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 Expert  726011

Expert in Plant Tissue Culture, Micropropagation, Plant propagation, agriculture development


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Israel
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Expert's experience combines inter-disciplinary biology studies as well as active scientific and managerial roles in a micropropagation (commercial plant tissue culture) company and troubleshooting, quality control and technology transfer experience in various countries.

His main areas of studies included: Horticulture, Plant Physiology, Plant Tissue Culture, Plant Genetics, Plant Secondary Metabolites and Plant biochemistry.

Expert's work experience included many years and various roles in a large micropropagation company as well as different consulting activities in several countries. In this regard: Developing work-plans and budgets for research and production; Coordination of research and production activities of several participants (from the private and the public sectors) from various countries; Organizing seminars and workshops as well as training programs participants from various countries; Preparation of work programs and various reports (meeting reports, status reports, reviews, etc.) as well as training guidelines;Development of several research partnerships between companies and other private and public organizations. In this contest, assuring adequate flow of information and developing of channels for information flow were also addressed; Consulting large agricultural projects involved with field crops as well as fruits and vegetables, introducing new plant varieties and using novel equipment and technologies in developing country;

Among his career achievements were invention and adapting of tissue culture and acclimatization (hardening) protocols, improvement of tissue culture production processes, establishing of QC system for tissue culture and solving accute problems of microbial contamination thus minimizing company's loss.

Agricultural development. Horticulture. He has long experience of working at agriculture development in developing countries. In recent program that he coordinated (smallholder horticulture, USAID, MASHAV and Ethiopia's Ministry of Agriculture) he developed and applied as the program's coordinator a unique sustainable approach to agriculture development. He created effective network with program staff, government and program beneficiaries (for additional reading SHH program website that I introduced: http://smallholdershorticulture.com). This recent program in Ethiopia completely changed major fruit trees (avocado and mango) scene in Ethiopia by massive introduction of international varieties through sustainable profit-oriented nurseries that the program developed. In the framework of this program he trained hundreds of local experts and disseminated technical information (manual, survey, sourceook, etc) and weekly communicate to all the program's stakeholders.

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plant tissue culture

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micropropagation

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tissue culture medium

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agricultural development

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horticulture


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Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1994   PhD   Plant biochemistry   The University of Tennessee, Knoxville  
1990   MSc   Plant tissue culture   The Hebrew University of Jerusalem  
1981   BSc   Horticulture   The Hebrew University of Jerusalem  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

2005 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 

R&D Director

 

Expert is a co-founder and the R&D Director of Expert's Firm, a start-up that provides new agricultural input to protected cultivation.

2005 to 2008

 

Bio-Oz Biotechnologies Ltd.

 

Business development

 

As a consultant of Bio-Oz, he developed additional uses for the company's unique inoculation devices and started their local and international marketing activity.

2003 to 2004

 

BHC Agro India Ltd.

 

Chief Agronomist

 

Expert lead a group of local and foreign agronomy experts that provided extension services to agricultural projects at several states of India.

1994 to 2003

 

Rahan Meristem (1998) Ltd.

 

Managing Director

 

He served as managing director of Rahan Meristem during two terms. Rahan Meristem is a leader in micropropagation and plant biotechnology.

2009 to 2013

 

MASHAV

 

Coordinator USAID-MASHAV-MoA Ethiopia

 

Expert served as coordinator of the Joint Technical Cooperation Program and the Smallholder Horticulture Program. These tri-lateral programs (USAID, MASHAV and the Ministry of Agriculture of Ethiopia) focused on Horticulture development in Ethiopia.

2015 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 

Consultant

 

The expert work as consultant in the area of Horticulture at different countries in Africa and Asia. His current consulting areas include: fruit tree nursery propagation, plant tissue culture, fruit tree plantations.


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has more than 15 publications at relevant professional journals. He submitted patents at the areas of plant science and protected cultivation.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Acta Horticulturae  
 - Plant Biotechnology and In Vitro Biology in the 21st Century  
 - Scientia Horticulturae  
 - Physiologia Plantarum  
 - Shalom Magazine  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
2005 to   CINADCO, Ministry of Agriculture, Israel   Coordinator   Biotechnology Coordinator, CINADCO–USAID project in Ethiopia. Propagation of elite plant material using biotechnological tools. Demonstration and capacity building.
2002 to 2002   CINADCO and the government of Nepal   Survey mission   A survey mission for the government of Nepal (2002). Surveying the plant biotechnology industry in Nepal and recommending the routes for its development (Mashav, CINADCO and the Government of Nepal).
2009 to 2013   MASHAV   Coordinator   Coordinator of Joint Technical Program and Small Holders Horticulture Programs, USAID-MASHAV-MoA in Ethiopia. International development program on Horticulture: Plant propagation, Extension, Capacity building. (for additional reading SHH program website: http://smallholdershorticulture.com)

