Department: Department of Molecular Biology and Ecology of Plants
Faculty: Life Sciences
Tel Aviv University

Prof. AVNI Adi

Adi Avni received his M.Sc. in Neurobiology and Ph.D. at the Plant Genetics from the Weizmann Institute of Science. . From 1990 to 1993 he carried out postdoctoral research at the USDA, Beltsville MD, USA and joined the Department of Plant Sciences in 1993. Adi’s scientific interests are primarily in the area of Plant innate immunity signaling.

Research Interests
Induction of plant innate immunity:  Plant resistance against disease involves inducible defense mechanisms (innate immunity). Our research focuses on understanding the signal transduction pathway by which a fungal protein induces innate immunity in tomato and tobacco plants. We address this question from several angles:  We use genetic approach to isolate of a novel genes from tomato that involved in the induction of innate immunity. Using biochemistry, genome editing and cell biology techniques, we study the signaling process that lead to the induction of innate immunity. Our data indicate a distinct endosomal signaling mechanism for induction of defense responses in this receptor system.