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Greening the Desert

From millet to pomegranate, tomatoes to basil - can these plants thrive in hot, dry areas? That’s the question being investigated by researchers at the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research in Israel. Affiliated with Ben Gurion University, they are based in the Negev Desert.

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As a high-tech operation in a desert region, the center is a magnet for researchers from Asia, Europe and Africa. The institute’s findings are especially beneficial to people in emerging and developing countries. DW reporter Mabel Gundlach paid the institute a visit.