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* Otto Warburg Minerva Center for Biotechnology in Agriculture

Hebrew University of Jerusalem
(Established 1983)

Director

Prof. Edouard Jurkevitch
The Otto Warburg Minerva Center
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Faculty of Agriculture
Rehovot 76-100
Tel.: 972-8-9489428
Fax: 972-8-9468265
E-mail: jurkevi@agri.huji.ac.il
Internet: www.agri.huji.ac.il

Chairman of the Advisory Council

Prof. Dr. Lothar Willmitzer
Max-Planck-Institut für molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25, Haus 20
14476 Golm b. Potsdam
Tel: 0331-567-8202
Fax: 0331-567-8201
E-mail: willmitzer@mpimp-golm.mpg.de

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* Fields of research/Forschungsgebiete

Plant- and microorganism-related biotechnologies as relevant to agriculture: Crop improvement, plant pest control, cell and tissue culture, "beneficial" microorganisms, recycling of agricultural wastes, food improvement, agriculture and the environment.
Für die Landwirtschaft relevante Pflanzen- und Mikroorganismen-Biotechnologie: Verbesserung der Qualität von Nutzpflanzen, verbesserte Kontrolle von Pflanzenkrankheiten, Zell- und Gewebekultur, "nützliche" Mikroorganismen, Wiederverwertung von landwirtschaftlichem Abfall, Verbesserung der Lebensmittelqualität, Landwirtschaft unter Umweltaspekten.
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* Key Words

Biological control, plant propagation, germplasm conservation, biofertilization, bioremediation, plant breeding, DNA marker-assisted selection, resistance to viruses and fungi, genetic engineering
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* Research activities and objectives

The major goal of the Otto Warburg Center is the integration and coordination of the following research activities.
Crop improvement: Breeding, gene identification, rapid selection for yield and quality traits, DNA marker-assisted selection, genetic engineering. Plant pest control: Biological control of phytopathogenic fungi, nematodes and insects, resistance to and monitoring of plant viruses. Cell and tissue culture: rapid clonal propagation, germplasm conservation. Use of microorganisms for improving plant growth, nitrogen nutrition and uptake of minerals and other nutrients. Recycling of agricultural and other wastes: lignin degradation, bioremediation, and biofiltration of industrial wastes, environmental control. Biological formulations for improving the quality and shelf-life of food products.
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