Université Saint-Joseph / Faculté des sciences, Laboratoire Caractérisation Génomique des Plantes (LGCP)





Rue de Damas

BP 17-5208 Mar Mikhaël

Beyrouth 1104-2020,LEBANON


Contact person:


Tel: (+) 961 1 421 382

Fax: (+) 961 4 532657

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Saint Joseph University (USJ) is one of oldest universities inLebanon. It was founded in 1875 by Jesuits to become the first francophone university in the Middle Eastern region. The Faculty of Sciences (FS) of USJ, founded in 1997, aims to provide a solid education in fundamental sciences and develop research activities in diverse fundamental and applied fields in collaboration with national and international academic, research and industrial institutions. The Department of Life and Earth Sciences is the largest department in the FS and includes 236 students, and 56 full-time and part-time professors.

The Laboratory of Genomic Characterization of Plants (LGCP) together with the Laboratory of Seed Germination and Conservation (LSGC) are headed by Dr. Magda Bou Dagher Kharrat and carries both fundamental and applied research activities in many fields:

  • Genetic characterization of native plant species inLebanonsuch as cedar (Cedrus libani), juniper (Juniperus excelsa), oak (Quercus spp.) as well as plants many endemic toLebanon.
  • Ecosystem restoration through the creation of micro-reserves in threatened areas that are particularly rich in biodiversity as well as reforestation in arid areas in order to combat the expansion of desertification especially in the north-eastern parts ofLebanon.
  • Development of the Lebanone-flora database (http://www.lebanon-flora.org), which aims at providing easy access to Lebanese plant species, sharing data and research findings as well as serving as a discussion platform between plant experts.
  • Seed conservation and germination of native plant species in association with a local NGO (Jouzour Loubnan) in order to support the regeneration and management of woodlands in the Lebanese mountains.


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