A Method for Generating Herbicide Resistant Plants

Mosquna Assaf, HUJI, Faculty of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Quality Sciences, Plant Sciences and Genetics




Herbicide – resistance, proteins identification, crop protection

Current development stage

TRL3 Experimental proof of concept      


Modern weed management in agricultural production relies heavily on the application of chemical herbicides. The sustainability of existing herbicides is constantly threatened by emergence of resistant weed populations.

The new approach enables tailoring of plants that are resistant to a desired herbicide

Our Innovation

  • An innovative systemic herbicide protection system enables using of an already field approve herbicide to additional and diverse crops by designing GMO plants resistant to that specific herbicide
  • A platform for systemically development engineered plants for various chemical molecules and several commercial herbicides.
  • The platform rapidly modified to recognize additional chemicals.
  • Enable crops to have a uniformed innate resistance to a class of herbicide which is highly potent.



  • The platform has been tailored to successfully recognize 12 different active ingredients, including Acetochlor, Flufenacet and Diuron.


  • For years no new mode of action herbicide was found. This leads to a very narrow diversity of active compounds that are available in the market
  • With no new modes of action developed for decades, an alternative approach to sustain the use of herbicides is to extend the use of existing products to additional crops.  This approach is exemplified by the development and introduction of glyphosate resistant transgenic crops, which revolutionized the field of herbicides in the late 90's and early 2000.
  • Crop productivity increase
  • Ensure high-quantity and quality food supply

Contact for more information:

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