In an era of global warming, increasing episodes of weather extremes and population growth, the issue of food security is of top importance. Among the various effects of climate change, elevated temperatures are a major threat to crop productivity. Current adaptations to high temperatures via agricultural management systems are insufficient to sustain yield, therefore breeding for heat tolerant crops is crucial. We aim at improving reproductive stress tolerance in Solanaceous crops, focusing on heat-stress tolerance in tomato, one of the most important vegetable crops worldwide.
In order to promote the development of stress resilient cultivars, our overall aim is to understand plants’ responses to abiotic stresses. We utilize various genotypes and cultivars, test them under different environmental conditions and combination of stresses, and perform physiological and molecular assays to characterize the response. We pursue the genetic and epigenetic elements that are involved in stress response and tolerance. In alignment with this aim, we are part of the COST action CA19125-Epi-Catch (EPIgenetic mechanisms of Crop Adaptation To Climate cHange). Visit our websites for further information and activities (https://61e6e24bcea16.site123.me/
Our lab is part of the Department of Vegetables and Field Crops Research in the Plant Sciences Institute, at the Agricultural Research Organization (ARO) – Volcani Center.