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Plant Sciences
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Fruit Tree Sciences
Ornamental Plants and Agricultural Biotechnology
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Administration - Plant sciences
Fruit Tree Sciences
Head: Giora Ben-Ari, Ph.D.
The Department of Fruit Tree Sciences comprises 20 research groups, of which17 are located at the Volcani Center, two at the Gilat Research Center and one at the Newe Ya'ar Research Center. The research addresses both fundamental questions regarding fruit trees, and practical questions of productivity and quality. The overall aims are to reduce production costs and to improve growers' income, especially from exported fruits. Most research groups combine physiological, biochemical and molecular studies with horticultural ones. A few breeding, selection and introduction programs cover various fruit crops: subtropical (citrus, avocado, mango, olive, litchi); deciduous (grape, fig, persimmon, pomegranate, almond, guava, pear, apricot); small fruits (various berries); and Ricinus communis (castor) oil (for biofuel).



Department members in Gilat and Newe Ya'ar Research Centers:

Dag Arnon, Ph.D.  Gilat
Raveh Eran, Ph.D. Gilat
Or Sperling, Ph.D Gilat

Doron Holland, Ph.D. Newe Ya'ar
Tal Isaacson Lustig, Ph.D. Newe Yaar 

Research associates:

Talia Saraf -Levy, Ph.D.

Shai Koussevitzky. Ph.D.

