7mil in allocation to stimulate growth and development, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. The Prime Minister said the allocation consisted of RM5mil for the Bio-Based Accelerator (BBA)...

MRANTI Park’s Integrated Healthcare Cluster to strengthen initiatives at five hospitals chosen as Health...

PETALING JAYA, Sept 9 — Technological advancement for healthcare in Malaysia is set to flourish further with the selection of five hospitals as Health Technology Hubs. The hubs are a part of the National Technology...

‘Ikan kembung’: How the climate crisis is feeding Malaysia’s fish shortage

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 — The Indian mackerel, also known locally as ikan kembung, is one of the most beloved fish of Malaysians. The stout, torpedo-shaped fish is so popular it has earned the nickname ikan rakyat,...

Cellulose Powder–Filled PP Biocomposite Under Development Image courtesy of Mitsui Chemicals

Japan’s Nippon Paper Industries and Mitsui Chemicals are set to partner in the development of a new biocomposite with a high cellulose powder content. The two companies intend to develop products and bring them...

Mosti focuses on financing start-ups

THE Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti) will continue to finance the green economy, electric vehicle (EV) industry and semiconductors, electronics and electrical start-up companies to ensure they do not migrate to other countries for...

EU approval for medical-device silicone incorporating nanotubes

Luxembourg - A silicone rubber compound incorporating graphene nanotube concentrate and tailored for use in medical devices has been granted entry to the EU market, developer OCSiAl has announced. According to OCSiAL, a Chinese silicone...

137 initiatives outlined for agri sector

THE Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and its eight Departments/Agencies have worked hard over the past year to realise the achievement of Sabah Maju Jaya (SMJ) aspiration which celebrates its first anniversary on March...

Prolexus, SIRIM to cooperate on waste materials R&D

KUALA LUMPUR: Prolexus Bhd signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with SIRIM Bhd to promote cooperation on various projects, which include exploring research and development (R&D) for waste materials. Prolexus executive director Datuk Au Yee...

Kerajaan tubuh Gabungan Pusat Penyelidikan Bioteknologi Malaysia laksana DBN 2.0

KUALA LUMPUR: Gabungan Pusat Penyelidikan Bioteknologi Malaysia ditubuhkan bagi merealisasikan Dasar Bioteknologi Negara 2.0 (DBN 2.0). Mengumumkan perkara itu, Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, berkata gabungan itu membabitkan semua institusi dan institut penyelidikan...

Fierce Biotech’s 2022 Fierce 15

The 20th century was the century of technology. The 21st century, meanwhile, has been heralded by geneticists Craig Venter, Ph.D., and Daniel Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., as the century of biology. Those with a penchant for science...

5 AGRICULTURE TOPICS ANY CLIMATE-RELATED EVENT SHOULD INCLUDE

Across the world of ESG investing, SDG impact, and climate change mitigation, a consistent omission has been bothering us at Agritecture: few events - if any - cover the full breadth of agriculture-related solutions.

How to make kelp aquaculture a better carbon sink

Cost-effective carbon dioxide removal technologies play a key role in combating climate change. A team of researchers at the University of Maine in collaboration with Conscience Bay Research have developed a kelp aquaculture model...

IMF eyes expanded access to emergency aid for food shocks, say sources

LONDON, Sept 12 — The International Monetary Fund is looking for ways to provide emergency funding to countries facing war-induced food price shocks and will discuss measures at an executive board meeting on Monday,...

New malaria vaccine results raise hopes of mass rollout

PARIS: A booster dose of a new malaria vaccine maintains a high level of protection against the disease, researchers said Thursday, expressing hopes the cheap jab could be produced on a massive scale in...

“The rise, fall and resurrection” of the black tiger prawn

Advances in black tiger prawn (Penaeus monodon) genetics are leading to an impressive renaissance of the species in multiple regions, according to Robins McIntosh. Speaking at last week’s Global Shrimp Forum, McIntosh – who is senior...

Phnom Penh encourages Vietnam firms to invest in waste-to-energy, water treatment

PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/Asia News Network): Phnom Penh governor Khuong Sreng said the capital welcomes Vietnamese companies keen to invest in the recycling or conversion of waste into electricity and wastewater into...

Dasar Bioteknologi Negara 2.0

Ke Arah Masyarakat Bio-Inovasi (2022 - 2030)

MOSTI hoping for allocation under 2023 Budget to empower bioeconomy industry

KUALA TERENGGANU - The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) hopes that the 2023 Budget scheduled to be tabled this Oct 7 will be able to help the ministry in empowering the country's...

Finance Ministry committed to supporting medical device sector

GEORGE TOWN: The Ministry of Finance (MoF) is committed to continue supporting the medical device sector as one of the main growth sectors at the tabling of Budget 2023 on Oct 7. Minister Tengku Datuk...

Food security should be top priority in 2023 Budget, says Kiandee

KEPALA BATAS: The Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry hopes for an increase in allocation in the 2023 Budget to continue its various initiatives to bolster food security in the country. Its minister, Datuk Seri Dr...

EU-ASEAN summit to deliberate on environmental, global plastics management issues

The forthcoming Asean-EU Commemorative Summit to be held in Brussels, Belgium this December is set to open doors for more engagement in bilateral environmental cooperation between both regions, with key topics-such as addressing plastic...

Create a peaceful multi-polar world — PM

PUTRAJAYA (Sept 7): Malaysia opines that every nation-state should be brave to move towards creating a peaceful and harmonious multi-polar world that respects international diplomacy. In expressing Malaysia’s stand at the 7th Eastern Economic Forum...

Primary healthcare ‘a huge part’ of Malaysia’s health reforms in next 15 years, says...

KUCHING (Sept 5): Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin is making primary healthcare a huge part of Malaysia’s health reforms for the next 15 years. He said moving the country away from sick care to healthcare and...

Sarawak sets RM1 bln shrimp export target by 2030 — Rundi

KUCHING, Sept 7 (Bernama) -- Sarawak’s shrimp export is expected to reach RM1 billion by 2030, said Sarawak Modernisation of Agriculture and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Stephen Rundi Utom. He said the effort is also...

How Businesses Win by Investing in Green Technology

The events of the past two years have prompted a renewed focus on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues including a marked shift in what consumers value in the companies and products they purchase...

#TECH: Telenor study identifies 5 reasons why people are spending more time on mobile...

NO sign of slowing down, instead, a study by Telenor Asia found that three in four expect mobile usage to increase and one third of Malaysians expect to "significantly increase" their mobile usage. The study,...

Innovative health financing must ensure sufficient funding investment to meet needs of all, says...

PUTRAJAYA: Any innovative health financing should ensure that there is sufficient investment into funding a "Health for All" approach, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said today. He said this at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Health...

Growing agriculture sector for food security, income

Johor has potential to become the food basket of Malaysia and a food source for neighbouring countries through the national food security agenda. Johor agriculture, agro-based industry and rural development committee chairman Datuk Zahari Sarip...

Clever compost: Organic materials could help recycle electronic waste

Neodymium may be a strange-sounding chemical element that you've never really heard of. Yet it is found in many of our everyday electronics, from computers to television screens to the engines of hybrid cars.

MITI: Malaysia secures RM9.3bil investments from Japan

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has secured investments worth RM9.3 billion via the latest Trade and Investment Mission (TIM) to Japan led by Senior Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

Healthcare industry will continue to enjoy growth, says Kenanga Research

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 8): Kenanga Research has maintained its “overweight” rating on the healthcare sector and said there was a slight sequential deterioration in the recently concluded 2QCY22 results season (against expectations).

Can the queen of Thai fruits cure your inflammation? Research says its peels might

A research team from Thailand has researched and replicated the vital extracts rich in antioxidants found in mangosteen peels that kill germs and halt infections in the intestinal mucosa (hydroxy-xanthones or HDX) and hopes...

Power to Gas with biological methanisation: German researchers focus on new biogas upgrading method

German researchers at the PFI are looking into how existing plants could be integrated into a long-term energy storage strategy based on Power to Gas (P2G). They developed special reactors for biological methanisation as...

Ekonomi Malaysia bernilai tambah tinggi – penganalisis

KUALA LUMPUR: Ekonomi Malaysia bergerak ke arah nilai tambah yang lebih tinggi meskipun berdepan kesan negatif daripada perang perdagangan global dan juga pandemik COVID-19, demikian kata penganalisis.

Singapore sets up world’s first integrated pre-clinical & clinical ageing research institute

The National University Health System (NUHS) has established the NUHS Centre for Healthy Longevity – a world's first integrated pre-clinical and clinical ageing research institute that is poised to lead the Longevity Medicine field with clinical research to...

How are genetic technologies being applied to combat infectious diseases in aquaculture?

Disease and parasitism cause major welfare, environmental and economic concerns for global aquaculture. A broad team of scientists has been assembled to examine the status and potential of technologies that exploit genetic variation in...

Play your role to reduce reliance on fuel oil, says minister

AKARTA: Indonesian citizens need to play a role in reducing reliance on fuel oil and shift to alternative energy sources. State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister, Erick Thohir said this was because fuel subsidies provided by the...

Nine Things To Remember As You Chase Success As A Business, A Team, Or...

Everyone has a different definition of success. For some, it has to do with monetary gains, but for others, it’s about recognition, respect, and impact. Writer Ameen Al-Sabbagh, expressed in Entreprenuer.com recently that the COVID-19...

MGRC to establish strong presence, tap genetic testing market in MENA

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Bhd (MGRC) is drawing up plans to set up a regional headquarters and establish new partnerships to tap the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region for its genomics, biopharmaceutical...

Part 1: Key performance indicators for poultry processing

The meat market is an environment of intense competition and the commercialisation requirements increases the need to preserve and guarantee the credibility of the way the animals are slaughtered, and the carcasses processed in...

EU set to intervene to ease liquidity strains in energy markets

(Sept 7): The European Union is poised to take steps to ease the mounting stress in energy markets caused by surging collateral requirements, as companies cry out for government help. Amid growing signs of stress,...

Malaysia, UAE strengthen cooperation in food security – MAFI

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 30 (Bernama) -- Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are ready to further strengthen food security diplomacy cooperation between the two countries, said the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries...

What’s Next for mRNA Vaccines?

While it is true that over the last thirty years hundreds of scientists have worked on developing mRNA vaccines and therapeutics, real breakthroughs in making an effective and commercially viable mRNA vaccine were greatly...

Why we still haven’t solved global food insecurity

The pandemic dealt the food industry multiple blows, from grounded aircraft and border closures preventing produce from reaching markets to migrant labourers who are relied upon for harvests remaining at home. While these problems...

The Digest’s Sustainable Aviation Fuel Around the World 2022

Many countries are now active with Sustainable Aviation Fuel —but how much where, and when, and what? The bulk of activity continues to come from the US — however, the EU has been gaining momentum,...

Global fish stocks can’t rebuild if nothing done to halt climate change and overfishing,...

Global fish stocks will not be able to recover to sustainable levels without strong actions to mitigate climate change, a new study has projected. Researchers at UBC, the Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions and University...

Adapting To An Uncertain Future – A Planetary Health Approach

In nature every species plays its role, from providing food to decomposing organic matter or capturing and storing energy – all with the ultimate aim of regulating the climate. Humanity has its own vital...

Sunway Medical Centre Partners with United Imaging Healthcare to Optimise Molecular Imaging Protocols in...

SUNWAY CITY, 31 August 2022 – Sunway Medical Centre and United Imaging Healthcare (UIH) are collaborating to optimise molecular imaging protocols using artificial intelligence (AI) modelled reconstruction for cancer diagnosis. With this partnership, Sunway Medical Centre...

Carbon neutrality by 2050: METO provides inputs for Malaysia – IRENA

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 30 (Bernama) -- The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) continues to banal carefully with assorted stakeholders in the country to advance the Malaysia Energy Transition Outlook (METO) to support the nation’s aspiration of accomplishing net-zero...

Guna sains tingkah laku didik orang ramai perkukuh sekuriti makanan

MENTERI Kesihatan, Khairi Jamaluddin dalam ucapannya di Persidangan Kesihatan Sedunia Sesi Ke-75 (WHA75) pada Mei lalu dilaporkan menyebut mengenai penerapan sains tingkah laku dalam menangani COVID-19 di negara ini yang terbukti berjaya.

Half world’s health facilities lack basic hygiene: UN

GENEVA: Half of the world's healthcare facilities lack basic hygiene services, putting nearly four billion people at greater risk of infection, the United Nations said Tuesday. These facilities do not have water and soap or...

Teknologi pertanian pintar-iklim bina sistem makanan lestari

JIKA Malaysia mahu memperkukuhkan sektor makanannya, ia perlu melaksanakan polisi sekuriti makanan bersama sistem makanan. Kedua-duanya saling berkait, iaitu sekuriti makanan tidak tercapai tanpa sistem makanan mantap dan begitu juga sebaliknya.

More policies, incentives for EVs promotion

THE Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) is hoping that the government can introduce more policies or incentives to drive the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in the country.

WHO Lists Entities That Can Engage with Pandemic Treaty Negotiating Body

A wide range of groups including civil society, academic and health groups have been identified as stakeholders that are able to interact with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Intergovernmental Negotiating Body (INB) on a pandemic preparedness...

MGRC inks MoU with Ajlan & Bros to bring products, services to MENA region

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Bhd (MGRC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to distribute biopharmaceutical and genomics products and services with Ajlan & Bros Medical Company (Ajlan). Ajlan, based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,...

5 kali tanam dalam 2 tahun, Kedah sasar tingkat pengeluaran padi 65 peratus

ALOR SETAR: Kedah menyasarkan peningkatan pengeluaran padi sehingga 65 peratus apabila penanaman padi lima kali dalam tempoh dua tahun dilaksanakan bermula hujung tahun ini. Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor, berkata projek perintis...

