Can we grow food in the desert?


Students learn about plant adaptive features, particularly how they adapt to desert environments with a focus on edible plants.

  1. Guided tour of the Emirates Soil Museum.
  2. Tour of the ICBA field experiments.
  3. Identify differences in the cells of a selection of plants through a microscope.
  4. Create your own pot, paint it, plant in it and take it home!
Topics Addressed
  1. Food production technologies
  2. Plant structure and function
  3. Cellular biology
  4. Desertification
  5. Salinization
  6. Marginal environments
  7. Soil properties
  8. Food security
Learning Outcomes

Students investigate the cell structure of different plants and identify some features that allow them to adapt to the harsh desert environment.

Education Program
School Trips
  • 65 AED per student
  • 15-60 participants
  • 3 hours

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