Agriculture & Environment

Agriculture & Environment

The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment: Feeding the World

 


President Peres awards scholarships to Hebrew University PhD students advancing agriculture water and the environment


Outgoing Israeli President Shimon Peres has awarded eight scholarships to PhD students whose research advances health and quality of life in Israel and around the world. Five of the recipients are Hebrew University students, four from the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Israel's only agricultural faculty. Their research goals include improving biofuel production, combating a viral outbreak in tomato plants, and improving crop cultivation and endurance of environmental stresses.


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About Agriculture & Environment: Feeding the World through Sustainable Agriculture

Harnessing the talents and resources of some 100 scientists to address the challenges of providing enough healthy food for the world’s growing population while preserving and sustaining our natural resources is at the heart of the new vision of the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Through interdisciplinary work at the Hebrew University’s agricultural campus in Rehovot, researchers develop and share knowledge with colleagues down the corridor and around the world.

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Prepare your pita for the ultimate falafel

February 5, 2013: New varieties of chickpeas that are more nutritious and have been adapted for growth in climates with limited rainfall have been developed by Prof. Shahal Abbo of the Hebrew University's Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment. The new varieties offer a unique business opportunity and may promote marketing in industrialized nations, said Yaacov Michlin, the CEO of the University's technology transfer company Yissum.

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Agritech start-up may have solution to ‘better GMOs’

January 13, 2013: The TraitUP gene implantation system, based on a discovery by a researcher at the Hebrew University’s Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment and now under development by Israeli start-up Morflora, ensures that modified genes stay where they are and do not pass themselves down to the next generation of produce

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Study shows olive trees may solve desertification

January 12, 2013: The planting of tens of thousands of olive trees in arid areas in Israel has proved highly beneficial, according to a study conducted by Dr. Zohar Kerem of the Hebrew University’s Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Kerem’s research showed that the trees provide shade for animals, purge the air and even produce excellent olive oil.

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Israeli vets formulate new vaccine for dogs

January 2, 2013: A serendipitous discovery by Prof. Shimon Harrus of the Hebrew University’s Koret School of Veterinary Medicine led to a breakthrough vaccine for a sometimes fatal tick-borne disease known as CMT. While attempting to determine how long ticks must be attached to a dog’s fur in order to transmit CMT, he and Koret School colleague Prof. Gad Baneth found that the dogs and ticks did not become sick. This unexpected outcome led them to investigate further.

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