British company uses bioplastic in a bid to turn the booming vinyl industry green

Vinyl is making a comeback, and a British company says it has created the world's first bioplastic record to help musicians sell their music in a greener way. Most vinyl records are made from Polyvinyl chloride, or...

Coffee Drinking Culture in Malaysia

In Malaysia today, specialty coffee shops are not an uncommon sight. Despite the historic popularity of the traditional kopitiam, things are starting to change. Chains and independent cafes are changing the way many Malaysians...

Revolution of medical device manufacture

The Food, Drug and Cosmetics (FD&C) Act’s Medical Device Amendments put many of the same types of regulations that previously applied to drugs onto medical devices. A risk classification was established, regulatory pathways were recognized, a regulatory...

Promoting Secondary Agriculture for a Sustainable Circular Bioeconomy

We are 7.6 billion today on the planet and are expected to increase to 8.6 billion in 2030 and 9.8 billion in 2050. To satisfy our wants, we have exhausted natural resources to the...

SureSawit seed testing can generate RM4.3 bln economic output across oil palm sector –...

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 30 (Bernama) -- The SureSawit oil approach berry trying out service, which can be acclimated as a apparatus for berry acceptance by smallholdings and oil approach plantations, is able to accomplish...

Disciplining an economy

IT IS official that the Malaysian federal government Budget 2023 will be tabled on Oct 7, 2022, three weeks earlier than the normal convention of the last Friday in October, every year.

Blue Light from Screens and Gadgets Accelerates Neurodegeneration, Aging in Preclinical Model

Too much screen use has been linked to obesity and psychological problems. A newly reported study in fruit flies by researchers at Oregon State University now suggests that basic cellular functions could be impacted...

Filipino Researchers Develop Improved Eggplant Varieties Using Innovative Technologies

Researchers at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) led by Dr. Lourdes D. Taylo are using innovative technologies to develop improved eggplant varieties that are resistant to eggplant fruit and shoot borer...

Eco-glue can replace harmful adhesives in wood construction

Researchers at Aalto University have developed a bio-based adhesive that can replace formaldehyde-containing adhesives in wood construction. The main raw material in the new adhesive is lignin, a structural component of wood and a...

Malaysia targets to be in world’s top 20 Global Startup companies ecosystem by 2030

KOTA KINABALU (Aug 24): Malaysia aims to be in the world’s top 20 Global Startup companies ecosystem, through the Malaysian Startup Ecosystem Roadmap (Super) 2021-2030, in line with national policies and initiatives to generate...

Public-private partnership, data integration crucial to boost healthcare in Malaysia

AN EFFICIENT healthcare system promotes economic growth and competitiveness in a country. Public and private healthcare systems must play significant roles in uplifting services and providing the best for the public. Collaborative measures taken to integrate...

Microbial technology plays vital role in regenerative agriculture

SERDANG: Microbial technologies such as biofertilisers, biostimulants, biopesticides and eco-friendly farming practices play a vital role in achieving the goals of regenerative agriculture.

Plastic upcycling: From waste to fuel for less

A plastics recycling innovation that does more with less, presented today at the American Chemical Society fall meeting in Chicago, simultaneously increases conversion to useful products while using less of the precious metal ruthenium.

Compost to computer: Bio-based materials used to salvage rare earth elements

What do corncobs and tomato peels have to do with electronics? They both can be used to salvage valuable rare earth elements, like neodymium, from electronic waste. Penn State researchers used micro- and nanoparticles...

Sea grapes, a healthy delicacy from the ocean

By 2050, the world's population is expected to increase to around 10 billion people. Food production will have to keep pace with this growth. The oceans, with their great, often still untapped potential as...

India launches monkeypox test kit

NEW DELHI: India’s first indigenously developed RT-PCR kit for testing monkeypox was launched in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, Xinhua reported, quoting local daily The Times of India.

Simple ways to reduce water usage at home

FRESH water is a valuable resource, and not just because people have access to less than 1% of the world’s water supply on a daily basis. Water conservation has never been more crucial – rising...

Food: Imperative to ensure self-sufficiency in food supply

Policy commitment and agricultural innovation are urgently needed for Malaysia to secure its food supply, especially in the face of an impending climate emergency and increasingly volatile geopolitical landscape.

Health: Public healthcare in the spotlight

Malaysia’s public healthcare system has been ranked among the best in the region, according to some surveys. Thanks to government funding, public healthcare services are accessible and affordable.

Sarawak hasilkan sejuta anak benih buluh hingga 2027

SIMUNJAN: Perbadanan Kemajuan Perusahaan Kayu Sarawak (PUSAKA) meletak sasaran menghasilkan satu juta anak benih buluh sehingga 2027. Pengurus Besar PUSAKA, Datuk Hashim Bojet, berkata ia bagi memastikan bekalan benih buluh dapat menampung keperluan penggerak industri...

Expanding the Frontiers of Plastic Recycling with New Method

A research group led by Guoliang “Greg” Liu, an associate professor of chemistry in the College of Science, is hoping to advance the field of plastic recycling. Numerous people feel comfortable tossing a glass jar or a...

Malaysia, Singapore to jointly work on digital & green economy

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia and Singapore have substantively concluded a framework of cooperation in the digital economy and green economy. Senior Minister and International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said the agreed...

Malaysia keen to learn from Thailand evidence-based use of medical cannabis products

BANGKOK, Aug 23 — Malaysia is keen to learn more about cannabis from Thailand, especially on its evidence-based applications and cannabis-related pharmaceutical products for medical uses, said Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

Science matters: Climate change affects food security

The Earth’s temperature has been changing since time immemorial. The period of low temperatures in the polar regions coincided with the glacial era, which resulted in a drop in global sea levels. This phenomenon...

Scientists hail “crucial” breakthrough for food security as genetically modified soybeans boost yields

19 Aug 2022 --- Through multigene bioengineering, a new class of soybeans has been designed to absorb light more efficiently to boost yields by up to 25%, without the loss of quality. Photosynthesis, the...

Patuhi 10 etika siber elak jadi mangsa ‘scammer’

Kes seorang pakar perubatan hilang lebih RM10,000 daripada akaun bank seperti didedahkan media, beberapa hari lalu, adalah antara sekian banyak pelbagai jenis penipuan membabitkan hingga ratusan ribu dan jutaan ringgit. Dalam kebanyakan kes, wang berkenaan tidak...

Time to manufacture fibre-optic medical devices significantly reduced

A previously developed suite of innovative thin and flexible optical devices has been demonstrated for the future diagnosis and treatment of a range of conditions. The devices, however, require complex systems of micro-optic lenses, mirrors, and...

CoreHalal digital platform to empower halal management system in Sabah

KOTA KINABALU: The halal industry in Sabah will continue to expand to the international level with the development of a digital platform, CoreHalal, to further empower the State’s halal management system, said Science, Technology and...

Harnessing waste: Australia’s bioenergy potential

Published at the end of 2021, the Federal Government’s “Australia’s Bioenergy Roadmap” report sets out the benefits of bioenergy, with key insights on its potential, market opportunities, resources and applicability to hard-to-abate sectors and...

MEF: New employment act detrimental for businesses

The Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) has told the government to give clear direction and assistance to businesses as companies and industries play a critical role in the nation’s growth.

Global Generic Drug Market Forecast to Hit $531.8 Billion by 2028

The global generic drug market is expected to reach $531.8 billion in revenue by 2028, representing a compound annual growth rate of 5.2% from the $392.4 billion in revenue in 2021, according to an...

Making agriculture greener

Agriculture is both a victim and a culprit of climate change. Growing and producing food, fiber, and biofuels generates about one-quarter of all human-caused greenhouse-gas emissions. At the same time, yields of the world’s...

BASF and Maddy Plant’s sustainable concept shoe

BASF and footwear design house Maddy Plant have collaborated to explore the possibilities of BASF’s innovative material solutions and use industry-leading technologies that enable energy-efficient production, for its concept athleisure shoe ‘MADGAMMA – Intertekk...

Map out food waste-water-energy nexus

THE administration’s plan to formulate a law on sustainable food waste management marks a commendable step for Malaysia in its quest to address food security. Nonetheless, food security is not only about ensuring sufficient access...

Group: Raising healthcare spending will enable private-public collaboration

KUALA LUMPUR: Raising the government's spending on healthcare would enable the private and public sectors to collaborate on promoting health and preventing diseases. Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia president Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh said the...

Are indoor vertical farms really ‘future-proofing agriculture’?

At a hyper-controlled indoor farm in industrial South San Francisco, four robots named John, Paul, George and Ringo carefully transfer seedlings from barcoded trays into 15-plus foot towers that are then hung vertically inside...

Malaysia has enough resources to build more gas turbine power plants

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 17 (Bernama) -- Malaysia has a sufficient amount of natural resources to build more gas turbine power plants to provide for the increasing electrical power demand in the country, said an energy...

More action-oriented science policies needed

TODAY'S world is very much influenced by science. Pick any issue that the world is currently facing, and science will be at the centre of it all. Climate change has become an issue because science...

World’s first malaria vaccine to benefit millions of children: UNICEF

NEW YORK: British pharmaceutical company GSK has been awarded a contract to produce the world’s first malaria vaccine so that millions more children will be protected against the killer disease, the UN Children’s Fund...

Agricuture industry players told to stop using carbofuran, chlorpyrifos poison

SERDANG: Agriculture industry players were told told to stop manufacturing, distributing and selling and using carbofuran and chlorpyrifos pesticides following the ban on their use in the agriculture sector effective May 1 next year.

Demand for plastic set to surge over coming decades, says BNEF

KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 17): Demand for plastic is set to surge over the coming decades, in the absence of significant intervention. In a report on Tuesday (Aug 16), strategic research provider BloombergNEF (BNEF) said not...

Malaysia cooperating with nine countries on global halal sector development

KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 16): Malaysia is actively cooperating with nine countries on the development of the global halal sector, said the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI). Deputy Minister Datuk Lim Ban Hong said...

Cheaper medicines for all: Inquirer

MANILA (Philipppine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network): The long-held dream of having vital medicines that are affordable to most Filipinos may yet be realised following the meeting of minds last week between President Marcos Jr...

Seafood brings Sabah RM2 billion yearly

THE Gabungan Rakyat Sabah-Barisan Nasional (GRS-BN) State Government is focusing on downstream processing of seafood into high quality products, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor. He said Sabah is among the main exporters of...

Why its High Time to Think About Lithium-ion Battery Recycling

The Asia Pacific region, while being the most rapidly developing part of the world, also stands to suffer the impact of climate change the most. Emitting more than half of the world’s greenhouse gases, the...

ASIA ECONOMY Malaysia’s fourth quarter will be ‘the challenge’ for its economy, says finance...

The fourth quarter will be “the challenge” for Malaysia’s economy if global headwinds such as Russia’s war on Ukraine and China’s zero-Covid policy persist, said Finance Minister Zafrul Aziz. China is Malaysia’s largest trading partner,...

Hemisfera selatan dapat fasiliti pertama pembuatan vaksin mRNA

SYDNEY: Syarikat farmaseutikal, Moderna bakal membina kemudahan menghasilkan vaksin menggunakan teknologi Messenger Asid Ribonukleik (mRNA) di Melbourne. Kemudahan yang pertama bagi hemisfera selatan itu bakal berpusat di salah satu universiti terbesar Australia, Monash, dan mampu...

What is hugelkultur, or how to create a garden on a hill of plant...

PARIS, Aug 17 — Hugelkultur is a horticultral method that allows a vegetable garden to be created on a mound of plant waste. There are many advantages to the technique, particularly when it comes...

E-Waste Management Market Expected to Grow at 15% Rate through 2027

Driven by an increase in technology and outdated devices, their sustainability impacts, and the potential to regain usable metals and materials, the electronic waste management market is expected to grow at a significant clip,...

Healthy foods, COVID rebound — the week in infographics

An analysis of 57,000 foods reveals which have the best and worst environmental impacts. A team of researchers used an algorithm to estimate how much of each ingredient was in thousands of products sold in major...

Back to basics: High-tech blood pressure monitors don’t outperform standard cuffs, study finds

Blood pressure monitoring technology has come a long way in the century since the first inflatable cuff was introduced. Newer models offer digital readings and smartphone connectivity and have even begun to ditch the...

Strategic partnerships towards strengthening national rice supply

MALAYSIA’S population is projected to increase to more than 45 million by 2050 hence, rising food demand and consumption. Potential threats such as food insecurity pose the question of, is the country ready? Food security is very...

European plastics industry to reach $108bn by 2031: Ceresana

Plastics play a major role in the "Green Deal" that aims to make Europe climate-neutral by 2050. EU initiatives for circular economy and bioeconomy promote recycling and bioplastics, whereas plastic waste and microplastics are...

How is the food and beverage business being revolutionized by biotechnology?

In recent years, biotechnology has quickly assimilated into everyday life. The application of biotechnology is revolutionizing the domains of agriculture and the food business. Biotechnology is a multidisciplinary discipline with roots in many fields,...

Creating embryos in the lab: How, why, and what the future holds

This month, researchers announced that they have been culturing a mouse embryo model made entirely out of embryonic stem cells and without the use of a sperm and egg, or a uterus, for 8.5...

Scientists bring cultured meat closer to your kitchen table

Researchers at UCLA have created an edible particle that helps make lab-grown meat, known as cultured meat, with more natural muscle-like texture using a process that could be scaled up for mass production.

TNB aims to achieve net zero emissions by 2050

TENAGA Nasional Bhd (TNB) targets to invest around RM20 billion per year over the next 28 years as capital expenditure (capex) for initiatives to fast-track TNB’s energy transition plan that aspires to reduce its emissions...

What is a biophilic office? How plants can boost productivity and well-being

NEW YORK, Aug 7 — When natural elements are integrated into buildings, it’s called biophilic design. For a few years now, greenery has been planted all around open workspaces in a bid to bring...

