Prof. Rivka Elbaum

Rivka Elbaum
The RH Smith Institute for Plant Sciences and Genetics in Agriculture, The Faculty of Agriculture,
Build. A, room 2118, Rehovot campus

Brief Summary of research: 

We study the nano and micro structure, and the chemical composition of plant tissues. We work mainly in two directions:

  • Hygroscopic movement in seed dispersal
  • The roles of silicon oxide in plant physiology.

Specific research topics related to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology:

  • BIOMINERALIZATION: Production of  bio-silica by plants
  • HYGROSCOPIC MOVEMENT: Cellulose-based structure creating movement under changes of the ambient humidity