Latest CDA Stories

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

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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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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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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11 June, 2023

Striking gold with black, brown and red rice

Fundamental research offers opportunities for new varieties of pigmented rice and a resource to address malnutrition.

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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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26 March, 2023

Linker histone bridges gaps in plant immunity knowledge

Understanding the role of a key protein in plant immunity could inform the development of crops that are resistant to multiple pathogens.

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16 February, 2023

Pioneering Plant Projects Promise Regeneration

Research to underpin key government strategies for greening the desert, regenerating mangroves and meeting Saudi Arabia’s net zero targets by 2060.

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09 February, 2023

Playing the right cards to answer questions on a hardy old grain

The drive to research tangible solutions to address climate change meant a leap from marine science to terrestrial agriculture for graduate student Clara Stanschewski, now studying quinoa.

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20 December, 2022

Streamlining AI to Enable DIY Models

Using artificial intelligence for scientific research across a number of disciplines has led to a new startup based on a powerful online tool, where users automatically generate their own machine-learning models.

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