I study the bambara groundnut, which is relatively underutilised in agriculture, and its potential role in crop diversification. In the face of growing food security challenges, it is imperative to grow a variety of crops in an area and for those crops to be resilient. We know bambara groundnut is drought-tolerant and has good nutritional composition, however its pod yields can be low and erratic. This is an issue I am aiming to combat in my research through breeding and agronomic studies involving structured germplasm development, genetic analysis and field evaluation.
These crops have high nutritional value, the potential to tolerate different abiotic stresses and are consumed in Malaysia.
The future steps are to translate whatever we have learnt from the bambara groundnut, and apply it to other crop species, such as amaranth and winged bean. These crops have high nutritional value, the potential to tolerate different abiotic stresses and are consumed in Malaysia, making them of interest to me, as a biosciences researcher in this part of the world.
The University has a wide range of facilities, which supports us in plant physiology and genetics studies.
The University has a wide range of facilities, which supports us in plant physiology and genetics studies. In addition, it also has an extensive network which allows us to discuss our challenges and provides us with collaboration and training opportunities to conduct our research.
Some of my research papers have been published in peer-reviewed journals. We have worked together with other colleagues on book chapters. Attending conferences is another way we have shared our knowledge and findings too.
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