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A- Biotechnology employs molecular biology and genetics to create improved agricultural products, food, animal feed, industrial materials, and medicines. Biotechnology crops are improving harvests while conserving water, soil, and the quality of our environment. Now and even more so in the near future, biotechnology will provide consumers with foods improved in taste and nutritional quality. Industrial applications, using renewable resources such as corn, can be found in plastics and fibers; these bio-based materials reduce our environmental footprint. Millions of people worldwide have been healed or helped by drugs and vaccines developed using biotechnology. Q-How is biotechnology being used in agriculture and food production? A-Biotechnology, combined with advances in the understanding of molecular and cellular biology, is aiding agriculture and food production in many ways. A key benefit is that biotechnology tools reduce the amount of time required to deliver conventional product traits and improved foods to market. Biotechnology tools reduce years of crop field testing and trait selection to months of laboratory testing and selection. This significant reduction in time benefits both growers and consumers. A second key benefit is that biotechnology production traits are integrated into plants. This allows growers to reduce production costs and time, increase their efficiency; and control pests in an environmentally friendly way. For example, specific traits protect corn plants from damaging insects. This helps farmers increase per acre yields and reduces the need for chemical sprays. A third key benefit is that biotechnology provides plants that supply better nourishment for livestock and expanded nutritional choices for consumers. Q-Is biotechnology really a new technology? A-Biotechnology covers such diverse activities as the use of yeast in brewing or bread making, and the fermentation process to make yogurt from milk. For centuries, humans have been selecting, sowing, and harvesting the best seeds that then produce the food we eat. Today, new developments in biotechnology allow us to identify and transfer the specific gene that creates a desired trait in a plant and offer a more precise way to produce plants with certain beneficial characteristics, such as greater nutrition.
What is Agricultural Biotechnology? A-Agricultural biotechnology is a range of tools. which make weed control simpler and more efficient. some biotechnology crops can be engineered to tolerate specific herbicides. which can make pest control more reliable and effective. A number of biotechnology-derived crops that have been deregulated by the USDA and reviewed for food safety by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and/or the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have been adopted by growers. and help meet the increasing world food and land demands. In either case the result is improved soil quality at a polluted site. fertilizer. Developers are using biotechnology to try to reduce saturated fats in cooking oils. which may lead to a new plant-made pharmaceutical industry that could reduce the costs of production using a sustainable resource. While it is not possible to know exactly which will come to fruition. labor. Examples of such advances include making antibiotic production more efficient through microbial fermentation and producing new animal vaccines through genetic engineering for diseases such as foot and mouth disease and rabies. and/or can decrease the use of synthetic pesticides. Advances in biotechnology may provide consumers with foods that are nutritionally-enriched or longer-lasting. Q-How is Agricultural Biotechnology being used? A-Biotechnology provides farmers with tools that can make production cheaper and more manageable. or that contain lower levels of certain naturally occurring toxicants present in some food plants. enable animals to more effectively use nutrients present in feed. improve plants or animals. These crop production options can help countries keep pace with demands for food while reducing production costs. or parts of organisms. Other crops have been engineered to be resistant to specific plant diseases and insect pests. reduce allergens in foods. including traditional breeding techniques that alter living organisms. They are also researching ways to use genetically engineered crops in the production of new medicines. to make or modify products. or develop microorganisms for specific agricultural uses. Researchers are at work to produce hardier crops that will flourish in even the harshest environments and that will require less fuel. For example. decrease nutrient runoff into rivers and bays. Modern biotechnology today includes the tools of genetic engineering. helping to decrease the pressures on land and wildlife habitats. Biotechnology may also be used to conserve natural resources. . and increase diseasefighting nutrients in foods. Genetically engineered plants are also being developed for a purpose known as phytoremediation in which the plants detoxify pollutants in the soil or absorb and accumulate polluting substances out of the soil so that the plants may be harvested and disposed of safely. certainly biotechnology will have highly varied uses for agriculture in the future. and water. Many other types of crops are now in the research and development stages.Q. In addition to genetically engineered crops. biotechnology has helped make other improvements in agriculture not involving plants.