Blood pressure med may slow progression of motor neuron diseases like ALS

Terazosin, a drug currently prescribed for patients with high blood pressure or enlarged prostates, may hold therapeutic potential to slow the progression of motor neuron diseases (MNDs) such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according...

5G: Game-changer in smart agriculture, tackle food security issues

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 12 (Bernama) -- The fifth-generation network (5G) technology will be the driving force in data-driven smart agriculture in Malaysia that will increase the quantity and quality of agriculture production in the...

Govt to launch National Energy Policy soon — Mustapa

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 9 (Bernama) -- The government will launch the National Energy Policy 2021-2040 later this month to boost investment flows and advance Malaysia's sustainable development goals, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Economy)...

Malaysia a natural base for US companies

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia provides various opportunities to multinational organisations given its strong economic fundamentals, including vibrant export activities and manufacturing capabilities. HSBC Malaysia multinationals global banking head Shreyas Krishna said these organisations could be a...

‘Synthetic embryo’ breakthrough but growing human organs far off

TEL AVIV, Aug 6 — Stem cell scientists say they have created “synthetic embryos” without using sperm, eggs or fertilisation for the first time, but the prospect of using such a technique to grow...

MAHA 2022: Agrofood sector provides business opportunities for young people

SERDANG, Aug 11 (Bernama) -- The agro-food sector provides wide business opportunities and prospects for young people, said Bank Pertanian Malaysia Bhd (Agrobank) chief development officer.

Banana peels make sugar cookies better for you

Banana peels aren't always destined for the trash or compost anymore. They're making their way onto people's plates, replacing pork in "pulled peel" sandwiches and getting fried up into "bacon." And now, researchers reporting...

MOSTI launches five technology roadmaps

KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 9): The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) on Tuesday (Aug 9) launched five National Technology Roadmaps to intensify Malaysia's efforts to become a technology developer, thus reducing dependence on foreign technology...

Why aren’t digital pills taking off?

In 2017, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) broke ground by approving the first drug with an embedded biosensor to track its use. Proteus Health’s Abilify MyCite had an ingestible sensor that could track if a patient...

Ronald: MAHA 2022 records over RM10 million in sales value as of Aug 8

SERDANG, Aug 9 (Bernama) -- The 2022 Malaysian Agriculture, Horticulture and Agro Tourism Exhibition (MAHA) 2022, held at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS), has recorded a sales value of more than RM10...

Pilot study finds raw sewage able to produce butanol, ethanol – Tuan Ibrahim

CYBERJAYA, Aug 8 (Bernama) -- A pilot study conducted at the Cyberjaya Sewage Treatment Plant found that every 15 litres of raw sewage can produce 15 per cent butanol gas and 1.5 per cent ethanol.

Economists expect stronger GDP growth in 2Q

MALAYSIA is expected to record stronger GDP growth in the second quarter of 2022 (2Q22), surpassing the 5% year-on-year (YoY) growth rate registered in 1Q22. Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) is set to announce the...

Turning cells into better protein factories could help improve gene therapies. Here’s how

The cells in your body are not all the same. Each of your organs has cells with very different functions. For example, liver cells are top-notch secretors, as their job requires them to make and...

SMART SBB has successfully helped farmers increase rice yield — minister

SERDANG (Aug 7): The Large-Scale SMART Paddy Field (SMART SBB) programme, first introduced in February last year, has successfully helped paddy farmers increase their productivity, said Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr...

#TECH: Acer goes ‘green’ with new laptops and desktops

KUALA LUMPUR: Going green and eco-friendly has been in the agenda of most tech companies, and Acer is one of them that is actively going this route for its line of products. In conjunction with...

China’s bio-based future

In 2021, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) unveiled a new method for making animal feed from CO and nitrogen with Beijing Shoulang Biotechnology Co., Ltd. From 2021, the team partnered with a...

My Say: The future of Covid-19 vaccines in Malaysia

Imagine the world without a Covid-19 vaccine — three years into the pandemic and we would still be fighting a losing battle with the uncontainable virus, unending lockdowns, uncomfortable social distancing, widespread unemployment and...

Rise of precision agriculture exposes food system to new threats

Farmers are adopting precision agriculture, using data collected by GPS, satellite imagery, internet-connected sensors and other technologies to farm more efficiently. While these practices could help increase crop yields and reduce costs, the technology behind...

Tasty fruit and vegetable straws replace plastic

PHNOM PENH – Minister of Environment Say Samal praised a Cambodian enterprise that makes straws from rice and vegetable matter rather than plastic, which he said is overused around the world.

MEH launches programme to secure halal food ecosystem

SERDANG, Aug 9 (Bernama) -- The Halal Economy Council (MEH) has launched the Halal Food Security Programme and Halal Farm Project Consortium which aimed to secure the halal food market industry ecosystem chain.

AI Integrates Multiple Data Types to Predict Cancer Outcomes

A study by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital has demonstrated a proof-of-concept model that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to combine multiple types of data from different sources, and predict patient outcomes for 14...

Robots, AI, sensor networks and drones in aquaculture?

Precision feeding is making inroads in all livestock species and, while most advances have been made so far in terrestrial farming of chicken, dairy cattle and other livestock, farming of fish, shrimp and more...

Overcoming the 4 biggest challenges facing biodiesel producers

More and more countries are seeking greener energy and solutions to meet stricter environmental standards, and biofuels are emerging as a go-to energy source. As demand increases, so too do the challenges for energy producers, including...

Drawing more youths to agriculture can avert food security threats

The participation of more youths in agropreneurial ventures is expected to boost the nation’s food supply and food security levels as well as reduce its unemployment and poverty rates.

Time for Malaysia to do more for global vaccine equity

As we march into the third full year of the Covid-19 global pandemic, vaccine inequity looms as one of the greatest threats to global economic recovery. Low-income countries have been lagging far behind in terms...

MAHA 2022 to witness signing of MoU involving more than RM4 bln in investment...

Several memoranda of understanding (MOU) involving investment value of more than RM4 billion will be signed during the Malaysian Agriculture, Horticulture and Agro Tourism Exhibition (MAHA) 2022 from Aug 4 to 14.

Malaysia have potentials to become manufacturing hub for hydrogen fuel cell

Malaysia has the potential to become the manufacturing hub for hydrogen fuel cells for the application in hydrogen mobility and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, the Malaysian Association of Hydrogen Energy (MAHE) said.

TNB aims to accelerate green agenda

Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) plans to build new, cleaner power plants at existing Kapar and old Paka sites as it fast tracks its green energy blueprint announced last year to achieve net zero emissions...

Agriculture the brightest sector in Mekong Delta

The agricultural sector has grown but was still not strong enough to revive the region’s economy, according to the second annual Mekong Delta Economic Report 2022, released in Can Tho yesterday.

Intervenn Bioscience to make Malaysia its regional hub

US-based clinical technology company InterVenn Biosciences has established Malaysia as the regional hub for delivery of its medical healthcare services and products in the Asean and Asia-Pacific regions.

UNDP supports Malaysia’s technology adoption, innovation in 12MP

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will continue to support the Government of Malaysia in accelerating technology adoption and innovation as laid out in the country's 12th Malaysia Plan to achieve Malaysia agenda for more sustainability for all.

This is the state of world’s energy – in charts

People and businesses around the world used more power in 2021 than in the year before the pandemic, as lockdowns ended and energy demand bounced back, according to an analysis from BP. The surge in...

Carbon-neutral eggs going down a storm

Companies in the UK are at the forefront of bringing to the market carbon-neutral eggs, cutting out bought-in feed, which typically makes up more than 85% of an egg’s carbon footprint.

5 Largest Biotechnology Trends in 2022

As Steve Jobs once said, “The biggest innovation in the 21st would be the intersection of biology and technology”, it is no doubt that biotechnology has become the major focus of this decade.

More than 7 in 10 Employers Are Looking to Hire Talent for Sustainability-Related Initiatives...

More than half (56%) of employers share that their organisation needs help to train employees with relevant skills, with 24% ‘very open’ and 69% ‘somewhat open’ to sending their employees for training on sustainability

This company is turning heaps of plastic trash into construction building blocks

Imagine taking heaps and heaps of earth-polluting, unusable plastic waste and actually transforming it into something constructive?. Plastic pollution is a proliferating and increasingly overwhelming problem. By 2040, estimates indicate that as much as 710...

Vietnam eyes to be among the Top 10 in global farm produce and agricultural...

A strategy for developing agricultural mechanisation and agro-forestry-fishery processing has been approved, aiming to turn Vietnam into one of the top 10 agricultural processing centres in the world by 2030.

Scientists compare skin patch vs. needle vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 variants

A recent animal study shows that administering a genetically modified form of the SARS-CoV-2 spike proteinTrusted Source using a skin patch produced a potent neutralizing antibody response against the Omicron and Delta variants.

Nilai import makanan negara naik lebih tinggi tahun ini

Nilai import makanan Malaysia dijangka lebih tinggi tahun ini melepasi paras tertinggi yang pernah direkodkan tahun lalu iaitu sebanyak RM63 bilion setahun. Timbalan Menteri Pertanian dan Industri Makanan I, Datuk Seri Ahmad Hamzah berkata,...

Palm oil alternative made from fermented yeast prepares for 2023 launch in Europe

British start-up Clean Food Group is developing a bio-equivalent cultivated alternative to palm oil. FoodNavigator hears from CEO Alex Neves to find out how.

Using genomics to tackle malnutrition in Africa: ‘It’s revolutionising the agricultural sector’

Companies are exploring the potential of genetic engineering to boost the nutritional content, productivity and climatic adaptability of so-called orphan crops in the continent.

Zenas BioPharma secures IND approval for Thyroid Eye Disease treatment

Global biopharmaceutical company Zenas BioPharma announced it has received approval of its Investigational New Drug (IND) application from the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) of China.

Study Predicts BioTech’s Long-Term Impact on Defense

The Biotechnology Community of Interest released a study on the future of biotechnology in April, titled “Bio-Futures 2050: Defense Impacts and Opportunities.” Produced at the direction of the office of the undersecretary of defense for...

To Cut Plastic Waste Out of Your Life, Start Small

As soon as Carolyn Armstrong started looking for plastic in her life, she realized it was absolutely everywhere. There are the plastic water bottles and straws, of course, but also makeup, clothing, laundry detergent, food...

Scientists outline more sustainable way to extract Omega-3 fatty acids from microalgae

A new technique to extract high-value bioactives such as Omega-3 fatty acids from single-cell algae oil has been described in a new paper authored by Australia’s Flinders University.

How India’s medical device regulatory landscape is exhibiting signs of maturity

For years, there has been animated public discussion led by experts, popular media and assorted stakeholders in the value chain on the need for India to have a separate regulatory framework for medical devices....

Top beauty and personal care brands 2022? Colgate Lifebuoy Dove and Sunsilk most choosen

Colgate, Lifebuoy, Dove and Sunsilk are the most chosen beauty and personal care brands in the world, but L’Oréal Paris is the ‘biggest online adopter’, according to Kantar Worldpanel’s 2022 Brand Footprint.

PM: Malaysia to be positioned as biomass hub

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will step up efforts to use materials derived from commodity by-product to reduce waste and generate more revenue. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said biomass sources had been identified to...

World Hepatitis Day – get vaccinated, stay protected

WHILE speaking at a medical conference on hepatitis C in Penang some years ago, Tan Sri Dr Mohamed Ismail Merican, the former Director-General of Health, was approached by a woman who suspected she could...

27 technology solutions to tackle food security issue ready to be implemented

KOTA TINGGI: A total of 27 out of 46 technology solutions to help curb the national food security issue are ready to be implemented immediately, says Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr...

KeTSA lancar RFZPPN-2 pulihara ekosistem hutan paya laut

KUALA LUMPUR: Kementerian Tenaga dan Sumber Asli (KeTSA) melancarkan Rancangan Fizikal Zon Pesisiran Pantai Negara-2 (RFZPPN-2) sebagai usaha memelihara dan memulihara ekosistem hutan paya laut, termasuk kawasan pesisir pantai negara, pada 14 Jun lalu.

Eksport produk halal negara disasar cecah RM40 bilion tahun ini

MELAKA: Kementerian Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri (MITI) yakin prestasi eksport produk halal negara kembali kukuh dengan sasaran nilai eksport mencecah RM40 bilion tahun ini. Timbalan Menteri, Datuk Lim Ban Hong, berkata keyakinan itu berdasarkan pelbagai...

Monkeypox declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization

“For all of these reasons, I have decided that the global monkeypox outbreak represents a public health emergency of international concern”, the World Health Organization’s Director, Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus, announced on Saturday during a press conference.

From shea butter to olive oil, natural ingredients can help soothe dry skin

If sun protection is essential when packing your suitcase for the big vacation getaway, it's also wise to include moisturising products to combat the damaging effects of the sun. But forget cosmetics with lengthy formulas,...

Malaysian, Chinese firms in JV involving RM6b FDI to make palm-based products

KUALA LUMPUR (July 26): China’s state-owned companies will collaborate with Malaysian firms as well as the Malaysian Palm Oil Board to produce oil palm-based products involving RM6 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI).

New technology can overcome labour issues in agricommodity industry – Adham Baba

KUALA LUMPUR - The use of new technology will be able to help overcome labour issues in the agricommodity industry while increasing productivity, saving time and reducing costs, said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister...
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IHH looking to reposition itself as healthcare provider

IHH Healthcare Bhd is looking to redefine itself as a healthcare provider instead of just a group of hospitals to keep up with ever-changing demand. According to its Group head of Operational Strategy and Integration...

Steps to enhance food security

THE Selangor government has taken various steps to ensure the sustainability and stability of its food system is in line with the National Food Security Policy Action Plan 2021-2025. State infrastructure and public amenities, agriculture...

Waste that lasts 10,000 years in dumps designed to last 50 years

As the race for minerals frantically speeds up, driven by the ‘clean’ and ‘green’ energy revolution, the minerals become harder and harder to retrieve, and the percentage of waste to useful mineral grows and...

