Plant Genetic Transformation Department at AGERI consists of five differentlaboratories.
It mainly focus on tissue culture and transformation techniques as a tool for studying essential genes and enhancing vital traits in Egyptian important crops such as: potato, tomato, strawberry, wheat, sugarcane, sugar beet, stevia, cucurbits crops, oil plants and some ornamental plants.
New cultivars of potato resistant to virus infection were developed and resistant to lepidopteron insects as well. Genes responsible for abiotic stresses tolerance were studied in number of oil plants. Defense gene (s) in melon; watermelon and strawberry via artificial elicitor addition was studied. Works in wheat grains to increase the protein contents for enhancing the bread quality. Furthermore, working for developed a novel color in gerbera flowers through insertion of color responsible gene(s) is running.
Department Staff Members:
Prof. Dr. Taymour Nasr El-Din
Prof. Dr. Emad Anis ( Deputy Director for Research )
Prof. Dr. Ashraf Hussein ( Deputy Director for Training and Extension )
Dr. Saeid Khalil
Dr. Mohamed Abdallah ( Head of Department )
Dr. Gihan Hussein
Dr. Mohamed Tawfik
Dr. Khaled El-Mangoury
Dr. Roba Medhat
Dr. Hossam M. Zakaria
Department Staff Members Abroad:-
Dr. Sahr Abd El- Hady
Dr. El- Dosoky Salman
Dr. Ismail Ahmed Ismail
Dr. Mohamed Hazman