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Molecular Phytopathology

Dr. Ofir Degani

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The research focuses on molecular approaches for understanding and prevention of maize fungal diseases.

Research Topics:
Involvement of Harpophora maydis in late wilt disease of sweet corn, characterization of the disease cycle and identifying means of control:

  • Morphological, physiological and molecular characterization of the pathogen.
  • Developing molecular and other methods for H. maydis identification in the host tissues.
  • Characterization of the disease stages and the involvement of environmental factors in its progression.
  • Identifying and applying biological, chemical and agrotechnical means to control late wilt.
  • Identifying resistant factors in different varieties of maize host plants.

 

G protein and MAPK pathways in the maize pathogen Cochliobolus heterostrophus: signaling for gene expression, development and virulence.

  • Comparing the role of the Gα subunit to the role of Gβ subunit and MAPK through study of loss-of-function mutants in order to learn about possible interconnections and common roles.
  • Identifying C. heterostrophus hydrophobin genes and studying the role of G-protein and MAPK in controlling their expression.
  • Understanding the Regulation of Fungicides Activity and Resistance through Fungal Signaling Pathways.

 

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Education
Ph.D. 2005, Biology, Technion Institute of Technology
M.Sc. 2001, Biology, Technion Institute of Technology


Academic and research experience
2007- Present  Researcher, MIGAL - Galilee Research Institute (Israel), Molecular Phytopathology
2005–2007 Postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Doron Goldberg, MIGAL - Galilee Technology Center
2006- Lecturer and staff member, Tel-Hai academic College
2001- Lecturer and staff member, Ohalo academic College

Other activity and service
2014- Present Head of the North Israel Group of Centers for Gifted and Talented Childrens
2008- Present Director of the gifted child center, Tel-Hai academic College, Israel

Students

Post-graduate and post-doctoral research training

Researchers

Laboratories and research projects

Business

Business opportunities and technology transfer