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Hui Hui Chai
Tackling food security with resilient, nutrient-dense crops
Teaching Fellow, School of Biosciences
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Can you explain your research?

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.
What are the next steps in your research?

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. 

What has been the greatest moment of your career so far?
After finishing my PhD studies, I was able to continue my research on the bambara groundnut crop. At the same time, I have had opportunities to collaborate with different partners from Africa, the UK and Indonesia. This has allowed me to enhance my knowledge and my understanding on different aspects of the crops.
The University has a wide range of facilities, which supports us in plant physiology and genetics studies.
How does the University of Nottingham Malaysia support your research?

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. 

Where is your research published?

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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