Providing solutions to our planet’s environmental challenges is part of Weizmann’s business.

Its scientists have achieved much already and will continue to work hard to solve the environmental puzzles we face. Some of the ways they are doing this are by developing mathematical formulas to more accurately predict rainfall; creating crops designed to grow in harsh climates with less reliance on pesticides; developing nanomaterials for engine lubricants to help reduce air pollution; looking at ways to protect and preserve our treasured water; discovering how the earth moves to help predict volcanic eruptions and earthquakes; and studying CO2 by growing a forest in the desert.

Weizmann facts

By enriching wheat with protein it produces a 40% higher yield

Killing parasitic weeds is helping 100 million Africans from losing 50% of their crops

Searching for solutions to treat the 97% of the Earth’s water that is too salty to drink

Understanding air pollution which kills around 1.3 million people a year

Selected Achievements

Seeking out nature for fuel – such as algae!

Genetically engineered algae are being created for use as environmentally friendly bio-fuel. This project is being lead by Weizmann’s Professors Avihai Danon and Uri Pick.

Seeking to address world hunger with wheat that is strong, resilient and plentiful

Wheat that provides a 40% increased yield due to its being protein-enriched was developed by Weizmann Scientists to increase production and address a need. These varieties have shown to be stronger and more resistant to damage and disease.

Seeking to pollinate crops in new and better ways

Now used throughout the world, Weizmann was the first to create hybrid cucumber seeds without hand pollination.

Latest News

GORKY Protein Turns Bitter Tomatoes Sweet

A new database developed in collaboration with the Weizmann Institute of Science is helping to reveal tomato riddles and may facilitate the breeding of delicious, disease-resistant tomatoes. Wild tomatoes that…

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How Bushfire Smoke Travelled Around the World

A new study has uncovered how some Australian fires produced a spreading stratospheric haze rivalling that of a volcanic eruption. It’s not just how hot the fires burn – it’s…

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Plastic’s Just Blowing in the Wind

As the plastic in our oceans breaks up into smaller and smaller bits without breaking down chemically, the resulting microplastics are becoming a serious ecological problem. Now, a new study…

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The Mass of Human-Made Materials Now Equals the Planet’s Biomass

A new study at the Weizmann Institute of Science shows that we are doubling the mass of the human-made ‘anthropogenic’ part of the world every twenty years and the curve…

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Other achievements

Advancing Technology

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Weizmann’s research into advanced technology is immense and acts as a time line for technology’s evolution.

Fighting Cancer

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Nearly half the life science research at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel is focussed on cancer.

Exploring the Physical World

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Although over the centuries we have learned much about our physical world, from the earth below to the stars above, there are still many mysteries to uncover.

Improving Health and Medicine

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Pioneers in research that has lead to better health and medicine world-wide, Weizmann has a long list of achievements.

Enriching Education

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Science education is a core endeavour of the Weizmann Institute of Science.