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Institute of Plant Science - Central ARO Campus, Rishon Leziyon

Fruit Tree Sciences  

  1. COHEN YUVAL e-mail Team: Dr. Amir sherman
    Phenotypic and genetic characterization of fruit quality traits (peel color and fibrousness) in mango.
    Mango breeding requires better understanding of the heredity of fruit quality traits. Color and fibrousness are two major traits important. Currently there are no markers associated with these two traits, to enable their identification at the seedling stage. While there is some knowledge on processes determining fruit peel coloration, very little is known on the formation of fibers in the mango pulp. We will combine microscopic analysis, molecular biology techniques and biochemistry to characterize the two traits. We will perform genetic analyses, screening defined mango populations and germline collections to characterize the inheritance of the traits and to identify specific markers associated with them.
    Education requirements
    Ph.D. in horticulture, Plant Molecular biology or in Plant biochemistry
    Scientific experience
    Knowledge in plant developmental biology, or fruit development; Experience in various molecular biology techniques and in microscopy. Basic bioinformatics tools.
    Skills
    Knowledge in plant developmental biology, or fruit development; Experience in various molecular biology techniques and in microscopy. Basic bioinformatics tools.
  2. COHEN YUVAL e-mail Team: Prof. Rina Kamenetsky
    Fertilization and fruit setting of date palms –physiological, molecular mechanisms and environmental effects
    Reproduction biology in date palms is a complex process. Female flower has three separate carpels. Only a single carpel develops into a fruit, while the others degenerate. The current project aims to characterize the developmental processes and molecular mechanisms involved in date fertilization and fruit setting as well as carpel degeneration. We will also follow the effects of different temperature regimes on these processes. The project will combine field trails of controlled pollination, various microscopic analyses and molecular biology techniques.
    Education requirements
    Ph.D. in Horticulture or in Plant Molecular Biology
    Scientific experience
    Knowledge in plant developmental biology, preferringly in fruit development. Experience in various molecular biology and microscopy techniques.
    Skills
    Molecular biology techniques, basic bioinformatics tools and experience in
  3. EYAL YORAM e-mail Team: Dr. Mira Weissberg
    Metabolic engineering of flavor aroma and plant defense compounds in citrus
    Some secondary metabolites of the flavonoid and isoprenoid biosynthesis pathways are major players in determining the flavor and aroma of various citrus fruit species. Others are likely involved in plant protection or in attracting pollinators. We will utilize metabolic engineering based approaches to study the potential to modify flavor and aroma or to improve pest resistance of citrus. The work will involve molecular/biochemical based approaches as well as analysis by advanced analytical tools (LC/MS and GC/MS) and relevant metabolomics software (MassHunter and Chemstation).
    Education requirements
    PhD in Plant Science or Biochemistry
    Scientific experience
    Molecular biology, biochemistry. preference for experience in secondary metabolism and metabolite analysis
    Skills
    Preference for candidates that are adept in cloning, plant transformation, protein methodologies and/or metabolite analysis
  4. IRIHIMOVITCH VERED e-mail Team: Dr Yuval Cohen: Institute of Plant Sciences, The Volcani Center, ARO Department: Horticulture Department
    Studying molecular mechanisms affecting abscission of developing mango fruitlet, for future optimization of crop yield.
    In plants, fruitlet abscission processes are controlled by the counteracting actions of ethylene, acting as an inducer, and auxin (IAA), acting as suppressor. Mango (Mangifera indica L.) is a very important tropical fruit crop. Despite its adequate flowering and fruit set, mango production does not meet its potential due to intense natural fruitlet drop, leading to loss of revenue. Using a Fluidigm™ dynamic array platform, we already analyzed the expression patterns distinct IAA-related genes, and compared their profiles in control vs. ethephon-treated pericarp and abscission zone (AZ). Our data, links altered expression of specific IAA-carrier genes, observed in fruitlet tissues and a decrease in free IAA content in the AZ. We now plan to use high throughput sequencing methods, to decipher additional determinants affecting mango fruitlet drop, focusing on examining the effects of synthetic IAA treatments on abscission process
    Education requirements
    PhD in Biology, Agriculture, Plant physiology or related field.
