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VISIT FROM UNIVERSITY OF TASMANIA UNDER THE NEW COLOMBO PLAN (NCP)
A group of ten undergraduate students lead by Professor Chris Carter, the Associate Director of Institute for Marine and Antarctica Studies (IMAS), from the University of Tasmania (UTAS), Australia had attended a workshop at Centre for Chemical Biology, from June 28th to July 6th 2016 under the international New Colombo Plan. The students are currently pursuing Bachelor of Applied Sciences, majoring in Aquaculture, Fisheries Management and Marine Environment studies.They have chosen Universiti Sains Malaysia and Penang as a place for them to learn about aquaculture, fisheries and sea-food industry in tropical countries. Among their activities was a visit to a fish farm, Sea Cucumber Research at Pulau Sayak, Seafood Processing Plant, Matang Mangrove Education Park and among others. The delegates also made a friendly meeting with Professor Dato’ Dr. Muhamad Bin Jantan, USM Deputy Vice Chancellor during their visit. The objective of this visit is to gain experience and to build the relationship in research, education and industry training in Malaysia.
RUBBER TREE IMPROVED GENOME ASSEMBLY PUBLISHED
Dr. Lau Nyok Sean, Prof. Sofiman Ahmad Othman and Prof. Alexander Chong Shu Chien from CCB together with collaborators from Riken, Prof. Minami Matsui and team, have published improved genome information for Hevea brasiliensis in research article entitled “The rubber tree genome shows expansion of gene family associated with rubber biosynthesis”.
Highlights of the Paper :
1. Genome information reveals possible contributors to rubber tree’s capacity to produce high level of latex.
The expansion of rubber biosynthesis-related genes (cis-prenyltransferase, small rubber particle protein and rubber elongation factor) in the genome and the high expression of these genes in latex are possible reasons for rubber tree’s capacity to produce large amount of latex.
2. Cap analysis gene expression (CAGE) results shows tissue-specific transcription profiles of rubber biosynthesis related genes.
Tissue-specific transcription of genes are possible alternative means of transcriptional regulation.
3. Comparative genomics analysis indicates conserved synteny between genomes of rubber tree, cassava, castor bean and jatropha.
Rubber tree gene blocks showed one-to-one, one-to-two and one-to-three synteny relationships with their orthologues in jatropha, cassava and castor bean, respectively.