Doha: Texas A&M College, one of many accomplice universities of Qatar Basis: Training, Analysis, and Neighborhood, launched a analysis undertaking to extend tomato yields in Qatar.
The undertaking is collectively undertaken by Texas A&M AgriLife Analysis, Texas A&M College at Qatar, a Qatar Basis accomplice college, and Agrico, sponsored by Qatar Nationwide Analysis Fund.
The undertaking dubbed the Surroundings and hydroponic methods to reinforce tomato stress tolerance, productiveness and high quality in Qatar, is being carried out on the Agrico farms, positioned close to Al Khor. The researchers are assessing varied genotypes of tomatoes from all over the world to see which of them would thrive within the harsh environmental circumstances of Qatar. They’re additionally investigating the affect of grafting, plant density, pest management, and bumblebee-assisted pollination.
Professor on the division of horticultural sciences and Heart Director on the Texas A&M Dr. Daniel Leskovar stated: “Our hydroponic tomato undertaking is a real academic-stakeholder partnership the place we mix plant science information with grower expertise, and new crop administration methods throughout the wonderful services and fixed assist offered by Agrico. The synergy of complementary analysis carried out at Texas A&M AgriLife Analysis within the space of tomato grafting physiology offers further outcomes to check on this undertaking in Qatar. Collectively, we’re dedicated to develop environment friendly, secure, and resilient meals programs that can contribute to reinforce meals safety”.
For his half, Mechanical Engineering Affiliate Professor at Texas A&M College Qatar Dr. Bing Guo stated: “As Texas A&M College at Qatar researchers, we try to supply options to actual challenges confronted by the nation.
In recent times there was a urgent must make farming extra environment friendly in Qatar. Our preliminary experimental outcomes present vital enhance of tomato yield as in comparison with the present observe. That is sturdy indication that we are going to attain our aim of enhancing the manufacturing effectivity by 25%. We’re grateful to Agrico for offering the services to conduct this analysis.” he added.
The Managing Director at Agrico Nasser Al Khalaf stated that Agrico is dedicated to supporting Qatar attain its meals safety targets, and thru this partnership with Texas A&M College and Texas A&M AgriLife Analysis.
Agrico is exploring modern approaches to enhance the product yield at our farms. Analysis and improvement in agriculture play a key function in enhancing agricultural practices globally, and appears ahead to working with Texas A&M researchers, to provide one of the best output for our nation, Al Khalaf added.