CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technology for virus resistance in vegetables
Research project 4
Project researcher: Dr. Ziv Spiegelman
Plant viruses are among the most economically significant pathogens for vegetable crops. Traditional breeding methods are limited in their ability to confer antiviral resistance. There is, therefore, a need for the use of innovative technologies to create new virus resistance genes. Viruses are obligatory cellular parasites, which exploit the endogenous plant pathways to enable their propagation and spread. Plant genes essential for viral replication and metabolism can serve as attractive targets for developing new viral resistance genes. Using CRISPR/Cas9, we will generate genetic resistances against economically significant viruses in cucurbits and solanaceous crops.
Research project 4 - Dr. Ziv Spiegelman
CRISPR/Cas9-mediated mutagenesis of the eIF4E gene confers ZYMV resistance in cucumber plants
Research project 4
CRISPR/Cas9-mediated mutagenesis of the eIF4E gene in cucumber plants
Dr. Ziv Spiegelman

Dr. Ziv Spiegelman
Project researcher

Plant protection, the department of Plant Pathology and Weed Research,Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Institute.

Email: ziv.spi@volcani.agri.gov.il

Phone: 972-3-9683534+ 

Website: Dr. Ziv Spiegelman

Laboratory website

Research areas:

  • Development of innovative approaches to dealing with viruses in vegetable crops.
  • Movement of viruses between plant organs.
  • Interaction between plant viruses and the root system.
  • Effect of viruses on the plant silencing system and plant development.

Research partners:

Dr. Hagit Hak

Dr. Hagit Hak
Research Associate

Email: hagith@volcani.agri.gov.il

Research areas:
Genome editing Trait improvement.

institution:
Department of Plant Pathology and Weed Research, Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Institute.

Dr. Diana Leibman

Dr. Diana Leibman
Research Associate

Research areas:
Genomic editing in Cucurbits, development of resistance to plant viruses.

institution:
Department of Plant Pathology and Weed Research, Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Institute.

Meital Shtarkman-Cohen

Meital Shtarkman-Cohen
Research Engineer

Research areas:
Transformation and genomic editing in gourds.

institution:
Department of Plant Pathology and Weed Research, Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Institute.