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Qatar seeks to lead world in date palm research

Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) has partnered with the Qatar Ministry of Environment’s Biotechnology Center to launch the Date Palm Research Program, which they hope will make Qatar the world leader in date palm research. Four years ago, WCMC-Q researchers, led by geneticist Joel Malek mapped a draft version of the date palm genome. This helped the team to identify the gene sequences responsible for sex in the tree. This could potentially increase yield by 100% – since only the females of date palms, which are dioecious, can bear fruit. The gene families responsible for fruit quality are next on Malek agenda to help breeders improve the varieties of date palms.
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Qatari youth gets first prize in Stars of Science series 4

Khaled Abu Jassoum from Qatar has won the title of Stars of Science series 4 overall winner, walking away with a first prize of $300,000 to help develop his invention “Tahi”.
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HEC Paris academics receive near-US$1 million grant from QNRF

HEC Paris in Qatar the region leading hub for Executive Education, offering a complete portfolio of management programs including the first ever international Executive MBA (EMBA) in Qatar has announced that two of its faculty members have been awarded a grant of US$993,000 from Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) for a research proposal.
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Msheireb Enrichment Centres hosts Qatar first Human Development Majlis

Msheireb Enrichment Centre hosted Qatar’s first Human Development Majlis organized by FIKRA Consulting and Research,where decision makers, experts, researchers and academics discussed the latest human development trends in Qatar.
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