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.

“For centuries, people in arid lands prepared special plots for crops with retaining walls. The floodwater was conveyed by dirt channels. We’ve refined this system to produce trees, fodder and grain.”
– Prof. Pedro Berliner

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 Researchers Discover Plants Feed Off of Dust

December 29, 2020

Tags: Desert & Water Research, Social Sciences & Humanities

The breakthrough could help farmers to reduce the use of environmentally damaging chemical fertilizer.

Desertification Conference Focused on Climate Change

November 20, 2020

Tags: Desert & Water Research, Press Releases

The BGU event addressed one of the most pressing worldwide issues: Challenges in a Changing Environment.

BGU Establishes Agricultural Research Institute in India

November 11, 2020

Tags: Desert & Water Research

A global leader in desert agriculture, BGU will partner with India to improve food and water sustainability.