Bank Negara: Domestic activities, external demand to continue supporting Malaysia’s firm economy recovery

KUALA LUMPUR, July 26 ― Malaysia’s economy is firmly on a recovery path supported by domestic activities and positive external demand. The economy is expected to grow steadily in 2022 and 2023 despite continuing challenges...

Do generics producers have what it takes to tackle complex and specialty drugs?

With decreasing margins on the horizon, pharma manufacturers have long shown an interest in specialty generics, which is only expected to rise in the future. Despite this, specialty generics are expected to be the...

The potential of microalgae as fish feed

Microalgae are increasingly being studied as an alternative to fishmeal in aquafeed production. Their net biomass productivity is higher than that of any other terrestrial plant or animal. Unlike land-based plants, there is no...

How the can industry plans to meet ambitious recycling rate targets

The Can Manufacturers Insitute (CMI) published the targets back in November last year. Even though the aluminum beverage can is already the most recycled beverage container in the US with a 45 percent recycling...

South-East Asia well positioned to capitalise export economy

SOUTH-EAST Asia region is well positioned to capitalise on the export economy, according to eBay’s South-East Asia Small Online Business Trade Report. South-East Asia region has close to 99% SMEs exports on eBay, 25 average number...

Nature is the world’s original pharmacy – returning to medicine’s roots could help fill...

While humans evolved over a period of approximately 6 million years, breakthroughs in modern medicine as we know it today got going only in the 19th and 20th centuries. So how did humans successfully survive through...

Microplastics pass through fish, altering nutrient metabolism

When Dong-Fang Deng and her students make feed for the fish they raise at UWM's School of Freshwater Sciences, they often use ground fishmeal—dried fish parts from fisheries or wild catch—as the protein source.

Promising new catalysts for hydrogen fuel cells

Hydrogen fuel cells hold a lot of promise as sustainable and eco-friendly energy sources to power transportation by land, air and sea. But traditional catalysts used to drive chemical reactions in hydrogen fuel cells...

MOSTI jadi pemudah cara teknologi pertanian pintar

KUALA LUMPUR: Kementerian Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi (MOSTI) sedia menjadi pemudah cara kepada usahawan pertanian untuk menggalakkan mereka mengadaptasi teknologi pertanian pintar pada peringkat awal.

Oldest patient yet cured of HIV after stem cell transplant – researchers

LONDON, July 27 (Reuters) - The oldest patient yet has been cured of HIV after receiving a stem cell transplant for leukaemia, researchers reported on Wednesday. While the transplant was planned to treat the now-66-year-old's...

Curcumin 2022 research round up

Among natural products, curcumin is one of the busiest areas of scientific research, as everyone along the chain—suppliers, brands, retailers, consumers and others in between—seek to unlock more of the botanical substance’s health potential.

Driving the green revolution: The use of copper in EVs

Despite the challenges facing the automotive industry in 2021, it was a record year for zero and ultra-low emission vehicles. UK data shows that, as of January 2022, one in five buyers purchased an...

Malaysia must staunch brain and brawn drain

MALAYSIA’S economy is cranking up after the pandemic. Land borders with Singapore have reopened, bringing in millions of visitors. Kuala Lumpur’s notorious traffic jams are back and shoppers are flocking to malls.

Senior citizens deserve better healthcare

KUALA LUMPUR (July 19): Ageing is an inevitable part of life. As our parents grow older, they become sick, weak and frail. While elderly care can be difficult with its many demands, it is still...

Seaweed farming drives economy of coastal communities in Sabah

SEMPORNA (July 18): The wide expanse of green, white, yellow and purple stretching out as far as the eyes can see is a sight to behold for anyone taking the 20-minute boat ride to...

Energy transition will bring about robust investments, job opportunities

KUALA LUMPUR (July 20): Malaysia’s clean energy transition for the power sector will bring about robust investments and create more job opportunities. Energy and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan said the government targets an accumulative direct investment of...

IMF, World Bank, three others call for urgent action to address global food security...

The Covid-19 pandemic, interruption in international supply chains, and the war in Ukraine have severely disrupted food, fuel, and fertiliser markets, which are interlinked. By June 2022 the number of acute food insecure people...

The top 10 generic drug makers by 2021 revenue

After a period of stagnant sales largely because of increased competition and pricing pressures, the generic drug industry took another hit during the coronavirus pandemic. In its 10-K annual report to the Securities and Exchange...

Plant-based meat alternatives could be one of the best ways to tackle climate change

NEW YORK, July 17 — According to a study by a major US consulting firm, the plant-based meat industry represents one of the most effective means of driving down greenhouse gas emissions, ahead of...

The need for carbon neutrality action plan in Malaysia

CARBON neutrality is becoming increasingly prevalent and Malaysia is at a crossroads in its climate change mitigation pathway, aiming to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. A consensus derived from the Paris Agreement, of which Malaysia is...

Europe’s heatwave breaking records, hitting health, economy: World weather group

GENEVA, July 20 — Europe’s current heatwave is breaking records, detrimentally impacting people’s health, the economy, agricultural production, and tourism, and the trend is likely to become more frequent for decades.

UCrest, MGRC collaborate for genomic services digitalisation

UCREST Bhd and Malaysian Genomics Resources Centre Bhd (MGRC) signed a collaborative agreement to integrate genomic testing services into the digital health platform, iMedic™️, elevating healthcare services to the next level. UCrest CEO Eg Kah Yee...

Why The Aquaculture Industry Is Being So Heavily Funded

It's no secret that the planet is in danger. But, when that alarmingly-familiar idea comes to mind, many people probably think of deforestation, climate change, or big-business accidents like oceanic oil spills. Perhaps surprisingly,...

Cement, materials, waste and ashes: an effort to reduce CO2 emissions

Environmental susceptibility is a growing concern that involves many actors in the building field. Special consideration must be given to the choice of materials when planning construction projects. Material availability, pollutant content, and potential...

The Importance Of Adapting Digital Technologies Through Sustainable Means For Malaysian Businesses And MSMEs

Since the start of COVID-19 pandemic, Malaysia has seen an increased, steady demand for digital services. This inevitably resulted in more demand for data, which prompted businesses to start analyzing their data so they...

Bangladesh’s first homegrown vaccine cleared for human trials

BANGLADESH’S first homegrown COVID-19 vaccine has obtained clearance for human trials in Phase I, reported Xinhua.  The Bangavax vaccine, developed by local pharmaceutical company Globe Biotech, on Sunday received clearance from the Directorate-General of Drug...

Food sector to lead strong palm oil demand in 2022: Zuraida

KUALA LUMPUR: The demand for palm oil is expected to stay strong in 2022, especially in the food sector, with the reopening of economic sectors and international borders, said the Minister of Plantation Industries...

Govt expediting transition of solid water management to circular economy

KUALA LUMPUR (July 19): The government is now focusing on accelerating the transition from the concept of solid waste management in a linear economy to a circular economy to holistically address the increase in the...

People can work from anywhere in the world now, so why not Malaysia?

Back in the early 1990s, I spent a lot of free time playing computer games, and one in particular that really caught my attention was a game called Frontier: Elite II. You owned a spaceship and...

Why are drug names so long and complicated? A pharmacist explains the logic behind...

At some point in your life, you’ll likely find yourself with a prescription from your doctor to fill. While it’s important to keep track of all the medications you’re taking, that can be hard...

MARDI introduces higher yield, quick ripening specialty rice

SUNGAI BESAR (July 15): The Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) has developed a new variety of specialty rice called MARDIRiceAroma (MARIA) which is said to mature faster and yield more compared with...

What Are Emerging Contaminants in Wastewater?

Emerging contaminants, sometimes termed as contaminants of emerging concern (or CECs), are a group of chemicals which are present in the environment in initially low concentrations, but which can bioaccumulate over time and pose...

India’s bioeconomy likely to touch $300 billion by 2030, says report

India's bioeconomy is likely to touch USD 150 billion by 2025 and over USD 300 billion by 2030, a report said on Tuesday. The India BioEconomy Report 2022, based on the data on biotech sector's contribution to...

First-of-its-kind roadmap reveals how stem cells become sensory interneurons

Researchers at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have developed a first-of-its-kind roadmap detailing how stem cells become sensory interneurons -; the cells that enable...

Emirates Flight Catering Opens World’s Largest Vertical Farm in Dubai

Bustanica has opened the doors to the world’s largest hydroponic farm, backed by an investment of US$40m. The facility is the first vertical farm for Emirates Crop One, the joint venture between Emirates Flight...

Active Energy wins Malaysian patent for CoalSwitch biomass product

Active Energy Group has been awarded a patent by the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia for the process for beneficiating and cleaning biomass. The renewable energy company had applied for the patent for its CoalSwitch...

Malaysian Genomics Proposes Private Placement

PETALING JAYA, 12 JULY 2022 – Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Berhad (“Malaysian Genomics” or “the Group”; Bursa: MGRC, 0155), a leading genomics and biopharmaceutical specialist, announced today that the Group is proposing to undertake a private placement...

Ubat mengandungi kanabis mula dibenar tahun depan

KUALA LUMPUR: Kementerian Kesihatan membenarkan penggunaan beberapa produk perubatan mengandungi kanabis atau  ganja dikenali sebagai cannabidiol (CBD) pada tahun depan.

WASTING FOOD IS WASTING WATER: UNVEILING FOOD’S WATER FOOTPRINT

GRACE Communications Foundation recently released new tools to help consumers, students, researchers, and policymakers understand the water footprint of food. The two tools—a quiz and resource guide—offer information about the amount of water it takes...

Sea salt debit cards, lignin filler in tires, algae-based protein, biobased biotin, and more:...

A biodegradable debit card partially made of sea salt, a sea snail holding the key to biodegradable bullet-proof vests, Pirelli adding lignin as reinforcing filler in tires – some perfect summer time innovations.

SME Employment Index: Malaysian SMEs optimistic about economic and business growth

MALAYSIAN owners of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are optimistic about their future economic and business growth prospects and have been hiring aggressively.  This is according to the recent BrioHR Employment Index which aggregates data...

Healthcare sector to benefit from medical tourism recovery, says HLIB Research

KUALA LUMPUR: Substantial pricing power is critical in helping healthcare players better weather through this high inflationary period, said Hong Leong Investment Bank Bhd (HLIB Research). The research house said that while there have been...

PM welcomes proposal on food security framework with Saudi Arabia

KUALA LUMPUR (July 13): Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has welcomed the proposal by Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Agriculture, Abdulrahman Abdulmohsen A AlFadley, to cooperate with Malaysia in the food security framework.

Soy oil set to follow palm as crop faces biofuel feedstock restrictions

Industry committee members at the European Parliament have voted to restrict soy oil as a feedstock for biofuel production. This action will place the crop in the same category as palm oil in the EU. MEPs...

State of the Bioeconomy in Eastern Africa: 2022

The promotion of a bioeconomy is high on the agenda for many countries globally, as a major strategic driver for the transformation of biobased sectors for sustainable economic growth and development. A central feature...

Moderna tawar 2 vaksin COVID-19 tangani varian baharu

WASHINGTON: Moderna Inc (Moderna) memaklumkan ia sedang membangunkan dua jenis vaksin COVID-19 bagi menentang varian Omicron, satu bagi varian BA.1 dan satu lagi khusus untuk varian BA.4 serta BA.5.

Johor Agriculture Department plans to increase durian production

THE Johor Agriculture Department hopes to sell more than RM2.2bil worth of durian this year with 32% of fruits coming from Johor. Its deputy director for development Mohd Hafiz Ramly said Johor was one of...

Indonesia plans to implement B35 biodiesel soon

JAKARTA: Indonesia aims to implement a 35% palm oil mix in biodiesel, known as B35, by the end of the month to help absorb excess palm oil supply, says senior energy ministry official Dadan...

Urus pengeluaran makanan usah jadi ‘bangau oh bangau’

Selepas dunia dilanda pandemik COVID 19 sehingga menyukarkan kehidupan manusia, dunia sekali lagi menghadapi bencana ekonomi dengan kesan langsung kepada manusia ialah peningkatan harga barang mendadak. Peningkatan berkali ganda ini bukan membabitkan barangan mewah, tetapi...

Nanoparticle-based vaccine protects against COVID-19 variants, similar viruses

A recent study published in the journal Science shows that mosaic-8, a nanoparticle-based vaccine candidate, could confer broad protection against SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern and other related coronaviruses.

Make reducing food waste a top priority

WE’VE been discussing food safety and security for decades. To address these troubling problems, the Agriculture and Food Industry Ministry committed to both financial resources and personal resources.

Could sand be an alternative to lithium when it comes to green energy storage?

HELSINKI, July 13 — Is sand the material that could one day replace lithium in batteries for renewable energy technologies? Such is the idea of a team of Finnish engineers who have developed a...

Accelerate transformations that are needed to end poverty and protect planet

THE start of the "Decade of Action" to achieve the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) has also marked the start of an unprecedented period of overlapping crises. The Covid-19 pandemic and crises of...

Challenges continue, but generics companies see a bright future with biosimilars

More than just inexpensive substitutes, generic drugs offer a glimpse into certain issues that pharmaceutical companies are facing now. While consumers depend on generics as a low-cost alternative to brand medications, the category is...

Testing actions for sustainable farming: preparing for future agriculture policy

The ‘Testing actions for sustainable farming’ initiative (TSF) has been rolled out as the next step in Scotland’s £51 million National Test Programme launched earlier this year with the ‘Preparing for Sustainable Farming’ offer of financial...

Scientists discover ‘future-proof’ method using bacteria to remove phosphorus from wastewater

Scientists have developed a technique to remove phosphorus from wastewater at higher temperatures than is possible using existing techniques, by using bacteria to store the chemical.

