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Vegetable and Field Crops
Administration - Plant sciences
Vegetable and Field Crops
Head: Ran Hovav, Ph.D.
Vision: Excellence in research and development of vegetable and field crops and their adaptation to diverse environmental conditions



- To improve the quality and yield of vegetable, field and herbal crops for fresh market consumption, industrial use and for the extraction of natural health-promoting metabolites.
- To improve the resistance of vegetable, field and herbal crops to biotic and abiotic stresses.
- To increase and utilize the genetic diversity of vegetable, field, and herbal crops.
- To become a professional authority in genetics and physiology of vegetable, field and herbal crops.
- To train future generations of whole-plant breeders and researchers.


- Improving fruit, tuber and grain quality and development.
- Improving resistance of vegetable, field and herbal crops to biotic and abiotic stresses.
- Development of grafting procedures in vegetable crops.
- Development of vegetable production systems in the open field and in protected environment.
- Development of field-crop production systems.


The areas of research in the department range from applied breeding and agro-technical improvement programs to basic physiological, molecular and biotechnological research relating to the advancement of vegetable and field crops. The research in the department focuses on the major export vegetable crops of Israel, including the solanaceous tomato, pepper, paprika and potato; the cucurbitaceous melons, watermelons, squash and pumpkins; the field crops wheat, chickpea, barley and peanuts; herbs and spices; as well as strawberry, potato and sweet potato.

The Department of Vegetable Research also includes the Israel Gene Bank which is responsible for collection, preservation and evaluation of plant species indigenous to Israel including landraces and primitive cultivars.

Department head: Dr. Moshe Lapidot

Telephone: 03-9683568.
Fax: 03-9669583
Mobile: 050-6220568.
e-mail: lapidotm@volcani.agri.gov.il

