Doha —October 21, 2012: Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) and the Ministry of Environment's Biotechnology Center have launched the Date Palm Research Program to establish Qatar as an international leader in date palm research.
WCMC-Q and the Biotechnology Center have already made a remarkable contribution to date palm research the past few years.
Abdelhafid Bendahmane, Research Director at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD); Dr.
In 2008, WCMC-Q's Genomics Laboratory mapped the date palm genome for the first time.
The goal of this new international collaborative project is to increase Qatar's lead in date palm research further, advancing basic, applied and human health research into this national resource and establishing a nucleus for a future Qatar Institute of Date Palm Research. Masoud Al Marri, Director of the Biotechnology Center; and Dr.The inaugural meeting of the research program on October 2 was held via video-conferencing at WCMC-Q with leading scientists in Qatar, France and Germany. Karsten Suhre, Lead Principal Investigator and WCMC-Q's Director of Metabolomics. Malek said: "We have a great team of scientists assembled for this project from a broad set of backgrounds.