Duopharma partners the Live Green Co to develop plant-only wellness foods

KUALA LUMPUR: Duopharma Biotech Bhd has teamed up with US-based food-tech company, The Live Green Co., to explore the use of plant ingredients and technology to replace animal, synthetic and ultra-processed ingredients.

Contributor: Good Bait and Fair Switch—Biosimilar Interchangeability, Substitution, and Choice

We all have seen the bait-and-switch trick: something is advertised at a low price, only to tell the customer that the item is out of stock and push a higher priced product. This is not what...

The Growing Need For Data In Agriculture

The agriculture sector grows and adds value. A calf bought at the market is nurtured into a milking cow that delivers liters of health and value to consumers. One simple seed, with the right...

EIA updates bioenergy production, capacity forecasts

Renewables are expected to account for 22 percent of U.S. electricity generation this year, increasing to 24 percent in 2023, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released July 13....

GeoTanaman, GeoTanih systems to strengthen national food chain – Ronald

SHAH ALAM,July 4 (Bernama) – The GeoTanaman and GeoTanih systems can help farmers to strengthen the national food chain, especially by making the food crop sub-sector more efficient and sustainable to reduce the impact of food crisis, said Datuk Seri Dr Ronald...

Malaysian Genomics’ Subsidiary Partners with Genotec for Sports-Based Genetic Tests

The genomics and biopharmaceutical specialist’s wholly-owned subsidiary, MGRC Therapeutics (MGRCT), is collaborating with Rinani Genotec (Genotec) to offer sports-based genetic tests.

It’s time to make agriculture an export business

There is still argument over why we have failed to deliver food security in this country. With the current inflation, economists predict gloomy times ahead if the issues of high fuel and food costs are...

How Malaysia is growing more vulnerable to Indonesia’s palm oil policy

SPOT crude palm oil (CPO) price in Malaysia has fallen 30% to RM4,698/metric tonne (MT) since Indonesia removed its export ban on May 23 from a peak of circa RM8,500/MT – a stark illustration...

Demand for employees with digital skills up by 300%

KUALA LUMPUR (July 7): Demand for digital-related positions in the country increased 300% in 2021 compared to the previous year, of which 20% were to be filled by new graduates, says Higher Education Minister...

Asean agrees on pharmaceutical regulatory policy towards market integration

JAKARTA - The Asean Health Ministers and Economic Ministers have adopted the jointly developed Asean Pharmaceutical Regulatory Policy (APRP) that provides a basis for structuring regulatory systems for pharmaceutical products across the region.

‘Agriculture has potential to break cycle of poverty’

KUALA LUMPUR: Even though premium Sarawak foodstuff is in high demand, locals are still hesitant to pursue a career in farming, Sarawak entrepreneurs say. Brendan Kon, founder and managing director of Kenyalang – a company...

Southeast Asia’s green recovery can create RM760 bln investment opportunities yearly

KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 (Bernama) -- A green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in Southeast Asia has the potential to create US$172 billion (RM760. 2 billion) in investment opportunities annually and generate more than 30 million jobs...

Horseshoe crabs: ‘Living fossils’ vital for vaccine safety

DOVER, July 4 — On a bright moonlit night, a team of scientists and volunteers head out to a protected beach along the Delaware Bay to survey horseshoe crabs that spawn in their millions...

“Improve, innovate and intensify”: ensuring a bright future for independent shrimp farmers

While there has been – and will continue to be – a degree of consolidation and vertical integration in the shrimp supply chain, a large part of the farming is still undertaken by independent farmers....

India bans many single-use plastics to tackle waste

NEW DELHI: India imposed a ban on many single-use plastics on Friday in a bid to tackle waste choking rivers and poisoning wildlife, but experts say it faces severe headwinds from unprepared manufacturers and...

SEA’s green recovery to generate 30m jobs

SOUTH-EAST Asia’s (SEA) green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic has the potential to create US$172 billion (RM760 billion) investment opportunities and generate more than 30 million jobs by 2030.

The top biotech hubs in 2022

It’s a tough time for biotech. A market correction is underway. Layoffs have beset the sector. And funding as well as M&A are down across the board. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty going on in labs...

Study shows increase in COVID-19 vaccine acceptance around the world

COVID-19 vaccine acceptance increased 3.7% between 2020 and 2021, according to a new study. In a June 2021 survey of over 23,000 individuals across 23 countries, the researchers found that more than three-quarters (75.2%)...

Singapore ramps up cultivated chicken meat production

The construction of a 6,000-litre bioreactor in Singapore has commenced. From 2023, tens of thousands of kgs of cultivated chicken meat should be produced every year. Good Meat, which forms part of the US company...

UniMAP and E-Idaman sign MoU to assist govt manage solid waste

KANGAR, July 4 (Bernama) -- Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) and E-Idaman Sdn Bhd (E-Idaman) today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in assisting the government manage solid waste.

Malaysia Digital the new phase to drive digital economy – Annuar

KUALA LUMPUR, July 4 (Bernama) -- Malaysia Digital (MD) is a new phase to take Malaysia to the next 25 years in driving the country's digital economy, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri...

‘All-In-One’ Vaccine Could Protect Against Future Covid-19 Variants, Researchers Say

An “all-in-one” vaccine currently in development could protect people from future Covid-19 variants, as well as SARS, MERS and new strains of other coronaviruses from other animals, a study by researchers at the California...

Aquaculture drives aquatic food yields to new high

The production of wild and farm-raised fish, shellfish and algae reached record levels in 2020, and future increases could be vital to fighting world hunger, the Food and Agriculture Organization said Wednesday.

Biobased Gucci for pets, mushroom guitars, bubble bioplastic car, and more: The Digest’s Top...

It’s a great time to have a pet these days with Gucci’s new luxury line for pampered pooches using renewable raw materials and Manhatten fur babies can now frolic on soy-based artificial grass. For...

Bank Negara raises OPR by 25bps to 2.25%

KUALA LUMPUR: Bank Negara raised the overnight policy rate (OPR) by another 25 basis points (bps) to 2.25% following the conclusion of its latest monetary policy committee (MPC) meeting, in line with the expectations...

University of Tokyo develops compact patch to detect SARS-CoV-2 virus

Researchers from the Institute of Industrial Science at the University of Tokyo, Japan, have developed a new antibody-based compact skin patch that can quickly detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus without needing a blood sample.

Transforming our food system through nature and technology

From health-related expenses to greenhouse gas emissions, there are huge hidden costs associated with food in the U.S. These were uncovered by a recent Rockefeller Foundation report. It concluded that true costs are more than three times current...

Harnessing Bacteria to Make Jet Fuel: Not Just An “Explosive Idea?”

Rocketry, aviation, and shipping are powered by energy-dense fossil fuels that are hard to replace. Researchers headed by a team at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab and the Technical University Denmark now report that they...

Food Insecurity: Where we went wrong (Part 1)

HISTORY shows that Malaysia has never been short of policies related to agriculture or food. Ironically, the policy abundance has proven to be insufficient to ensure food security. Past policies have proven inconsistent in terms...

Malaysia well-positioned to be Asia’s hub for medical device industry

MULTINATIONAL medical equipment manufacturing company Smith+Nephew is supporting its orthopaedics business with the extension of its new high-technology manufacturing facility in Batu Kawan Industrial Park, Penang.

Mosti to promote the use of biofertilisers and technologies to increase crop yield

KUALA LUMPUR: The Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti) will promote the use of biofertilisers and various technologies to improve nutrient absorption and soil conservation to increase crop yield. The ministry, on Tuesday, said these...

TNB should diversify gas, coal sources, focus on demand using smart metering

KUALA LUMPUR, June 28 — Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) should continue to diversify its gas and coal sources in order to sustain its cash flow amid the sharp rise in fuel and other electricity...

GOOD Meat breaks ground on Asian cultivated meat facility

GOOD Meat announced this week that it has broken ground on its 30,000 square–foot production centre in Singapore. It will be the largest cultivated meat facility in Asia.Once operational in early 2023 the facility will...

Reimagining ageing: Older persons as agents of development

JUNE 29 ― Older persons are highly visible across Asia and the Pacific: they work in agricultural fields producing our food supplies, peddle their wares as street vendors, drive tuk-tuks and buses, exercise in...

Improving Plasma Treatment as an Approach against Cancer

The loss of apoptotic control allows cancer cells to survive longer and gives more time for the accumulation of mutations which can increase invasiveness during tumor progression, stimulate angiogenesis, deregulate cell proliferation, and interfere...

TNB’s Sustainability Hinges In Its RE Masterplan

The country’s largest power producer, Tenaga Nasional Berhad has an ambitious target of abandoning coal and fossil fuel from its list of materials used for power generation to greener sources, like wind, hydro and...

UN report: Reducing trade costs can help drive sustainable development

Rome – A robust and well-integrated global agrifood system can help all countries withstand unprecedented challenges, as evidenced during the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 when global agrifood markets proved to be remarkably resilient.

WHO’s new hepatitis C guidelines a step forward in reaching those in need

Last Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched updated guidelines for the treatment of hepatitis C, calling for testing and treatment to be delivered in peripheral and community-based facilities and integrating these with available care...

States to gazette agriculture land as reserves as part of national food security efforts,...

KUALA LUMPUR (June 28): Food Security Committees at the state and district levels will be set up to ensure the federal and state governments can implement the National Food Security Policy Action Plan 2021-2025 in...

PETRONAS, Mitsui jalin kerjasama karbon

KUALA LUMPUR: PETRONAS memeterai Memorandum Persefahaman (MoU) dengan Mitsui & Co Ltd bagi kajian konsep dan kebolehlaksanaan ke atas rantaian nilai penyerapan dan penyimpanan karbon (CCS), termasuk penilaian tapak penyimpanan karbon dioksida (CO2) di...

KL, Asia’s most affordable study hub

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, has broken into the global top 30 best student cities to live in. According to the latest QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2023, Kuala Lumpur is now placed 28th...

First treatment for ‘broken heart syndrome’ trialled

The first ever treatment for broken heart syndrome – also known as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy – is to be trialled by researchers at the University of Aberdeen. Scientists will trial a programme of exercise conditioning and...

OECD-FAO: Heads of OECD and FAO emphasise the importance of peace and transforming our...

Paris/Rome - The global agrifood sector faces fundamental challenges over the coming decade, particularly the need to feed an ever-increasing population in a sustainable manner, the impacts of the climate crisis and the economic consequences...

How to Bring Sustainability Messaging into the Packaging Fold

This month I spoke with two global brand owner companies regarding their sustainable packaging efforts. One is a well-known cereal company. The other is a designer of men’s clothes that sells through its own...

Pemulihan ekonomi negara meyakinkan

PUTRAJAYA: Pemulihan ekonomi Malaysia kekal meyakinkan dengan trend yang lebih baik ditunjukkan oleh prestasi makroekonomi negara pada April 2022 di sebalik ketidaktentuan global. Ketua Perangkawan Malaysia, Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin, berkata lebih dua...

Cancer Survivors At Higher Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease

Adult cancer survivors are at a higher risk of heart and cardiovascular diseases than people in the general population, according to a new study. The research published in the journal Journal of the American College of...

7 Renewable Energy Strategies We Can Learn From Iceland

“My favorite part of Iceland's renewable energy story is that it started small. It started with innovation, entrepreneurship,” Halla Hrund Logadottir, the Director-General of Iceland’s National Energy Authority (INEA), said in an extensive interview for...

Long-term study suggests climate-friendly practices could increase crop yields and improve farm ecosystems

An international team of researchers conducting a long-term study has found that climate-friendly farming practices could lead to higher crop yields, reduced costs and improved local ecosystems. In their paper published in the journal Nature...

Greater food security issues ahead, says FSMOne Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians will be facing greater food security issues as food items, even eating out, will be more expensive, FSMOne Malaysia. FSMOne research manager Jason Wong said food supplies could be tighter than before,...

Ten Years of CRISPR

Ten years ago, Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna published the study that paved the way for a new kind of genome editing: the suite of technologies now known as CRISPR. Writing in Science, they adapted...

Aquaculture is the key driver in seafood sector growth, says FAO

Significant growth in aquaculture has driven global fisheries and aquaculture production to a record high as aquatic foods make an increasingly critical contribution to food security and nutrition in the 21st century, according to...

Pineapple, vanilla, sugarcane: These flavourful foods have a surprising second life

NEW YORK, June 28 ― Pineapple, vanilla and sugarcane may evoke an ingredient list for a delicious tropical cocktail but they also have something else in common: their residues can all be recycled for...

Malaysia bounces back from economic bumps with stable productivity growth

MALAYSIA’S productivity growth rebounded to 1.8% last year with RM90,697 per person compared to -5.3% at RM89,106 per person in 2020. International Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Datuk Lim Ban Hong said the overall growth of...

Biopharma Digitization Impacting the Entire Supply Chain

Growing biopharmaceutical industry interest in data-driven production is impacting all parts of the supply chain. Which, when looked at from another perspective, means suppliers can determine whether drugmakers’ digitization strategies are a success. Analysis...

FGV remains committed to investing, expanding range of sustainable agribusiness

KUALA LUMPUR, June 24 (Bernama) -- FGV Holdings Bhd (FGV) remains committed to investing and expanding toward a broader range of sustainable and synergised agribusinesses, and aims to move into higher value-added business activities to achieve more...

Circular economy on recycling is the best way forward, say NGOs

PETALING JAYA: A “circular economy” on recycling should be the way forward for Malaysians as they use and consume products that minimises our use of raw materials, say environmental NGOs. Senior Research Officer of Sahabat...

‘Make Halal Your Top Choice’ campaign hoped to increase country’s halal exports – Jalaluddin

KUALA LUMPUR, June 23 (Bernama) -- The 'Make Halal Your Top Choice' campaign is hoped to increase the country's halal exports, besides attracting more direct investment into the halal industry and creating quality employment opportunities...

