BGU is recognized by the United Nations as a world leader in desert research, water resources and sustainable development of drylands.

BGU’s Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research are focused on harnessing the arid-zone ecosystem for human habitation. The Blaustein Institutes are comprised of three world-renowned research institutes: the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, the French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands, and the Swiss Institute for Dryland Environmental and Energy Research. The knowledge gained here is shared with the world, where the rapid expansion of desert, called desertification, affects 1 billion people in 100 countries.

Its Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies (AKIS) offers English-language master and doctoral degree programs in desert studies, and hydrology and water quality.

“You can look at soil erosion from the scientific level, but also at the social level. What are the human practices inked to erosion at a given place and time? How are these linked to political-economic relations?”
– Dr. Yaakov Garb

Arid lands make up 40 percent of the planet’s landmass, and growing. Support BGU’s research in preventing desertification.

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BGU Finds a Way to Help Reverse Desertification

March 12, 2019

Tags: Desert & Water Research

Desertification can be reversed by intervening at the desert border in the form of “vegetation fingers.”

Desert Fairy Circles Caused by Rain

February 27, 2019

Tags: Desert & Water Research

BGU researcher says the circles in two of the world’s deserts are caused by heavy rain and evaporation.

BGU, Bayer and Netafim Collaborate to Protect Crops

February 8, 2019

Tags: Desert & Water Research, Press Releases

The project will combine soil research, digital prediction tools and state-of-the-art drip technology.