03 May, 2023
Research that spans fundamental discoveries to their application in farmers’ fields has been a trademark of the career of plant scientist Salim Al-Babili.
“Throughout my career I have tried to combine basic research with applied science. I worked for many years on improving the nutritional value of crops, particularly on biofortifying rice with provitamin A. Then I moved toward metabolic pathways related to hormone biosynthesis in plants,” he reflects.
Throughout, a common theme of Al-Babili’s research is to generate crops with improved agricultural performance and enhanced nutritional value. His current work ranges from pursuing basic discoveries on the genetics and hormone signaling of pearl millet in the lab to applying these discoveries directly to farmers’ fields.