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Barazani Oz, Prof.
Ben-David Roi, Ph.D. 1. Improving early vigor and coleoptile length under fluctuating environmental condition by introducing GAR (GA responsive) dwarfing genes. 2. Breeding winter cereals (Wheat, Barley, Triticale and Oat) in Israel for high biomass and grain yield for cattle feed. 3. Genetic characterization of wheat land races collection. 4. Screening for net blotch resistance in Barley seedlings.
Burko Yogev, Ph.D. Group Leader (PI): - light signaling and biotic stress interaction in Solanum - Improve tomato resistance to viruses - The effect of the biological clock on susceptibility to pathogens
Cohen Hagai, Ph.D. In the lab we investigate various aspects of interactions between plant surfaces (such as the cuticle, epicuticular waxes, suberin and lignin) and pathogens. Particularly, we focus on metabolic networks operating on the course of pathogen attack and invasion. Fot further information please visit our lab website: https://hagaicohen117.wixsite.com/the-cohen-lab
Dai Nir, Ph.D. - The mechanism and the inheritance of resistance to powdery mildew in strawberry for the development of resistant cultivars. - DNA markers as a tool for strawberry cultivar identification and marker-assisted breeding. - Strawberry fruit secondary metabolites and antioxidants. - Regulation of strawberry flowering.
Fridman Eyal, Ph.D. > Plant environment interactions > Plant adaptation > Allele mining in crop plants > Plastic translation in changing temperatures - Mechanism and phenotypic consequences > Identification of beneficial wild species alleles (QTL mapping) and their introduction to modern crops by allele editing
Galili Shmuel, Ph.D. Chickpea breeder
Ginzberg Idit, Ph.D. Potato physiology Periderm (cork) tissue development
Goldshmidt Alexander, Ph.D. Our research is focused on investigation of the genetic factors and networks controlling development of the pericarp tissues in fruits of Solanaceae crops tomato and pepper. We seek to use our research to develop novel genetic solutions and tools to extend fruit's shelf life and improve its consumer attractiveness and nutritional values. https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=j1BzE7cAAAAJ&view_op=list_works&sortby=pubdate https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Alexander-Goldshmidt
Hovav Ran, Ph.D. Peanut breeding Peanut genetics and molecular biology Cotton fiber and seed oil research Basic research of oil metabolism
Kleiman Maya, Ph.D. Our lab works on the interface between material sciences and biology. We use synthetic materials to both mimic and gain insight over biological systems. Our main interest lies in the surface microstructure of plants and the effect it has on plant-environment interaction. Main projects include: - Synthetic replicas of tomato leaf surface microstructure under different conditions that vary the microstructure. Examination of how those changes influence the leaf interaction with different tomato pathogens. - Synthetic replicas of tomato root surface in a three dimensional manner as well as combination of different structures with different chemicals extracted from the root. This system is a platform to separate the physical effect from the chemical effect in the root-pathogen interaction. - Studying the influence of the three dimensional arrangement of the cells on the plant's regeneration potential.
Lapidot Moshe, Ph.D. Viral Resistance in Vegetable Crops. Mechanisms and genetics of viral resistance. Whitefly-transmitted viruses.
Levin Ilan, Ph.D. - Molecular analysis of fruit quality traits including phytonutrient and sugar content. - Photomorphogenesis and its relation to plant development and fruit quality traits. - Molecular analysis of quantitative trait loci associated with Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus.
Lieberman Lazarovich Michal, Ph.D. - Biotic and abiotic stresses in Solanaceae; Focusing on high-temperature stress in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum). - Epigenetics for crop breeding (Epibreeding).
Paran Ilan, Ph.D. Genetics and breeding of vegetable crops
Schaffer Arthur A., Ph.D.
Shor Ekaterina, Ph.D. Identification of genes and molecular mechanisms underlying control of agriculturally important traits in legume seeds. Gene editing of peas and chickpeas to improve grain quality for the foodtech industry.
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Amira Haham Hadar, Ms.
Awad Jozif, Ph.D.
Badani Hanna, Ms. Lab technician, chickpea hybridization and breeding
Bdolach Eyal, Mr.
Borovsky Yelena, M.Sc.
Cohen Devir, B.Sc.
Eselson Elena, Ph.D. HPLC, GS-MS, LC-MS, mass analysis of plant material, determination of sugars, organic acids, pigments
Finkelshtein Karel, Ms.
Fogelman Edna, M.Sc.
Gelbart Dana, Ph.D.
Kamara Itzhak, M.Sc.
Kaplan Feldman Yulia, M.Sc.
Karavani Eldad, Mr.
Kelly Gilor, Ph.D.
Keren Alexandra, Ph.D. Our research is focused on investigation of the genetic factors and networks controlling development of the pericarp tissues in fruits of Solanaceae crops tomato and pepper. We seek to use our research to develop novel genetic solutions and tools to extend fruit's shelf life and improve its consumer attractiveness and nutritional values.
Levy Yael, B.Sc.
Manasherova Ekaterina, Ph.D.
Murakhouvsky Leonid, Mr.
Nashef Kamal, Mr.
Rozsa Gonzales Claudia, Ms.
Sarig Rotem, Ms.
Shabtai Sara, M.Sc.
Shtein Carmela, Ms.
Silberman Karen, Ms.
Sinvani Shimshi Liat, Ms.
Tamir Guy, Ph.D.
Tanami Zcharia, Mr.
Wasserstrom Haggai, Ph.D.
Wolf Dalia, M.Sc.
Yoktan Yoav, Mr.
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Landa Haya Mushka, Ms.
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Aloni Benjamin (Benny), Ph.D. Stress physiology in vegetable. * Processes involved in reproductive organs abortion in greenhouse-grown vegetables. *Assimilate partitioning and metabolism in relation to abscission of flowers and fruitlets under adverse temperature and light conditions. *Fruit production under environmental stresses. Study of mechanisms underlying fruit physiological disorders: Fruit shape malformation Fruit skin cracking Fruit Blossom-end rot *Study of the physiological, biochemical and molecular aspects of incompatibility in vegetable grafting. *Interactions between plant hormones IAA, ethylene and ABA in stress tolerance. *Interactions between environmental stresses and oxidative processes in the plants.
Barg Rivka, Ph.D. Biotechnological manipulation of parthenocarpic fruit set Molecular biology of fruit set and development Physiology and molecular aspects of fruit-set in response to auxin triggering Isolation of plant reproductive organ-specific genes and their promoters Role of fatty acid desaturation in abiotic stress tolerance
Barzilai Michal, Ms.
Firon Nurit, Ph.D. A. Solanaceae pollen biology, Pollen temperature-stress-response & thermotolerance. B. Sweetpotato research - focus on mechanisms involved in storage root initiation and development, and root system architechture.
Gafni Yedidya, Prof. The research in my laboratory is aimed at understanding the molecular mechanisms involved in the interactions between the Tomato yellow leaf curl virus and the host plant cell. Recently we discovered the suppression of gene silencing activity of the V2 protein of the virus. The understanding of the mechanism(s) by which V2 interferes with the silencing machinery of the host plant cell is now under investigation.
Gidoni David, Ph.D. Our laboratory main activities: (1) Development of site-specific recombination strategies for programmed DNA rearrangements; transgenes management and control in transgenic plants [see Gidoni et al.(2008) Site-specific excisional recombination strategies for elimination of undesirable transgenes from crop plants. In Vitro Cell & Dev Biol-Plant. 44: 457-467]. (2) Generation of mapped T-DNA/Ds transposon insertion lines, for targeted gene discovery and functional genomics studies in tomato [see Gidoni et al. (2003) Multi-functional T-DNA/Ds tomato lines designed for gene cloning and molecular and physical dissection of the tomato genome. Plant Mol. Biol. 51: 83-98].
Granot David, Ph.D. • Sugar metabolism and sensing in plants • The effect of sugars on stomata and plant water management • The connection between sugar sensing and regulation of stomata, photosynthesis and transpiration. • Xylem development and water transport
Levy Arieh, Ph.D.
Levy David, Ph.D. Emeritus
Petreikov Marina, Ph.D.
Pilowsky Meir, Ph.D. Emeritus
Pressman Etan, Ph.D.
Salts Yehiam, Ph.D. • Physiology and Molecular Biology of tomato Fruit-Set and Development • Parthenocarpic Fruit-Set • Molecular basis for abiotic stress tolerance • Isolation of Plant Organ-Specific promoters
Steinitz Benjamin, Ph.D. - Plant biotechnology, tissue culture and genetic transformation. - Control of cell differentiation, organogenesis and somatic embryogenesis. - Plant-environment interactions. - Sustainable agriculture. - Agricultural and environmental research management.
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