Correspondent Profile

National Correspondent Name:  Prof. Jameel M. Al-Khayri
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Country:  Saudi Arabia
Organisation:  King Faisal University 
Number of Members:  3
Comments that you feel are appropriate for our audienceScientists, researchers, students, entrepreneurs and policymakers interested in various aspects of plant biotechnology residing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are cordially invited to contact me to join and benefit from this international scientific forum for the advancement of modern scientific knowledge in accordance to the National Transformation Program, Vision 2030.
Conferences/events/meetings that you plan on attending this year or early next year: The ISHS XXX International Horticultural Congress (IHC2018), Istanbul, Turkey, 12 - 16 August 2018. The 14th International Association for Plant Biotechnology Congress, Dublin, Ireland, 19-24 August, 2018.
A short piece about the plant science sector/industry in your country:
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) expands over 2 million km2 across Western Asia. The climate is generally hot dry in the summer and mild-cold with scattered rain in the winter. Topography ranges from sandy desert, semi-desert, shrubland, mountain, and coastal area thus defining the diversity of the predominating cultivated crops and unique natural genetic resources. The KSA has witnessed a noticeable expansion of commercial agricultural sector replacing traditional small farms. Self-sufficiency was achieved in some agricultural products enabling commodity export. Cultivated crops are mainly vegetables and fruits in addition to some cereals and forages. The Kingdom ranks within the top three dates producing countries worldwide and a major source of micropropagated date palms through well-established commercial tissue culture laboratories. Agriculture relies mainly on irrigation from ground water and dams. Water resources and food security are of imperative concerns of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture. Strategic planning for efficient water utilization is a prime target in order to achieve cultivation sustainability and enhance national food security. Research is being conducted in several universities run by the Ministry of Education. A major research institute and funding source for university researchers is the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Riyadh. Funding criteria encourage the integration of biotechnological approaches in the agenda of contemporary researchers.