Environment & Ecology News

Israeli coastline contaminated with over two tons of microplastics, TAU research finds

A new Tel Aviv University (TAU) study conducted in collaboration with the Mediterranean Sea Research Center of Israel revealed that the Israeli shoreline is contaminated with more than two million tons of microplastics, with the most polluted beaches being those of Tel Aviv and Hadera. The researchers warn that exposure to microplastic waste is unavoidable,… Read More

TAU study finds human activity damaging local environments 3,000 years ago

Researchers from Tel Aviv University (TAU) has found that the ancient copper industry at Timna three millennia ago was not managed in a sustainable manner, with overexploitation of local vegetation eventually leading to the disappearance of both the plants and the industry. Copper production was not renewed in this region until about a thousand years… Read More

Three genes isolated from wild plants can make wheat resistant to rust diseases

An international research team that includes researchers from Tel Aviv University (TAU) has isolated three disease-resistant genes from wild grasses, enabling resistance to rust diseases that cause severe damage to wheat yields worldwide. The project was facilitated by several technological innovations that drastically cut down the time needed to identify and isolate genes from wild… Read More

New aquaculture technology from TAU can help ease global food crisis

Researchers from Tel Aviv University (TAU) and the Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Institute in Haifa have developed an innovative technology that enables the growth of “enriched seaweed” infused with nutrients, proteins, dietary fiber, and minerals for human and animal needs. They say that the state-of-the-art technology significantly increases the growth rate, protein levels, healthy… Read More

TAU to switch entirely to sustainable electricity within two years

In a first among Israeli academic institutions, the Green Campus Committee at Tel Aviv University (TAU) has released an external, comprehensive, and objective report that inspected and assessed all campus greenhouse gas emissions (both direct and indirect) as part of initial steps in a ten-year plan for reaching carbon neutrality. The report was prepared by… Read More

Standardization of measurement can help fight plastic pollution in the world’s oceans

A new review from Tel Aviv University (TAU) has determined that global standardization of methodologies for monitoring and measuring plastic pollution in the world’s oceans can significantly boost international efforts to mitigate this troubling phenomenon. In a comprehensive survey of all methods described in existing literature, the researchers charted the great complexity and diversity of… Read More