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Summary: Laura Lin Tze Chin (LLTC)

LAURA LIN TZE CHIN (LLTC)
Contact Details :
Advanced Agriecological Research S/B, No. 11, Jalan Teknologi 3/6, Taman Sains Selangor 1,
Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
Tel : 603-6151 7924 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9
Fax : 603-6151 7081
Email : laura@aarsb.com.my
Personal Web Page : –

Education
2012
B. Sc. (Hons.) in Agricultural Science
The University of Queensland, Australia

Career Outline
2013 – Present
Graduate Research Assistant
Advanced Agriecological Research Sdn. Bhd.

Job Description
Graduate Research Assistant. My job will be focusing on physiological aspects of oil palm.

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Summary: Rizki Darusalam (RD)

RIZKI DARUSALAM (RD)

Contact Details :
PT Applied Agricultural Resources Indonesia, Kompleks Pertokoan Taman Anggrek,
Block D1 Jl Tuanku Tambusai, Pekanbaru 28291, Riau, Indonesia.
Tel : +62 761 572148/160
Fax : +62 761 572149
Email : rizki_darusalam@aarsb.com.my
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Education
2007
B.Sc. in Plant Breeding
Andalas University (UNAND)

Career Outline
2008 (March) – 2011 (September)
Assistant Plant Breeding
PT. Bakti Tani Nusantara
2012 (February) – 2012 (December)
Agronomy
PT. Anugerah Mustika Ostindo
2013 (January) – Present
Assistant Plant Breeding / Seed Production
PT. Applied Agricultural Resources Indonesia

Job Description
Assistant Plant Breeding / Seed Production. My current activity is undergoing training to become an expert in oil palm research especially in plant breeding and seed production.

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Summary: Tan Suet Yee (TSY)

TAN SUET YEE (TSY)
Contact Details :
Advanced Agriecological Research S/B, No. 11, Jalan Teknologi 3/6, Taman Sains Selangor 1,
Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
Tel : 603-6151 7924 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9
Fax : 603-6151 7081
Email : Tansy@aarsb.com.my
Personal Web Page : –

Education
2011
B.Sc.(1st Class Hons.) in Statistics
University Putra Malaysia (UPM)
2013
Master of Applied Statistics
University Putra Malaysia (UPM)

Career Outline
2011 (June) – 2011 (Sept)
Planner
Top Glove Sdn. Bhd.
2011 (Oct) – 2013 (Aug)
Quality Assurance Executive
My Education Group
2013 (Sept)
Assistant Research Officer I (Statistician)
Advanced Agriecological Research Sdn. Bhd.

Job Description
Assistant Research Officer I (Statistician). To maintain and analyze a wide range of agricultural data from field experiments, supervise a team of statistical clerks, as well as assist researchers in designing field experiments. As I have recently joined AAR, the initial steps are to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to enable me to carry out my job responsibilities.

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Occupational Safety & Health Policy

We are fully committed towards achieving the highest standard of occupational safety and health with the aim of ensuring and promoting a safe and healthy working environment in our company premises.

We shall achieve this by:

  • Complying with all legal requirements pertaining to Occupational Safety and Health.
  • Providing adequate training, information and supervision on safety and health aspects to all employees at all levels.
  • Providing adequate financial and physical resources to implement safety and health programs.
  • Ensuring that all employees are held accountable for their safety and health responsibilities.
  • Reviewing our safety and health policy and safe working procedures as often as may be necessary for continual improvement in safety and health matters.

Summary: Cheah Li Wen (CLW)

CHEAH LI WEN (CLW)
Contact Details :
Advanced Agriecological Research S/B, No. 11, Jalan Teknologi 3/6, Taman Sains Selangor 1,
Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
Tel : 603-6151 7924 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9
Fax : 603-6151 7081
Email : cheahlw@aarsb.com.my
Personal Web Page : –

Education
2012
B.Sc. (Hons.) in Agricultural Science
University of Adelaide, Australia
Career Outline
2012 – Present
Assistant Research Officer I
Advanced Agriecological Research Sdn. Bhd.
Job Description
Assistant Research Officer I. Currently undergoing training to equip myself as a competent oil palm agronomist, capable of implementing and managing specific research programmes, conducting certain agronomic field trials as well as visiting and advising estate managers independently on agronomic matters. In addition, I also assist some of the research officers in their research and development work programs. My research work is focused on the various aspects of Ganoderma, which causes basal and upper stem rot in oil palm, specifically with regards to the biological control of this fungus.
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Summary: Tan Swee Sian (TSS)

TAN SWEE SIAN (TSS)
Contact Details :
Advanced Agriecological Research S/B, No. 11, Jalan Teknologi 3/6, Taman Sains Selangor 1,
Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
Tel : 603-6151 7924 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9
Fax : 603-6151 7081
Email : TanSS@aarsb.com.my
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Education
2011
B. Sc. in Biomedical Science
The University of Queensland, Australia
2012
B. Sc. (Hons.) in Microbiology
The University of Queensland, Australia

Career Outline
2013 – Present
Graduate Research Assistant
Advanced Agriecological Research Sdn. Bhd.

