Genome Editing Approach to Improve Plant Growth Rate by Targeting Growth Limiting Signaling
Research project 9
Project researcher: Prof. Assaf Mosquna
The floriculture industry has four major branches: cut flowers, cut foliage, pot plants and garden plants. Of which a major market share is cultivated in greenhouses and plant production walk-in rooms and thus profit potential of improving growth efficiency per unit area is high. To increase plant growth rate, we decided to target the stress hormone abscisic acid (ABA), which has growth inhibition activity. Because the floriculture industry is primarily restricted, removing a partly redundant perception cascade of ABA might have a growth promotion effect with minimal cost on stress physiology, as shown in rice.
Chrysanthemum response to ABA

Project researcher:

Prof. Assaf Mosquna

Prof. Assaf Mosquna
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: assaf.mosquna@mail.huji.ac.il

Phone: +972-54-4506508

Website: Prof. Assaf Mosquna

Research areas:
Plant response to environmental stress, novel plant hormones and growth regulators.

Research partner:

ד"ר מיכל שפילמן

Dr. Michal Shpilman
research associate

Email: michal.shpilman@mail.huji.ac.il

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

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