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Plant Development and Adaptation laboratory

Double fertilization; Early seed-development; Environmental stresses; Abiotic stresses

Dr. Yehoram (Yori) Leshem

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My lab studies plant responses to environmental stresses as well as sexual reproduction processes: double fertilization and early seed development. The research is carried out in model organism Arabidopsis thaliana  as well as important regional crops such as apple and pear. The studies in my lab are carried out using genetic, molecular-biology, physiology and cell biology approaches.



Ph.D. 2008, Department of Plant Sciences, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem
M.Sc. 2001, Department of Life Sciences, Ben-Gurion University in the Negev

Academic and research experience
2008-2013 Postdoctoral fellow - the Department of Plant Biology, University of California - Davis.
2013 – Present Head of Plant Development and Adaptation laboratory MIGAL, Lecturer at Tel-Hai Academic College

Selected Publications

Pollen tube entry into the synergid cell of Arabidopsis is observed at a site distinct from the filiform apparatus

Plant Reproduction 2013 Volume 26 Issue 2 Pages 93-99 Y. Leshem; C. Johnson; V. Sundaresan

Molecular characterization of the glauce mutant: A central cell-specific function is required for double fertilization in Arabidopsis

Plant Cell 2012 Volume 24 Issue 8 Pages 3264-3277 Y. Leshem; C. Johnson; S. E. Wuest; X. Song; Q. A. Ngo; U. Grossniklaus; V. Sundaresan

Reduced expression of the v-SNAREs AtVAMP71/AtVAMP7C gene family in Arabidopsis reduces drought tolerance by suppression of abscisic acid-dependent stomatal closure

Journal of Experimental Botany 2010 Volume 61 Issue 10 Pages 2615-2622 Y. Leshem; Y. Golani; Y. Kaye; A. Levine

Induction of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase-mediated endocytosis by salt stress leads to intracellular production of reactive oxygen species and salt tolerance

Plant Journal 2007 Volume 51 Issue 2 Pages 185-197 Y. Leshem; L. Seri; A. Levine

Suppression of Arabidopsis vesicle-SNARE expression inhibited fusion of H2O2-containing vesicles with tonoplast and increased salt tolerance

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2006 Volume 103 Issue 47 Pages 18008-18013 Y. Leshem; N. Melamed-Book; O. Cagnac; G. Ronen; Y. Nishri; M. Solomon; G. Cohen; A. Levine


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