Center for Desert Agriculture

RESEARCH CENTER AT KAUST DEDICATED TO THE STUDY, ENGINEERING, AND IMPLEMENTATION OF SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE IN EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS

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?

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

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

12 June, 2022

AI system facilitates plant imaging from the start

An AI-powered imaging system called MutipleXLab provides rapid automated phenotyping of seed germination and root growth that will help select plants that grow well.

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25 May, 2022

Faculty in Focus: Monika Chodasiewicz

Interview with CDA featured faculty member, Monika Chodasiewicz: "We need more food, but we also need more reasonable ways to produce food."

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09 May, 2022

Genetic options ensure rust resistance is toast

Researchers have identified stem rust resistance in the wild cereal plant Aegilops sharonensis and successfully transferred the resistance gene into bread wheat.

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