Latest CDA Stories

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

27 March, 2022

Saudi Arabia’s deep tech challenge: The industries that will change the Middle East

New deep tech startups are creating sustainable solutions to Saudi Arabia's extremes, through years of research and support from KAUST’s venture capital arm.

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21 March, 2022

Greening KSA project gains expert backing

KAUST signed an agreement to support the Greening KSA project. The CDA is providing the scientific and technological foundation for a sustainable increase in the vegetative footprint of the Kingdom.

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17 March, 2022

Sustainable food security for the Kingdom and the world

Local, regional, and global food system experts gather to achieve sustainable food security in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the world at the KAUST Workshop for Sustainable Food Security.

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14 March, 2022

Understanding rust resistance in bread wheat

Sequencing a high-quality bread wheat genome facilitates the identification of a gene that confers stripe rust resistance and may lead to improved crop resilience.

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07 March, 2022

Tweaking carotenoids proves fruitful

A novel plant-breeding strategy is targeting crop yield, nutritional value and stress tolerance, all through the expression of one gene.

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20 January, 2022

Desert plants hold the key to crop survival

A fascination with desert plants and their survival mechanisms has led to a game-changing discovery for improving crop productivity under stress conditions.

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28 November, 2021

Compact CRISPR system enables portable COVID-19 testing

Miniature RNA-cutting protein harnessed for diagnostics and therapeutics.

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14 November, 2021

Bacteria engage sulfur for plant salt tolerance

Understanding the interplay between bacteria and sulfur is leading to exciting biotechnologies that could enable crops to be irrigated with salty water.

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11 November, 2021

Improving global food security by controlling a persistent weed

The challenges of food production and global food security require a long-term, multi-pronged approach.

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27 October, 2021

Faculty in Focus: Prof. Mark Tester

Interview with CDA faculty member, Professor Mark Tester: “The food sector is arguably the most environmentally damaging of all sectors of human activity.”

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