17 August, 2023
It is an ambitious goal. Saudi Arabia aims to become carbon net zero by 2060 and knows the only way it will is through research and investment. As part of this effort, last year, the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture (MEWA) announced a major collaboration with KAUST to deliver the Development of Algal Biotechnology in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (DABKSA). For this project to succeed, however, microalgae that are robust to the harsh Saudi climate must be grown. In a recent study seen in Frontiers in Microbiology, KAUST researchers describe the cultivation of one microalga, Cyanidioschyzon merolae.