Prof. Dr. Shtayeh, President of the Biodiversity and Environment Research Center BERC, met yesterday at the headquarters of the Center in Til, the Consul of the NRO in Ramallah, Mr. Kees van Baar, Mr. Jasper van Mastrigt - First Secretary Water & Climate, and Dr. Boris Dittrich and Dr. Ilan Roos, project partners and facilitators, and in the presence of scientists from BERC, Dr. Rana M. Jamous (Director of the Biodiversity and Biotechnology Research Institute), and Ms Salam Abu Zaitoun (researcher and PhD student), in addition to other PhD and MSc students on scholarships through the project. In the meeting, they discussed what has been achieved in the project (Maximizing crop-use efficiency to support a climate resilient wheat cropping system) so far in terms of scientific research, capacity building and infrastructure. The meeting also discussed the academic status of the master's and doctoral students who are funded by the project.
The visit included a tour of the BERC's laboratories, and Plant Breeding Center (in creation) funded through the project, where the visiting delegation was briefed on the equipment procured through the project in order to be used for research purposes related to the project and in plant breeding in particular. The delegation also made a field tour at the site of the field experiment (in the village of Til) that is currently being conducted with the aim of studying the differences in the physiological and productive characteristics of 300 genotypes of bread wheat.