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Prof. Simon Barak is a senior lecturer at BGU’s French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands at the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research located at the Sede Boqer Campus. His research focuses on identifying genes that allow plants to tolerate the harsh environmental stresses characteristic of arid regions. His team has found that by removing two different genes, the tolerance of a specific plant, Arabidopsis, to heat, salt and drought could be increased. An agreement signed between BGN Technologies, BGU’s technology transfer company and Bayer CropScience, will allow Prof. Barak’s team to identify additional genes that have an effect on making plants more “stress-resistant.”