• Conference on "Contemporary Issues in Air & Space Laws"

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Research

Priority Lines of Research

Despite all of the objectives the ECB group (outlined above) are very important, but the priority will be given to the projects that we have funds or those we expect to get good funds within the coming few months. Accordingly, priority of the research group will be:

1.      Establishing a molecular physiology lab that could help in defining candidate genes and their metabolites (e.g., osmolytes, phytohormones, antioxidants, etc) that help plants to tolerate the very harsh conditions of the UAE deserts. Priority will be given to the facultative halophytes unique to UAE stress conditions. These halophytes are known for their normal growth in both saline and non-saline habitats. These group should have a set of genes that turned on/off, based on salinity levels. Using these plants will help in defining candidate genes that could tolerate both the salt and draught not only for UAE but also globally.

2.      Identification of unique short DNA sequence that can be used for barcoding all native plants to UAE which will help in their taxonomic classification and determination of exogenous and allied plants to UAE.

3.      Establishing of a pollen grains bank, a palynological Atlas, a pollen calendar for Sharjah Emirate and link the changes in pollen types and density with pollen allergenicity

4.      Using native plants in landscaping the UAE cities

5.      Identifying and assessing the 'Ecosystem function' roles of potential natural engineer plants that could be used in combating desertification and rehabilitation/restoration of degraded desert ecosystems. 

6.      Exploring and utilizing the economic potentially important natural products of native plants

7.      Determination of the most important active chemical/biochemical constituents in native plants, environmental factors affecting such constituents and their possible impact on the plant host, ecosystem and our life including their medicinal uses.

Studying foliar trichomes of selected medicinal plants and identify their secreted substances and their biological activities.

8.      Assessing and conserving the plant diversity in the UAE. Special priority will be given to conservation of fragile habitats, threatened and endangered plants and keystone trees.

On-Going Research Projects

  1. Title: Assessment of Forage Productivity and Carrying Capacity of Dubai Deserts rangelands: Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve as a case study "Phase 2". (AED 160,000).

Principal Investigator: Ali El-Keblawy

Sponsor: National Research Foundation, UAE

  1. Title: Potential Native Plants for Urban Landscape of Gulf Countries: Propagation and Adaptation under Nursery and Street Conditions, Funded by (AED 3,670,000)

Principal Investigator: Ali El-Keblawy

Sponsor: Qatar Foundation, Qatar

  1. Title: Assessment of Forage Productivity and Carrying Capacity of Dubai Deserts rangelands: Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve as a case study "Phase 1". (AED 173,000).

Principal Investigator: Ali El-Keblawy

Sponsor: National Research Foundation, UAE

  1. Title: Population structure, reproduction and sustainable management of the ghaf tree (Prosopis cineraria) in the UAE",  (AED 200,000).

Principal Co-Investigator: Ali El-Keblawy

Sponsor: National Research Foundation, UAE

  1. Title:  Ecological Studies and Seed Oil Composition of the Indigenous Moringa peregrina: Toward Conservation and Economic Use of UAE plants, (AED160,000)

Principal Investigator: Ali El-Keblawy

Sponsor: Emirates Foundation, Abu Dhabi, UAE