squash. Biotechnology has helped to make both insect pest control and weed management safer and easier while safeguarding crops against disease. Crops with the ability to grow in salty soils or better withstand drought conditions are also in the works. . the bacteria often responsible for major outbreaks of food-borne illness in people. This saved the U. cotton. Biotech crops can make farming more profitable by increasing crop quality and may in some cases increase yields. and other crops continues in a similar manner to provide resistance to viral diseases that otherwise are very difficult to control. both those produced by conventional means as well as those produced through genetic engineering. Herbicide-tolerant crops are particularly compatible with no-till or reduced tillage agriculture systems that help preserve topsoil from erosion. producers. papaya industry. This genetic information is providing a wealth of opportunities that help researchers improve the safety of our food supply. soybean. and corn enable the use of reduced-risk herbicides that break down more quickly in soil and are non-toxic to wildlife and humans. tomatoes. Biotech crops may provide enhanced quality traits such as increased levels of beta-carotene in rice to aid in reducing vitamin A deficiencies and improved oil compositions in canola. herbicide-tolerant soybeans. synthetic pesticides that may contaminate groundwater and the environment In terms of improved weed control. For example.Q-What are the benefits of Agricultural Biotechnology? A-The application of biotechnology in agriculture has resulted in benefits to farmers. genetically engineered insect-resistant cotton has allowed for a significant reduction in the use of persistent. For example. Agricultural biotechnology has been used to protect crops from devastating diseases. The papaya ringspot virus threatened to derail the Hawaiian papaya industry until papayas resistant to the disease were developed through genetic engineering. The tools of biotechnology have "unlocked doors" and are also helping in the development of improved animal and plant varieties. Research on potatoes. and consumers.S. The use of some of these crops can simplify work and improve safety for farmers. scientists recently identified the complete genetic structure of several strains ofListeria and Campylobacter. and corn. The tools of agricultural biotechnology have been invaluable for researchers in helping to understand the basic biology of living organisms. This allows farmers to spend less of their time managing their crops and more time on other profitable activities.
molecular biology. and improved ways of producing insulin. aquaculture. What does the Biotechnology sector produce or what service does it provide? A. Research Q.What are main research activities / fields in Melaka Biotech? A. Modern techniques allow for the production of new and improved foods. Virus resistant crop plants and animals have been developed and advances in insect resistance have been made.How many Labs are Biotech Melaka have? A. Diagnostic tests for serious genetic diseases such as hereditary cancers and Huntington's chorea have been developed as well as ways of detecting and treating AIDS. plant tissue culture and microbiology.We are doing research mainly in applied biotechnology such as phytochemistry. Q.Q. 2. toxicology. Biotechnology applications in the field of medicine have resulted in new antibiotics.What are services offered in Melaka Biotech A 1. DNA FINGERPRINTING SERVICES Morphology & DNA Fingerprinting For Genotype Identification DNA Fingerprinting for QC of Raw Material New Plant DNA Profiling Phylogeny Analysis PCR Amplication DNA Extraction . vaccines for malaria.Toxicology Lab Phytochemistry Lab Microbiology Lab Molecular Biology Lab Plant Tissue Culture Lab Aquaculture Lab Q. Current applications of biotechnology are predominantly practiced in the fields of agriculture and medicine.
Coli Staphylococcus Aureus Salmonella sp. MICROBIOLOGICAL TESTING SERIVICES Total plate count Total combined Yeast & Mould Count E. inoculation technique and data interpretations for laboratory assistant. researcher.Who are the target group to attend workshop / send sample for testing A.2. Count Antimicrobial Assay Product Shelf Life Study / Expiry Date Determination Q. university student. . Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Lactobacillus sp. TOXICOLOGY TESTING SERVICES Bacterial Reverse Mutation test (2 or 5 strains) Cytotoxicity test (MTS Assay) In Vitro Mammalian Cell Micronucleus In Vitro Mammalian Cell Gene Mutation Alkaline Comet Assay 4. TISSUE CULTURE SERVICES Training or workshop on media preparation. research officers. secondary school Student. surface decontamination. chemist. CHEMISTRY AND FOOD TECHNOLOGY SERVICES Proximate analysis (nutritional facts) Water Testing Chemical Compound (GCMS) Antioxidant Testing Total Pnenolic Content ICP-MS Analysis (Determination of Heavy Metal) 5. Shigella sp. Building a protocol for tissue culture plant 3. science students and scientists in R&D biotechnology and biopharmaceutical.People who are involved in herbal / health care / agriculture/ chemical / biotechnology industries.
