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Salim Al Babili

Associate Professor
Department of Plant Science
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Saudi Arabia

Biography

Prof. SALIM AL BABILI Specializes in engineering crops with enhanced provitamin A content and in elucidating carotenoid-related metabolic pathways. He is working as Associate Professor in Department of Plant Science, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia.

Research Interest

The aim of Dr. Al-Babili's research is to generate crops with improved agricultural performance and enhanced nutritional value. Professor Al-Babili has long-standing experience in engineering crops with enhanced provitamin A content and in elucidating carotenoid-related metabolic pathways. Using combined enzymology-based and genetic approaches, he aims at elucidating metabolic networks and identifying new signaling molecules related to abiotic stress and plant development. Recently he has been focusing on the metabolism of the stress hormone abscisic acid and on strigolactones, a novel class of plant hormones regulating plant architecture and mediating the interaction with symbiotic fungi and root parasitic plants.

Publications

  • Ruch S, Beyer P, Ernst H, Al‐Babili S. Retinal biosynthesis in Eubacteria: in vitro characterization of a novel carotenoid oxygenase from Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. Molecular microbiology. 2005 Feb 1;55(4):1015-24.

  • Daňková N, Reinöhl V. EFFECT OF STRIGOLACTONE ON POLAR AUXIN TRANSPORT AND PLANT ARCHITECTURE.

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