Forestry Research and KKL-JNF

Working with other academic and scientific institutions both in Israel and abroad, KKL-JNF funds research that impacts agriculture and the environment. KKL-JNF also shares its extensive knowledge, particularly in the fields of desert afforestation and agriculture, water management and biological pest control, with developing countries in other parts of the world.


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Agricultural research and development is the basis for the development of new products to benefit people.

KKL-JNF sponsors a network of regional agricultural research and development stations in Israel’s peripheral regions where leading scientists and technicians work closely with local farmers, research institutes and universities to increase agricultural sustainability, profitability, and stability. These stations exploit the natural potential of peripheral regions: climate, soil, varieties of water sources and manpower quality. The cutting-edge technologies developed at these stations keep Israeli farmers at the forefront of their field, providing them with innovative, cost efficient ways to grow produce under arid conditions and allowing them to compete in the global market.

KKL-JNF will continue its research in the realms of forestry, soil and water in cooperation with Israel's universities and research institutes. The research taking place in agricultural stations will continue to benefit the farmers in the periphery by way of enhancing crop production, developing new species and encouraging organic farming.

Some of our researches of international impact are illustrated below, as well as described in KKL-JNF's own academic journal "Forest":

Saving Eucalyptus Trees Worldwide

The peak of unique projects with enormous financial ramifications is connected to, of all things, a tiny insect discovered by Israeli scientists working in distant Australia - thanks to generous funding from the Australian Friends of KKL-JNF. 

Aphids, Moths and Pested Pines

The processionary moth is a harmful pest in pine forests and constitutes a health hazard. A fatal aphid has been wreaking havoc on Israel's pine trees. KKL-JNF has become an expert in protecting trees from the two.

Gazelle Ecology in Masua Park

Gazelles are a wild but familiar species, whose large size makes them relatively easy to spot and observe. However, to make observations successful, not only must gazelle density be high, but their ecology must also be studied. Masua Park is a perfect place to fulfill environmental educational goals, although present gazelle density in the park is far too low for this purpose.

Raptors in the Forests

Open spaces, which serve as a natural habitat for many species of animals, are becoming smaller and smaller, especially in central Israel.  It may well be that the raptors living in these regions could help us in understanding the importance of the preservation of nature and protecting open spaces, thanks to a new research study, which KKL-JNF is partner to.