Novel Method to Improve Plants’ Stability in Drought

Moshelion Menachem , HUJI, Faculty of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Quality Sciences, Plant Sciences and Genetics





Stress hormone abscisic acid, harvest index, transgenes

Current development stage

TRL4 Technology validated in lab            


Following drought stress, plants sharply reduce yield, along with a more moderate decrease of harvest index.

Plants whose parents possessed transgenic insensitivity to the stress hormone abscisic acid (ABA) in the green tissues, exhibit much more stable yield under drought conditions as well as maintaining a stable and high harvest index under these conditions.

Though these plants are no longer transgenic, they could be used to confer non-transgenic drought tolerance and yield stability. 

Our Innovation

A novel method for creating plants that are not sensitive to the stress hormone ABA in their green tissues.

  • Strong yield stability
  • Early growth vigor
  • Delayed senescence
  • Improved harvest index under drought


  • The finding uncovers that the non-Genetically Modified Organisms (non- GMOs) of these transgenes parental plants revealed an intermediate phenotype between the wild types (WT) and the transgenes.
  • This phenotype has high yield stability and the best harvest index among WT plants and transgenes, under both well-watered and water limited conditions.


  • Plant stability increase under drought conditions
  • Crop productivity increase



Contact for more information:

Amichai Baron
VP, Head of Business Development, Agritech & Envir
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