we have made a public commitment to engage and listen to interested parties. including our critics. On the production side of things.Melaka Biotech has a verifiable record of being one of the safest industrial companies in the world in terms of employee safety. and equipment maintenance people are required. We recognize that only through safe use can we realize its benefits. Melaka Biotech has also made a public commitment to use biotechnology safely. we ensure you our safety level are at it’s best.3. concerning biotechnology. There are many exciting opportunities for scientists and non-scientists in the biotechnology sector. With an ISO 9001:2008. research has always fueled our work. Many of our top scientists have been using biotechnology for several years to bring new products and services to market. Complementing the creative endeavors of researchers and engineers are the efforts to commercialize biotechnology products with the input of business management and marketing personnel. Bussiness With Us Q-What type of investments has Biotech Melaka made in biotechnology? A-Melaka is a R&D biotechnology based corporation. What do the people working in different Biotechnology occupations do? . In addition. A. List the occupations available in the Biotechnology sector. OECD GLP status and Towards ISO 17025. We see biotechnology as a very important tool that can improve quality of life in numerous ways. Career Q. sales reps. Q-How can the public be sure that Melaka Biotech will practice biotechnology safely? A-Safety is our heritage and passion. We believe in rigorous internal testing and stringent governmental review. This is vital if we are to better understand their concerns and seek their advice on strategies and direction. 4. Most people probably think of the lab technician or research scientist when they think of biotechnology. Q. We are the agency who creating Bio-techprenuer. genetic engineering and plant tissue culture are on the increase. quality assurance technicians. New career opportunities in the area of bioinformatics.
you could get into this field after doing a science degree in a related field and then a one year post-graduate diploma in information systems. or M. However. A lab assistant may only require one to two years of training in a technical college. preparing chemicals.A. or other industries. What type of training do these Biotechnology occupations require and where can it be acquired? How long is the training process? A.. or selling scientific equipment and supplies to biotech researchers. A Biostatistician would usually have at least a masters degree in statistics or biometrics.Sc. Laboratory technicians and lab assistants spend most of their time in the lab. an understanding of the science involved would also be required. plant.Sc. doctors. Someone working in the bioinformatics field will typically need a degree in computer science complimented with several courses in biology or biotechnology.Comm. M. They may be selling the products of the biotechnology industry to farmer. In the fields of bioinformatics or biostatistics the work would mostly be on the computer. Quality Assurance Technicians or Scientific Sales Reps probably need a B. or grant proposals. or animal tissue cultures. which requires 4 to 6 years of university training. They may be required to work with plants in a greenhouse or field setting. and possibly maintaining experimental microbial.. or Ph. or to work with lab animals. and management personnal would probably be best qualified with some scientific training and then a B. Research scientists require at least B. or analyzing the results of a series of plant growth trials. and they may or may not be involved in teaching university students. Quality assurance technicians work in labs or other types of production facilities testing the products that are for sale to ensure that they are safe and that they meet the required standards. Research scientists don't just work in the lab all the time.A. This requires at least 3 to 8 years of university training.Comm. You could be designing and maintaining data bases of scientific information. They would be working with a variety of sophisticated equipment. Q. .B. or M. doing the day to day tasks of carrying out the research.Sc. Lab technicians typically require a B. (4 to 6 years university training). attending seminars and conferences. Sales reps obviously try to sell their products.Sc.D.Sc. in a related field. much of their time may be devoted to writing papers. Marketing and Human Resources people probably need a B. However.
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