Prof. Martin Goldway

Prof. Martin Goldway
Head of Department
Principal Investigator
Molecular Genetics in Agriculture Laboratory

Our main research subject is pollination and fertilization in Rosaceae - apple, pear, apricot, loquat and plum, are all cultivated in our region, the Upper Galilee. In Rosaceae self-pollen is rejected by the S-RNase-mediated gametophytic self-incompatibility (GSI) fertilization system. Therefor cross pollination between cultivars is essential for fruit set. We are studying the GSI mechanism, the flower physiology and pollination, including the addition of bumblebee, in related to yield quantity and fruit quality.

Lately we are also studying Avocado pollination and fertilization in order to further understand its fertilization system and identify new cultivars for the Israeli orchard.
Another area of our research is ripening of climacteric fruits. The research focuses on the molecular and physiological impact of the agent MCP1 which inhibits ethylene response and thus prolongs storage.


Ph.D. Dep. of Genetics, the Hebrew University
M.Sc. Dep. of Genetics, the Hebrew University

Academic and research experience
Post-Doctoral fellow Dep. of Molecular Genetics, Hadassah Medical School, Hebrew University
From 1993, Head of Molecular Genetics in Agriculture laboratory at MIGAL and a lecturer in the dep. of Biotechnology Tel Hai College. Currently, Head of the dep. of Biotechnology.

Scientific Publications

Optimizing the harvest date for long-term storage of ?Spadona? pears (Pyrus communis L.) by prediction of the pre-climacteric minimum

Gamrasni,D.,Ben-Arie, R. and Goldway,M .
Scientia Horticulturae 2015 Volume 197 Pages 280?286

Effect of enhanced pollination on economic properties of self-compatible loquat (Eriobotrya japonica Lindl.)

Nyska, R., Shafir, S. Goldway, M. and Schneider, D.
Scientia Horticulura 2014 Volume 176 Pages 248-254

Reduced yields of ?Earlicot? apricot (Prunus armeniaca) grown in a relatively hot climate and methods to improve flowering intensity and yield

Raz A., Stern, R.A, S. Shafir and Goldway, M.
Journal of Horticultural Sciences and Biotechnology 2014 Volume 89 Pages 495-500

Lavi 1-A new Pyrus betulifolia rootstock for 'Coscia' pear (Pyrus communis) in the hot climate of Israel

R. A. Stern; I. Doron; G. Redel; A. Raz; M. Goldway; D. Holland
Scientia Horticulturae 2013 Volume 161 Pages 293-299

Self-compatibility in loquat (Eriobotrya japonica Lindl.) is possibly due to S6-RNase mutation

R. Nyska; A. Raz; Z. Baras; S. Shafir; M. Goldway; D. Schneider
Scientia Horticulturae 2013 Volume 161 Pages 43-48