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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BGU, the Negev Desert and the Future of Wine
A BGU researcher examines how grapes can grow under the extreme conditions that dominate the Negev desert.
BGU Researchers Discover Plants Feed Off of Dust
The breakthrough could help farmers to reduce the use of environmentally damaging chemical fertilizer.
Desertification Conference Focused on Climate Change
The BGU event addressed one of the most pressing worldwide issues: Challenges in a Changing Environment.