Latest CDA Stories

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

16 January, 2022

Sustainable Food Security ePoster competition

Open to all fields related to food supply, water use, food use, and environmental change (Saudi Green Initiative)

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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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18 October, 2021

People of KAUST: Fatema Alquraish

Fatema Alquraish is a student in the Stress Granule Lab of the Center for Desert Agriculture at KAUST. She is also an engaged community member and the first Saudi national to earn a leadership role in the KAUST Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD).

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14 October, 2021

Protecting the date palm for future prosperity

Modern research and technology are being used at KAUST to protect this very ancient crop.

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20 June, 2021

Keeping a vigilant watch on SARS-CoV-2

New lateral flow test Vigilant is cheaper, easier to use and as reliable as the current gold standard PCR test for diagnosing SARS-CoV-2 infection.

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17 June, 2021

KAUST CDA and MEWA Kick off Saudi Native Genome Project

Pilot research project samples desert species to combat desertification and promote biodiversity

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