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

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

Director: Prof. David Weiss
Tel: 972-8-948-9436
Fax: 972-8-948-9899




Carotenoid-associated proteins useful for high carotenoid accumulation and production in plants and other organisms.

Method for enhancing plant scent.

Plant viral expression vectors and use of same for generating genotypic variations in plant genomes.

Generating genotypic variations in plant genomes by direct gamete infection.

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Former Group Members

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

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Intro to molecular biology 71065; BSc

Seminar 71187/8, MSc

Basic methods in molecular biology 71024, BSc

Research workshop in horticulture 71950, MSc

Classical and molecular approaches in plant breeding 71021, BSc

Biological membranes, 71978, MSc


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Curriculum Vitae


Born 1957     Tbilisi, Georgia

1976 B.Sc.    State University of Tbilisi, USSR

1984 Ph.D.   The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

1986-1988    Postdoctorate, University of California at Los Angeles, USA


Employment history

1988-1993  Lecturer Department of Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture, HUJ

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  1. Firsov, A., Shaloiko, L., Kozlov, O., Vinokurov, L., Vainstein, A. and Dolgov, S. (2016). Purification and characterization of recombinant supersweet protein thaumatin II from tomato fruit. Protein Expression and Purification. doi: 10.1016/j.pep.2016.03.002.
  2. Tzin, V., Rogachev, I., Meir, S., Moyal Ben Zvi, M., Masci, T., Vainstein, A., Aharoni, A. and Galili, G. (2015) Altered levels of aroma and volatiles by metabolic engineering of shikimate pathway genes in tomato fruits. AIMS Bioengineering 2: 75-92.
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Prof. Alexander Vainstein

Research Interests

Genomic/metabolomic/proteomic approaches for identification of novel (regulatory and biosynthetic) aroma genes

Metabolic engineering of plants and yeast

Site-specific genome modification and genetic engineering in plants


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