Conservation of plant genetic resources has been carried out to avoid the loss of valuable genetic resources and to meet the demand for future food supply and food security. This conservation uses two approaches: in-situ and ex-situ conservation. In-situ conservation involves maintaining genetic resources within their natural habitat, whereas ex-situ conservation involves conserving plant genetic resources in germplasm collections and genebanks. These two types of conservation complement each other; in-situ conservation focuses on habitat protection, while ex-situ conservation aims to preserve the genetic integrity of populations and individuals. Therefore, the ability to identify the diversity of plant genetic resources provides tools to capture maximum variation and minimise losses to the resources.

Instructor Biography

Dr. Wan Nurhayati Wan Hanafi, a lecturer at Universiti Teknologi MARA, specialises in understanding genetic diversity and population structures through DNA profiling. She actively collaborates with researchers, contributing significantly to the study of genetic diversity and population structure.

Dr. Maizura Ithnin leads the Advanced Biotechnology & Breeding Centre at the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB), where her research primarily focuses on oil palm genetics. With extensive publications in this field, she is recognised for her contributions to advancing knowledge in oil palm genetics.

Prof. Dr. Farida Zuraina Mohd Yusof, a lecturer at Universiti Teknologi MARA, is an expert in gene isolation and DNA analysis. Her expertise in this area has made significant contributions to genetic research.

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