Latest CDA Stories

Click on the stories below to read about our research in local and international news outlets.

18 September, 2023

Plant Science Family Night

The Plant Science Family Night stands as one of the key initiatives jointly organized by the CDA and TKS. The primary aim is to promote a sustainable future by actively involving young individuals in meaningful ways and empowering them to take action.

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10 September, 2023

Fungal enzymes may enhance provitamin A content and stability in crop plants

The BioActives Lab has pioneered an innovative biofortification technique designed to boost the production and storage of provitamin A in crop plants. This groundbreaking technology holds the potential to combat vitamin deficiencies prevalent in malnourished populations.

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29 August, 2023

Sourcing a sustainable new vegetable oil

A long-term breeding initiative is underway to cultivate superior strains of Salicornia with the goal of producing a sustainable and nutritionally valuable source of seed oil.

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28 August, 2023

New gene-editing technique offers path to precision therapies

Researchers from Magdy Mahfouz's Laboratory for Genome Engineering and Synthetic Biology have developed a gene-editing technique that provides a flexible and programmable platform for site-specific gene manipulations across all forms of DNA material

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03 August, 2023

An ancient grain unlocks genetic secrets for making bread wheat more resilient

A first complete genome map of einkorn reveals evolutionary origins and potential for enhanced wheat breeding.

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31 July, 2023

FFAR grant received: Domesticating Saltwater Crops for Future Food Needs

Prof. Jesse Poland with his team of colleagues & collaborators secured the FFAR Seeding Solutions grant. This grant, along with the matching funds provided by KAUST, will invest nearly $2M into a project that aims to assess the domestication potential of Distichlis palmeri.

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30 July, 2023

Helping agriculture be smart and precise

Using nanotechnology for controlled delivery of biostimulants and micronutrients to crops could improve performance and nutritional value.

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20 July, 2023

Desert microbes turn on drought tolerance when needed

Priming crop plants with a microbe sourced from the roots of desert plants could be a powerful tool to boost crop plant's resilience to drought.

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21 June, 2023

Following stress could help plants in drought

Pioneering research to explain plants’ response to abiotic stress has important potential for improving future plant performance

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13 June, 2023

Casting a wide net to see the real cost of water

Yoshihide Wada uses a systems approach to address global problems and contribute to national climate adaptation plans.

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