Jun 05

Philadelphia Chapter Open Board Meeting and Luncheon

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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On a Dark Desert Highway...Research and Innovation from the Negev
Prof. Simon Barak
French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands, Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research
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Friday, June 05, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The Offices of Blank Rome LLP
One Logan Square, 11th Floor
(18th and Cherry Streets)
Philadelphia, Pennsyvania
Event Host
Jack R Bershad

R.S.V.P. to 215-884-4510 or winickc@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, is allowing Prof. Barak’s team to identify additional genes that have an effect on making plants more “stress-resistant.”