The Microbiology laboratory was built in mid 2007. This functional laboratory serves as technical support for the Halex Group of Companies. Halex Biotechnologies Sdn Bhd collaborates with the Centre of Applied Bioscience International (CABI) since 2006, whereby CABI provides their R&D personnel with professional hands-on training and guidance.
* Bio-prospecting of beneficial microorganisms against plant pathogens.
* Isolation and identification of plant pathogen.
* Fungicides screening.
* In-house screening of healthcare disposable products.
Tissue Culture Laboratory
The Tissue Culture laboratory is purposed built and equipped with facilities such as a temperature controlling initial room, growth room and natural sunlight acclimatization areas.
The primary role of the Tissue Culture laboratory is to produce quality Tissue Culture plantlets. Selected mother plants with desirable characteristics are used for cloning. The explants such as meristems, leafs or buds are excised and surface sterilized under sterile conditions and cultured in various nutrient mediums i.e. initial stage liquid medium, differentiation medium and final stage medium for protocorms or callus, multiple shoots and roots induction.
To ensure quality of plantlets produced, routine stringent checks on recording, labelling and culture selection are conducted and plantlets produced from each explants are confined to certain numbers and steps to minimize abnormalities during field cultivations.
The glass house was constructed in early 2009 with a floor space of 230m2. Support facilities include a semi-auto sprayer, concrete benches and partitionable troughs, and open space for potted plants display.
The main function of the glass house is to conduct Agrochemical researches and development activities. Crops and test plants can be raised at will and pesticide sprays regulated with precision. Treated plants are suitably placed to facilitate regular monitoring and assessment. Rice can also be grown in flooded environment mimicking an actual rice field.
Other Horticultural researches, such as flower induction and plant nutrient requirements, can also be conveniently conducted within the facility.
Display of potted plants on concrete benches