The collaboration will initially focus on, but is not limited to, programmes related to research on:
(1) Aqua-genomics: Development of temperate and tropical lines of food fishes through genomic selection,
(2) Gut microbiome: Identification of microbes and application to nutrition and health of selected food fish and livestock,
(3) Microbiomes as bio-resources for application to biomass valorization, and
(4) Sustainable food future: Development of selected food crop via molecular-assisted breeding.
"Temasek Life Science Laboratory is a small, but prestigious laboratory in biotechnology that conducts research on plant diseases, plant science, animal science and aquaculture science. In addition, the laboratory conducts research within genetics, food, and genetic engineering. This is spot on for NMBU. Temasek is also big on innovation and entrepreneurship. We are looking forward to developing a good relationship with Temasek, and the partnership will enable us to work closer with research environments in Asia and Africa. Temasek works very closely with China, India, Indonesia and African countries," said Hektoen.
Temasek is a research institution solely, so there will be no exchange of students.
Temasek Lifesciences Laboratory is a part of Temasek Corporation, a large corporation which holdings include Singapore Airlines and the zoo in Singapore. Temasek is owned by the state of Singapore, but operates on a commercial basis.