Delegates from Johor Baharu Health District Office had visited Biocompost Community-Link Projects at Bioscience Department, T02 Building on 20th January 2022. During the visits, they learned the equipment’s involved in making compost and the layout of Hugel Culture as well as suitable plants grown for edible garden.
I have been teaching this courses for the past 10 years and I am enjoying the moments as this is my expertise. In respect of these I am focusing on plant tissue culture related knowledge from designing the facility, preparation of chemicals and media (solid and liquid) and how to handle plant tissue sample in laminar air flow until the generation of in vitro plantlet using somatic embryogenesis or organogenesis. The preparation of plant growth regulators, amino acids stock, MS media were included as well as the preparation of consumables prior to culturing the explants. The aseptic techniques and surface sterilization techniques before actual hand on in laminar air flow were also included. The role of plant growth regulators that affected the callusing from rice mature seed, characterization of embryogenic plant cell based on morphological and SEM were employed. The development of suspension cell were also included. At the end of semester, hopefully the students would experienced how to initiate plants from single cell in vitro.
The challenging began when the 2nd phase of Pandemic COVID19 occurred in the country. During this time, the courses had been running through hybrid learning (online and f2f). All the lectures were online (webex/ gmeet) while the laboratory sessions has manage to conduct face to face. The course emphasize the integrative disciplines that answers questions about plant. The practical and laboratory session had completed but the psychomotor assessment were conduced online. The students were required to do the test with recording video. Eventhough it seems not possible, but they managed to finished it on time. Good job!!!