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Date: 29 January 2016

Venue: Auditorium, BIOTEC Building, Thailand Science Park, Pathum Thani

Organized by:
National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC)
National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA)
Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)

In Collaboration with:

Agricultural Research Organization, Israel
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel


Rational Background:
Some 95% of Israel is dry sub-humid, semi-arid, arid or hyper-arid, with 60% of the country’s land area covered by the Negev Desert. Thus Israel is almost entirely comprised of drylands accompanied by the ever-present threats of soil degradation and desertification.[1] Water and fertile land in the country are always scarce.

Ironically, the country is now a world leader in agricultural technology, particularly in farming in arid conditions, and stands among the highest in productivity per unit for many produces. How they can transform the disadvantage factors into advantages? Would it come from their creative and inventive cultures? (Israel ranked number 4 globally in capacity for innovation and number 1 in quality of scientific research institutions)[2] or from their close relationship between research scientists, farmers, and agro-industries? or from miracle? or everything altogether?

This is why it is very much interesting to learn from their experience. How a country had been working to overcome a challenge of the harsh and unfriendly environment and natural resources for the agriculture. Particularly, when the drought problem has severely encroaching on the agricultural areas in Thailand while the population number growing bigger every year. The knowledge, methodologies, research experience, and best practice from Israel may give us some idea for our better preparation for our future agricultural practice and natural resources utilization and management.
[1] Desertification: Israel's National Report to the CSD (CSD-16/17)
[2] WEF Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014

•    To enable Thai participants to explore the updated technologies and best practice from Israeli research scientists in agriculture for dry/ drought conditions. 
•    To provide an opportunity for the Thai participants and Israeli research scientists in exchanging their experiences in agricultural practice and research.
•    To provide an opportunity for research collaboration and promote a bilateral relationship between people from the two countries

•    Dr. Naftali Lazarovitch Ben-Gurion University of  the Negev, Israel
•    Dr. Uri Yermiyahu Agricultural Research Organization, Gilat Research Center, Israe


Language: The lecture will be given in English without translation.

Registration fees: Free of Charge

Registration deadline: 15 January 2016


Registration form:  >>Download<<






Friday, 29 January 2016

13:30 – 14:00


14:00 – 14:15

Opening Remarks

14:15 – 15:00

Lecture on "Water, solute, and heat movement in the root zone: From measurements and models towards optimizing irrigation scheduling"

Dr. Naftali Lazarovitch

15:00 – 15:15


15:15 – 15:30

Coffee break

15:30 – 16:15

Lecture on "Integrative view of plant nutrition"

Dr. Uri Yermiyahu

16:15 – 16:30



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