The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, established in 1942, continues to be one of the major factors contributing to the successful settlement in Israel and to the development of its remarkable achievements. Faculty scientists developed and worked on groundbreaking innovations such as drip irrigation, soil solarization, long shelf-life vegetables and efficient utilization of brackish water.
Leading research in agriculture and the education of generations of students specializing in plant or animal sciences, in health and disease, as well as in the economic aspects of agriculture and rural development make the Faculty world-renowned for its expertise in a variety of fields.
Eight departments compose the Faculty including Agricultural Economics and Management; Animal Sciences; Entomology; Plant Pathology and Microbiology; The Seagram Center for Soil and Water Sciences; Institute of Biochemistry, Food Science and Nutrition; The Robert H. Smith Institute of Plant Sciences and Genetics in Agriculture; The Koret School of Veterinary Medicine; and Hotel, Food and Tourism Management. Within these departments, there are seven research centers spanning a broad range of fields and expertise. Among them are centers for Agricultural Research in Desert and Semi-Arid Zones; Food Sciences; Horticulture; Biotechnology in Agriculture; Soil and Water Research; Bee Research; and Agricultural Economic Research. The Faculty is the only institute of higher education in Israel offering university degrees in agriculture and is also home to the only Schools of Nutritional Sciences and of Veterinary Medicine.
Growing concerns about overexploitation of natural resources and reduction of water and food resources for a steadily growing global population are leading the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment to realize its role for Israel and the world. It is committed to a responsible role in preserving the environment for future generations, and while doing so, continuously searching for ways to increase sustainable food and water resources.
Some current research programs include:
• Scientists are involved in finding environmentally safe methods for pest control.
• Using state-of-the-art research in molecular biology and genetic engineering and in deciphering the gene pool of many plants and animals to investigate conditions permitting plants to live and flourish under conditions of scarce water.
• The quest for filtration systems to allow reclamation of contaminated water.
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