Novartis invests $250m in malaria elimination commitment

Novartis has endorsed the ‘Kigali Declaration’ on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) by announcing a five-year financial commitment of $250m. The Kigali Summit on Malaria and NTDs is currently running alongside the 26th Commonwealth Heads of...

Artificial photosynthesis can produce food without sunshine

Photosynthesis has evolved in plants for millions of years to turn water, carbon dioxide, and the energy from sunlight into plant biomass and the foods we eat. This process, however, is very inefficient, with...

New PET-like plastic made directly from waste biomass

It is becoming increasingly obvious that moving away from fossil fuels and avoiding the accumulation of plastics in the environment are key to addressing the challenge of climate change. In that vein, there are...

Malaysia tingkat daya tahan hadapi impak perubahan iklim

KUALA LUMPUR: Kerajaan bersetuju melaksanakan beberapa tindakan bagi meningkatkan daya tahan dan kesediaan negara menghadapi impak perubahan iklim, kata Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. Perdana Menteri berkata, ini berikutan Malaysia terdedah kepada impak perubahan iklim...

Health system being strengthened to face future pandemics

KUALA LUMPUR (June 21): Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has stressed that efforts to strengthen the country's public health system must be made from now, to enable his ministry to address public health problems in...

Acylhydrazone-based polymers: The key to greater crop yields?

A research team from the University of Birmingham has discovered a group of acylhydrazone-based polymers, which may be critical in encouraging bacteria to form growth-promoting ecosystems. The bacteria generated from these synthetic polymers could potentially be utilised to coat...

PetChem to produce maleic anhydride in Kuantan by 1H25

KUALA LUMPUR: Petronas Chemicals Group Bhd (PCG) has signed an agreement with its joint venture (JV) company, BASF Petronas Chemicals Sdn Bhd (BPC), to acquire the 113 kilo-tonnes per annum (ktpa) maleic anhydride (MAn) plant located...

Six in 10 Employees in Malaysia Would Prefer Flexibility Over a Four-Day Work Week

As the idea of a four-day work week continues to gain traction across Southeast Asia, new Qualtrics research reveals 60% of full-time employees in the region would prefer the flexibility to work whenever they...

Moderna bangunkan kemudahan vaksin baharu di Britain

LONDON: Firma Bioteknologi Amerika Syarikat (AS), Moderna, akan membina pusat penyelidikan dan pembuatan baharu yang berpusat di Britain bagi membangunkan vaksin varian baharu COVID-19 dan penyakit lain, kata kerajaan hari ini.

Teknologi pertanian pintar jamin sekuriti makanan

Kuala Kangsar: Teknologi terkini dalam sektor pertanian dilihat sebagai jalan terbaik memastikan kelangsungan bekalan makanan di negara ini terjamin melalui impak pengeluaran makanan yang lebih besar, meningkatkan pendapatan petani, penggunaan sumber dan input pertanian...

From forgotten fabric to eco-friendly star, hemp is making a comeback

PARIS, June 18 — Light years away from the tech used to develop more sustainable materials, a fibre used in textiles for centuries, hemp, is gradually making a comeback in our wardrobes. The fashion industry...

Angkasa, IFFCO sign MoU to empower agricultural sector

KUALA LUMPUR (June 19): Angkatan Koperasi Kebangsaan Malaysia Bhd (Angkasa) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Farmers Fertiliser Co-operative Limited (IFFCO). The MoU is aimed at opening more business opportunities to...

Why ERP Is Important In Building A Resilient Healthcare Sector?

In today’s increasingly complex climate, emergency response plans (ERP) and business continuity management systems (BCM) are major plans organisations prepare to mitigate and overcome the ever-changing threats and crises. While emergency response plans are...

Can aquaculture businesses expect a “waterfall of capital”?

While a “waterfall of capital” might come into the aquaculture sector in the near future, there’s a danger that it might not be sufficient to grow the sector in line with demands for blue...

Genetically modified corn does not damage non-target organisms

The largest, highest quality analysis of data ever conducted reveals that genetically modified Bt corn has little impact on nontarget insects and other organisms, especially compared to growing conventional corn. This study was published June 6...

Supporting halal SMEs in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: The halal industry is gaining traction globally, with more people across the globe growing an appetite for halal-certified food and beverages. Consumers, therefore, no longer view halal recognition as a religious concept but...

The 5 Common Medical Device Startup Challenges (& How To Overcome Them)

The medical device market is diverse, fast-moving, and powered by dynamic customer needs and ongoing demand. Anticipated to reach $734.39 billion by 2027, the market is a land of both opportunity and risk for enthusiastic, innovative...

Poultry industry to maximise production

ALOR SETAR: The poultry industry is now in the process of returning production capacity to the maximum level to ensure the country does not face the lack of poultry supply as before. Agriculture and Food...

Insect Engineers opening its Insect School

Insect Engineers is officially opening its Insect School at the end of June. By being both a website and a practical testing site, Insect School aims to serve as the main knowledge hub and...

Bioeconomy sasar 100 syarikat pemula, PKS sertai BBA

PUTRAJAYA –  Kementerian Pertanian dan Industri Makanan (MAFI) menjangkakan 100 syarikat pemula dan perusahaan kecil dan sederhana (PKS) sedia ada atau baharu dalam sektor pertanian, perindustrian dan penjagaan kesihatan  akan menyertai Program Bio-based Accelerator...

MOH implements temporary measures to address medicine supply shortage

KUALA LUMPUR (June 13): The Health Ministry (MOH) has taken several temporary solutions to overcome the medicine supply shortage at private clinics and hospitals, as well as community pharmacies in the country.

Sepang’s dragon fruit farmers aim high

SEPANG: There is great potential for dragon fruits, just like the durian. Sepang Dragon Fruit Association chairman Lee Chin Heng said the fruit was meant for something bigger following strong support from the Agriculture and...

Polystyrene Recycling: Difficult but not impossible

Today’s plastics deliver numerous benefits, without doubt. And they are a key material in innovations. But they also are one of the biggest challenges for the waste management industry. They are responsible for the...

Developing idle land for farming among efforts towards national food security

PUTRAJAYA, June 16 — Developing idle land belonging to individuals, agencies or state governments for agriculture is among the approaches to be taken by the government to ensure national food security.

Pharmaniaga mahu bekal vaksin ke Afrika

PETALING JAYA: Pharmaniaga Bhd bakal mengembangkan kehadirannya di negara lain terutama Afrika melalui pembekalan vaksin Sinovac COVID-19, sekali gus mampu mengulangi prestasi kewangan yang direkodkan tahun lalu.

Hidupkan semula Buku Hijau tampung keperluan makanan

Tiga komponen utama dalam sekuriti makanan merangkumi pengeluaran yang cukup, penawaran stabil dan juga segmen penduduk terpencil turut mempunyai capaian kepada makanan. Interpretasi dan terjemahan konsep sekuriti makanan berbeza mengikut tahap. Pada tahap antarabangsa, ia...

Palm oil plantation owners urged to opt for organic fertilisers

KUALA LUMPUR: All oil palm growers, regardless of their plantation size, have been urged to switch from chemical fertilisers to optimum usage of organic fertilisers. Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) Minister Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin said...

MAFI olah semula, tambah baik sekuriti makanan negara

KUALA LUMPUR: Kementerian Pertanian dan Industri Makanan (MAFI) bersedia menambah baik dan mengolah semula Pelan Tindakan membabitkan komoditi makanan bagi meningkatkan tahap sara diri (SSL) untuk memastikan sekuriti makanan dalam negara terjamin.

Listening and Educating: How to Build a Successful Biosimilar Adoption Plan

Biosimilars are medications that are developed to be highly similar to original branded reference products, providing similar safety and efficacy in treatment. They have become welcome market disrupters as it relates to life-threatening and chronic...

Feed industry needs to be strengthened – Muhyiddin

PUTRAJAYA (June 14): The National Recovery Council (MPN) is of the view that there is an urgent need to strengthen the feed industry so that the country achieves a self-sufficiency level, and the cost...

Langkawi meet highlights potential of algae biomass

ALGAE biomass is an energy-rich feedstock that can help support our planet in a sustainable way. Realising its full potential can only be achieved through collaboration, so several experts initiated an algae biotechnology research group.

Why do big brands redesign their logo frequently? Here are some refreshing shake-ups by...

KUALA LUMPUR, June 13 — Logos are instant brand messages brands send to their consumers. They build brand identity and display the company’s personality. When done right, logos make a company memorable, build consumer trust and...

New way forward for gene therapy

A team of scientists from Children's Medical Research Institute (CMRI) in Sydney have developed a new way to improve targeting of specific organs and tissue types in gene therapy—making this innovative gene delivery technology...

This sensor could detect pesticides in fruits and vegetables within minutes

STOCKHOLM, June 10 — Many of the fruits and vegetables we eat contain pesticide residue. To better detect the presence of these substances in food products, Swedish researchers have developed an inexpensive and reproducible...

Zuraida: “Optimum use of organic fertiliser ensures good returns”

IN light of escalating fertiliser prices which can make up 60% of the total palm oil production, the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) has urged growers – regardless their plantation size –...

MOSTI continues to offer growth, funding opportunities to tech start-ups

THE Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (MOSTI) through Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd has launched the MYStartup Accelerator programme which offers an array of world-class mentors and potential funding opportunities to selected tech start-ups in...

WHO to determine if Monkeypox should be declared ‘Emergency of International Concern’; rights expert...

The experts will meet on June 23 to assess whether the continuing outbreak represents a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, the highest level of global alert, which currently applies only to the COVID-19 pandemic and...

Tiga lagi intervensi tambahan tangani isu bekalan makanan negara

KUALA LUMPUR: Mesyuarat Kabinet hari ini bersetuju dengan pelaksanaan tiga lagi intervensi tambahan bagi menangani isu bekalan, sekali gus merancakkan aktiviti pengeluaran makanan domestik negara. Menteri Pertanian dan Industri Makanan, Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee,...

Polystyrene eating ‘Superworms’

Researchers at the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia) have discovered the common Zophobas morio ‘superworm’ can eat through polystyrene, thanks to a bacterial enzyme in their gut.

Recovery on the horizon for Malaysian economy but challenges remain- Wahid Omar

KUALA LUMPUR: Despite being fortified by sound economic fundamentals and the economy is on its way to a recovery after turning the corner against the pandemic, Malaysia must be clear-eyed about the challenges on the horizon. Bursa Malaysia...

US panel recommends Covid vaccines for youngest children

WASHINGTON, June 16 — A panel of experts convened by the US Food and Drug Administration unanimously recommended Covid-19 vaccines Wednesday for children under five, the final age group awaiting immunisation in most countries.

Light colour affects poultry feed uptake and performance

The colour of light is a vital exogenous parameter and is now considered an important management tool in poultry production. Different colours have different effects on the performance of chickens depending on whether a...

Sustainable spirits, flower power footwear, cultivated meat developments, and more: The Digest’s Top 8...

3D printed bioslides from adidas are set to launch soon as are a Grateful Dead themed collection of biosneakers and sandals. Absolut is trialing biobased bottle caps for more sustainable spirits and French Cognac...

World Bank keeps Malaysia’s economic growth forecast at 5.5pc

KUALA LUMPUR, June 13 — The World Bank on Monday maintained Malaysia’s economic growth forecast this year at 5.5 per cent. The growth is mainly driven by a robust rebound in consumption demand, World Bank...

2-3 cups of coffee a day may reduce kidney injury risk by 23%

CoffeeTrusted Source contains many beneficial compounds for health, including caffeine, diterpenes, and chlorogenic acid. StudiesTrusted Source show that habitual coffee consumption is linked to the prevention of chronic and degenerative conditions, including cancer, cardiovascular disorders, diabetes, and...

Growing aquaculture industry needs enhanced nutrition for fish

The U.S. is the top producer of hybrid striped bass, and a Texas A&M AgriLife team is working to improve the fishes’ health, growth and productivity by developing effective nutritional strategies to substitute fishmeal and other...

Global oleochemicals market set for 6.5% growth in value between 2021 and 2027

The value of the global oleochemicals market is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 6.5% from US$27.3M in 2021 to US$39.8M in 2027, according to research by India-based analytics and advisory company Astute...

Acute food insecurity to deteriorate further in 20 countries

ADDIS ABABA, June 9 (Bernama) -- Acute food insecurity is likely to deteriorate further in 20 countries or situations, including Ethiopia, from June to September 2022, according to the joint UN Food and Agriculture Organisation...

Smoking impacts bone health

BONE Health Alliance Malaysia (BHAM) is supporting the government's call for action towards effective tobacco control measures as it is critical to improving bone health and reducing the burden of fractures. Bone health took a...

FGV introduces sustainable rodenticide for Malaysia’s paddy crops

FGV Agri Services Sdn Bhd has launched Butik S, the first-generation rodenticide for usage in the integration of cage owls under the Paddy Production Incentive Scheme (SIPP). The anticoagulant bait is formulated from several ingredients that...

Malaysia Airlines flies with SAF supplied by Petronas

Malaysia Airlines operated its first passenger flight using Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ (SAF) on flight MH603 from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore in conjunction with World Environment Day. The historic flight was operated with a...

Monetary policy remains accommodative of economy

THE Malaysian economy no longer requires the support of monetary policy, according to Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) deputy governor Abdul Rasheed Ghaffour. He noted that the gradual hike in the Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) from...

Takeda’s dengue vaccine candidate delivers continued protection

Vital dengue vaccine offers over four years’ protection following successful clinical trial Takeda has announced that its dengue vaccine, TAK-003, prevented 84% of hospitalised cases and 61% of symptomatic cases. Furthermore, there were no important...

Discovery paves way for more sustainable crop cultivation methods

Rutgers researchers have discovered that nitrogen-fixing bacteria hidden within leaf cells could lead to more efficient and sustainable methods of crop cultivation. The study, recently published in the journal Biology, investigated how bacteria in non-photosynthetic leaf...

