Nathan Lakey
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Boosting palm oil production by mapping plant DNA

10 May 2016 Last updated at 00:34 BST

Subsistence farmers in Malaysia and beyond could see a boost to their livelihoods if Orion Biosains' project succeeds.

Using "DNA-based precision molecular agriculture" the company is aiming to give those who depend on palm oil production the opportunity to earn more through higher yielding trees.

The key is a simple plastic punching device no bigger than a pen.

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