King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, on the Red Sea coastal area of Thuwal, is an international graduate-level research university dedicated to inspiring a new age of scientific achievement that will benefit the region and the world. As an independent institution and one of the best-endowed universities in the world, KAUST is becoming a major new contributor to the global network of collaborative research. It will enable researchers from around the globe to work together to solve challenging scientific and technological problems.

One of the divisions at KAUST – Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division – includes Plant Science, Bioengineering and Bioscience programs the instruction on which is largely conducted by the faculty members of the Center for Desert Agriculture (CDA) – a KAUST research center dedicated to the study, engineering, and implementation of sustainable agriculture in extreme environments.

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Directed evolution comes to plants

Accelerating plant evolution with CRISPR paves the way for breeders to engineer new crop varieties. A new platform for speeding up and controlling the evolution of proteins inside living plants has been developed by a KAUST-led team. Previously, this type…