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CENTER FOR DESERT AGRICULTURE

Research center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

Dedicated to the study, engineering, and implementation of sustainable agriculture in extreme environments

 

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The global population is projected to reach

10 billion by 2050

How do we ensure a secure, safe, nutritious, and sustainable food supply for future generations?

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The Center for Desert Agriculture is committed to finding smart and efficient solutions to 

 

  • produce high-value crops and staples
  • reduce reliance on water, fertilizer, and pesticides
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • increase plant growth potential on marginal lands
  • empower the next generation of Saudi Arabian
    citizens to be global leaders in sustainable agriculture
Discover our vision, mission, and more

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CDA NEWS

02 November, 2022

Plant hormones to help prevent Striga invasion

Crop resistance to a significant parasitic plant could be increased through gene editing or chemical treatment.

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31 October, 2022

Faculty in Focus: Prof. Ikram Blilou

Interview with CDA faculty member, Professor Ikram Blilou: "The aim is to provide sustainable food and implement agriculture in the Kingdom through an interdisciplinary approach."

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25 September, 2022

Edible education breaks ground for a healthy generation

The CDA launched Saudi Arabia's first edible education program to promote sustainable agriculture as well as a healthy lifestyle with nutritious food for the coming generation.

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We are an interdisciplinary team of researchers seeking to create measurable impact in the fields of plant science and biotechnology. Learn how you can contribute to our mission and help us feed the world.