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  • ICBA and RDA will collaborate on improving food security in the two countries by adopting innovative technologies such as advanced sensor technologies, net-houses and vertical farming, as well as finding genes responsible for salt tolerance in plants with a particular focus on drought and salinity resilience of rice. Both organizations will also explore areas of possible joint research in line with the UAE needs, specifically in salinity, agricultural production and food security.

    ICBA, South Korean agriculture agency join forces for biosaline R&D

    Today the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) and South Korea’s Rural Development Administration (RDA) formed a strategic partnership to work on advanced knowledge and technology exchange for biosaline research and development in the UAE and South Korea.

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  • Mr. Showkat Nabi Rather, Journalism and Media Outreach Specialist at the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), has recently won a scholarship to do a program in persuasive communication for technology professionals at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA.

    ICBA staffer wins MIT communication program scholarship

    Mr. Showkat Nabi Rather, Journalism and Media Outreach Specialist at the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), has recently won a scholarship to do a program in persuasive communication for technology professionals at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA.

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  • The books include titles in Arabic and English authored and co-authored by ICBA scientists and cover a wide range of subjects from soil classification to biosaline agriculture to salt-tolerant plants of the UAE.

    ICBA contributes books to Mohammed Bin Rashid Library

    The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) has contributed a number of seminal scientific books from its collection to the

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  • Forage kochia, also known as “alfalfa” of the desert, is a source of high-calorie feed for sheep, goats and camels round the year.

    Seed isles in Uzbek desert

    After a four-hour drive south-westwards from Tashkent, Uzbekistan’s capital, we find ourselves surrounded by empty rolled hills in the intense summer sun in the Mugol village, Jizzakh Region. As we get off the main road and drive through a snake-shaped route made of crushed gravel stones, we arrive at a farmer’s fenced land, covered with sun-baked withered grass, mildly shaking in the breeze.

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  • One way that has been proven to hold a lot of promise is cultivation of halophytic, or salt-loving, plants. Published recently in Crop & Pasture Science, a three-year study by a team of scientists at ICBA suggests that halophytic grasses, for example, can be a good option for forage production and rehabilitation of salt-affected lands in the UAE. What is more, they produce higher yields than some traditional grasses like Rhodes grass (Chloris gayana).

    How salt-loving grasses can help tackle salinity and boost forage production in UAE

    Soil and water salinity are a big problem in many parts of the UAE due to intensive desalination, including in agriculture, and seawater intrusion into aquifers. So much so that some farmers prefer to abandon their salt-degraded lands as traditional crops fail. The problem poses challenges to national efforts to enhance food security and self-sufficiency through local production.

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