The researchers from the Agroecotechnology Study Program at FPP (Faculty of Animal Husbandry and Agriculture) Undip are conducting a red podded yardlong bean development program in Muaro Jambi Regency, Jambi Province. This research program is funded by the Directorate General of Higher Education, Research, and Technology of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology through a collaborative research scheme with ITSNU Jambi.

“The collaborative research program marks the beginning of the red podded yardlong bean development program outside of Undip. It is expected that this program will continue for the next three years,” said the team leader, Prof. Dr. Ir. Florentina Kusmiyati, M.Sc., who is also a professor at FPP Undip. This research also involves young lecturers from the undergraduate program in Agroecotechnology at FPP Undip, namely Fajrin Pramana Putra, S.P., M.Sc., responsible for the cultivation process of the plants, and Muhamad Ghazi Agam Sas, S.P., M.Si., responsible for plant breeding. Additionally, the Agronomy Study Program Coordinator at ITSNU Jambi, Ir. Aditya Wahyudi, S.P., M.Sc., is responsible for field supervision in Jambi.

The existence of this collaborative research program is well-received by Dr. Jumisar, S.H., M.E. (Rector of ITSNU Jambi) as it can serve as a learning platform for lecturers at ITSNU Jambi regarding research developments in major campuses in Indonesia. “We are very pleased with this collaborative research program; our hope is that this activity can enhance the experience and reputation of ITSNU Jambi since it is a newly established campus in 2020,” said Dr. Jumisar, S.H., M.E., on Friday (11/24/2023).

Prof. Dr. Ir. Florentina Kusmiyati, M.Sc., the team leader, conveyed that the foundation for the collaborative research on red podded yardlong beans has been established. The future hope is that these beans will receive Plant Variety Protection (PVT) and further research can be conducted, exploring other aspects in collaboration with ITSNU Jambi. Considering the abundant natural resources potential in Jambi, there is a great opportunity for development. (FPP Undip Team, Ed. Humas)