Hava Rapoport Goldberg

My research activity is focused in three principal areas: 1) Structure and development of storage organs in plants; 2) Floral biology and fruiting processes; and 3) The effect of biotic and abiotic stresses on crop plant growth and development. I use qualitative and quantitative approaches to explore these issues, emphasizing the histological processes and morphological markers which are relevant for crop plant productivity, and utilizing microscopic image analysis techniques. Specific current topics are the cellular processes of olive fruit mesocarp and endocarp growth and differentiation, olive floral quality and ovule development, and the h¡stopathology of root-knot nematodes.

Castillo-Llanque, F. J. and H. F. Rapoport. 2011. Relationship between reproductive behavior and new shoot development in 5-year-old branches of olive trees (Olea europaea L.). Trees Structure and Function 25: 823-832.

Hammami, S.B.M., T. Manrique, and H.F. Rapoport. 2011. Cultivar-based fruit size in olive depends on different tissue and cellular processes throughout growth. Scientia Horticulturae 130:445–451.

Rapoport, H.F., S.B.M. Hammami, P. Martins, O. Pérez-Priego, F. Orgaz. 2012. Influence of water deficits at different times during olive tree inflorescence and flower development. Environmental and Experimental Botany 77: 227-233.

Rapoport, H.F., D. Pérez-López, S.B.M. Hammami, J. Agüera, and A. Moriana. 2013. Fruit pit hardening: physical measurement during olive fruit growth. Annals of Applied Biology 163: 200-208.

Hammami, S.B.M., Costagli, G., and H. F. Rapoport. 2013. Cell and tissue dynamics of olive endocarp sclerification vary according to water availability. Physiologia Plantarum 149: 571-582.