First tests underway for hybrid biomass/solar systems

Researchers have developed a new joint system draws energy from the sun and biomass can provide 100 percent of the heating needed for a one-story house during the year. In the warmer months, the system can generate surplus...

12MP aims to shift Malaysia to sustainable circular economy, says Mustapa

KUALA LUMPUR, June 7 (Bernama) -- The 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) aims to shift the country's conventional linear economy model, which has been proven to be harmful to the environment, to the sustainable circular...

Be aware of nose cancer

IN late 2018, it was reported that badminton champion Datuk Lee Chong Wei had to undergo treatment for early-stage nose cancer. The former World No. 1 has since bounced back after the diagnosis. His condition...

Thailand to allow people to grow unlimited number of cannabis plants

THAILAND will soon allow people to grow an unlimited number of cannabis plants at home as it is scheduled to be removed from its prohibited narcotics list on Thursday. However, homegrown cannabis is allowed only...

From cars to homes, these portable hydrogen cartridges could power up the future

PARIS, June 7 — Toyota and its subsidiary Woven Planet have developed a prototype of a removable hydrogen cartridge, intended to power the vehicles and homes of the future with clean energy, based on...

Pemansuhan permit import perkukuh jaminan makanan, elak kenaikan harga

KUALA LUMPUR: Langkah kerajaan memansuhkan permit import (AP) makanan baru-baru ini dilihat mampu menjadi penyelesaian bagi membolehkan pasaran beroperasi secara bebas dalam usaha memperkukuh jaminan makanan serta mengelak berlakunya kenaikan harga.

The People Problem In Food And Agriculture And How To Solve It

Consolidation means the total number working in global farming has never been smaller. Farm business is hard work, poorly paid and seasonal. When contrasted with more regular jobs in other industries, this causes a...

Jadikan pemuliharaan hutan Malaysia segmen pelaburan

KUALA LUMPUR: Pemuliharaan hutan ruang yang semakin berkembang untuk tujuan pelaburan ke arah pengurangan pelepasan karbon di Asia Tenggara (SEA), khususnya di Indonesia dan Malaysia, menurut laporan oleh perunding global Bain & Company dan...

Brain-Immune System Communication Induces Symptoms of Sickness

When someone gets an infection, most people think it’s the immune system kicking into gear when they feel some of the body’s natural defenses like a fever, chills, or fatigue. But what many of...

Rapid Pace Of Inflation Complicates Policy Outlooks In 2022

Inflation is expected to pick up in 2022 as the effects of ongoing global supply chain disruptions are transmitted to Malaysia’s consumer prices says local rating agency RAM Ratings.

Public awareness key to effective control of asthma

KUALA LUMPUR: Public awareness about asthma and how it affects patients are key to effective control of the chronic lung disorder. Experts said without a proper understanding of asthma and its triggers, it could become...

Saudi Arabia unveils its ambition of becoming a global aquaculture leader

The remarks were made during an interview with Al-Ekhbarya, an Arabic news and current affairs TV channel. According to reporting in The Saudi Gazette, Al-Shaikhi said that Saudi Arabia would reach its aquaculture production goal...

How plastic filters in cigarettes can be a major environmental pollutant

THE tobacco industry has known for decades the problem of plastic filters in its cigarettes and packaging but has never owned up to the pollution, waste and damage to the environment, lamented a regional...

Position food security as top national security agenda

JUNE 7 — Immediate-term measures by the government to overcome chicken supply and price issues are not sustainable and are a significant disruption to the market. Malaysia needs effective policies and medium-to long-term actions...

From Pharma to Farm: Can CRISPR Feed the World?

A decade has passed since the landmark paper by Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier describing their Nobel Prize–winning research appeared in Science. The research, of course, was about the “genetic scissors” known as CRISPR. Over...

Malaysia-UK strengthen climate ties with new partnership agreement

KUALA LUMPUR: The United Kingdom, one of the nations at the forefront of reversing environmental decline and tackling climate change, has inked a new partnership agreement with the Malaysian government to strengthen co-operation on...

New data sets stage for broader use of AstraZeneca breast cancer drug

LONDON, June 5 (Reuters) - AstraZeneca (AZN.L) and Daiichi Sankyo's (4568.T) Enhertu extended survival by more than six months in patients with a form of advanced breast cancer compared to standard chemotherapy, according to data presented on Sunday.

Global food shock will last years, says S&P Global

KUALA LUMPUR (June 2): Rising food prices and diminishing supplies as a result of the Russia-Ukraine war will likely last through 2024. In a report titled “The Global Food Shock Will Last Years, Not Months"...

Malaysia tingkatkan sumbangan kepada WHO menjelang 2029

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia bersetuju meningkatkan sumbangan negara sebanyak 40 peratus kepada Pertubuhan Kesihatan Sedunia (WHO) menjelang 2029. Menteri Kesihatan, Khairy Jamaluddin, berkata WHO penting dalam memberi nasihat normatif kepada dunia berkaitan dengan isu kesihatan awam...

Negeri perlu rancang kawasan hijau bekalkan sumber makanan

Polemik mengenai krisis makanan sebagai cabaran negara dibahaskan ahli politik, ahli akademik, ilmuwan agama dan masyarakat umum. Ia menimbulkan kerisauan berterusan dan menuntut pemimpin negara untuk menanganinya dengan cara berhemah.

Malaysia Airlines to operate first passenger flight powered by sustainable fuel

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines Bhd will operate the first passenger flight using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore on June 5 in conjunction with World Environment Day.

Tap halal economy further

PUTRAJAYA: The role and contribution of Malaysia’s halal economy should be further tapped so that it can make a greater contribution towards the nation’s coffers, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Johor ready to become regional medical device manufacturing hub, says MB

JOHOR BARU: Johor wants to attract more medical-related manufacturing companies to set up their operations in the state. Mentri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi said Johor is ready to become an important regional medical devices...

Serba Dinamik to strengthen presence in Middle East, focuses on vertical farming

SERBADinamik Sdn Bhd has strengthened its presence in the Middle East by signing a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with the United Arab Emirates. According to the oil and gas (O&G) firm, the MoA, signed on...

Aussie Researchers Track Microplastics Across Global Oceans

SYDNEY, May 27 (Bernama) -- Researchers from Australia's Curtin University have analysed seawater samples from across the globe and discovered that even the most remote areas of the vast ocean contain traces of microplastics.

Time to tap into circular bioeconomy, says Mida

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia should tap into the circular bioeconomy as it has an “abundant feedstock” of up to 100 million tonnes of biomass, the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida) said.

Study Finds What Persuaded Vaccine-Hesitant People to Get COVID Jab

Scientists have discovered through a new study what eventually persuaded people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 after previously saying they were "hesitant" to get jabbed. The research from the University of Kansas found that "conversion...

Promote agriculture as heavy reliance on imports not sustainable: Economists

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has the right climate, fertile soil and ample rain to plant crops that meet the nation’s needs and ensure food security instead of turning to imports, which cost some RM60 billion annually,...

Meeting global EV battery demand with battery recycling innovation

As EV battery demand continues to rise, manufacturers are turning to recycling innovation to meet lithium supply shortages. For electric vehicles (EVs) to successfully become the best solution to the world’s transport pollution issues, the...

Businesses in Malaysia remain positive in 2Q22

BUSINESSES in Malaysia are expected to remain positive for the second quarter of this year (2Q22) despite a slower pace. Department of Statistics Malaysia (DoSM) chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said businesses have...

How can we predict bone loss in premenopausal women?

Researchers discover that measuring the level of anti-Mullerian hormone in premenopausal women could predict bone loss, and lead to early intervention of osteoporosis. The transition to menopause spans roughly 3 years and is concluded by...

Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries: Malaysia has not reached food crisis level

KUALA LUMPUR, May 30 — The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) today assured that food supply in the country has not reached crisis level as claimed by some quarters but is still...

A Threat to Humanity and Market Research

I have often wondered why there is so much opposition to plastic, even though it is by far the best material for a very wide range of applications, and even though d2w technology now...

Penubuhan Suruhanjaya Patuh Syariah boleh kawal selia ekonomi halal negara

PUTRAJAYA: Kawal selia pelbagai sektor ekonomi halal dalam negara secara lebih komprehensif boleh disatukan melalui penubuhan Suruhanjaya Patuh Syariah, kata Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. Dalam ucaptama sempena Syarahan Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi hari ini,...

Scientists unlock the cellular secrets of aging process

New research has uncovered how genetic changes that accumulate slowly in blood stem cells throughout life are likely to be responsible for the dramatic change in blood production after the age of 70. The study,...

7 nutritional tips to control lameness

Approximately 85% of the cases of lameness are due to foot health problems such as sole ulcer, digital dermatitis, foot rot, deep infection, and laminitis, with only 15% due to lesions elsewhere on the...

What does the pet food market look like in the post-pandemic world?

The popularity of pet foods soared during the pandemic. Human-pet relationships improved during the pandemic owing to the lockdowns imposed in major parts of the world. This also led to an increase in the...

HDC expects halal exports to surpass RM42 bln pre-pandemic level

PETALING JAYA, May 28 — Halal Development Corporation Bhd (HDC) expects Malaysia’s halal exports this year to surpass the RM42 billion pre-pandemic level. Chief executive officer Hairol Ariffein Sahari said in the first quarter of...

How to overcome design challenges in medical devices

The medical device landscape is changing fast in part due to new technology including IoT hardware. These modifications are creating opportunities and challenges for products designers. New medical devices must be safe, practical and valuable...

Edited Tomatoes Produce More Sunshine Vitamins

John Innes Centre (JIC) scientists used CRISPR-Cas9 to shut off a molecule in tomato plants and increase the concentration of provitamin D3 in the fruits and leaves. The study, published in Nature Plants, provides a simple solution...

Researchers develop ‘bionic bacteria’ that create better fuels, chemicals

There are thousands of kinds of bacteria – microscopic, single-celled organisms that are among the earliest known life forms on earth and live in every possible environment all over the world. They might be...

Malaysia setting up centre for 4IR to spur economic recovery

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is setting up a Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR), an independent centre within the World Economic Forum (WEF), to support the achievement of the country’s overarching vision under its...

Japan develops desktop-sized air-curtain to inactivate coronavirus particles

There are certain situations where maintaining distance to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is difficult, such as when a doctor takes blood or when someone checks into a hotel. By combining medical and engineering technologies,...

Food security should be nation’s top priority

With increasing prices of daily necessities locally and globally, the era of cheap food may soon become history. Such price hikes are inevitable due to rising oil prices and the weakening of ringgit against the...

FGV expects to produce 75,000 tonnes animal feed this year

KUALA LUMPUR (May 25): FGV Holdings Bhd (FGV) expects to produce 75,000 tonnes of animal feed this year, up from 40,000 tonnes produced last year, to cater for the increasing demand for meat such...

What Is Industry 5.0 And How It Will Radically Change Your Business Strategy

For many companies, Industry 4.0 is still the “next thing” they should focus on—or the trend they are currently adopting their strategy to. It reflects the fourth industrial revolution triggered and enabled by developments...

Granulab Launches ProsteomaxTM – Malaysia’s Halal Synthetic Bone Cement

Granulab, a 70%-owned subsidiary of KPower has today launched “ProsteomaxTM”, Malaysia’s halal-certified synthetic bone cement. The launch was officiated by the Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Yang Berhormat Datuk Haji Ahmad Amzad Hashim...

Freshwater fish promoted through frozen food items – Pahang Fisheries Director

KUANTAN, May 25 (Bernama) -- Various initiatives will be implemented to promote freshwater fish to the community for its protein source, which includes producing frozen food items, says Pahang Fisheries Department director Abdullah Jaafar.

How Melbourne plans to become a greener and more sustainable city

MELBOURNE, May 22 — The Australian city of Melbourne has decided to create new green spaces, in addition to protecting its existing parks and multiplying projects to reduce CO2 emissions throughout the city. The...

The Rise of Smart Cities: Needs, Challenges, Future Directions, and Ways for Improvement

By By Dr Muhammed Basheer Jasser, Senior Lecturer and Program Leader of BSc (Hons) Information Technology, Department of Computing and Information Systems, School of Engineering and Technology, Sunway University

Samsung to Spend US$360 Billion on Chips, Biotech Over Five Years

THE Samsung group plans to raise spending by more than 30% to 450 trillion won (about US$360 billion) over the half-decade to 2026 to shore up businesses from chips to drugs as South Korea’s conglomerates...

FARMING IN SPACE: THE FUTURE OF INDOOR FARMING IS UNFOLDING ABOARD THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE...

The future of R&D for the controlled environment agriculture industry has arrived — and it’s in space. Space farming has been a topic of interest to astronauts for nearly as long as humans have been...

These Stylish Sneakers Are Made From Upcycled Oyster Shells And Green Algae

Oyster shells are more commonly found on the bottom of our plates than on the soles of our sneakers. However, that’s exactly where French designer Eugène Riconneaus has chosen to use them in his...

Malaysia laksanakan 5 inisiatif atasi penurunan kebolehpasaran graduan

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia telah melaksanakan lima inisiatif intervensi bagi mengatasi penurunan kebolehpasaran graduan sepanjang tempoh pandemik COVID-19. Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi (KPT) dalam satu kenyataan, hari ini, memaklumkan bahawa Menterinya, Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad ketika...

New research reveals how the heart repairs after a heart attack

Immune response and the lymphatic system are central to cardiac repair after a heart attack, according to a study from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg Cardiovascular...

From drones to sensors, Malaysian durian grower goes high-tech

Drones spraying pesticide, sensors taking soil readings, sprinklers that squirt fertiliser at the touch of a button—a Malaysian plantation is using high-tech methods to boost its crop of pungent durians.

Germany proposes move to phase out crop biofuels by 2030

The German government’s environment ministry is working on a proposal to phase out the use of biofuels produced from food and feed crops by 2030, according to an Argus Media report. The proposal came against a backdrop...

