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The Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research (BIDR)

- The Institute for Desert Research was established in Sede Boqer in 1974. In 1980, The Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation made a generous contribution to the Ben-Gurion University (BGU), and the institute was named The Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research (BIDR).

- Deserts and other drylands constitute more than 40% of the global land area. Global environmental changes such as global warming and further desertification of drylands threaten 1,300 million people in more then 100 countries. The goal of the BIDR is to carry out research on the desert environment required for promoting sustainable uses of the Negev Desert and other drylands the world over.

- Activities cover basic research in :

  • Environmental physics with applications in desert meteorology and solar energy.
  • Water sciences and technology with applications in water resource management, wastewater treatment and bioremediation.
  • Ecology with applications in conservation biology and environmental protection.
  • Plant and animal physiology with applications in desert agriculture, livestock, and aquaculture.
  • Cellular and molecular biology with applications in desert biotechnologies and biodegradation of environmental pollutions.
  • Social sciences and architecture with applications in desert regional planning and human habitats.

- These diverse researchs and advanced teaching activities are carried out in the laboratories, classes and other facilities on the Sede Boqer Campus, as well as in research stations and field research sites scattered over the Negev Desert.

- Beside the traditional structure of research groups operating in the framework of departments, the institute operates the "Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies". The school is responsible for all training and teaching activities at the Institute, and offers an M.Sc. program in "Desert Studies".

- The scientific collaboration activities of the institute are dealt within the framework of the Blaustein Center for Scientific Cooperation (BCSC). The center promotes exchange programs, postdoctoral training workshops and joint research programs with other academic institutions all over the world.

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Page publiée le 13 avril 2005, mise à jour le 29 novembre 2009