Prof. Adi Avni

  • Molecular Biology Ecology of Plants
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Prof. Adi Avni
Phone: 03-6409840
Another phone: 03-6405323
External phone: 050-8803319
Fax: 03-6410195
Office: Britannia-Porter, 628


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.





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


Academic Appointments:

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


Recent Publications

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 Journal8, 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 Biology74, 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.  PlantJournal63, 791-800.



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