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Mailing Address:
The Robert H. Smith Institute of
Plant Sciences and Genetics
in Agriculture
Herzl 229, Rehovot 7610001, Israel

Administrator: Neomi Maimon 
Tel: 972-8-948-9251,
Fax: 972-8-948-9899,

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Ms. Iris Izenshtadt
Tel: 972-8-9489333

Director: Prof. David Weiss
Tel: 972-8-948-9436
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Former Students and Associates

Ronit Sharon, Photosynthetic apparatus in corollas of petunia and carnation M.Sc. 

Galil Tzuri, M.Sc. in collaboration with Prof. J. Hillel

Morly Fisher, M.Sc. in collaboration with Prof. M. Ziv

Iris Smirra, M.Sc. in collaboration with Prof. A. Halevy

Vered Canaan, Transgenic plants resistant to crown gall, MSc

Shamir Tznuert, Transformation system for Gypsophila, MSc

Michal Lavy, Fragrance in carnation, co-supervisor D. Weiss, MSc

Ofer Cohen, Regeneration and transformation in roses, MSc

Eyal Capua, Triterpene saponin synthesis in Gypsophila, MSc

Ran Amir, Identification and characterization of the locus ita from the plasmid RSF1010, MSc

Chanan Himelfarb, Adaptation to salinity, co-supervisor A. Lers, MSc

Sarit Neder, Use of tachyplesin I for improvement of rose vase life, co-supervisor N. Golob, MSc

Coby Buchsdorf, Delay of flowering in leaf crops, co-supervisor A. Samach, MSc

Efrat Izhaki, Rose genomics,. MSc

Shely Zafriar, Cytoskeleton changes in Narcissus during development, co-supervisor E. Sadot, MSc

Hanoch Glasner, The use of knotted1 to delay senescence of leaves and to prolong vase life of flowers, co-supervisor N. Ori. MSc

Orly Lavie, Identification and characterization of rose gene for phenylethyl alcohol production. MSc

Yosefa Bar Zvi, Transgenic tobacco with tachiplesin I, co-supervisor N. Golob. MSc

Ben Spitzer, Regulation of floral scent in petunia.MSc

Yael Brand, Modification of flower color and scent in Gypsophila. MSc

Hadas Price, Molecular breeding of petunia. MSc

Boaz Albo, Transcription Factor EOB1: A Key Component in a Network Regulating Production of Phenylpropanoid Scent Compounds in Petunia Flowers, MSc

Shimshon Broido, Ph.D. in collaboration with Prof. A. Loyter

Michael Vishnevetsky, Carotenoid-associated proteins, degree completed. PhD

Tzvi Tzfira, PhD. in collaboration with Prof. A. Altman

Amir Zuker, Transgenic carnation plants with novel traits, degree completed. PhD

Gidon Scovel, Genetic characterization of horticultural traits in carnation, degree completed. PhD

Hagit Ben-Meir, Characteization of the flavonoid biosynthetic pathway in Gypsophila, degree completed. PhD

Inna Gutterman, Rose genomics, co-supervisor D. Weiss. PhD

Yael Leitner, Tomato proteins involved in the sequestration of hydrophobic molecules PhD

Mery Yelin, Rose propteome, co-supervisor Z. Adam. PhD

Michal Ben-Zvi, Metabolic flow within and between pathways for floral scent and color. PhD

Alon Glick, Molecular markers for resistance to Botrytis in rose, co-supervisor S. Meir. PhD

Arjan Koot, M.Sc. visiting researcher, Dept. of Plant Breeding, University of Wageningen, the Netherlands

Malka Bazak, M.Sc. researcher

Dogan Sakar, Ph.D visiting professor, Turkey

Eva Casanova, visiting Ph.D. student, Departament de Biologia Vegetal, Facultat de Biologia, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain 

Oren Barkai, Transcriptional activation of volatile benzenoids in flowers. researcher

Emanuel Kohen, visiting researcher, Lion, France

Xinlu Chen, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow

Qiaochun Wang, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow

Natalia Dandurishvili, visiting researcher, Khanchaveli Institute of Plant Protection, Tbilisi, Georgia.

Naveen P. Kumar, PhD Visiting scientist, Directorate of Floricultural Research, IARI Pusa Campus, New Delhi-110012