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High Throughput genomic services for the oil palm industry

  • Fast and simple sample collection
  • Cutting edge, automated genotyping assays
  • Easy to use customer interface for ordering and data retrieval
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In The News

  • BBC: Boosting palm oil production by mapping plant DNA +

    In this segment of BBC disrupting Agriculture learn how Orion Biosains’ oil palm screening service can boost the livelihoods of subsistence farmers in Malaysia and beyond. Read More
  • Loss of Karma transposon methylation underlies the mantled somaclonal variant of oil palm +

    The Malaysian Palm Oil Board and Orion Genomics publish in Nature the discovery of the epigenetic cause of fruit mantling, opening the way to the successful propagation of high-yielding elite oil palm lines. "Loss of Karma transposon methylation underlies the mantled somaclonal variant of oil palm,"(Ong-Abdullah et al. Nature http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature15365)
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  • The oil palm VIRESCENS gene controls fruit colour and encodes a R2R3-MYB +

    Oil palm, a plantation crop of major economic importance in Southeast Asia, is the predominant source of edible oil worldwide. We report the identification of the VIRESCENS (VIR) gene, which controls fruit exocarp colour and is an indicator of ripeness.
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Palm oil genome map will boost yields and protect the environment

Understanding Oil Palm Inside Out

Know what you are planting now with
TeraSawit™ SHELL Gel Kit

The TeraSawit SHELL Gel Kit is the result of collaborative research by the Malaysian Palm Oil Board and Orion Genomics®. This research lead to the discovery of a single gene, the SHELL gene, responsible for the shell trait in the oil palm fruit. The genetic information is the core of the simple, fast and accurate TeraSawit SHELL Gel Kit, the first commercial kit developed for the oil palm industry. Use of the kit allows oil palm seed producers and growers to precisely determine the tenera, dura and pisifera fruit form of a seedling, nursery palm or field planted palm. Now you can improve yields and sustainability by selectively screening palms for the desired fruit form before planting!

TeraSawit™ Shell Gel Kit


Genomic DNA was extracted from pup seedlings and amplified with the TeraSawit SHELL Gel Kit. Phenotypic fruit form was clearly indicated by band pattern. D – dura, MP – MPOB pisifera, AP – AVROS pisifera and T – tenera.