Arid lands, which include the diverse ecosystems of deserts, savannahs and tropical dry forests, are threatened by over-exploitation and desertification.

At BGU’s French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands, scientists are enhancing plant tolerance to stress, introducing new sustainable crops, and discovering innovative uses for inherently tolerant dryland plants. They are maximizing the commercial use of microalgae for pharmaceuticals; revolutionizing the fish industry with ecologically sound technologies and techniques for desert fish farms; perfecting desert vineyards; and developing solutions to minimize the adverse impact on the environment from livestock production.

BGU is solving one of the world’s most pressing problems. Support sustainable dryland research.

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The Future of Wine: Very, Very Dry

October 4, 2019

Tags: Desert & Water Research

The New York Times visited the Negev and met with BGU scientists to learn about dryland agriculture.

3D-Printed Coral Could Possibly Replace the Real Thing

September 23, 2019

Tags: Natural Sciences

Some color-discerning fish even preferred the plastic version when a particular color caught their eye.

“Super Shrimp” May Protect Millions Against Disease

September 12, 2019

Tags: Natural Sciences

BGU’s single-sex prawns might also increase aquaculture yields—a boon for the third world.