H.E. Majid Al Mansouri, Member and Rapporteur of the Governing Board of the International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC), and an accompanying delegation visited on Sunday 25th February 2018 Khalifa Center for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology (KCGEB) at United Arab Emirates University (UAEU).
The visit aimed to enhance collaboration between the two entities, improve the expertise of its national cadre in this vital sector, and launch comprehensive initiatives to preserve Houbara along its geographical distribution. It also aimed to promote the growth of desert plants and preserve the UAE’s natural and cultural legacy for the next generations to come.
Mr. Al Mansouri commended the KCGEB’s distinguished scientific capabilities and cutting-edge laboratories. He stressed that the UAE’s wise leadership, through supporting the fund, is keen on conducting fundamental practical researches on this field and planning a number of projects to preserve this type of birds in and outside its natural habitats. IFHC provides massive information of great importance to experts and those interested in the environment, and undertakes pioneer research initiatives to contribute in improving sustainable technologies and provide support to the concerned entities in UAE.
Pointing out the significance of the center’s molecular biology and tissue culture labs, and research on local plants’ genetic mutation and nutritional value, Dr. Khalid Amiri, Director of KCGEB, presented the work procedures of the center, gathering researchers interested in various topics in genetic engineering and biotechnology. He explained that the cooperation between KCGEB and IFHC includes developing scientific innovation on desert plants and enhancing their nutrients to be better food for animals as well as training national cadres in this field.
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