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.
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Can Olive Trees and Wheat Co-Exist?
At BGU's desert experimental farm, olive trees and wheat are sharing the same land.
Rare Truffle Cultivated in the Negev
A BGU professor is working to commercialize this delicacy for both consumption and environmental tourism.
Israel and the Olive Tree
For thousands of years, Israel has been a fertile, natural environment for harvesting olives.