Summary: Dr. Soh Aik Chin FASc (SAC)


Contact Details :
Applied Agricultural Resources S/B, No. 11, Jalan Teknologi 3/6, Taman Sains Selangor 1, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
Tel : 6-03-61561152
Fax : 6-03-61561206
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B. Agri. Sc. (Hons.)
University of Malaya (UM)
M. Agric. Sc
University of Malaya (UM)
Oregon State University
Career Outline
1971 – 1973
Cocoa agronomist
Felda Research
1973 – 1974
University of Malaya
1975 – 1976
University of Malaya
1977 – 1979
Teaching Assistant
Oregon State University
1979 – 1986 (June)
Plant Breeder
Highlands Research Unit
1986 (June) – 2007 (February)
Plant Breeder
Applied Agricultural Research Sdn. Bhd.
1998 – 2000 (March)
Department Head of Agricultural Research
Applied Agricultural Research Sdn. Bhd.
2000 (March) – 2007 (February)
Head of Agricultural Research
Applied Agricultural Research Sdn. Bhd.
Job Description
Part-time Consultant at AAR-UNMC
Key Research Interests
Plant breeding – principally oil palm with some experience and interest on cocoa, chillies, tomatoes, maize and forages.

Breeding and selection strategies and methodologies including marker-assisted selection, transgenics, dihaploids for hybrid seeds and clones.

Field plot technique – experimental designs and analysis of field trials, statistical inference.

  • Developed: (1) the Dumpy-AVROS semi-dwarf oil palm hybrid variety which facilitates harvesting and extends the economic life of the crop, (2) the Dumpy.Yangambi.AVROS hybrid variety with improved high yield potential besides the dwarfing advantages, and (3) high yielding clones from tissue culture, with strong support from his very able tissue culture and plant breeding teams. These varieties have made and continue to make significant economic impact on the oil palm industry. (ref: Soh et al., 1981)
  • Suggested appropriate selection and breeding methods and strategies for the production of hybrid seeds and clones for oil palm (Soh, 1986, 1994, 1998, 1999; Soh and Chow, 1993)
  • Elucidated the inheritance of the resistance to chilli veinal mottle virus and started the genetic base for the development of the virus resistant ‘Cili Bangi’ chilli variety (Soh, Yap and Graham, 1976, 1977).
Have led or directly involved in the development of the following products:
  • AA DxP seeds
  • AA Ramets
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