Building capacity in date palm research

February 12, 2012 at 7:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

More than 30 date palm researchers from Qatar and Kuwait have learnt new skills relating to the use of biotechnology tools for date palm improvement. The courses were part of the six-country Date Palm Project funded by the Gulf Cooperation Council.

The training course in Doha, Qatar, attended by 19 researchers, focused on the use of DNA markers to analyse genetic diversity in date palm varieties. It included classroom lectures, tutorials on software, and hands-on training on data management and analysis. The training in Kuwait focused on plant tissue culture methods for date palm propagation. It was organized in collaboration with the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources.

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