    Scientific experience
    Recognized skills in basic molecular biology' plant transformation techniques and/or large scale data analysis. • Demonstrated success in the publication of research work in internationally recognized and peer-reviewed journals
    Skills
    Experience establishing and running scientific research Excellent management and communication skills as well as the ability to work in team. A good knowledge of computers and statistics. Recognized skills in microscopic and histological studies are advantageous
  5. IRIHIMOVITCH VERED e-mail Team: Prof. Alon Samach The Robert H. Smith Institute of Plant Sciences and Genetics in Agriculture, Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot
    Elucidating molecular and hormonal determinants affecting transition to flowering in avocado
    In many fruit crop species, high fruit load inhibits transition to flowering resulting in a pattern of crop production known as alternate bearing (AB). In a study performed in the lab we previously provided evidence linking between up-regulation of PaFT, hypothesized to act as a phloem-mobile florigen signal, in leaves of off (fruit-lacking) trees and 'Hass' avocado flower induction. We also showed that fruit-load repressed the expression of PaFT in leaves of on (fully loaded) trees, thus affecting AB trait (*). To explore mechanisms controlling flowering transition, and to examine the effects of hormonal changes on the expression on return to flowering. We are now using high throughput sequencing methods, microscopic studies and field and in vitro experiments. We plan to focus mainly on exploring cytokinin effects under low and heavy fruit load conditions
    . (*) Ziv et al., PloS One 2014
    Education requirements
    PhD in Biology, Agriculture, Plant physiology or related field.
    Scientific experience
    Recognized skills in basic molecular biology' plant transformation techniques and/or large scale data analysis.
    Demonstrated success in the publication of research work in internationally recognized and peer-reviewed journals
    Skills
    Experience establishing and running scientific research
    Excellent management and communication skills as well as the ability to work in team
    A good knowledge of computers and statistics.
    Recognized skills in microscopic and histological studies are advantageous
  6. OPHIR RON e-mail Team: Doron Holland
    Discovery of genes related to specific traits in Pomegranate
    The project is focused on two trait of Pomegranate that has been already mapped on genetic map by QTL mapping. The project will involve de novo assembly of pomegranate genome to a draft level, genome annotation and gene prediction and anchoring the scaffold on the genetic map. Finally, a list of genes in the genomic regions between the markers which flank the traits will be subjected to download analysis.
    Education requirements
    Ph.D. in bioinformatics Background in plant science, crop agriculture is advantage
    Scientific experience
    Next Generation Sequencing Genome annotation Genome assembly
    Skills
    Data analysis R or python programming
  7. SHERMAN AMIR e-mail Team: Amir Sherman
    Craeting changes on the chromosomal level utilizing CRISPER-CAS9
    CRISPER CAS is transforming plant science as it allows to craete changes in the gene leve: Knockout different alleles, random mutations in a site of interest. Can we utilize this system to do cvhanges in the chromosomal level: Influence recombination, changineg chromosome structure and number? We are interested in study this approach in the content of tools for plant breeding. The biological systems are tomato and arabidopsis.
    Education requirements
    Plant Genetics
    Scientific experience
    Plant Mol Biol, Plant, transformation
    Skills
    Highly motivated , Ability to work in teams.
  8. SHERMAN AMIR e-mail Team: Amir Sherman
    Creating new epigenetic variation by inducing of novel DNA methylation
    Epigenetic variation play a role in may aspects of plant development, response to stress, others. Most studies are studying the role of methylation by stripping it and test the outcome. This project is focused on creating new epigenetic variation by by expressing a foreign methylase in planta (tomato, Arabidopsis).. The biological system is already set (plants that are expressing the methylase) and we are ready to exploring the changes in the epigenome.
