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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

01 June, 2023

Plant Science Family Night

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.

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09 January, 2024

From roots to shoots: decoding strigolactones in plant architecture and symbiosis

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.

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21 November, 2023

CDA professors among 2023's most influential researchers

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.

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