A research collaboration between JIRCAS and Japan Malaysia Association (JMA) was concluded with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on July 3, 2019. The collaboration focuses on efficient utilization of abandoned oil palm trees (OPT) in plantations for producing biomass resources. Based on this agreement, value-added technology for OPT aimed at sustainable land use and regeneration of oil palm farms in Malaysia will be used to promote the bioelectric power generation and raw material manufacturing business. In Malaysia, the deforestation of oil palm plantations has become an environmental issue, and in order to control new deforestation, it is necessary to increase the sustainability of the plantations by reforestation. The abandoned oil palm trees are barrier to reforestation.
JIRCAS is pursuing research on utilization of abundant unused biomass resources in the tropical region and is working on the development and social implementation of high-value-added OPT saccharification technology using microorganisms. In order to promote the use of OPT in Malaysia, technical developments as well as cooperation with companies and inter-governmental efforts are indispensable. On the other hand, JMA is committed in the promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and Malaysia through friendly activities, cultural exchanges, and economic activities. It also contributes to the protection and maintenance of the natural environment through rainforest restoration activities.