Jun 03

Meet BGU Prof. Simon Barak

Bethesda, Maryland

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Prof. Simon Barak
French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands, Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research
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Wednesday, June 03, 2015
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
AABGU Washington/Baltimore Office
4800 Hampden Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814

R.S.V.P. to David Speer at 240-482-0611 or dspeer@aabgu.org

Prof. Simon Barak received his Ph.D. from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and did a post-doctorate at UCLA, studying the circadian clock of plants. His research focuses on identifying genes that allow plants to tolerate the harsh environmental stresses characteristic of arid regions. Prof. Barak’s team has found that, by removing two different genes from the Arabidopsis plant, its tolerance to heat, salt, and drought could be increased. An agreement between BGN Technologies, BGU’s technology-transfer company, and Bayer Crop Science, will allow Prof. Barak’s team to identify additional genes that have an effect on making plants more “stress-resistant.”