Capable of Producing Seeds with High Productivity Levels
Superior Oil Palm Seeds
Seeds are the foundation of an investment in palm oil, and will determine its success or failure for the tree’s 20-25 year lifespan. In 1996 the Asian Agri R&D Centre founded an Oil Palm Research Station (OPRS) in Topaz, Riau, to select and breed superior oil palm seeds.
Supported by its tissue culture laboratory and team of scientists, OPRS has so far released four varieties, Topaz 1, Topaz 2, Topaz 3 and Topaz 4. More than 130 million seedlings have been shipped to large plantations, smallholders and independent farmers throughout Indonesia and abroad.
Selected Parents and Enrichment of Genetic Resources.
Asian Agri has used selected dura and pisifera parents from Costa Rica. 228 Deli dura (DxP) inbred line progenies from renowned research institutions, such as MARDI Serdang (Malaysia), OPRS Dami (Papua New Guinea), Chemara Research Station (Malaysia), Socfin Johor Labis (Malaysia) and San Alejo (Honduras), have been collected at Topaz, along with 50 pisifera parent progenies from AVROS H&C (Malaysia), AVROS Dami (Papua New Guinea), Ekona (Cameroon), Ghana (Africa), Nigeria (Africa), La Me (Ivory Coast) and Yangambi.
We continue to actively enrich genetic resources to support selection and breeding to produce new, more advanced varieties. This genetic resource enrichment is performed both independently and in collaboration within consortia supported by the Directorate General of Plantations, Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture.
Tested on both Mineral and Organic Soil
Asian Agri manages commercial oil palm plantations in locations that have different agroclimatic characteristics. This allows us to test Topaz seeds in various conditions to ascertain their productivity potential. We have tested 440 Series 1 DxP progenies originating from introgression of 223 Deli dura with 50 pisifera in different agroclimatic locations on mineral and organic soil in a total area of more than 600 hectares in North Sumatra and Riau.
Selected Advanced Varieties
Based on outcomes of careful testing and selection, dura and pisifera parents were selected to produce advanced oil palm varieties of DxP Topaz Series 1, namely:
- Topaz 1 (dura Deli x pisifera Nigeria)
- Topaz 2 (dura Deli x pisifera Ghana)
- Topaz 3 (dura Deli x pisifera Ekona)
- Topaz 4 (dura Deli x pisifera Yangambi)
Topaz DxP Series 3
As further development of Topaz Series 1 above, we continued to perform tests to produce Series 2 and Series 3. After 40 trials across 924 hectares from 2002 to 2014, the result is the high-quality Topaz DxP Series 3.
Advantages of DxP Topaz
- High potential yield of FFB and oil
- High productivity since the first harvest
- High oil yield
- Slow vertical growth
- Able to adapt well on marginal land
We apply high selection standards and strict quality control to provide assurance that the plants produced will be of high quality. Our production process applies ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management.
DxP Topaz advanced seeds are available as seedlings and seeds (pre-nursery and main nursery). For more complete information and orders, contact: