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
How do we ensure a secure, safe, nutritious, and sustainable food supply for future generations?
Photo by Linda Polik.
Our primary research focus is on field-based cropping systems, with 4 collaborative projects covering important aspects of sustainable agroecosystem agriculture in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Exploring integrative, technology-centered crop production systems to enable sustainable agriculture in the KSA and beyond
Interrogating terrestrial ecosystems to promote biodiversity conservation and combat desertification and climate change
Our international team of scientists investigate a broad variety of biology topics within 10 specialized research laboratories.
01 June, 2023
The Center for Desert Agriculture and The KAUST School team up to promote a sustainable future through engaging young individuals in exciting projects. Among the flagship ones is the Plant Science Family Night, which introduces children to the world of plant science, showcasing its applications and emphasizing its importance for humanity.
09 January, 2024
The recent study from the BioActives Lab on the role of plant hormones, known as strigolactones, on plant development and interactions, holds potential for the engineering of beneficial traits into rice and other crops.
21 November, 2023
CDA professors Salim Al-Babili and Yoshihide Wada have been recognized among the world's most influential researchers in 2023, as per the Highly Cited Researchers list released by the Clarivate Institute of Scientific Information.