Research

Production of starch and protein from duckweed

These plants are very simple, lacking an obvious stem or leaves. The greater part of each plant is a small organized “thallus” or “frond” structure only a few cells thick, often with air pockets that allow it to float on or just under the water surface. Depending on the species, each plant may have no… View Article

The potential of plant metabolites for bio-based industry

The approach is developed in plants which produce interesting metabolites. The study is mostly performed in vitro which covers genetics, cellular and tissue level.

Plant Morphogenesis

The research is focused on wide array of plants ranging from annual crops, horticulture, ornamental plants to trees

Plant improvement through polyploidization

Polyploid plants can arise spontaneously in nature by several mechanisms, including meiotic or mitotic failures, and fusion of unreduced (2n) gametes. Both autopolyploids and allopolyploids can be found among both wild and domesticated plant species.Most polyploids display novel variation or morphologies relative to their parental species. The mechanisms leading to novel variation in newly formed allopolyploids may… View Article

Medicinal Mosses and Ferns

It is estimated that more than about 25% of modern drugs used today are derived from plants. As a part of drug discovery, we develop tool to screen and select plant that possess interesting bioactivities. Among the medicinal plants, mosses (bryophytes) and small ferns are of our interest since these groups have not been given… View Article

Elucidation of saponin biosynthesis in Javanese ginseng

For centuries, people have used a plethora of plants or plant-derived products with varying success to treat and cure diseases and injuries. However, only a small fraction of the immense diversity of plant metabolites has been explored for the production of new medicines and other products important to human well-being. The continuous need for new… View Article

Formation of artificial agarwood

Naturally synthesized agarwood requires a lengthy process of up to thirty years, which impede its continuous production. Therefore, recent effort has been allocated to the elucidation of agarwood formation to stimulate its process rapidly. In this study, we artificially induced agarwood formation by injection and inoculation of cultivated Aquilaria malaccensis with strains of Fusarium solani… View Article