    Education requirements
    Plant sciences
    Scientific experience
    Advance moecular l biology, plant transformation, plant genomics
    Skills
    Ability to work in teams. Baic computer skills

Israel Plant Gene Bank

  1. BARAZANI OZ e-mail Team: Dr. Jotham Ziffer-Berger, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Fruit evolution and adaptation to Mediterranean habitats in Raphanus (Brassicaceae)
    In this project we follow an interdisciplinary approach combining expertise in taxonomy, molecular systematics, population genetics, seed biology and ecology in an attempt to understand environmentally-driven evolutionary processes in fruit evolution and
    Education requirements
    Ph.D. in Plant Sciences, preferably in the field of Botany, Ecology
    Scientific experience
    Botany, Ecology, Molecular Markers
    Skills
    Knowledge and experience in molecular marker techniques and data analysis
  2. BEN DAVID ROI e-mail Team: Dr. David Bonfil
    Genetics of pre-anthesis in wheat
    Research goal: 1. Phenological characterization of pre-anthesis developmental phases (in the field) of a set of Israeli cultivars (n=9).
    2. Monitoring spike dry matter (DM) accumulation in a set of Israeli cultivars (n=9). Calculating rate of spike DM accumulation in terms of thermal time.
    3. Monitoring fruiting efficiency (FE) and its association with yields components
    Education requirements
    PhD,3rd degree
    Scientific experience
    CROP PHYSIOLOGY, GENETICS
    Skills
    Scientific writing, high motivation
  3. BEN DAVID ROI e-mail Team: Dr. Hanan Sela
    Genomic and Agronomic tools for dissection of ancient genetic resources of wheat
    Local Wheat Landrace Varieties (“Landraces”) have evolved over millennia to encompass substantial diversity, including in desirable traits of adaptability, nutritional density and flavor. In the 20th century, however, landraces were largely replaced by “modern” wheat varieties, single genotypes bred for high yield from high inputs, in the context of industrial farming and food production. In Israel, virtually 100% of wheat cultivation is based on “modern varieties”, and our local Israeli wheat landraces are on the verge of extinction. Because Israel is a center of wheat domestication and biodiversity, this is both a local and international concern.
    Education requirements
    PhD, 3rd degree
    Scientific experience
    Genetics, Agronomy , Physiology
    Skills
    Motivation, indipendence, leadership, high scientific writing skills
  4. FRIEDMAN EYAL e-mail Team: Dr. Lianne Merchuk Ovnat [ARO] Prof Rachel Green [HUJI] Dr. Noam Shental [OU]
    Phenomics of clock plasticity in plants
    Development of bionformatics tools to analyze large scale phenomics data from a newly built non-invasive phenomics platform. Postdoc will manage large scale experiments under different temperatures with doubled haploid population derived between two B1K l
    Education requirements
    Doctorate in Biotechnology/Bioinformatics
    Scientific experience
    Bioinformatics with phenotypic data, with genotype by sequencing or/ Image analysis
    Skills
    Database management, Image analysis, Machine learning analysis
  5. FRIEDMAN EYAL e-mail Team: Dr. Lianne Merchuk-Ovnat (postdoc) Dr. Vibha Mishra (postdoc) Khaled Bishara (MSc student)
    CAS9 breeding approach
    We have recently identified two loci (QTL from wild barley) that show stress-conditioned beneficial effects on grain yield. This research project is developing classic and CAS9 genetic tools to decipher the causal genes and mechanism underlying these QTLs
    Education requirements
    Doctorate in Plant Biotechnology
    Scientific experience
    Molecular biology of plants, Plant Physiology, Plant Genetics
    Skills
    Tissue culture, qPCR, Plant biochemistry, GBS library prep
  6. GINZBERG IDIT e-mail Team: Idit Ginzberg
    Molecular and biochemical characterization of potato skin as a model for studying suberization, wound healing and stress response in agricultural important crops
    The protective peel of potato tuber is made of periderm tissue, whose outmost cell layers contain corky cell walls and is named 'skin'. The skin protects the crop form water loss and pathogen invasion, and its appearance is a highly important marketable factor. Skin physiological blemishes (that are not caused by pathogens) are of great concern, mainly russeting phenomenon and skinning injuries. The potato periderm is a model tissue to study cork development and wound-healing in planta. It originates from meristematic cells, named phellogen, whose activity was not characterized yet. Research goal is to study periderm/skin development by (1) characterization of the cellular mechanism of skin formation, (2) molecular, anatomical and chemical monitoring of developing skin, (3) conducting of field trials to reduce waste and increase marketable crop.
