Biotechnology Lab.

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About the Center

With the new development in the biological researches, mainly at the genetic levels, it become very urgent to have the required facilities and infrastructure at the College of Agriculture to cope with the rest of the world in this field. Therefore, this lab was established as a research lab, and it have the required equipment to conduct research in the field of genetic engineer, mainly those related to plants and plant diseases. Since the establishment of this lab in 2004, many researches have been implemented, including researches deals with: tomato, wild peas, fig, grapes, chickpea, faba bean, many wild plants, and fungi.

Many master students, whose work is related to genetic engineers studies were  conducted  at the biotechnology lab.


This lab was established to provide the opportunity for the researchers and master students to conduct research on the field of genetic engineer.


Projects & Researches

the following are the main research activities in the lab:

  • Improving local Palestinian wheat and barley varieties for salt and drought resistance through mutation breeding and biotechnology
  • High Quality Solanaceous crops for consumers, processors and producers by exploration of natural biodiversity. (Eusol)
  • Toward a functional genomic analysis of drought salt tomato: fine mapping of QTLs of tomato wild species and identification of candidate genes.
  • Drought Tolerant Sun Dried Tomatoes: A Novel product Based on Heterotic  Natural Biodiversity
  • Finger printing for several wild and domestic plants.
  • Genetic characterization of local grape varieties.


  • Mohammad A, (2009) . Yield quantitative trait loci from wild tomato are predominately expressed by the shoot. Theoretical and Applied Genetics (DOI 10.100/S00122-010-1456-9) open access at
  • Mohammad A. (2008) A common map for potato and a set of tomato “exotic libraries” based on COSII anchor markers. 5th Solanaceae Genome Workshop. Cologne,  12-16 Ottobre: p 280. (poster)
  • Mohammad A, (2008) A common anchored map based on  a framework of COSII markers for potato and a set of tomato “exotic libraries”. 52° Convegno Annuale Padova 14-17 Settembre. ISBN 978-88-   900622-8-5. (poster)
  • Do'a Zayed. 2010). Morpho-Physiological and Genetic Variation between Pea (Pisum spp.) Wild and  Cultivate. Master thesis.