Enrichment of tomato fruit with high nutritional and industrial value carotenoids
Research project 1
The project researcher: Prof. Joseph Hirschberg
Among the top desired traits for breeding tomato varieties are high content of soluble sugar and secondary metabolites responsible for the fruit aroma, color, and nutrients. Of particular importance for industrial tomatoes is the concentration of lycopene. In recent years, there has been a growing demand for tomatoes with higher lycopene or other valuable carotenoids.
מחקר מס' 1 – יוסי הירשברג
Xantomato- Zeaxanthin accumulating tomato line
Research project 1 - Prof. Joseph Hirschberg
Carotenoid biosynthesis pathway in tomato
This project aims to increase beneficial carotenoids in tomato fruit by reducing their catabolism by cleavage dioxygenases and creating tomato varieties with high-value carotenoids for industry and fresh market. To achieve these goals we are using genome editing in order to alter carotenoid biosynthesis and carotenoid degradation genes.
Prof. Joseph Hirschberg

Prof. Joseph Hirschberg
Project researcher

Genetics Dept., The Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Email: hirschu@mail.huji.ac.il

Phone: +972-2-6585662

Website: Prof. Joseph Hirschberg

Research areas:
  • Genetics, Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering in Plants

Research partners:

Haim (Marc) Simanowitz

Haim (Marc) Simanowitz
PhD Student

Research areas:
Biochemistry and molecular biology of plants.

institution:
Genetics Dept., The Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Ms. Tal Makov-Bouaniche

Ms. Tal Makov-Bouaniche
PhD Student

Research areas:
Biochemistry and molecular biology of plants.

institution:
Genetics Dept., The Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.