    Education requirements
    PhD studies
    Scientific experience
    Actual practice in molecular biology for at least two years. Knowledge in bioinformatic applications is desirable. Publications in international reviewed journals.
    Skills
    Fluent English speaker, well updated in scientific literature, good collaboration with other lab members, diligent, trustworthy, meticulous
  7. GINZBERG IDIT e-mail Team: Idit Ginzberg
    Strengthening fruit peel resistance to growth strain to prevent fruit cracking
    Cracking of fruit peel, and the closely-related russeting condition, are major disorders that limit fruit quality, shelf-life and marketability, and result from a failure of the peel to resist surface tensions due to fruit expansion. Simply, the peel is made of epidermal cells and the overlying cuticular matrix, with the occurrence of fruit cracking first visible at the cuticle surface. Spraying of gibberellin A4 plus A7 (GA4+7) and the cytokinin 6-benzyl adenine (BA) at the early cell division stage in apple fruit development resulted in a reduced incidence of cracking, and this was accompanied by increased cuticle thickness and higher epidermal cell density, phenotypes often presumed to confer cracking resistance. The proposed research aims to elucidate the cellular factors that determine fruit peel resistance to cracking using anatomical studies and molecular approaches (transcriptome analysis, qPCR, metabolomics, etc.)
    Education requirements
    PhD studies
    Scientific experience
    Actual practice in molecular biology for at least two years. Knowledge in bioinformatic applications is desirable. Publications in international reviewed journals.
    Skills
    Fluent English speaker, well updated in scientific literature, good collaboration with other lab members, diligent, trustworthy, meticulous.
  8. HAREL ARIYE e-mail Team: Dr. Arye Harel Prof. Yigal Elad, collaborator. Prof . Dov Prusky, collaborator. Dr. Omer Frenkel, collaborator. Dr. Eswari Pandaranayaka PJ, Postdoc.
    Deciphering pathogenicity mechanisms of phytopathogenic fungi and oomycetes using protein network analysis
    To study pathogenicity mechanism in filamentous eukaryotic pathogens, we utilize systematic computational comparison, followed by functional validation on economically significant pathogens: a) Computational analysis: We intend to utilize extensive network analysis based on complete proteomes of ~100 FEPs exhibiting diverse lifestyles. Our analysis will focus on identifying the core of pathogenicity mechanisms required for infection in each lifestyle (i.e., biotrophs, hemibitoriohs, necrotrophs, and host-group preference, e.g., cereals), and on identifying diverse lineage specific mechanisms. b) Functional analysis: We will validate the role of computationally identified pathogenicity determinants in the infection process, using expression analysis in the course of infection, on 1 to 3 of pathogens representing major lifestyles: 1) Botrytis cinerea- necrotroph, a broad host pathogen (its control expenses amount to1B$/Year); 2) Colletotrichum gloeosporioides- hemibiotroph, causing sig
    Education requirements
    PhD in Biology.
    Scientific experience
    Molecular biology of plants or fungi. Realtime-RT PCR, Transformation, working on RNA-seq data. Advantage for: candidates with research experience of plant pathogens using standard microbiological and molecular methodologies.
    Skills
    Willing to learn and experience new fields, strong determination, and dedication.
  9. HAREL ARIYE e-mail Team: Dr. Arye Harel, PI. Prof. Debashish Bhattacharya., Rutgers, Collaborator.
    Untangling the Genetic Background of the Solanum lycopersicum-Botrytis cinerea Pathobiome-holobiont
    We propose to utilize an infection model of the fungal plant pathogen Botrytis cinerea on Solanum lycopersicum in order to: i) characterize the pathobiome microbial community composition; ii) utilize network analysis (previously used to elucidate ancient prokaryotic symbiomes) to decipher functional interactions between host, microbiome, and pathogen gene expression to identify the plant-pathobiome 'biotic-stress-toolkit'.
