Contact Us


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



Open Positions

As our lab was only recently established, on July 2012, 
we are looking for M.Sc. and Ph.D. students.

Please contact us for more details.

Selected Publications

  • Harpaz-Saad, S., Western, T.L. and Kieber, J.J. (2012). 
    The FEI2-SOS5 pathway and CELLULOSE SYNTHASE 5 are required for cellulose biosynthesis in the Arabidopsis seed coat and affect pectin mucilage structure. Plant Signaling and Behavior, 7:285-288.
  • Harpaz-Saad, S., Yoon, G. M., Mattoo, A. K., and Kieber , J. J. (2012). 
    The Formation of ACC and Competition Between Polyamines and Ethylene for SAM. Annual Plant Reviews 44: 53–81.

Dr. Smadar Harpaz-Saad

Plant Cell wall plays a major role in determining plants architecture and plant’s adaptation to different stresses.

Plant cell wall is composed mainly from polysaccharides, proteins and phenolic compounds. The cell wall polysaccharides have immense economic importance as they are central players in determining the mechanical and textural properties of food, wood, paper and textile fibers. Moreover, they serve as major source for the emerging industry of biofuels for renewable energy.