ICARDA wins Khalifa International Date Palm Award for innovative biotech research

April 3, 2012 at 9:36 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
ICARDA training programs have significantly improved national capacity for date palm research

ICARDA training programs have significantly improved national capacity for date palm research

ICARDA is delighted to have won the 4th Khalifa International Date Palm Award, in the ‘Distinguished Research’ category. The award was instituted by the government of the United Arab Emirates to recognize outstanding work on date palm biotechnology.

A team of researchers, led by Dr Aladdin Hamwieh of ICARDA, has developed more than 1000 microsatellite markers for date palm. The results of this landmark study will assist gene tagging, genetic diversity analysis and marker-assisted genetic improvement of a crop that is economically and culturally important throughout the Middle East. Partners in this study included Aleppo University, Syria; Plant Tissue Culture Laboratory, Qatar; University of Baghdad, Iraq; Weill Cornell Medical College, Qatar; and the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Morocco.

This work complements other date palm research by ICARDA and its partners, funded by the Gulf Cooperation Council. A collaborative project in six Gulf countries has helped develop and promote a range of innovations to improve yields, pest and disease management, fruit quality and processing methods.

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