The problem of the Negev-Desert, an area which amounts to 2/3 of the total surface of Israel, is the most important preoccupation of the country.
General view of the Research Institute in Beer Sheba.
Workers planting seeds,plants irrigated by sea water.
Different aspects of work of the scientists in the Labs of the Institute.
Salt water reservoirs.
Plants grown by salted water.
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Background: The problem of the Negev-Desert, an area which amounts to 2/3 of the total surface of Israel, is the most important preoccupation of the country. It is absolutely vital for Israel, for both economic and security reasons, to develop this desert situated at the south of the country for a large scale settlement, based on pasture, agriculture, without which Israel could not exists as an independent State. These facts have lead to the creation of the Negev Institute for arid zone research, which together with the Institute of Dr. Boyko for Agricultural Research, have made experiments in growing various plants for use as food and for industrial purposes in arid areas, through irrigation by sea-water, which have been crowned with success. According to the principles whose validity has now been proved, it is possible to grow two hundred different species of plants in such areas. In this coverage we see the Research Institute and the Agricultural experimentation areas with plants which plants which can grow by salted water. Workers hailing from different oriental countries, seeming to have stood there since the Biblical times and which are trying to make blossom an arid earth, once cultivated by their ancestors. In the Lab's, Israeli scientists study on the effects of the salt-water on the plants and the soil. Thus they try through the most modern means, to fulfil the old prophetical wish of the Bible "And the Desert will bloom"...