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • During his professional career he was involved several events of transfer of plant tissue culture techniques to overseas partners in developing countries (India, Equador, Egypt). These technology transfer processes included the following major aspects: Preparation of functional design for commercial tissue culture laboratories. Conveying the functional design to overseas partners and engineering companies. Identifying local producers and suppliers of laboratory equipment and supplies, nursery provisions and other agricultural inputs. Training of a tissue culture laboratory team and nursery personnel in various aspects of modern laboratory and nursery operation through training programs, seminars and workshops. In this regard, he prepared the necessary training materials such as training syllabus and class programs, protocols, etc. Follow up, continued consulting and troubleshooting. In this regard, he applied QC protocols in a micropropagation company in Egypt and consequently decreased dramatically its loss due to microbial contamination.
  • Expert served as a chief consultant on agronomy to an Indian company (with international shareholders). The company was mainly involved in the provision of various services to state projects of small farmers. In this regard the company recruited the farmers to the project, provided hydrology survey and irrigation system planning and installation, agronomy planning & extension services, and marketing of agri-produce. Expert was involved in the agronomic planning, extension and marketing services to state projects introducing modern agricultural inputs and technologies to small farmers. Some of the important activities performed under this role were: Introduction of new plant species to the projects. Leading a vegetative selection program for local varieties together with the company's agronomists, local farmers and a local Ag-biotechnology company. Introducing of a program for supply of virus free plant material of potato to project farmers. A few virus free plants of the local variety were provided by a national institute, initially propagated in vitro by local Ag-biotechnology company and further propagated by his team under insect proof net-house conditions. These plants will produce mini-tubers that will be the source of a virus free plant material for the region. Preparations of source book and package of practices for fruits and vegetables for the company's agronomist team. Preparation and convey of seminars to the company agronomists and to farmers. Establishment of marketing ties between local farmers and supermarket chains and processing companies. Opening of several export options for fresh fruits and vegetables. Recruiting of quality agri-inputs suppliers to work in the project regions. Presentation of company's plans to state government. Market development for agri-produce including fresh and processed products for local and export markets.
  • He conducted feasibility study and business plan preparation for the establishing of plant propagation business in Uganda. The process included market research and products selection, description of projected production system, investment prediction, projected cash flow, suggested collaborations, required human resources, and time table.
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International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2005 to   Ethiopia   Biotechnology Coordinator, CINADCO–USAID project in Ethiopia. Propagation of elite plant material using biotechnological tools. Demonstration and capacity building.
2003 to 2004   India   Chief Consultant. BHC Agro (India). Agronomic planning, extension and marketing services to state projects introducing modern agricultural inputs and technologies to small farmers.
2002 to 2002   Nepal   A survey mission for the government of Nepal (2002). Surveying the plant biotechnology industry in Nepal and recommending the routes for its development (CINADCO and the Government of Nepal).
2000 to 2003   Egypt   Consultant. NADCO (Egypt). Supervising a micropropagation laboratory. Key achievement: solving of microbial contamination problem and increasing annual production from 50,000 plants to 500,000 plants (company's planting requirement).
2009 to 2013   Ethiopia   Coordinator of Joint Technical Program and Small Holders Horticulture Programs, USAID-MASHAV-MoA in Ethiopia. International development program on Horticulture: Plant propagation, Extension, Capacity building.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
English   Expert has very good English speaking, reading and writing capabilities.
Spanish   Expert has limited capabilities of speaking, reading and writing in Spanish.

Market Research:
Expert has a vast knowledge and understanding of the plant propagation, agricultural development and protected cultivation industries. His expertise includes surveys and recommendations to organizations and states at these fields.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

Expert developed several training seminars to train micropropagation laboratory personnel and new recruits in several countries (Israel, Egypt, India, Ethiopia, etc.). He facilitated training programs for hundreds of trainees on areas of nursery propagation, micropropagation and horticulture extension.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

As part of the process of designing and constructing new micropropagation laboratories and fruit tree nurseries, he was involved in the sourcing of various vendors (engineering companies, building contractors, equipment suppliers, etc.)

Other Skills and Services

He provided trouble shooting and quality assurance services to micropropagation companies.


 

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