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  • Ahmed Saleh

NCVC, KAUST collaborate on endangered plant genome mapping project

Riyadh, Aug 18, 2023, In a groundbreaking collaboration, the National Center for Vegetation Cover Development and Combating Desertification (NCVC) has joined forces with the prestigious King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Specifically, the Center for Desert Agriculture at KAUST is partnering with NCVC to spearhead a crucial initiative: the genome mapping project for endangered plants in the Kingdom. The primary objective of this ambitious undertaking is to safeguard, restore, and cultivate these imperiled plant species. To achieve this, both organizations have been actively engaged in a series of meetings and discussions, laying the groundwork for the successful implementation of this vital conservation effort.

In a groundbreaking virtual encounter, Dr. Khaled bin Abdullah Al-Abdulqader, the esteemed CEO of NCVC, joined forces with a cohort of the center's brilliant experts. Together, they convened with a distinguished group of scientists and specialized researchers hailing from KAUST. Spearheading this esteemed team was none other than Professor Rod Wing, the illustrious Director of the university's prestigious Center for Desert Agriculture. In a recent meeting, the focus was set on exploring crucial strategies for creating genetic maps of untamed flora. The agenda encompassed a comprehensive roster of noteworthy plant species, including juniper, ficus, and lavender, alongside prominent tree varieties like al-Ghada, al-Ruta, and several others. Lieutenant-General Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili, the Chief of General Staff, graced the closing ceremony of the Saudi joint forces' preparedness drill on Thursday. The objective of this exercise was to achieve the Initial Operational Capability (IOC) stage in line with the Ministry of Defense's accredited operational model for development.

In a remarkable display of military coordination and strategic planning, a rigorous two-week exercise recently took place at the esteemed Headquarters of the Joint Forces and Diriyah Joint Operations Center. This exercise witnessed the active involvement of the Joint Staff of the Armed Forces, alongside their respective branches.

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