1) To understand the factors influencing the structure and function of root systems of grafted crops in response to individual and combined abiotic stress conditions (extreme temperatures, salinity and drought).
2) To develop a system for testing root stocks which will aid in selecting suitable stocks for improving crop yield and quality before and after fruit picking, for managing sustainable agriculture.
3) Maximizing yields of grafted crops
The root stocks will be tested through a combination of genetic, physiological and phenological markers for stock resistance to individual and combined abiotic stress conditions, which will help find resistant species for maximizing crop yield and quality under the present and forecasted climate conditions, mainly in arid regions. The existing knowledge on root stock resistance to abiotic stress conditions as well as molecular markers is very limited, thus the research goals are expected to meet the demands of the global and Israeli agriculture industry.