Protecting Our Planet
Our Achievements

Protecting Our Planet

Science for the benefit of
our planet.

Weizmann Institute scientists are not only facing current environmental crises head-on, but are solving tomorrow’s threats to our planet today. They are developing mathematical formulas to predict rainfall with greater accuracy; creating crops that can grow in harsh climates and with less need for pesticides; designing nanomaterials that can serve as engine lubricants and thus reduce air pollution; studying ways to protect and conserve water, our most valuable resource; examining the Earth’s movements to forecast volcanoes and earthquakes; growing a forest in a desert to study CO2—these are just some of the ways in which Weizmann researchers are using science to protect our planet, both now and in the future.

Weizmann by the Numbers

  • Protein-enriched wheat we developed provides around 40% greater yield
  • Our method of killing a parasitic weed saved 100 million African farmers from losing 50% of their crops
  • We՚re finding ways to treat 97% of Earth՚s water that is too salty to use 

Selected Achievements

Imagine science that uses algae to fuel cars.

Weizmann Institute Profs. Avihai Danon and Uri Pick are genetically engineering algae to produce environmentally friendly, sustainable biofuel.

Imagine science that can alleviate world hunger with more resilient and bountiful wheat.

Weizmann scientists developed new protein-enriched wheat varieties that provide nearly 40 percent higher yield, allowing for greater production. These varieties also produce better crops that are more resistant to diseases and natural damage.

Imagine science protecting the environment by breeding crops that don’t need pesticides.

Weizmann scientists discovered a gene in wild tomato plants that provides resistance against disease. The presence of this gene may greatly decrease the need to treat crops with pesticides or fertilizers, which can damage the environment and human health.

Imagine science that alerts us to harmful materials in the air using a sensor based on organic molecules.

A tiny sensor that uses organic molecules to detect problems – from asthma to hidden explosives to harmful substances in the environment – was developed at the Weizmann Institute.

Imagine science that can identify poisons in our water, in real time.

Weizmann Institute researchers are developing new types of sensors for the real-time measurement of toxic metal levels in rivers and other fast-moving bodies of water.

Imagine science that captures the sun’s rays and uses them to power entire cities.

The Weizmann Institute of Science is home to one of the world’s most advanced solar facilities, enabling scientists to develop alternative, creative ways to use the sun’s energy.

Imagine science that allows use of the 97 percent of the world’s water that is too salty for drinking or irrigation.

The vast majority of the world’s water is too salty for drinking or irrigation. Weizmann researchers are developing efficient consumption and management methods, including desalination, to face this pending crisis.

Imagine science that helps struggling farmers by stopping crop-strangling parasitic weeds.

Farmers in Africa fight against witchweed (Striga hermonthica), a parasitic weed that drains the nutrition and water from crops. A novel method for preventing witchweed, developed by Weizmann Institute researchers, disrupts the growth of the parasite before it is able to destroy the crops.

Imagine science that can enhance the performance of moving parts in engines.

To improve fuel economy and lessen pollution, Weizmann scientists developed nanomaterials that enhance the performance of moving parts and are used as lubricants for engines.

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