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Postharvest Science of Fresh Produce
Head: Haya Friedman, Ph.D.

The Department of Postharvest Storage of Fresh Produce includes 13 research laboratories working on development of postharvest technologies to retain quality and prevent losses of fruit, vegetables and ornamentals. Our main research goals are development of protocols and technologies for harvesting and marketing of fresh produce, study the molecular and biochemical mechanisms involved in regulation of ripening and senescence processes, develop safe technologies for decay control, and breeding of new varieties with improved postharvest storage capabilities. The research projects include evaluation and development of cooling technologies, control of humidity and gas atmosphere conditions, coatings and packaging materials, and antimicrobial compounds. The research is conducted on various fruit types, such as subtropical and deciduous fruit, vegetables, such as leafy, fruit and root vegetables, and ornamentals and cut flowers.

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Alkan Noam, Ph.D. Characterization of fruits stem-end-rot microbiome. Fruit resistance mechanism during fungal quiescent colonization. Characterization of mango fruits response to cold storage. Cold storage quarantine treatments for mango and avocado fruits.
Droby Samir, Prof. Research Interests - Postharvest treatment of citrus fruit - Postharevst pathology of cut flowers - Development and application of alternative control methods (natural materials, physical treatment) for the control of postharvest diseases - Development of biological control technologies for the control of posharvest diseases - Study of mechanisms of action of yeasts used for the control of posharvest pathogens - Study of the biochemical and molecular basis of Penicillium digitaum pathogenicity on citrus fruit
Eltzov Evgeni, Ph.D. The research of this group is focused on development and miniaturisation of various biosensor platforms with applications in food and agricultural fields. We are integrating novel micro-/nano-structures and materials with biorecognition elements (DNA, antibodies, cells, enzymes and other (bio)receptors) for development novel diagnostic devices that address various challenges in the modern world. The key areas of research are: Biosensors and bioassay development. Point of care (POC) devices. Real-time monitoring systems for multianalyte analysis. Whole cell biosensors. Integration nanotechnology and biosensors applications.
Eshel Dani, Ph.D. Lab web site:http://barakdror.wix.com/eshellab - Dormancy release and apical dominance in postharvest potatoes - Alternative methods to inhibit sprouting of stored tubers, roots and bulbs - Caspase like proteins and their role in programmed cell death - Combining environment friendly methods to synergistically improve postharvest disease control
Fallik Elazar, Prof. *The use and development of non-chemical treatments for disease control. *Postharvest disease control of sweet peppers, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, eggplants, melons, watermelons and organic commodities. *Fruit resistance by physical treatments. *Sensory analysis (taste and smell) in harvested fresh produce. *Mechanism of water loss in fresh vegetables. *The use of 1-MCP to inhibit ripening processes. *Grafting affecting vegetables' quality after harvest. *Effects of colored-net shades on vegetables' quality after harvest. *Development of cold/hot quarantine treatments in fresh harvested produce.
Friedman Haya, Ph.D. • Mechanisms of senescence induction • Elucidating the role of reactive oxygen species in senescence and ripening • Involvement of development pathway in ripening of fleshy fruit • Delaying banana ripening by manipulation of MADS-box gene • Delaying leaf senescence of Pelargonium leaves • Postharvest of cuttings • Edible flowers: development and postharvest treatments
Kenigsbuch David, Ph.D. Research Interests • Post harvest physiology and phytopathology of fresh herbs and leafy vegetables. • Leaf abscission and senescence. • Molecular regulation of ethylene biosynthesis and action. • Modified atmosphere storage. • Molecular mechanism of the circadian regulation of post harvest physiology.
Lers Amnon, Ph.D. Plant senescence and programmed cell death: function and regulation of associated nucleases and ribonucleases. Study of the molecular genetic regulation of dark-induced senescence and the mode of action of CO2 in delaying artificial senescence in leafy vegetables. Investigating the biological basis for chilling injury sensitivity/resistance in leafy vegetables.
