Dryland biodiversity has only recently got due attention because of its potential to contribute in overcoming the effects of global challenges caused by land degradation and and climate change (FAO, 1989). More particularly, the non-tropical dryland...
Mariana Yazbek is a post-doctoral fellow working with ICARDA’s Genetic Resources Section, where she manages the Center’s gene bank and GRS activities conducted in Lebanon. Her work focuses on promoting the in-situ conservation of agrobiodiversity, specifically landraces and wild relatives of agricultural crops.
Before joining ICARDA, Yazbek was a senior lecturer at the American University of Beirut (AUB) where she taught botany and ecology courses, and conducted research related to biodiversity assessments and conservation in Lebanon. She remains an associate member of the University’s Nature Conservation Center.