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FST Winning Streak Continues As Lecturer Wins Young Investigator Award

The Faculty of Science and Technology has been on a fantastic run in recent weeks, racking up win after win. 

This week, they notched up yet another achievement, as School of Biological Science lecturer Dr Ranjetta Poobathy won a Young Investigator Award at the recent Young Scientists Network—Akademi Sains Malaysia (YSN-ASM) International Scientific Virtual Conference 2021! 

The award comes hot on the heels of recent wins at the Global Biotechnology Conference and the Malaysia Technology Expo. 

The conference was held from March 29 to April 1 and featured over 300 local and international participants. This year, the event was titled ‘Resilience in the New Normal’  and featured scientific presentations, several value-added forums and talks on special topics. 

Dr Ranjetta’s winning research was on the “Micropropagation of Bentong Ginger (Zingiber officinale Rosc.)”, and she spoke on the issues plaguing the Bentong ginger industry. 

In particular, her research focused on how plant tissue culture, especially the use of plant growth regulators, may help revive the industry. Ultimately, her work targets the mass commercialisation of in vitro-cultured Bentong ginger plants.

“I envision a day when all in vitro Bentong ginger plants will be successfully transplanted to the field, with the commercial benefits spilling over to the farmers, surrounding community and ultimately the nation,” said Dr Ranjetta. 

At QIU, we believe that our research projects should have an immediate beneficial impact on society, and Dr Ranjetta’s project is a perfect example. Kudos Dr Ranjetta and keep making us proud!

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