Developing a Commercial Crop

After 35 + years of work, two of Dr. Solowey’s longest standing projects with the Argania Spinosa tree and the Marula tree, have finally come to fruition.

Argania Spinosa is a tree that the center has been domesticating for almost 40 years by selection and hybridization, a process of purposely causing plants to mate by isolating and pollinating them until the flowers are blended. Eight thousand Argania Spinosa trees were planted in 2014 and 2015 and another 12,000 will be planted in the Arava valley which will make the tree a commercial crop.

Dr. Soloway began her work with the Marula tree in the early 1980’s in order to improve the fruit quality of the tree. The center cross bread the trees until the fruit quality improved and then learned how to properly propagate them. The first commercial planting of the new Marula tree is expectedin 2016 in Almog, Israel.