1. Pollen biology
Looking into molecular mechanisms involved in microspore maturation in Solanaceae species:
- Carbohydrate metabolism and starch accumulation during the late phase of pollen maturation.
- Sucrose & osmolytes accumulation in maturing pollen grains.
- Genes specifically-expressed during microspore maturation.
2. Molecular mechanisms that contribute to high pollen quality under temperature-stress conditions
The heat-stress-response of developing pollen grains of tomato.
- Involvement of heat shock proteins (Hsps): small Hsps, Hsp70, Hsp90, Hsp100 family members as well as HsfA2.
- Involvement of reactive oxygen species scavengers: ascorbate peroxidase family members.
- Involvement of osmolytes and plant hormones.
- Involvement of regulatory factors (such as DREB1, a transcription factor shown to regulate cold-responsive genes) in HS signaling.
Acquired tolerance of pepper pollen grains to low night temperatures by pre-exposing pepper plants to high day-temperature conditions.
- Imposing high day temperature (HDT) conditions, prevented the adverse low night temperature (LNT) effects on vegetative as well as reproductive development..
- A correlation between the acquired tolerance effect and sucrose accumulation in the mature pollen grains was demonstrated.
- Involvement of members of the sHsps and Hsp70 families in the acquired tolerance of developing pollen grains is currently studied.
3. Male sterility and hybrid seed production.
4. Sweetpotato research
- Induction of storage root formation: Anatomical and molecular characterization.
- The effect of salty water irrigation on quality & yield.
- Introduction of variety (color, shape) and high-nutrition varieties into Israel.
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