    Education requirements
    PhD in biology.
    Scientific experience
    Molecular biology, Realtime RT PCT, working on microbiome using 16S, ITS, 18S , metagenome, or metatranscriptome. Advantage for: candidates with research experience of plant pathogens using standard microbiological and molecular methodologies.
    Skills
    Willing to learn and experience new fields, strong determination, and dedication.
  10. HOVAV RAN e-mail Team: Collaboration with Peggy Ozias from UGA, USA.
    The molecular dissection of the crop maturation trait in peanut
    Time to maturation (TTM) is one of the most recognized characteristics of peanut. Spanning 90-180 days post planting (DPP) among different cultivars, this trait is crucial for adaptability and yield. In spite of its importance, not much is known regarding the genetic and molecular control of TTM in peanut. In particular, well-known genetic factors that control TTM in other legume systems, like day-length response and inflorescence architecture, are almost irrelevant for peanut, a day-length insensitive plant with strong indeterminate growth habit. Due to the relatively complex nature of the trait and its interaction with the environment, the decisive determination of TTM in early breeding generations and its efficient selection towards both early- and late-maturing genotypes are challenging. Here, by taking the benefit of advanced genetic and molecular infrastructures, and based on previous experience and knowledge, we propose to study the moleculargenetic components that co
    Education requirements
    Ph. D. in plant genetics and molecular biology
    Scientific experience
    Genetics, genomics, molecular biology, bioinformatics
    Skills
    Basic bioinformatics, willingness to work part of the time in the field.
  11. ILAN PARAN e-mail Team: Dr. Allen van Deynze, Dr. Sigal Popovsky, Dr. Eli Fallik, Dr. Tzahi Arazi,
    Genetic and molecular dissection of fruit morphology of pepper (Capsicum)
    Pepper exhibits large natural variation in aspects of fruit morphology such as size, shape and color. We will exploit this variation as well as induced mutants to map quantitative trait loci (QTLs) controlling these traits and identify the underlying genes by combining molecular and genomic approaches such as high resolution mapping, next generation sequencing, expression analysis and gene editing.
    Education requirements
    PhD in Plant Science
    Scientific experience
    Previous research in plant science and molecular genetics
    Skills
    Knowledge and practical experience in gene mapping, relevant software programs, genomic databases, routine molecular procedures such as gene cloning and PCR. High level of communication in English, motivation and independence.
  12. Kleiman Maya e-mail Team: Neta Ginzburg and Ruth Abulafia (in my lab)
    Dynamic synthetic leaf surface microstructure
    We are working on separating the structural effect from the chemical effect in plant-environment interaction. To do that, we make synthetic replicas of different plant surfaces. In the leaf, we are aiming towards a synthetic flow system (using the replica of the vasculature of the leaf), to characterize the diffusion pattern of nutrients on the surface. We are also working towards making the synthetic structure dynamic and reactive.
    Education requirements
    Physics/Chemistry/Material engineering
    Scientific experience
    Flow systems, diffusion measurements, microscopy
    Skills
    Learn new things, open minded, independent
  13. Kleiman Maya e-mail Team: Neta Ginzburg and Ruth Abulafia (in my lab). Dr. Sigal Brown as a collaborator
    A 3-dimensional synthetic replica of the root system
    We are studying the effect of surface microstructure on plant's interaction with their environment. To do that, we make synthetic replicas of the plant surface microstructure out of different materials. In this project, we are working on making the best surface microstructure replica for tomato roots. We are aiming towards a 3-dimensional replica that can be used later on to study the root interaction with root knot nematodes.
