- Biotechnology - B.Sc. Program, Biotechnology - M.Sc. Program, Food Sciences - B.Sc. Program
1) The self-incompatibility fertilization system in Rosaceae
The Rosaceae include several of the most important fruits - apple, pear, peach, apricot, cherry and plum, all of which are cultivated in Upper Galilee in Israel. The Rosaceae are self-incompatible and, therefore, depend on cross-fertilization. We are studying the self-incompatibility mechanism and its impact on horticulture. Molecular research is combined with field experiments in the orchards, combining basic and applied research.
2) A molecular study of the ripening of climacteric fruit in respect to storage.
We are focusing on genes that are affected by the ripening hormone ethylene. A few new candidate genes which are currently examined. We use tomato as our model plant but our aim to apply our findings to fruit.
Laboratory in Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Industrial Microbiology, Molecular biology of yeast, Introduction to plant breeding, Pollination and fertilization.