Research activities in the Institute include the following areas: genetics, evolution, cellular biology, computational biology, developmental biology, plant physiology, stress physiology, ecophysiology, physiology of agricultural production and relationship between agricultural plants and their environment, agricultural genomics, precision agriculture and remote sensing, breeding, biotechnology, genome editing, applied ecology, nature preservation and management of open areas.
Current topics, include leaf, flower, fruit and root development, cell differentiation, plant responses to environmental stresses, water uptake and homeostasis, redox signaling, hormone signaling and responses, chloroplast biology, tomato genetics, pepper breeding, metabolic engineering, nanotechnology and materials for the future, cell wall composition, herbicide activity and more.
Various species are used for these studies, including crop plants, such as tomato, petunia, sorghum, potato, barley and wheat, and model plants, such as Arabidopsis and Brachypodium.
Major topics and related faculties
Physiology and molecular physiology
hormone signaling and responses, stress physiology, water homeostasis, redox signaling:
Prof Menachem Moshelion, Dr. Assaf Mosquna, Dr. Shilo Rosenwasser, Prof. Shmuel Wolf, Prof. Yehoshua Saranga, Prof. Naomi Ori, Prof. David Weiss, Prof. Zvi Peleg
Plant biochemistry and metabolism
Genetics and Breeding
Computational biology and precision agriculture
ecosystem ecology, ecophysiology:
Dr. Efrat Shefer, Prof. Jose Gruenzweig