Category : Sciences
The Biotechnology Option for Malaysia
Editor: Ghazally Ismail
The stark reality of the world as it is
today is that it is divided into two the "bioresource-rich"
countries of the developing world and the "technology-rich"
advanced nations. The future for developing countries
critically lies in the choice and path they take in utilising
their rich and diverse bioresources prudently and sustainably.
To do this they must carefully weigh out the suitability of
and the ramifications that might emerge from the adoption of
technology presently available in the developed nations.
Malaysia, in its continuing effort to achieve
industrialised-nation status has opted, for biotechnology as
one of the many enabling technologies through which it can effect
a quantum leap in this technological era. This is done
for a number of reasons. Malaysia today remains one of
the last few countries in the world that are still endowed with
vast expanse of luxuriant and biologically diverse rainforests.
Biotechnology is highly dependent on rich biological resources,
particularly the yet unexplored and underexploited resources
of its forests and surrounding oceans. This natural wealth
of genetic diversity will increase the likelihood of being "first-to-market"
in product development that is ever-increasingly crucial in
today's biotechnology industry. This book, written by
a team of distinguished scientists and industrial managers,
argues that biotechnology is an option for Malaysia to uniquely
position itself to lead the way. It is a book of hope
that sets a new agenda for Malaysia and its future role in the
Hb: ISBN 967 978 613 7: US$99.00
||CHEMICAL PROSPECTING IN THE MALAYSIAN FOREST
Edited by Ghazally Ismail,
Mutiedza Mohamed, Laily bin Din
There is an urgent need at the national
level to assess the status of plant-based chemical prospecting
research in Malaysia, with a view of improving the research
infrastructural needs and promoting the down-stream utilization
of the research findings. It is hoped that this publication
could facilitate such assessment, as well as exposing the general
public to the current knowledge and advances in the chemical
and bioactivity screening of plants in Malaysia.
Hb: ISBN 967 978 541
||MALAYSIAN MEDICINAL PLANTS FOR THE TREATMENT
OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES
Dr C.H. Chuah, Dr S.J.L. Mok, Dr E. Soepadmo
This book provides information about the
chemical constituents, bioactivity, ecology, botany and ethnopharmacological
use of a selected group of potentially useful plants in treating
or alleviating cardiovascular diseases such as coronary heart
disease, congestive heart failure, artherothrombic brain infarction
and peripheral vascular disease-the major causes of death in
affluent societies. This study is confined to plants applicable
to the treatment of such diseases, especially those which are
native to Malaysia.
Hb: ISBN 967 978 515 7: US$89.00
||MARINE BIOTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH IN MALAYSIA
Compiled by Dr Almah Awaluddin
Malaysia's long coastline, warm and productive
sea environment and numerous islands offer vast opportunities
for the development and commercialisation of marine biotechnology.
However, Malaysia has yet to make much significant headway in
this area. This compilation in marine biotechnology are
studies of biotechnology in preparing a directory of experts
in this field. The information gathered from almost all
leading institutions in Malaysia will help in prioritising and
co-ordinating the research objectives. Marine biotechnology
will play an increasingly important role in many areas of human
endeavour, including the extraction of pharmaceuticals, aquaculture,
environmental remediation, among others, it is necessary that
lines of action are carefully oriented to make them need-based
Hb: ISBN 967 978 578 5: US$59.00
||SAYAP-KINABALU PARK SABAH
Edited by Ghazally Ismail and Laily bin
This book is a collection of discoveries
in one of the rare and untouched rainforests of the world.
These timely papers are written by esteemed scientists and researchers
from various prestigious institutions and universities in Malaysia.
Their findings help us understand our surroundings and lead
us to see a better way of preserving these forests.
1995: 241 pp
Hb: ISBN 967 978 522
||TAWAU HILLS PARK SABAH
Edited by Ghazally Ismail, Siraj Omar and
Laily bin Din
This book is the result of many new discoveries
from the recent expeditions to the National Park of Sabah by
a team of dedicated and experienced scientists from various
universities in East and West Malaysia. Some of the findings
are 'firsts' while others give insights into the phenomenal
realm of the flora and fauna in one of the world's remaining
Hb: ISBN 967 978 540 8: US$99.00