Terraxy addresses the challenges of plant cultivation in hot, arid regions. As part of the project, the KAUST team developed two technologies enhancing water and nutrient efficiency. SandX, a sand treatment with a nanoscale paraffin wax layer, reduces water evaporation by 80% when applied as a topsoil layer. CarboSoil, created from heat-treated organic waste such as chicken manure, improves sandy soil's nutrient retention and unlocks nutrient bioavailability. Proven effective in Saudi Arabian field trials, these technologies can be scaled up for global food, water, and climate security, and for large-scale greening initiatives.
Lisa is a chemical engineer from the Federal Technological University of Parana, Brazil. She is currently a MS/PhD student in Environmental Science and Engineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Her research is focused on the pyrolysis process and development of technology to scale up the production of soil amendments. She is also a Product Manager at Terraxy and is responsible for the development of chemical reactors and machinery for the production of SandX and CarboSoil.moreLinkedIn Instagram
Batool Albar is a Chemical Engineer from University of California, Davis. She is now a MS/PhD student in Environmental Science and Engineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). She is interested in investigating technologies to enhance plant growth in arid regions. Batool is also the General Manager at Terraxy and is responsible for CarboSoil enhancement.moreLinkedIn Instagram
Adair Gallo is the CEO and co-founder of Terraxy, a Saudi-based startup born from a research laboratory at KAUST – King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. During his PhD, Adair helped create, field test and scaleup the production of SandX and CarboSoil technologies. SandX addresses the massive water evaporation losses from irrigation. And CarboSoil is type of biochar specifically designed to re-engineer the alkaline sandy soils of Saudi Arabia for the very long term. Terraxy is converting organic waste streams into a potent soil amendment that helps plants better utilize nutrients to grow better and faster.moreLinkedIn Instagram
Kennedy is a Research Scientist in Prof. Himanshu Mishra’s interfacial Lab where is responsible for driving translational research efforts on soil amendment technologies for improving soil and plant health under varying irrigation regimes in arid conditions. He obtained a PhD in Agricultural Science and Graduate Certificate of Research from the University of Tasmania in Australia (2017) and an MSc. in Agro-environmental Management from Aarhus University in Denmark (2013). He previously worked as a PhD Fellow at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia and held a Visiting Research Scientist position at the Biosciences Eastern and Central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BeCA-ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya. His research interests lie within plant-soil-microbial interactions to improve plant resilience to environmental stresses and improve yields under changing climatic scenarios.moreLinkedIn
Nayara, a Chemical Engineering graduate from Western Parana State University, Brazil, specializes in the study of water microdroplets' interfacial properties, superhydrophilicity, and surface wettability, with a significant interest in materials characterization. She expanded her expertise as a visiting student at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, contributing to the Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC) and the Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE). Currently pursuing her Ph.D., Nayara's research is centered on the development and exploration of CarboSoil chemistry and its critical interactions with plant nutrients.moreLinkedIn Instagram
Embarking on a Master's journey at KAUST, I am enthusiastic about delving into the dynamic realms of LoRa Smart Systems and Machine Learning. At the intersection of long-range, low-power LoRa technology and the transformative power of Machine Learning, The project's primary objective is to develop a customized irrigation dashboard to optimize water management in agriculture. This dashboard will integrate data from various sensors, weather forecasts, and soil moisture levels to give farmers real-time insights. The dashboard aims to facilitate efficient decision-making regarding irrigation scheduling and resource allocation by offering a user-friendly interface. Ultimately, the irrigation dashboard aspires to be a practical tool, leveraging technology to maximize agricultural productivity while minimizing environmental impact.more
Bob is a PhD student in Environmental Science & Engineering at KAUST with a background in Conservation Biology and Data Engineering. My current work focuses on desert agriculture, studying the application of a variety of soil treatments, including SandXTM and CarboSoilTM, to improve food yields in the region in addition to the potential contributions of these technologies to desert afforestation efforts.moreLinkedIn