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BGU, Chinese firm to create desert research institute in Mongolia

BGU, Chinese firm to create desert research institute in Mongolia
Ben Gurion University recently signed a memorandum of understanding with China's Elion Resources Group to create a research institute for combatting desertification in Mongolia, the university announced on Sunday. 
Wang Wenbiao, chairman and president of Elion, visited Ben Gurion's Sde Boker and Beershbea campuses with a team of executives, and a delegation from the university's Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research will soon travel to China to help cement the plans.
The new center, to be called the Kubuqi Desert Research Institute, will aim to develop China's desert economy, and will cooperate with Ben Gurion University on water saving irrigation, wastewater treatment, microalagae production and solar energy utilization, the university said.
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