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by Vincent Battesti

The al-‘Ulā DPA Project — Ethnographic, genetic, and morphometric analyses of the date palm agrobiodiversity in al-‘Ulā oasis — has the ambition to add and converge expertises on the agrobiodiversity and history of the al-‘Ulā date palm in Saudi Arabia.
The researchers associated with the project, direct participant—in addition to the collaborations carried out with the other scientific projects under the AFALULA umbrella—are (co-PIs, then in alphabetical order):

 Vincent Battesti

Social anthropologist at CNRS in the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, co-PI of the project.

 Muriel Gros-Balthazard

Evolutionary biologist at IRD, research associate at NYU-Abu Dhabi, co-PI of the project.

 Muneera al-Mssallem

Professor Assistant at King Faisal University in Nutrition and Dietetics.

 Margot Besseiche

Doctoral student in genetics at Université de Montpellier.

 Yann Bourgeois

Evolutionary biologist, University of Portsmouth (UK)

 Matthieu Breil

former PhD student in genetics at Université de Montpellier (contrat CNRS).

 Sylvie Ferrand

Biological technician at New York University Abu Dhabi.

 Jonathan M. Flowers

Geneticist at New York University Abu Dhabi.

 Sarah Ivorra

Biological technician at Université de Montpellier.

 Nahed Mohammed

Biologist at KAUST.

 Michael Purugganan

Silver Professor of Biology at New York University Abu Dhabi.

 Jean-Frédéric Terral

Professor in biology at Université de Montpellier.

 Rod A. Wing

Professor in biology at KAUST, dir. of the Center for Desert Agriculture.