STA to offer RM2.4 Mn in funding for tropical hardwood research

The Sarawak Timber Association (STA) will invest RM2.4 Mn to fund a two-year research project on “Development and Deployment of Improved Genetic Materials of Falcataria Moluccana’ (Moluccan albizia)”.

STA Chairman, Wong Kie Yik, said that the latest projects funded by the association include RM400,000 to Universiti Malaysia Sarawak for a three-year research on the production of high quality kelampayan species (Neolamarckia cadamba) for forest plantations.

Another RM580,000 has also been given to Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus, for a project aimed at identifying and isolating the rhizosphere microorganism in the soil which could be harnessed to raise plantation productivity.

Since 2005, the STA has been funding universities and private agencies on similar research projects.

Source: ITTO