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Plant Sciences
Head: Ilan Paran, Ph.D.
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The Institute of Plant Sciences is Israel's largest research organization in the broad fields of plant biology, agro-technology, and agro-environmental issues.  
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Administration: Mr. Gil Golan


Scope and mission

The Institute of Plant Sciences is a center for research, development and application of products and technologies related to both plant cultivation and open-range management (please see our institutional presentation). The institute is also active in educating and training the new generation of scientists in these areas.  In particular, specific goals are:

  • to improve the quality of life and well-being of the Israeli consumer with respect to agricultural produce and utilization of open spaces;
  • to improve the quality and competitiveness of Israeli agro-products in the world market, and thereby to promote the international status of Israel;
  • to improve the management of open spaces in Israel for the benefit of the public.

Research objectives

  • Production under environmental stress
  • Irrigation with saline water
  • Physiological disorders and deformations
  • CO2 enrichment in greenhouses
  • Photo-selective screening of solar radiation
  • Introduction of new crops
  • Vegetables
  • Medicinal and aromatic crops
  • New ornamentals
  • Breeding
  • Developing genetic tools for breeding programs
  • Mapping and genetic markers
  • Breeding programs for citrus, avocado, mango, pomegranate, olive, apricot and fig
  • Functional genomics, addressing:
  • Quality, color, aroma
  • Size and shape
  • Flavor
  • Contents of sugars, vitamins, organic acids, and anti-oxidants
  • Natural resources and open spaces
  • Improving the management of the Israeli forest, with emphasis on sustainability
  • Improving the productivity of rangelands and their grazing livestock
  • Conducting long-term research to improve the management of open spaces
  • Stabilization and reclamation of disturbed open spaces
  • Development of agro-tourism
  • Grazing in organic agro-ecosystems
  • Soil stabilization in afforestated areas


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    Rehovot-Bet Dagan, Israel, January 28-29, 2015

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