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  • ICBA achieves progress in breaking Salicornia yield ceiling

    Thursday, May 10, 2018

    Dubai, UAE, May 10, 2018: A team of scientists at the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) has made a major breakthrough in increasing yield potential of Salicornia, a multi-purpose halophyte.

    Working closely with local partners in the UAE, the scientists have recently recorded a bumper seed yield of 3 tonnes per hectare (t/ha) using seawater passing through an aquaculture system. This is the first time Salicornia has produced such high yield under UAE conditions.

  • UAE farmers warm to quinoa

    Sunday, May 6, 2018

    Dubai, UAE, May 6, 2018 – The number of farmers cultivating quinoa in the UAE is steadily increasing thanks to a major program led by the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) in collaboration with national partner organizations.

  • Going beyond the limits: future food security is about exploring non-traditional crops and breakthrough technologies

    Monday, April 9, 2018

    Dubai, UAE, April 9, 2018 – Alternative, non-traditional crops and technologies can play an important role in contributing to future food security in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

    This was one of the main points made during an open day and round-table discussions attended by H.E. Mariam Bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of State for Future Food Security, at International Center for Biosaline Agriculture, the winner of the Best Arab Research Center at the Best Arab Awards in 2017.

  • ICBA, Dubai Carbon team up for sustainability projects

    Sunday, April 8, 2018

    Dubai, UAE, April 8, 2018 – To further strengthen the existing partnership and collaborate more closely in sustainable agriculture and development, the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) and the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE) joined forces today to work together on sustainability projects. The collaboration was formalized through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Dr. Ismahane Elouafi, Director General of ICBA, and Mr. Ivano Iannelli, Chief Executive Officer of DCCE.

  • Are Net-Houses the Future of Horticulture in the UAE?

    Thursday, April 5, 2018

    Dubai, UAE, April 5, 2018 – A highly efficient low-cost net-house technology can help to make horticulture significantly more feasible and profitable agri-business in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), while saving water and energy, an extensive study by the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) has concluded.

  • United Arab Emirates introduces dedicated Center in Genomics as part of Future Food Security Agenda

    Wednesday, March 28, 2018

    ICBA, BGI partner to set up advanced genomics center in the United Arab Emirates

    Dubai, UAE, March 28, 2018 – The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) has joined forces with BGI, the world's largest genomics organization, to establish an advanced genomics center in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

  • High-profile symposium looks at genomics’ role in food security

    Sunday, March 4, 2018

    Abu Dhabi, March 4, 2018 – Under the patronage of H.E. Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of State for Future Food Security, and H.E. Sarah bint Youssef Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Sciences, and in collaboration with the Emirates Scientists Council, the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) organized a symposium titled “Genomics: Applications of Advanced Sciences for Food Security & Health” at the Khalifa University of Science and Technology.

  • Harmonizing research efforts is key to achieving food security, UAE state minister says

    Thursday, March 1, 2018

    Dubai, UAE, March 1, 2018 – Her Excellency Mariam Bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of State for Future Food Security, said that harmonizing the UAE’s research efforts as part of a comprehensive national program is key to establishing a comprehensive national strategy to achieve future food security, and will help to adopt the outcomes of scientific research in an ideal way, promote effective practices, and improve the country’s international competitiveness in food security.

  • Islamic Development Bank president visits International Center for Biosaline Agriculture to discuss collaboration

    Thursday, February 15, 2018

    Dubai, UAE, February 15, 2018 – The President of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Dr. Bandar Hajjar, paid a visit to the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) to discuss collaboration and experience the center’s advances in and contributions to agricultural research and development in different regions, and particularly IDB member countries.

  • UAE state ministers for advanced sciences, food security visit ICBA to mull cooperation

    Tuesday, January 23, 2018

    Dubai, UAE, January 23, 2018 Her Excellency Mariam Bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of State for Future Food Security, and Her Excellency Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Sciences, paid a special visit recently to the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) to learn about the center’s advances in and contributions to agricultural science and technology.