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שלח באימייל הדפס
Name: Benjamin Steinitz, Ph.D. (Retiree)
Units: Plant SciencesVegetable and Field Crops
Research Interests / Job description  
Tel:  off. 972-3-9683837 lab. 972-3-9683644
Cell: 972-506-220076
Email:    steinitz@volcani.agri.gov.il
Address:Dept. of Vegetable Research
Institute of Plant Sciences
ARO, Volcani Center
Bet Dagan 50250

• Senior Research Scientist.

Research Interests / Job description
- 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.


Current research projects

1. Plants in urban landscapes: Improvement of the urban environment and of the well-being of city dwellers.

2. Sustainable agriculture research agenda in the Insittute of Plant Sciences. 

Selected list of publications 

Steinitz, B., Lilien-Kipnis, H. (1989). Control of precocious gladiolus corm and cormel formation in tissue culture. J. Plant Physiol. 135: 495-500. link         

Ben-Hod, G., Kigel J., Steinitz B. (1989). Photothermal effects on corm and flower development in Anemone coronariaScientia Hortic. 40: 247-258. link

Khurana,  J.P., Ren Z., Steinitz B., Parks B., Best T.R., Poff K.L. (1989). Mutants of Arabidopsis thaliana with decreased amplitude in their phototropic response. Plant Physiol. 91: 685-689. link

Konjevic, R., Steinitz, B., Poff, K.L. (1989). Dependence of the phototropic response of Arabidopsis thaliana on fluence rate and wavelength. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 86: 9876-9880. link

Steinitz, B., Cohen, A., Goldberg, Z., Kochba, M. (1991). Precocious gladiolus corm formation in liquid shake cultures. Plant Cell, Tiss. Org. Cult. 26: 63-70. link

Steinitz, B., Hagiladi, A., Anav, D. (1992). Thigmomorphogenesis and its interaction with gravity in climbing plants of Epipremnium aureum. J. Plant Physiol. 140: 571-574. link link2

Steinitz, B., Navon A., Berlinger M.J., Klein M. (1993). Expression of insect resistance in in vitro-derived callus tissue infested with Lepidopteran larvae. J. Plant Physiol. 142: 480-484. link

Steinitz, B. (1997). An exercise in the formation of potato microtubers in tissue culture. J. Biol. Educ. 31: 119-124. link

Steinitz, B., Navon A., Berlinger, M.J., Mazor, M. (1997). Carbohydrates supplements to the callus culture medium modify the growth of potato tuber moth larvae feeding on Lycopersicon chmielewskii callus. Physiol. Plantarum 101:556-562. link

Steinitz, B. (1999). Sugar alcohols display nonosmotic roles in regulating morphogenesis and metabolism in plants that do not produce polyols as primary photosynthetic products. J. Plant Physiol. 155: 1-8. link link2

Steinitz, B., Wolf, D., Matzevitch-Josef, T. and Zelcer, A. (1999). Regeneration in vitro and genetic transformation of pepper (Capsicum spp.): the current state of the art. Capsicum and Eggplant Newsletter 18: 9-15. link

Wolf, D., Matzevitch, T., Steinitz, B., Zelcer, A. (2001). Why is it difficult to obtain transgenic pepper plants? Acta Horticulturea 560: 229-233. link

Steinitz, B., Gafni, Y., Cohen, Y., Perea, J.D., Tabib, Y., Levski, S.,  Navon, A. (2002). Insecticidal activity of a cry1A(c) transgene in callus derived from regeneration-recalcitrant cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.). In Vitro Cell. Dev. Biol.-Plant 38: 247 - 251. link

Steintiz, B., Küsek, M., Tabib, Y., Paran, I., Zelcer, A. (2003). Pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) regenerants obtained by direct somatic embryogenesis fail to develop a shoot. In Vitro Cell. Dev. Biol.-Plant 39: 296-303. link

Gaba, V., Shavit, D., Steinitz, B., Kathiravan, K. (2004) Photography as a tool of research and documentation in plant tissue culture. In Vitro Cell. Dev. Biol.-Plant 40: 536-541. link

Steinitz, B., Amitay, A., Gaba, V., Tabib, Y., Keller, M., Levin I. (2006) A simple plant regeneration-ability assay in a range of Lycopersicon species. Plant Cell Tiss. Organ Cult. 84: 269-278. link

Kathiravan, K., Vengedesan, G., Singer S., Steinitz, B., Paris H. S., Gaba V. (2006) Adventitious regeneration in vitro occurs across a wide spectrum of squash (Cucurbita pepo) genotypes. Plant Cell Tiss. Organ Cult. 85: 285-295. link

Steinitz, B., Tabib Y., Gaba V., Gefen, T., Vaknin, Y. (2009) Vegetative micro-cloning to sustain biodiversity of threatened Moringa species. In Vitro Cell. Dev. Biol.-Plant 45: 65-71. link

Aly, R., Cholakh, H., Joel, D.M., Leibman, D., Steinitz, B., Zelcer, A., Naglis, A., Yarden, O., Gal-On, A. (2009) Gene Silencing of mannose 6-phosphate reductase in the parasitic weed Orobanche aegyptiaca through the production of homologous dsRNA sequences in the host plant. Plant Biotechnol. J. 7: 487-498. link

Amutha, S., Kathiravan, K., Singer,S., Jashi, L., Shomer, I., Steinitz, B., Gaba, V. (2009) Adventitious shoot formation in decapitated dicotyledonous seedlings starts with regeneration of abnormal leaves from cells not located in a shoot apical meristem. In Vitro Cell. Dev. Biol.-Plant 45: 758-768 link 

Steinitz, B., Barr, N., Tabib, Y., Vaknin, Y., Bernstein, N. (2010) Control of in vitro rooting and plant development in Corymbia maculata by silver nitrate, silver thiosulfate and thiosulfate ion. Plant Cell Rep. 29: 1315-1323. link

Steinitz, B., Bilavendran, A. D. (2011) Thiosulfate stimulates growth and alleviates silver and copper toxicity in tomato root cultures. Plant Cell Tissue Organ Cult. 107: 355-363. link PDF

For more information see at Google Scholar, author Benjamin Steinitz link 








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