Early detection of Ganoderma boninense using Thin Layer Chromatography (second workshop)
On 22 September 2015, a one-day workshop was successfully carried out by the team from Sustainable Palm Oil Research unit (SPOR), Faculty of Science and Natural Resources (FSSA), UMS. In the morning, interstate participants as well as those from Sabah arrived at the seminar room, FSSA, and were greeted by a welcoming speech by the dean of FSSA, Professor Dr. Baba Musta. After having a light refreshment prepared by SPOR, two lectures were given by Associate Professor Dr. Chong Khim Phin on the topic of Ganoderma boninense of the oil palm. The participants were engaged in the lectures, asking questions and had a fruitful discussion about issues, techniques and methods. The GanoKitTM were introduced to the participants, which was the main aim of the workshop. The GanoKitTM is a tool kit developed by SPOR to detect G. boninense in oil palm before the appearance of visual symptoms.
After a two hour lecture, the participants were invited to have a break when they were served lunch. This needed break allowed participants to make connections with the others and to make time to see the beautiful UMS campus. After lunch, the paticipants were brought to the field lab in UMS, where they were taught how to use the GanoKitTM. A workshop version of the kit was provided to the participants, and the team who helped developed the kit was present to demonstrate how to apply the kit in a plantation field. The demonstration took place outdoor, in the field to assimilate conditions in a plantation field.
We thank all who helped make the workshop a success. And we thank all participants who came!