Malaysia’s brain drains not just about salary

THERE may be more reasons for Malaysians seeking greener pastures elsewhere than just the money such as safety, the standard of living as well as career growth opportunities. Randstad Malaysia head of operations Fahad Naem said...

Space invaders

Life sciences is a sector with longstanding clustering tendencies! Indeed, the benefits of physical proximity, collaboration and knowledge-sharing are widely recognised, both for collections of companies and constituent parts of the same organisation.

Meet The High-Tech Urban Farmer Growing Vegetables Inside Hong Kong’s Skyscrapers

In early February, residents of Hong Kong—an Asian financial hub home to 7.4 million people—faced a shortage of fresh food. Shelves stocking vegetables and the like were empty across supermarkets in the city as...

Heat Recovery from Compost: It’s getting hot in here!

Have you ever stood next to a large pile of biowaste or steaming manure wondering how much heat is contained in there? And if there are commercially viable technologies to capture that heat? No?...

Asia can play role in leading divided world

TOKYO: Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob proposed to the International Conference on the Future of Asia here Thursday three key points to enable Asia to play a role in leading a...

Wabak cacar monyet ancaman baharu dunia selepas COVID-19

BERITA antarabangsa sejak beberapa hari lalu melaporkan wabak cacar monyet kini tersebar di beberapa kawasan di Kanada, Amerika Syarikat (AS), beberapa negara Eropah termasuk United Kingdom (UK), Jerman, Perancis dan terkini Australia.

New method could potentially produce hydrogen from biogas for $2/kg

California-based Kore has developed a new way to produce hydrogen from biogas. It claims the new method could potentially provide hydrogen for less than $2 per kg. “We produce biogas and biochar from biogenic feedstocks and...

Researchers discover new approach to fight Salmonella in poultry

Researchers in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University have discovered an innovative approach to fight bacteria and their antimicrobial resistance in poultry by exploiting linkages between the gut neurochemical and...

Bank Dunia janji tambahan AS$12 bilion atasi krisis makanan

WASHINGTON: Pertubuhan Bangsa Bangsa Bersatu (PBB) memberi amaran bahawa krisis makanan global yang meruncing mungkin berterusan selama beberapa tahun sekiranya tidak dikawal. PBB mengeluarkan amaran itu ketika Bank Dunia mengumumkan pembiayaan tambahan sebanyak AS$12 bilion...

Pharmaniaga establishing RM300 mil plant to develop halal vaccine, insulin

PHARMANIAGA Bhd is setting up a RM300 mil halal insulin and vaccine plant in Puchong, Selangor, which is expected to be fully completed by end of 2023. Group managing director Datuk Zulkarnain Md Eusope said...

Bina model perladangan terbaik jamin sekuriti makanan negara

Pandemik COVID-19, pemanasan global dan terbaru, krisis Russia-Ukraine memberi kesan terhadap jaminan keselamatan makanan dunia. Ketidakstabilan situasi global ini pasti memberi kesan terhadap negara yang masih banyak bergantung kepada sumber luar.

Asian Super GT motorsport to run on 100% biofuel

Super GT is the first championship in Asia to run on 100% biofuel. With the decision to use the fully sustainable fuel Renewablaze GTA R100 from ETS Racing Fuels, the GT Association has achieved a...

Dr M: Look East Policy can help Malaysia in post-pandemic recovery

MALAYSIA must examine the growth strategies and models of China, Japan, and South Korea to accelerate its own economic development, said former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. According to Dr Mahathir, the Look East...

Pfizer eyes Covid vaccine for all variants before 2023

GENEVA: A Covid-19 vaccine effective against multiple variants is possible before the end of 2022, the head of US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer said Wednesday. Chairman Albert Bourla said the firm was also working on producing...

Perstorp Group to be acquired by PETRONAS Chemicals Group

Perstorp Group, a leading sustainability-driven global specialty chemicals company, today said that it is to be acquired by PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG). PCG announced today that it has signed a Securities Purchase Agreement...

Beringin PPR community turns food waste into side income

KUALA LUMPUR (May 17): Who would have thought that food waste that we consider to be worthless can actually help generate a source of side income, especially in the face of today’s uncertain economic...

‘Lifeline’ of renewable energy can steer world out of climate crisis: UN chief

The State of the Climate 2021 indicates that extreme weather – the day-to-day face of climate change – wreaked a heavy toll of human lives, triggered shocks for food and water security, and led to...

MHRA marketing authorisation granted for Eli Lilly’s Verzenios as early breast cancer treatment

Eli Lilly’s Verzenios (abemaciclib) has received a marketing authorisation from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), in combination with endocrine therapy for the adjuvant treatment of patients with HR+, HER2-, high risk...

China to Approve More GM Maize Varieties – Agri Ministry

The Chinese agriculture ministry announced plans to allow more genetically modified maize varieties developed by local companies. According to ISAAA, China was the seventh-largest producer of biotech crops globally in 2019. It is also one of the six countries that...

Malaysia’s energy savings in 2021 totalled RM48.34 mil

KUALA LUMPUR (May 17): Malaysia saved 132.43 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity amounting to RM48.34 million as at Dec 31, 2021 via the Energy Management Gold Standard (EMGS), which places emphasis on efficient energy use by the...

Why are businesses still struggling with digital transformation when it has become a norm?

DIGITAL Transformation (DX) among businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak was a watershed moment, as it required businesses to relocate to online platforms in order to stay viable.   Over the last two years, there has been...

Duopharma Biotech net profit rose 15pc to RM20.29mil for Q1

KUALA LUMPUR: Duopharma Biotech Bhd's net profit rose 15 per cent to RM20.29 million in the first quarter (Q1) ended March 31, 2022, from RM17.61 million a year ago. The company's revenue also increased by...

Sustainable pet food project to be developed using black soldier fly larvae as protein...

SHAH ALAM: The country's first sustainable dog food with the use of black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) as an alternative protein source will be developed soon. Pet World Nutritions Sdn Bhd, Society for the Prevention...

‘No Plastic Bag’ campaign to be implemented nationwide

ALL state governments have agreed to partake in the “No Plastic Bag” campaign where a minimum of 20 sen will be charged for the use of a plastic bag. According to a Bernama report today, the decision came...

World Bank announces up to US$30b to address food insecurity

WASHINGTON: The World Bank on May 18 announced actions it plans to take as part of a comprehensive, global response to the ongoing food security crisis, with up to US$30 billion (RM131.7 billion) financing...

Engineering team creates monitoring toolkit to speed production of biologic drugs

Two Rutgers University engineers specializing in the process of making drugs derived from living organisms have created an analytical tool they expect will accelerate the discovery and production of biologic drugs that are often...

Modern farming popular with young agropreneurs

Agriculture and farming are two of the oldest and most essential professions the world over. Humans have relied on agriculture as a primary food source for thousands of years. Today, food security is becoming a...

Algae-based batteries, biodegradable COVID-19 tests, BMW’s biobased coatings, Heinz biobottles, and more: The Digest’s...

Can you imagine running a computer chip on algae – yes, algae – for more than six months? Apparently, that’s now possible thanks to biochemists at the University of Cambridge who created the biobased...

Five signs that the ‘old normal’ has returned to Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, May 16 — For more than two years, Malaysians have adjusted to changes in our everyday lives and adopted what the government has termed the “new normal”: social distancing, wearing of face...

3 juta telur aedes mengandungi bakteria Berwolbachia dilepaskan

JOHOR BAHRU: Lebih tiga juta telur nyamuk aedes mengandungi bakteria Berwolbachia akan dilepaskan secara berperingkat untuk membiak, sekali gus mengurangkan 40 peratus kes demam denggi di kawasan panas di Projek Perumahan Rakyat ( PPR)...

Plant-based molecules show promise for aquaculture vaccine development

A new article published in Reviews in Aquaculture and co-authored by scientists from CATRIN, the Faculty of Fisheries and Water Conservation at the University of South Bohemia in Vodňany and the Biological Centre of the CAS in České Budějovice is exploring...

A new way of producing chocolate respects the planet and people — and it’s...

PARIS, May 18 — Barley and carob. These are the ingredients used in a brand new kind of chocolate whose manufacturing process relies on fermentation to avoid using cocoa. The London-based company WNWN FoodLabs has...

China maps out measures to develop $3.28 trillion bioeconomy by 2025

From developing therapeutic vaccines to biotechnology breeding, China has mapped out measures to develop bioeconomy in the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2125) with rollout of a new development plan document.

Universiti Malaysia Kelantan to commercialise black ginger-based health products

KOTA BARU, May 8 — Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) through the Faculty of Bioengineering and Technology (FBKT) is developing a pilot project to commercialise agroforestry farming and black ginger-based health products.

Smart aquaculture: technological intervention is vital for a sustainable future

By 2050, food production needs to increase by 60 percent to feed a world population of 9.3 billion. With climate change and its consequent impact on existing food production systems, there is tremendous pressure to...

Malaysia plans biodiesel mandate slowdown to meet global palm oil demand

Malaysia is considering slowing its implementation of its biodiesel mandate and cutting its export tax on palm oil to help meet global demand amid an edible oil shortage. Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin...

Expo 2020 Dubai perfect platform to raise awareness on Malaysia’s sustainable agricommodities

Expo 2020 Dubai was timely and opportune for Malaysia to promote its palm oil industry and highlight the importance of the agri-commodity to the global community, says Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC)...

RM15 million in additional funds for third phase of SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance project

PUTRAJAYA: An additional funding of RM15 million under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme has been approved for the third phase of the SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance project, said the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry.

MAFI sasar pengurangan 30 peratus import makanan ternakan

PADANG BESAR - Kementerian Pertanian dan Industri Makanan (MAFI) menyasarkan pengurangan import makanan ternakan sebanyak 30 peratus menjelang tahun 2030 menerusi Projek Pembangunan Industri Jagung Bijian untuk makanan ternakan.

Sustainability: Tackling e-waste

Devices such as mobile phones are ubiquitous these days, be it among adults or children. Walk into a family restaurant, and chances are you will see children glued to their tablets or phones as...

Implications of food price inflation

THE continuous rise in food price inflation not only affects the purchasing power and income of the increasingly squeezed M40 and perennially struggling B40, which materially and adversely impacts household and private sector spending at...

Vaksin Omicron Sinopharm lulus jalani ujian klinikal

BEIJING - Syarikat farmaseutikal China, Sinopharm memaklumkan vaksin tidak aktif varian Omicron telah mendapat kelulusan bagi menjalani ujian klinikal oleh Pentadbiran Produk Perubatan China.

No soil, no problem: Reshaping agriculture to be more carbon friendly

Farming needs a reboot. According to a 2019 IPCC report on climate change and land, agriculture is to blame for about 8.5% of all greenhouse gas emissions. The biggest sources are nitrous oxide from soils,...

Sarawak a rising tiger in renewable energy – Abang Johari

Sarawak Premier Abang Johari Openg has described the state as a rising tiger in the renewable energy arena and is opening its frontiers to help traditional industries become more sustainable.

ASEAN-US Summit a great opportunity for Malaysia to push forward its economic agenda

KUALA LUMPUR (May 11): The upcoming ASEAN-US Special Summit provides a great opportunity for Malaysia to push forward its economic agenda through the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement.

COVID vaccine makers shift focus to boosters

May 9 (Reuters) - COVID-19 vaccine makers are shifting gears and planning for a smaller, more competitive booster shot market after delivering as many doses as fast as they could over the last 18...

Subsidy payment applications for chicken breeders simplified

SEREMBAN: The Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry (MAFI) announced that it has simplified the application procedure to expedite subsidy payments to chicken breeders. Its minister, Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee said the application and review...

Mampukah plastik sifar 2030?

KUALA LUMPUR - Setiap kali sambutan perayaan, negara ini merekodkan peningkatan sisa domestik yang ketara, dan pada sambutan Aidilfitri kali ini kebimbangan pengendali sisa pepejal, aktivis dan mereka yang berkenaan memuncak.

Inflation And Its Impact On Malaysia’s Food Security

The continuous rise in food price inflation not only affects the purchasing power and income of the increasingly squeezed M40 and perennially struggling B40 which materially and adversely impacts household and private sector spending...

Revealed: The medical devices companies leading the way in Covid-19

We aggregated thousands of records from GlobalData's proprietary themes, jobs, deals and patents databases to identify the most active companies in the area of Covid-19 in the medical devices sector.

Full adoption of existing mitigation strategies can help meet livestock methane reduction targets by...

Amid the often-distressing news about climate change, some good news: Existing strategies could mitigate livestock methane emissions by enough to help the sector limit its share of global warming to the 1.5°C target by...

EIA updates bioenergy production, capacity forecasts

Renewables are currently expected to account for 22 percent of U.S. electricity generation this year and 23 percent in 2023, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released May 10....

Bioeconomy prominent on growth agenda

China's top economic regulator on Tuesday unveiled a new plan to spur the bioeconomy during the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-25), in a bid to promote high-quality development of the sector.

Key protein identified for brain stem cell longevity

A receptor that was first identified as necessary for insulin action, that also is located on the neural stem cells found deep in the brains of mice, is pivotal for brain stem cell longevity,...

Young Indian farmers are turning to an ancient crop to fight water stress and...

India is facing a water and food crisis, exacerbated by extreme climate cycles such as the current heatwave during which temperatures well above 40℃ have been commonplace. With 1.4 billion people to feed, and such heatwaves...

Wastewater Recycling in Textile Industries

The annual water consumption of the textile industries (including cotton farming) is nearly 93 billion m3 which is almost 4% of the global freshwater withdrawal.  A large portion of this freshwater turns into industrial effluents which...

Sarawak stepping up efforts to achieve 60pc STEM students by 2030

Sarawak has doubled its efforts to achieve the target of 60 per cent of students enrolling in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) package classes by 2030 as planned under the Post-Covid-19 Development...