Job Description
Graduate Research Assistant under Environmental Microbiology Section. I will be working mostly on investigating potential microbes in soils, which either beneficial or harmful to plants. My research work is focused on establishing molecular biology technique/protocol in order to understand the interaction between soil microbes and plants. Most works would be linking soil, microbes, and plants as one single integrated system.

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Summary: Dr. Teo Tze Min (TTM)

DR. TEO TZE MIN (TTM)

Contact Details :
Advanced Agriecological Research S/B, No. 11, Jalan Teknologi 3/6, Taman Sains Selangor 1,
Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
Tel : 603-6151 7924 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9
Fax : 603-6151 7081
Email : teotm@aarsb.com.my
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Education
2004
B.Sc. (Hons.) in Genetics/Microbiology
Queen Mary, University of London
2011
DPhil in Zoology
University of Oxford
Career Outline
2004 – 2005
Laboratory Assistant
Ambiensis Ltd.
2012 – Present
Assistant Research Officer II
Advanced Agriecological Research Sdn. Bhd.
Job Description
Assistant Research Officer II. As an oil palm agronomist/entomologist, my main job functions are to implement and manage specific research programmes, conducting field trials relating to entomology, as well as advising estate managers on agronomic matters. As I have recently joined AAR, the initial steps are to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to enable me to carry out my job responsibilities.
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Directors of Research

Malaysia Head Office

Director of Research: Tey Seng Heng

Deputy Director of Research: Patrick Ng Hong Chuan


Subsidiary Companies (Indonesia)

President Director: Kee Khan Kiang

Director: Arif Sugandi

Message From Director of Research

Welcome to Applied Agricultural Resources Sdn. Bhd., AAR. You will be able to find useful information here on plantation crops, particularly oil palm, rubber and cocoa. You may also learn about our commercial and research activities and perhaps discover services, products or studies of interest to you that you wish to pursue further for your own interest or the betterment of the industry.

AAR was established by a group of experienced agronomists and scientists (formerly from Highland Research Unit Sdn. Bhd. of Highlands & Lowlands Berhad and Selangor Coconuts Berhad) led by Mr. Chew Poh Soon in 1986. It was setup to facilitate research studies on tropical plantation crops and provide advisory services to two public listed plantation companies in Malaysia, namely Boustead Plantations Berhad (BPB) and Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK). The company continued to grow under the leadership of Dr Soh Aik Chin who succeeded Mr. Chew in 2000. Its manpower and functions were expanded further by Dr Kee Khan Kiang from 2007. The baton was then passed to Mr. Goh Kah Joo in 2012 who strengthened the capability of the company for another 6 years before his retirement in April 2018. The efforts and endurances of the four former Heads/Directors of Research have propelled AAR into a reputable centre for research and development with operations spanning across Malaysia, Indonesia, Africa and Latin America.

Supported by our Principals (BPB and KLK) and backed by more than 65 research executives and 650 dedicated staff members and workers, we are currently serving more than 400,000 hectares of oil palm estates belong to our Principals and commercial clients in Malaysia, Indonesia, Liberia and Colombia.

Our primary aim remains the same i.e. to maximise the yield productivity of our Principals’ and clients’ plantations in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner. Conventional agronomy and crop protection trials are still carried out to formulate good agricultural practices while the use of geospatial technologies and digital peripherals for planning and monitoring has been given greater emphasis. Our current planting materials are capable of producing up to 45 t/ha of fresh fruit bunch yield but the shortage of skillful harvesters has been a serious constraint of great concern. We are therefore keen to evaluate tools and work with engineers to fabricate machines for adoption to improve the efficiency of crop recovery, minimize crop losses and optimize usage of resources.

With years of experience as a major producer of elite DxP hybrid seeds and tissue culture ramets, we are now hinging on biotechnology to enhance our breeding capability and proficiency in micro-propagating high performing planting materials. Genomic information is being gathered and utilized to infer oil palm trait development, understand soma-clonal variation and develop markers for oil palm breeding selection. Genome-wide association studies are pursued to understand the pathogenicity and epidemiology of Ganoderma boninense.

Molecular techniques in microbiology are being explored to identify and assess the role of beneficial microbes that can restore soil fertility and reduce plant dependency on inorganic fertilisers. We also have a well-established chemistry laboratory to support our requirements in leaf, soil and fertilizer nutrient content analysis.

With the increasing size of operations and demands for transparency and sustainable development, timely information is of great importance to decision-makers. Conventional data analysis helps us to understand the past but we are excited about the advent of big data analytics that will allows us to discover patterns of events and predict outcomes. We see potentials in instrumenting trees, soils, waterways, crops, machines, drones and even workers with cameras, sensors and data recording devices to gather big and complex datasets for change detection, pattern recognition and trend analysis etc.

We are proud to be associated with an industry that feed and fuel the world, and generate many high-value jobs and career advancement opportunities for young professionals and managers. We welcome constructive suggestions and please feel free to drop us your views, comments and ideas. We are always keen and looking forward to collaborate with local as well as foreign organizations, universities and research institutions.

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