TARRC ‘s Head of Biotechnology Unit, Dr Maria Kolesnikova-Allen, presented a paper at the International Rubber Research and Development Board’s (IRRDB) International Rubber Conference 2018. The conference was held from 22nd - 23rd October 2018 at the Sofitel Hotel Ivoire in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa.
The title of the conference was, ‘Natural rubber industry: An asset for socio-economic development and the preservation of the environment’.
With representatives from more than 20 countries, the conference was an opportunity for the global natural rubber community to gather and discuss current progress, ongoing and merging challenges and innovative solutions in natural rubber production.
TARRC ‘s Dr Maria Kolesnikova-Allen (centre) with some of the delegates at the IRRDB's IRC 2018, Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa.
TARRC’s Dr Kolesnikova-Allen presented a paper on, ‘A new DNA-based tool for clonal confirmation of Hevea brasiliensis planting materials’, outlining the development and validation of a new diagnostic test based on use of molecular markers as a universal quality control tool for authentication of rubber clones. It can be used for confirmation of clonal identity at any stages of a plants development, unlike visual descriptors which can only be accurately assessed on fully matured plants. This tool is envisaged for use in assisting Hevea germplasm management in breeding collections and propagation of planting material at nurseries level, ultimately increasing the productivity of rubber plantations.
The Director General of the Malaysian Rubber Board and Chairman of the TARRC Board, Datuk Dr Zairossani, was also at the conference and presented a paper titled, ‘A Lifetime Dedicated to Problem Solving in the Rubber Industry’, highlighting TARRC’s key role in and significant contribution into the research and development of the natural rubber industry over the last 80 years. He emphasized that TARRC continues to help improve the industry through its focussed research programmes and support units that work with the rubber industry to assist in the design, development and manufacture of new and existing products, to improve the technical performance and longevity of natural rubber products.
For more information on the conference, please look at the official website: http://irrdb-irc2018abidjan.com/
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