    Education requirements
    Chemistry/Material sciences
    Scientific experience
    Soft lithography, material characterization, synthesis
    Skills
    Learn new things, open minded, independent
  14. Lieberman-Lazarovich Michal e-mail Team: Golan Miller
    Heat-stress tolerance in tomato
    Identification of QTLs and genes linked to heat-tolerance in tomato. The study will integrate physiological assays, genomics, and molecular analyses. Candidate genes that will be identified will be examined for their function using the CRISPR-Cas9 technology.
    Education requirements
    PhD in a relevant field of research.
    Scientific experience
    Experience with plant growth and care. Proven experience in fields of plant genetics, epigenetics and stress responses is of advantage.
    Skills
    Molecular analyses (mainly DNA and RNA-related assays), genetic tests, sequence anaylses using bsic bioinformatic tools. English at high level.
  15. Lieberman-Lazarovich Michal e-mail Team: Golan Miller
    The epigenetic component of heat-tolerance in tomato
    Studing the involvment of DNA methylation in the heat response of tomato. The study aims to identify stress-related genes that are epigenetically regulated, and as a complementary approach, induce changes in DNA methylation in order to test the effect on heat tolerance.
    Education requirements
    PhD in a relevant field of research.
    Scientific experience
    Experience with plant growth and care. Proven experience in fields of plant genetics, epigenetics and stress responses is of advantage.
    Skills
    Molecular analyses (mainly DNA and RNA-related assays), genetic tests, sequence anaylses using bsic bioinformatic tools. English at high level.

Ornamental Plants and Agricultural Biotechnology

  1. ARAZI TZAHI e-mail Team: Tzahi Arazi webpage: http://tarazi0.wixsite.com/the-arazi-lab
    Improving fleshy fruit set by dissecting the AGL6 regulatory pathway
    Fruit set and development are key determinants of yield and thus of significant agronomic importance in all edible fruit crops. Yet the molecular mechanism underlying fruit set is still only partly understood. Screening of an EMS mutagenized tomato population for yielding under heat stress, which compromise fruit set, resulted in the isolation of a tomato mutant capable of fertilization-independent setting of completely normal, yet seedless fruits. Bulk segregation analysis followed by marker assisted mapping and CRISPR/Cas9 gene knockout confirmed that a mutated SlAGAMOUS-Like 6 (SlAGL6) gene underlies this phenotype. SlAGL6 encodes for a type II MIKCC MADS-box transcription factor. The project intends to identify the AGL6 related network and panthers.
    Education requirements
    Ph.D in plant biology or Plant Molecular Biology
    Scientific experience
    Strong experience in plant molecular biology and/or biochemistry
    Skills
    Knowledge in molecular biology and biochemistry techniques
  2. ARAZI TZAHI e-mail Team: Tzahi Arazi webpage: http://tarazi0.wixsite.com/the-arazi-lab
    The function of miRNAs in tomato fruit development and ripening
    Fruit development and ripening are processes unique to plant species and thus can provide novel insights regarding plant developmental regulatory mechanisms. MiRNAs are master regulators of plant development through post-transcriptional regulation of target mRNAs often with regulatory functions, such as transcription factors. Sequencing of small RNAs from tomato fleshy fruit demonstrated that numerous miRNAs are expressed in its developing and ripening pericarp but the functions of only few have been elucidated, mainly since a technique to knockout their functions was not available. Recently, a genome editing technology based on the CRISPR/Cas9 nuclease has been developed and efficiently utilized to knockout genes in the Arazi lab. The following project aims to utilize the CRISPR/Cas9 technique to knockout certain tomato miRNA genes and investigate their role in fruit development.
    Education requirements
    Ph.D. in plant molecular biology or/and development
    Scientific experience
    Extensive experience in plant molecular biology and plant development
    Skills
    Knowledge in molecular biology and plant development techniques. Knowledge in tomato fruit development and ripening is an advantage
  3. KOLTAI HINANIT e-mail Team: NA not applied
    Identification of active compounds in medicinal plants for anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory activities
    A variety of medicinal plants will be examined for anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory activity. active fractions will be identified as well as active compounds and mode of action determined.
