The iCORE Center

for Functional Phenotyping

of Whole-Plant Responses

to Environmental Stresses

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Plant Adaptation to Changing Environment

The I-CORE is a center consisting of researchers from the Tel-Aviv University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, The Hebrew University and The Weizmann Institute of Science.

It contributes to a more holistic view of a plant in a changing environment, boosts fundamental scientific research, and helps local Ag-Biotech industries improve plant robustness under changing climate.


Contact Us


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,
E-mail: neomim@savion.huji.ac.il

Secretary of teaching program:
Ms. Iris Izenshtadt
Tel: 972-8-9489333
E-mail: Iris.Izenshtadt@mail.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


This new greenhouse is specially designed to allow researchers to screen hundreds of plants simultaneously, under a variety of controlled conditions (e.g., water availability, nutrient levels, specific chemicals, etc.), while continually monitoring several physiological parameters (see below) for each individual plant.

The unique irrigation system controls each plant’s exposure to inputs and can be used to create a range of degrees of severity of stress conditions for different periods during the plant life cycle, from germination through flowering and fruit setting.

The system allows simultaneous soil–plant–atmosphere measurements of all plants in the array in an easy-to-use, non-destructive and non-invasive manner, allowing for the genuine comparison of different plants and treatments.

System Output:

  1. Daily Biomass Gain
  2. Daily Water Loss
  3. Water-Use Efficiency
  4. Transpiration Rate
  5. Stomatal Conductance
  6. Root Water Flux
  7. Relative Water Content and
  8. Individual Stress Index (DRI).

The above physiological traits are taken for the whole plant (for more details see: http://www.plant-ditech.com/


1. Fertilizer solution in the greenhouse

2. Pest and disease control