The SureSawit Shell screening services is offered by Orion BioSains Sdn Bhd in which has developed a high throughput DNA testing facility that allows for the identification and replacement of unwanted palms. This is the first for the Malaysian start-up company to pioneer a new industry segment, ushering in a new era of molecular precision agriculture to the country. Plantation operators can now selectively field-plant the higher-yielding tenera palms, thus increasing fruit production and oil yield without increasing plantation labour, fertiliser costs, milling costs or expansion of planted area. SureSawit Shell screening is a powerful quality control tool that will benefit seed producers, plantation operators, as well as oil palm breeders who have been practising selective breeding techniques of tenera palms. A delegation from MPOB, led by chairman Datuk Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub, recently visited the Orion Biosains laboratory in Puchong, Selangor, which houses its research and production facilities. Here the custom high-throughput robotic instruments can process thousands of oil palm seeds and seedling tissue samples daily.
So far reported that more than one million seeds and seedlings have been tested and certified. The SureSawit screening technology is poised to have a major impact on the economy. The technology also has a global impact as its use has extended to palm oil-producing countries, such as Indonesia and South America. This will also establish Malaysia as a global genome technology provider that contributes to the sustainability of the oil palm sector. SureSawit Shell technology can facilitate better fresh fruit bunches yields to increase the income of plantations and smallholders, while palm oil mills can produce more oil from the existing planted areas. The commercialisation of the SureSawit technology and the high-throughput DNA processing facility were highlighted by the British Broadcasting Corporation in 2016, where the licensee of the MPOB technology was acknowledged as one of the top eight companies in the world with disruptive technologies. These successes have provided an important boost for MPOB to continue with its efforts to enhance the oil palm industry in sync with its responsibility to promote and develop the palm oil sector in the country. Thanks..