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Ben-Ari Giora, Ph.D. Olive pollination. Biochemical and anatomical characterization of the olive abscission zone in fruits and leaves. Olive breeding program. The effects of climate change on olive productivity. Argan oil. Profitable and Sustainable artisanal olive oil industry in the Mediterranean (ARTOLIO) - Fund by ENI CBC MED - http://www.enicbcmed.eu/projects/artolio
Carmi Nir, Ph.D. a. Citrus breeding. b. Clasical breeding. C. Developing molecuar markers D. Genome editing.
Charuvi Dana, Ph.D.
Cohen Yuval, Ph.D. Date palm physiology Mango Breeding Anthocyanin biosynthesis and color formation in fruits
Degani Chemda, Ph.D. (Emeritus) (1) Reproductive biology of subtropical fruit trees, with emphasis on the role of the pollen parent in pollination, fruit set and fruit abscission processes. (2) Molecular characterization of subtropical fruit trees’ germplasm collections. (3) Non-destructive methods for determination of fruit maturity.
Erez Amnon, Ph.D. (Emeritus)
Erner Yair, Ph.D. (Emeritus) Physiology and development of citrus flowers and fruit
Eyal Yoram, Ph.D. (1) Regulation of chlorophyll catabolism during ripening fruit. (2) Metabolic engineering for control over chlorophyll breakdown. (3) Metabolic pathways directing Citrus fruit flavor and aroma compound biosynthesis. (3) Metabolic engineering of secondary metabolism in plants for improvement of fruit quality or plant products.
Flaishman Moshe, Ph.D. 1. Physiological and molecular approaches toward understanding flower and fruit development in deciduous fruit trees 2. Development of biotechnological improvements of apple, pear and fig fruits. 3. Conventional breeding system in fig and pear.
Grunwald Yael, Ph.D. Plant Physiology Plant hydraulics and water relations Plant response to abiotic stress (heat, drought, radiation, salinity)
Irihimovitch Vered, Ph.D. 1-Fruit growth and development. 2-Fruit abscission.
Klein Isaac, Ph.D. (Emeritus) Fruit tree irrigation and nutrition
Korenblum Elisa, Ph.D. Root microbiome Root metabolism and exudation Microbial modulation of root exudation (SIREM) Chemical communication in the rhizosphere Metabolic niches in the rhizosphere microbiome
Ophir Ron, Ph.D. Germplasm collection is the genetic basis for plant breeding and improvement. We adopt bioinformatics approaches to understand the genetic structure of the germplasm collection. The research methods include genetic markers development, reconciling the cultivars' kinship, reconstructing pan-genome, and applying marker-assisted selection methods. Further interest in my research studies the genetic determinants of adaptation of crop-wild relatives as a potential genetic reservoir for "lost traits."
Or Etti, Ph.D. 1. Bud development: • Mecahnism of grapevine bud dormancy release • Regulation of grapevine fruitfulness 2. Regulation of berry size
Perl ‎‎Avichai, Ph.D. Grape breeding and genetic engineering. Grape functional foods, Transformation and multiplication of plants.
Reshef Noam, Ph.D. Grape physiology and table grape breeding, environmental and genetic regulation of grape composition and quality Map traits of interest and study their regulation for breeding high quality and resilient grape cultivars. Integrating metabolomics, transcriptomics, and genetic tools Study the response of fruit composition to changes in its microclimate and adapt agrotechniques to improve fruit quality under elevated temperatures and strong solar irradiance
Sadka Avi, Ph.D. Citrus Physiology: fruit development, fruit quality, alternate bearing and yield improvement
Sherman Amir, Ph.D. Utilization of genomic technologies for plant breeding Comparative genomics in fungi Integration of genomic technologies into agriculture Selected publications 1.Gal TZ, Glazer I, Sherman A and Koltai H.2005. Protein Interaction of Nucleosome Assembly Protein 1 and Casein Kinase 2 During Desiccation Response in the Insect-Killing Nematode Steinernema feltiae IS-6. J. Parasitol. 91: 691-693. 2. Ben-Ari G, Zenvirth D, Sherman A, Lavi U, Hillel J and Simchen G. 2005. Application of SNP's for the assessment of biodiversity in yeast. Heredity 95: 493-501. 3. Lichtenzveig J, Gamliel E, Frenkel O, Michaelido S, Abbo S, Sherman A and Shtienberg D. 2005. Distribution of Mating Types and Diversity in Virulence of Didymella rabiei in Israel. Eur. J. Plant Pathol. 113: 15-24. 4. Ghanim M, Dombrovsky A, Raccah B, Sherman A. 2006. A microarray approach identifies ANT, OS-D and takeout-like genes as differentially regulated in alate and apterous morphs of the green peach aphid Myzus persic
Tomer Eli, Ph.D. (Emeritus)
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Arad Tal, M.Sc.
Arad Yair, Mr.
Ben basat Raviv, Mr.
Ben-uziya Ricki, Ms.
Biton Iris, Ms.
Breiman Naama, Ms.
Carmeli-Weissberg Mira, Ph.D. Separation, Identification and Quantification of small molecules using advanced analytical methods
Cohen Dror, Mr.
Dahan Yardena, M.Sc.
Degani Oded, B.Sc.
Denisov Youlia, Ph.D.
Eshed Ravit, M.Sc.
Farkash Chagai, B.Sc.
Frydman-Shani Ahuva, M.Sc.
Gavriel Hanit, Ms.
Goren Moshe, M.Sc.
Isaac Sisai, Mr.
Ish-Shalom Mazal, Ph.D.
Izhaki yacov, Mr.
Koch Yariv, Mr.
Laor Meytal, Ms.
Lovky Oleg, M.Sc. Genomic data analysis, implementation and management of database for plant breeding.
‎‎Malici ‎‎Haim, Mr.
Manni Yair, Mr.
Margalit Omer, Ms.
Masok Ori, Mr.
Morozov Michael, M.Sc.
Nuriel Yarden, Ms.
Peer Reut, Ph.D.
Peles Raz, Ms.
Pesoa Elad, B.Sc.
Roninson Alexandra, Ms.
Rotbaum Arie, B.Sc.
Rozen Ada, Ph.D.
Sa'adda David, Mr.
Shaya Felix, M.Sc.
Sheinkman Ora, Ms.
Slonimsky Alexandra, Ph.D. Genome de novo assembly and annotation
Tavrizian Mariam, Ms.
Tsaidi Shay, Mr.
Yadgar Karin, Ms.
Yaniv ‎‎Yossie, Mr.
Yossef Gal, Ms.
‎‎Zemach ‎‎Hanita, M.Sc.
Zur Naftali, Mr.
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Gurevich Oleg, Mr.
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Avidan Benjamin, Ph.D. Research group Giora Ben-Ari- researcher Yair Mani- field technician Scientific activities 1. Physiology 0f Olive culture 2. Introduction, selection and breeding 3. vegetative propagation of ornamental and woody plants 4. High density olive plantations 5. Plant Growth Regulators 6. olive alternate bearing 7. Fruit removal force loosening for mechanical harvest 8. olive fruit maturation and harvest date 7. Effect af abiotic stress on oil accumulation List of publications
Ben-Hayyim Gozal, Ph.D. (Emeritus) (1) Cellular and molecular basis for abiotic stress tolerance and stress responses, with emphasis on salinity, drought and oxidative stress. (2) Biotechnological means to increase tolerance to these stresses
Eshdat Yuval, Ph.D. SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AREAS: Structure and Function of Proteins - Especially: receptors; biomembranes; protein engineering; signal transduction; anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory agents. Plant Functional Genomics and Proteomics; molecular breeding; environmental-abiotic stress tolerance; secondary metabolites. Biofood. Agricultural and medical-related Biotechnology focused on the above areas. Climate Change; Food-Tech & Nutrition Security & Safety. GENRAL CURRENT ACTIVITY: Expert, Entrepreneur & Principal Advisor in Agricultural Innovative Knowledge-based Bio-Economy, R&D Strategy, Technology Transfer, Planning & Directing
Hamou ‎‎Michael ‎‎, Mr.
Lavee Shimon, Prof. (Emeritus) Floral Biology and differentiation, growth regulation, anthocyanine and fruit development and orchard development of olives and grapevines: Breeding and genetics of olive for table consumption and oil. Metabolic models via tissue culture.
Lavi-Gefel Uri, Prof. Emeritus. Genetics; Classical and Molecular Breeding. Study of sequence variation by various technologies and for various applications.
Saraf -Levy Talia, Ph.D.
Shahak Yosepha, Ph.D. 1) Plant-light interaction: photosynthesis, bioenergetics, photomorphogenesis, photoinhibition, photodamage, sunburns. 2) Innovative approaches for manipulating the light regime in protected agriculture: Netting for for protecting from environmental hazards - light, microclimate, physiology and horticulture implications; Developing a photoselective/light-dispersive netting (colored nets) technology for improving the performance (productivity, time-to-harvest and product quality) of ornamental crops, vegetables and fruit trees; photoselective films; reflective mulches. 3) Light and environmental stresses in horticultural crops: combinations of chilly/frosty nights and sunny days; malnutrition and strong light, etc.
Zilkah Shmuel, Ph.D.
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