Research Centre

Sharjah Seed Bank & Herbarium

The conservation of biological diversity is a crucial issue to the whole Arabian Gulf Region and in view of this, it is vital that the germplasm of species from UAE’s arid desert ecosystems be conserved. Seed banking is an important strategy for doing this and the SSBH has pioneered seed banking of wild plant species in the UAE. The value of ex situ conservation is increasingly important in supporting UAE’s biodiversity conservation efforts by providing resources and knowledge base to our mission to safeguard the country’s flora. The personal commitment and support of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council member and Ruler of Sharjah, for the conservation of natural habitats and plant genetic resources of the region has led to the establishment of the Sharjah Seed Bank and Herbarium with technical support from the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, UK in 2009. 

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Sharjah Engineering Research Institute

Sharjah Engineering Research Institute (SERI), in collaboration with universities and other research centers, is committed to carry out the vision of His Highness and to conduct quality applied engineering research relevant to the region.

SERI provided valuable contribution in the field of maintenance and rehabilitation, heritage conservation, waste water treatment, asphalt pavements and quality control. SERI carried out performance reviews and conducted assessments and evaluations of existing conditions for infrastructures and set out rehabilitation and maintenance strategies. SERI also performed risk analysis imposed by seismic activities, environmental impact analysis of new and existing developments; carried out traffic studies; and provided reviews of existing development plans and proposed alternatives. SERI similarly recommended schemes and monitored strategies for quality control and advised on specifications for construction projects for conservation, restoration and reconstruction of cultural heritage. 

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Plant Biotechnology Laboratory

SRA established a state of art plant molecular biology lab to preserve and document the genetic material from native and rare species. The major aim of the laboratory is to set up a DNA barcode facility to generate a DNA barcode library for all plants in UAE.

This library could offer taxonomist as well as non-taxonomist an opportunity to rapidly sort the specimens and highlight those representing new species. Adding to this, institute intends to develop a gene bank to study plant genomes from native plants, this could facilitate identification and isolation of important genes, especially those that could help plants tolerate high salinity levels, temperature and drought conditions. 

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