    Education requirements
    PhD mammalian cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry
    Scientific experience
    Mammalian cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry
    Skills
    Dedicated, highly motivated, high level of research, ability to learn and make progress
  4. OREN SHAMIR MICHAL e-mail Team: My team currently includes two permanent assistants, one postdoc, one PhD student, an MSc student and two BSc students working part time in the lab.
    Phenylpropanoid metabolism in plants: anthocyanin pigmentation and fragrant benzenoid production.
    Our lab is focused on phenylpropanoid metabolism in plants, including anthocyanin pigmentatsand fragrant volatile benzenoids. We are studying the processes by which plants actively degrade anthocyanins as part of the adaptation of plants to changing conditions. We are also studying the correlation between anthocyanin pigmentation and production of fragrant benzenoids, since both pathways originate from phenylalanine.
    Education requirements
    Postdoctoral fellow
    Scientific experience
    I am in search for a postdoc with expertise in plant molecular biology and metabolomics and a background on secondary metabolism in plants.
    Skills
    Molecular biology metabolomics techniques
  5. YEDIDIA IRIS e-mail Team: Adi Faigenboim, Bioinformatics, Tal Luzzatto, Metabolomics
    Differentially expressed patterns in the response of Zantedeschia hybrid vs Z. aethiopica to defense elicitation and challenge with Pectobacterium carotovorum
    The lab focuses on bacterial soft rot caused mainly by Pectobacterium spp. in ornamental bulb plants. The present project is aimed to explore the relative resistance of some Zantedeschia cultivars to soft rot disease, using a transcriptomics approach.
    Education requirements
    PhD in Plant Sciences or Microbiology
    Scientific experience
    Plant microbe interactions, Plant physiology, bacterial plant pathogens
    Skills
    Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics tools
  6. YEDIDIA IRIS e-mail Team: Prof Hanoch Senderowitz Bar Ilan Uni; Prof Zohar Kerem Huji
    Small molecule from plants designed to impair virulence targets in soft rot Erwinias
    The overall aim of the project is to design small molecule combinations that may effectively interfere with bacterial virulence and pathogenicity. The research will employ in vitro and in vivo approaches to study the interaction of the soft rot pathogen Pectobacterium carotovorum with plant derived small molecules. Once specific targets are identified, computational modeling tools will be used to support the experimental results. Possible directions may include the influence of specific compounds and their combinations on plant pathogenic bacteria, and on bacterial communities in vitro and in planta.
    Education requirements
    PhD Microbiology/Biotechnology
    Scientific experience
    Microbiology, Microbiomes bioiformatics
    Skills
    Molecular biology tools, bioinformatics, basic microbiology and microbial physiology

Vegtables and Field Crops

  1. Sadeh Asaf e-mail Team: Collaborations include: Jay Rosenheim (University of Davis, California), Moshe Coll (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Yael mandelik (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Michelle Flenniken (Montana State University), Vered Tzin (Ben-Gurion University), Einat
    Various project possibilities in agroecology, farmland biodiversity, disease ecology, and plant-arthropod interactions
    My agro-ecology lab studies the function and management of biodiversity in agroecosystems, primarily in the context of biological pest, disease control, and conservation. My work combines multiple research approaches, including field surveys, experiments, and mathematical and computational modeling. Potential projects include, but are not limited to: interspecific pathogen transmission in pollinator communities, trait-mediated effects of predators on the spread of vector-borne plant pathogens, ecological modulators of plant phytochemical diversity, patterns and functional consequences of species spillover between agricultural and natural ecosystems, interrelations between pathogen infections and insect host diets at the ecological and epidemiological level, community assembly theory for insect endosymbionts.
    Education requirements
    PhD in relevant life sciences, primarily in ecology, entomology, epidemiology, or plant sciences
    Scientific experience
    Independent research and a good record of scientific publication
    Skills
    Excellent skills in any relevant field, including field ecology, theoretical ecology (mathematical or individual-based modeling), entomology, epidemiology, microbial ecology analysis, plant metabolomics
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