Development of petunia lines with enhance scent production
Research project 8
Project researcher: Prof. Alexander Vainstein
The floral scent is a mixture of various volatile molecules. The final fragrance is determined by the composition and level of each compound. In most plant systems, these specialized metabolites are biosynthesized at shallow levels. While the hedonistic value of floral scent cannot be overestimated, this trait has not been successfully bred into most plant systems, including ornamentals. Almost no varieties emit floral scent compounds at levels that consumers can easily detect. Understanding the structural genes encoding enzymes responsible for the biosynthesis of volatile compounds and the regulatory mechanisms governing floral scent production/emission provides us with advanced tools for the metabolic engineering of floral fragrance. The current project aims to develop petunia lines with high levels of floral scent. Generation of non-transgenic plants with enhanced floral aromas should lead to the development of novel aroma-emitting flowers currently lacking in horticultural markets.
Research project 8 - Prof. Alexander Vainstein
Petunia flowers

Project researcher:

Prof. Alexander Vainstein

Prof. Alexander Vainstein
Project researcher

Institute of Plant Sciences and Genetics in Agriculture, The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Email: alexander.vainstein@mail.huji.ac.il

Phone: +972-8-9489082

Website: Prof. Alexander Vainstein

Research areas:

  • Site-specific genome modification and genetic engineering in plants.
  • Genomic/metabolomic/proteomic approaches for identification of novel aroma genes/
  • Metabolic engineering of plants and yeast.

Research partner:

Oded Skaliter

Oded Skaliter
PhD student

Research areas:
Site-specific genome modification and genetic engineering in plants.

Institution:
Institute of Plant Sciences and Genetics in Agriculture, The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.