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.
Prof. Adi Avni
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.
Ph.D.; Plant Genetics, The Weizmann Institute of Science
|1982-1984||M.Sc.; Neurobiology, The Weizmann Institute of Science|
|1979-1982||B.Sc.; Biology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem|
|2010-present||Professor; Tel Aviv University|
|2005-2010||Associate Professor; Tel Aviv University|
|2001-2002||Research Associate (Sabbatical); USDA/ARS Beltsville, MD, USA|
|1999-2005||Senior Lecturer, Tel Aviv University|
|1993-1999||Lecturer, Tel Aviv University|
|1990-1993||Research Associate; USDA/ARS Beltsville, MD, USA|
Bar, M., and Avni, A. (2014). Endosomal trafficking and signaling in plant defense responses. Current opinion in plant biology 22C, 86-92.
Bar, M., Schuster, S., Leibman, M., Ezer, R., and Avni, A. (2014). The function of EHD2 in endocytosis and defense signaling is affected by SUMO. Plant Mol Biol 84, 509-518.
Sharfman, M., Bar, M., Schuster, S., Leibman, M., and Avni, A. (2014). Sterol-dependent induction of plant defense responses by a microbe-associated molecular pattern from Trichoderma viride. Plant Physiol 164, 819-827.
Bar, M., Leibman, M., Schuster, S., Pitzhadza, H., and Avni, A. (2013). EHD1 functions in endosomal recycling and confers salt tolerance. PLoS One 8, e54533.
Bar, M. and Avni A. (2012) Endocytosis of LeEix and EHD proteins during plant defense signaling in Endocytosis in Plants (Samaj Ed) pp. 297-311.
Sharfman, M., M. Bar, M. Ehrlich, S. Schuster, S. Melech-Bonfil, R. Ezer, G. Sessa and A. Avni (2011). "Endosomal signaling of the tomato leucine-rich repeat receptor-like protein LeEix2." Plant J 68: 413-423.
Bar, M., Sharfman, M. and Avni A. (2011) LeEix1 functions as a decoy receptor to attenuate LeEix2 signaling Plant Signaling & Behavior 6:455-457
Avni A and Blázquez MA (2011) Can plant biotechnology help in solving our food and energy shortage in the future? Curr Opin Biotechnol. 22:220-223
Dayan, J., M. Schwarzkopf, A. Avni, and R. Aloni (2010) Enhancing plant growth and fiber production by silencing GA 2- oxidase. Plant Biotechnology Journal, 8, 425-435.
Cohen-Peer, R., S. Schuster, D. Meiri, A. Breiman, and A. Avni (2010) Sumoylation of Arabidopsis heat shock factor A2 (HsfA2) modifies its activity during acquired thermotholerance. Plant Molecular Biology, 74, 33-45.
Bar, M., M. Sharfman, M. Ron, and A. Avni (2010) BAK1 is required for the attenuation of ethylene-inducing xylanase (Eix)- induced defense responses by the decoy receptor LeEix1. PlantJournal, 63, 791-800.