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CSIRO Waite Campus Seminar: Dr. Amnon Haberman
Feb 19, 4:00 pm
The following seminar will take place at 4:00pm on Tuesday 19th February in the CSIRO Wine Innovation West, Upstairs Seminar Room
Studying the molecular mechanism of flowering regulation in alternate bearing of fruit trees
Dr. Amnon Haberman | Postdoctoral Fellow, CSIRO Agriculture & Food
Seasonal fluctuation in flowering and yields in fruit trees, termed alternate bearing, is a major constraint for obtaining consistent fruit production in many orchards. Expression of genes encoding the postulated flowering inducer FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT) appear to play a key role in flowering regulation and alternate bearing in several evergreen fruit trees. In contrast, we found that in the deciduous tree apple (Malus domestica Borkh.), genes encoding the postulated flowering inhibitor TERMINAL FLOWER1 (TFL1) control flowering and seems to mediate alternate bearing. The study provides a new model for flowering regulation in apple and signifies the divergence between types of fruit trees (evergreens and deciduous) in flowering regulation.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Amnon Haberman completed his PhD in Horticulture at the Robert H. Smith Institute of Plant Sciences and Genetics in Agriculture of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. There he studied the molecular mechanisms of flowering regulation in fruit trees. He then joined Israel’s ARO (Agricultural Research Organization) as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Gilat Research Centre for Arid & Semi-Arid Agricultural Research, where he worked at olive trees fertilization and the identification of avocado rootstocks resilient to Verticillium Wilt. Amnon recently joined Dr Harley Smith’s Team at CSIRO where he is and is studying avocado trees productivity.
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