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Ornamental Plants and Agricultural Biotechnology
Head: Iris Yedidia, Ph.D.
Staff

The department of Ornamental Plants and Agricultural Biotechnology at the ARO serves the Israeli farmers by conducting advanced research on ornamental plants and agricultural biotechnology.  Our vision is to excel in agricultural research and development in order to support and improve the agricultural sector and increase its impact on the Israeli society and landscape. We combine applicative research to solve short-term agricultural problems with basic and biotechnological research in areas related to ornamental plants and various other crops. We hope to expand the agricultural products that are available to growers and consumers worldwide, by applying the well-known creativity of the Israeli nation into agricultural production and the flower industry.

Specific objectives are:

  • Development of new ornamentals by classic and molecular breeding.
  • Development of new agricultural varieties using biotechnology.
  • Dissemination of new products, methods and knowledge developed in the agricultural community.
  • Training of the next generation researchers in the field of ornamental science and agricultural biotechnology.

Among our achievements we can appoint the breeding of popular ornamental varieties including the Narcissus "Ziva" which conquered the world, a very successful cultivar of ornamental sunflowers "Orit" and unique in color strains of Hippeastrum "Ruby Star" and "Opal Star ". In addition, researchers of the department developed methods for propagation and acclimation of ornamentals and innovative flowering techniques that enabled export of Peony and various geophytes to Europe at optimal marketing dates. 

 

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Staff
Researchers
Name
(Surname, First name)
Research Interests /
Job description
Arazi Tzahi, Ph.D. The interest of our group is in the functions of small RNAs in plants with focus on micro-RNAs (miRNAs). miRNAs play important regulatory roles in plant development, stress and metabolism by negatively regulating gene expression. Central goals of our research are to elucidate the roles of plant miRNAs and their target mRNAs in flower and fruit development and to utilize this knowledge for biotechnological improvement of agricultural crops. Toward these goals, we study the involvement of miRNAs and their corresponding targets in tomato flower and fruit development and the effects of their de-regulation on flower and fruit phenotypes.
Kamenetsky Goldstein Rina, Prof. Flowering and dormancy in ornamental plants • The mechanisms of internal and environmental regulation of flowering and dormancy in geophytes and herbaceous perennials • Plant biodiversity, introduction of new ornamental plants, and their cultivation in warm regions • Fertility restoration in garlic • Development of Peony production in Israel • Herbaceous Perennials for gardening and pot production
Koltai Hinanit, Ph.D. 1. Medical Cannabis: research and development of new cannabis-based medication for anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory activities. 2. Medicinal plants uses for anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory activities. 3. Strigolactones as new plant hormones regulating root development.
Oren-Shamir Michal, Ph.D. (1) Revealing the enzymatic process of active anthocyanin degradation. (2) Phenylpropanoid pathways affecting pigmentation and fragrance (3) Applied research for improving pigmentation in ornamentals (4) Effect of colored nets on the yield and quality of ornamental crops
Reuveni Moshe, Ph.D. Molecular events during shoot regeneration in plant tissue culture. Developing tissue culture methods for ornamentals The function of V-ATPase subunits.
Sadot Einat, Ph.D. Plant cell biology and the cytoskeleton Adventitious root formation
Yedidia Iris, Ph.D. Plant Microbe Interactions, Secondary Metabolites and Plant Immunity, Pectobacterium carotovorum
Engineers/Technicians
Name
(Surname, First name)
Research Interests /
Job description
‎‎Abu Abied ‎‎Mohamad, Ph.D.
Belausov Eduard, M.Sc.
Eliyahu Avi, Mr.
Forer ‎‎Itzhak, Mr.
Guetta Yotam, Mr.
‎‎Ion ‎‎Aurel, M.Sc.
Kagan Sima, M.Sc.
Neeman Agmon, Mr.
Nissim-Levy Ada, Ms.
Ovadia Rinat, M.Sc.
Segev Daniel, M.Sc.
Shemesh-Mayer Einat, Ph.D.
Stav Ran, Mr.
Retiree
Name
(Surname, First name)
Research Interests /
Job description
Cohen Avner, Ph.D.
Evenor Dalia, Ph.D.
‎‎Lipsky Alexander, Ph.D. Stable genetic transformation of plants. Testing of plant resistance to pathogenic bacteria in vivo and in vitro. Plant cell biology and optimization of biotechnological processes.
Sandler-Ziv Dorit, M.Sc.
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