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Mailing Address:
The Robert H. Smith Institute of
Plant Sciences and Genetics
in Agriculture
POB 12, Rehovot 76100, Israel

Administrator: Anat Gazit Booton 
Tel: 972-8-948-9251,
Fax: 972-8-948-9899,
E-mail: anatg@savion.huji.ac.il

Director: Prof. David Weiss
Tel: 972-8-948-9436
Fax: 972-8-948-9899
E-mail: david.weiss@mail.huji.ac.il

 

Research Projects

Funded Research Projects (2005-2014)

 

1. Management of diseases caused by whitefly-transmitted geminiviruses

  • 1.1. Development of tomatoes with combined resistance to Tomato yellow leaf curl virus(TYLCV) using both virus-derived resistance and molecular-assisted breeding.
    • With Vidavski S (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel), Lapidot M (Volcani Center, Israel), Maxwell D and Nakhla M (University of Wisconsin at Madison, USA), Mazyad H and Shalaby M (Agricultural Research Center, Giza, Egypt), Iraqi N (Bethlehem University, Palestinian Authority), Anfoka G (Al-Balqa’ Applied University, Al-Salt, Jordan), Sedegui M (National Agronomic Research Institute, Rabat, Morocco).
    • Funded by the US AID-CDR Middle East Research and Cooperation Program (2003-2009).
  • 1.2. Development of tomato breeding lines with resistance to Ralstonia solanacearum and begomoviruses for Guatemala and Central America
    • With Mejia L (University of San Carlos, Guatemala City, Guatemala), Vidavski F (Tomatech Co, Israel), Lavi U and Tsror L (ARO, Israel), Scott JW (University of Florida, USA), Hanson P, Green S, Graham D and Wang JF (AVRDC, Taiwan), and Maxwell D (University of Wisconsin at Madison, USA).
    • Funded by the US AID CDR (2006-2010).
  • 1.3. Identification of the whitefly-transmitted geminivirus complexes affecting cassava production in the southern regions of Africa and development of cassava resistant lines.
    • With Rey C and Gray M (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa), N. Cossa (Agriculture Research Institute, Maputo, Mozambique) and Brown J (University of Arizona, Tucson, USA).
    • Funded by the US AID-CDR (2004-2011).
  • 1.4. Classical and molecular-assisted breeding of tomatoes resistant to Tomato curly stunt virus(ToCSV) and related viruses for small-scale farmers in South Africa and Mozambique
    • With Rey C (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa), Pietersen G (Agricultural Research center, Pretoria, South Africa), Mondjana A (Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique).
    • Funded by the US AID-CDR (2007-2012).
  • 1.5. Development of tomato with multi-resistances to Tomato yellow leaf curl virus, salinity, drought and heat.
    • With Lapidot M and Levine I (Israel), Mazyad M (Egypt), Anfoka G (Jordan), Iraqi N (Palestinian Authority), Fakhfakh H (Tunisia).
    • Funded by the US AID-CDR Middle East Research and Cooperation Program (2010-2015).
  • 1.6. The molecular basis of resistance to Tomato yellow leaf curl virus in tomato
    • With Schaller A (Germany), Anfoka G (Jordan) and Iraqi N (Palestinian Authority).
    • Funded by the DFG Tri-lateral Program (2012-2014).
  • 1.7. Deciphering the gene network sustaining tomato resistance to Tomato yellow leaf curl virus
    • Funded by the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture (2013-2015).
  • 1.8. A role for heat shock protein 70 in localization, transport and expression of Tomato yellow leaf curl virus in tomato plants and in the virus insect vector
    • Funded by the Israeli Science Foundation (2013-2015).
    • With Gorovits R (Faculty of Agriculture, Hebrew University of Jerusalem).

 

2. Management of other plant viruses

  • 2.1. Microarray-based detection of plant viral and viral-like pathogens
    • With Barba M (Plant Pathology Research Institute, Rome, Italy), Hadidi A (USDA, MD, USA), Caglayan K (Mustafa Kemal University, Antakya, Turkey), Mazyad H (Agricultural Research Center, Giza, Egypt), Anfoka G (Al-Balqa' Applied University, Al-Salt, Jordan).
    • Funded by NATO Science for Peace Program (2006-2009).
  • 2.2. Monitoring of cereal virus and virus-like diseases for prevention through regional detection and quarantine systems
    • With Zeidan M (QRC-Al- Qasemi College, and Israeli Ministry of Agriculture), AboulAta EA (Plant Pathology Research Institute, ARC, Giza, Egypt), Anfoka G (Al-Balqa' Applied University, Al-Salt, Jordan).
    • Funded by the US AID-CDR Middle East Research and Cooperation Program (2008-2013).

 

3. Functional genomics of the whitefly Bemisia tabaci

  • 3.1. Functional genomics characterization of the whitefly Bemisia tabaci begomovirus interaction: an EST and array-based transcript profiling approach.
    • With R. Shatters and C. McKenzie (USDA, ARS, USHRL, Fort Pierce, Florida, USA), and J. Brown (The University of Arizona, Tucson, USA)
    • Funded by the United States-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD) (2003-2007).
  • 3.2. Identification of genes involved in circular transmission of begomoviruses in whiteflies
    • With H, Ghanim M (Israel), and Winter S (Germany)
    • Funded by The German Israeli Foundation for Research and Development (GIF) (2008- 2011)
  • 3.3. Dissection of whitefly-geminivirus interactions at the transcriptomic, proteomic and cellular levels
    • With Ghanim M (Israel), Cicero J, Brown J (USA)
    • Funded by The United States-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD) (2008-2011)
  • 3.4. Comparative genomics of virus circulative transmission by two Homopteran insect pests to agriculture, the whitefly Bemisia tabaci and the green peach aphid Myzus persicae
    • With Ghanim M
    • Funded by the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) (2008-2010)
  • 3.5. Blocking begomovirus transmission to plants by silencing genes of their whitefly vector
    • With Liu S-S (Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China)
    • Funded by the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) (2013-2016)

 

4. Environmental concerns

4.1. Alleviation of deleterious effects of extreme heat on tomato cultures by inoculation with virus: biochemical and genetic basis.

  • With Gorovits R (HUJI Israel), Anfoka G (Al-Balqa’ Applied University, Al-Salt, Jordan). 
  • Funded by the US AID-CDR Middle East Research and Cooperation Program (2017-2020).

4.2. Irrigation of agricultural crops with reclaimed wastewater: effects on soil, plant environment, yield and quality.

  • With Chefetz B (HUJI, Israel), Khedr A (ARC, Giza, Egypt), Anfoka G (Al-Balqa’ Applied University, Al-Salt, Jordan). 
  • Funded by the US AID-CDR Middle East Research and Cooperation Program (2018-2021).

4.3. Laying the basis for a joint national policy to promote safe and productive use of irrigation with treated wastewater: Appraisal of risks to agricultural crops and to the environment in Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

  • With Chefetz B (HUJI, Israel), Ziad A (Al-Quds Public Health Society, PNA).
  • Funded by Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, via The Hebrew University Netherlands Association (HUNA) (2018- 2020)

4.3. An electronic shield to protect tomato and other crops from whitefly infestation.

  • With Bitton N (BTA, Israel).
  • Funded by Yissum (Agri-innovation) (2012-2020).

 

 

 

See also: Hanokh_Czosnek