The Malaysian Palm Oil Board and Orion Genomics discover key fruit-color gene in oil palm, indicates fruit ripening (Singh, et al. Nature http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ncomms5106)
Orion Genomics launches clinical diagnostics lab, granted CAP accreditation
The Malaysian Palm Oil Board and Orion Genomics discover oil yield gene in oil palm (Singh, et al. Nature http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature12356)
On Wednesday a team of Malaysian and American scientists published a pair of papers in Nature on the genome of this profoundly important (oil palm) tree. They hope to use the knowledge to grow better trees that can yield more oil. The researchers discovered that a single gene, called SHELL, has a powerful effect on how much oil is produced mutations to SHELL can raise the yield of the palm by as much as 30 percent.