January 2021

  • The Halophytic Kitchen Lab seeks to encourage both young people and adults to learn more about the health and other benefits of consuming foods based on nutritious halophytic crops which are cultivated with saline water in desert conditions.
  • With the launch of the Halophytic Kitchen Lab, ICBA aims to support the development of value chains for halophytic crops, informing consumers and thus facilitating demand for halophytic products.
ICBA kicks off cooking program to promote halophytic crops
Monday, 25 January, 2021
The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) has launched a new program to raise public awareness about the benefits of cooking healthy dishes using halophytic (salt-loving) crops.
  • Published in Plant Science, a journal, the study assessed two ecotypes of Salicornia europaea that grow naturally in the coastal areas of the emirates of Ras al-Khaimah and Umm al-Quwain in the UAE.
New study finds brackish water best for Salicornia cultivation
Wednesday, 20 January, 2021
A recent study by a team of scientists from the University of Barcelona, Spain, and the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) has found that brackish water is the most suitable type of water for the cultivation of Salicornia europaea, a multipurpose salt-loving plant, in terms of biomass and seed production.
  • The students also visited the Emirates Soil Museum located at ICBA and made a virtual tour of the Gracia Farm. What is more, they got to plant native trees at ICBA as a way to make their contribution to environmental protection.
ICBA hosts agripreneurship winter camp for schoolchildren in UAE
Sunday, 10 January, 2021
The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) recently hosted a three-day winter camp for schoolchildren aged between 10 and 16 to promote agripreneurship and raise awareness about sustainable agriculture in the UAE.