Experts with Multidisciplinary Backgrounds
Understanding Terrestrial Biodiversity
Supporting the National Aquaculture Industry
Developing Efficient Food Production Techniques
Biodiversity, Conservation, and Ecosystem Management

 

Challenge

Kuwait’s terrestrial desert ecosystems have been seriously degraded by overgrazing, recreation, infrastructure, industrial development, and most notably, the 1990 - 91 Gulf War, when an estimated 11 million barrels of oil were released onto the nation’s terrestrial and marine  environments.

 

Goal

The Biotechnology Program designs and develops innovative methods and products to enhance environmental and agricultural systems of arid environments. The program’s researchers blend modern farming techniques with biotechnological processes to produce a multidisciplinary approach  to enhance soil remediation and rehabilitation as well as create a sustainable and viable national agri-system.

 

Program Thrusts

  • Environmental and Industrial Remediation Strategies: Mitigate environmental pollution caused by the Gulf War and industrial activities through the development and application of safe biological integrated technologies for the treatment of oil-contaminated soil and  provide needed technical support to the national oil industry.
  • Agricultural: Cost-effectively enhance  food and feed productivity by optimizing tissue culture techniques for the mass propagation of key agricultural crops and the early detection of diseases of crops and farm animals.
  • Molecular Biology Application: Improve plant and microbe adaptivity through genetic structure modification to develop biological products that improve soil fertility and reduce the use of chemical fertilizers.