At the Malaysia Campus our portfolio is rapidly expanding with new environmental science programmes and research exploring the use of underutilised plants. Our presence in Malaysia is enabling us to conduct major research projects into the uses of tropical plants.
Research in biosciences
Within the School of Biosciences research activities are focused on biotechnology for the improvement of plants and crops for food, non-food and medicinal uses. We also believe that industry–academic collaboration is important because it provides facilities for high-profile biotechnology research for students and also links students directly to potential employers. We currently have an industrial partnership with Applied Agricultural Resources – an internationally recognised premier centre in plantation crop research – in which we are researching oil palm, with a focus on genetic improvement through modern molecular techniques. This collaboration has resulted in a new, state-of-the-art biotechnology research centre alongside the Malaysia Campus.
We have also recently opened the Centre of Post-harvest Biotechnology in conjunction with biosciences staff in the UK. The centre was established to facilitate research in our key priority area of Global Food Security.
Our research focuses on the development of biotechnology for the production, improvement and conservation of plants and their products for mankind’s needs. We use traditional and molecular approaches in plant/crop improvement programmes for economic crops such as oil palm, and for underutilised and novel crops, which have potential to augment food supplies and to provide additional revenue in developing countries.
Also: Taught Postgraduate courses in biosciences