Lichter Amnon, Ph.D. Physiology and postharvest pathology of table grapes Flavor of table grapes Cold room technologies
Meir Shimon, Ph.D. Postharvest physiology of ornamentals, Controlled and modified atmosphere storage
Philosoph-Hadas Sonia, Ph.D. Postharvest physiology of ornamentals, including cut flowers, ornamental branches and flower bulbs; Gravitropism of flowering shoots – physiological, cellular and molecular aspects; Ethylene biosynthesis pathway and action; Biochemical and physiological aspects of leaf and flower petal senescence; Application of plant growth regulators to solve postharvest problems of senescence, abscission, water-balance, chilling-injury, wilting and gravitropic bending in cut flowers and ornamental branches;
Porat Ron, Ph.D. • Postharvest storage of citrus fruit • Postharvest storage of pomegranates • Postharvest storage of guava fruit • Chilling tolerance • Fruit Taste and aroma • Modified atmosphere packaging and waxing
Prusky Dov, Prof. Understanding the basic processes underlying the interactions between fruits and pathogenic fungi. Studying biochemical and molecular mechanisms that are controlling postharvest fungal virulence and fruit resistance factors. Development of transformation-mediated gene disruption strains affected in pathogenicity and with enhanced ability to elicit defense responses. Studying the biochemical basis for modulation of pathogenicity of postharvest pathogens by affecting the alkalinization and acidification of the environment of infected tissue. Specifically: regulation of organic acid production and secretion; nitrogen metabolism and ammonia secretion. Effect of the secreted substances on the modulation of host local pH and program cell death. Etiology and control of postharvest losses in deciduous and subtropical fruits by integration of pre-and postharvest treatments.
Rodov Victor, Ph.D. Minimally-processed (fresh-cut) and ready-to-eat fruit and vegetable products: technology, physiology, microbiology and safety New functional food products of plant origin; phytonutrients and antioxidants in fruits and vegetables Food packaging, in particular modified-atmosphere and modified-humidity packaging Postharvest treatments to improve nutritional and keeping quality of fresh produce Plant secondary metabolites, e.g. terpenoids and phenolic compounds
Ziv Carmit, Ph.D. Postharvest disease control of fruity vegetables: - Developing environment-friendly treatments to control postharvest fungal rot. - Understanding resistance mechanisms of phytopathogenic fungi to cold storage. - Uncovering the role of lipids in determining the interactions between fruits and pathogenic fungi during storage.
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Alkalai-Tuvia Sharon, B.A.
Burd Shaul, Ph.D.
Chalupowicz Daniel, M.Sc.
Daus Avinoam, Mr.
Feygenberg Oleg, M.Sc.
Kaplunov Tatiana, M.Sc.
Kochanek Bettina, M.Sc.
Maurer Dalia, M.Sc.
Nega Mola, Mr.
Rafael Ginat, M.Sc.
Sabag Amit, B.Sc.
Salim Shoshana, Ms.
Teper-Bamnolker Paula, Ph.D.
Vinokur Yakov, Ph.D.
Weksler Asya, M.Sc.
Zadka Tamar, Ms.
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Aharoni Nehemia, Ph.D. (Emeritus)
Fuchs Yoram, Ph.D. (Emeritus)
Lurie Susan, Ph.D. * Storage of deciduous fruits: apples, apricots, cherries, grapes, nectarines, peaches, persimmons * Prevention of storage disorders and rots by non-chemical means such as physical stresses * Use of controlled and modified atmosphere and 1-methylcyclopropene to extend storage * Understanding the biochemical events involved in chilling injury * Understanding the molecular events during and following heat shock * Maintaining fruit nutritional and organoleptical quality after harvest
Pesis Edna, Ph.D. • Fruit ripening processes including: cell wall degradation, ethylene metabolism, respiration, anaerobic respiration, color development, aroma and taste. • Modified atmosphere/humidity packaging and fruit coating in order to maintain subtropical fruit quality. • Finding solutions for keeping quality of organic fruits without using chemicals • Application of 1-methylcyclopropane (1-MCP) in order to increase storage duration and to improve subtropical fruit quality. • Alleviation of chilling injury and decay development in tropical and subtropical fruits including: avocado, mango, papaya, tomato, banana, guava, lychee, longan, date and fig. • Alleviation of superficial scald in apple and pear by low oxygen pretreatments • Improving fruit aroma and flavor in stored fruits by various abiotic stresses • Study aroma volatiles by GC-MS techniques for identification of fruit taste
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