Elias Bassil

Elias Bassil
University of Florida | UF · Department of Horticultural Sciences Tropical Research and Education Center

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January 2017 - present
University of Florida
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  • Professor (Assistant)
January 2015 - December 2016
University of California, Davis
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  • Researcher
January 2009 - December 2014
University of California, Davis
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  • PostDoc Position

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Publications (70)
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Human history is inextricably linked to the introduction of desirable heritable traits in plants and animals. Selective breeding (SB) predates our historical period and has been practiced since the advent of agriculture and farming more than ten thousand years ago. Since the 1970s, methods of direct plant and animal genome manipulation are constant...
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Vanilla planifolia is an obligate sciophyte (shade plant) with crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) photosynthesis. Plants were grown for 12 months under black, blue, green, or red photoselective shade netting (PSN) to alter the spectral light distribution impacting the plants. Light wavelengths were measured in each treatment and plants were assesse...
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The Arabidopsis vacuolar Na+/H+ transporters (NHXs) are important regulators of intracellular pH, Na+ and K+ homeostasis and necessary for normal plant growth, development, and stress acclimation. Arabidopsis contains four vacuolar NHX isoforms known as AtNHX1 to AtNHX4. The quadruple knockout nhx1nhx2nhx3nhx4, lacking any vacuolar NHX-type antipor...
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Vanilla extract is popular around the world as an ingredient in ice cream and various other desserts. The botanical source of vanilla extract is primarily the cured beans of Vanilla planifolia. The United States is the world?s largest importer of vanilla beans, but domestic production is minimal. However, southern Florida has a favorable growing en...
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L’extrait de vanille est populaire dans le monde entier comme ingrédient dans la crème glacée et divers autres desserts. La source botanique de l’extrait de vanille provient principalement des gousses durcies (préparées) de l’espèce Vanilla planifolia. Les États-Unis sont les plus grands importateurs mondiaux de gousses de vanille, mais la producti...
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El extracto de vainilla es popular en el mundo entero como un ingrediente usado en helados y otros postres. La fuente botánica del extracto de vainilla es principalmente los frijoles curados de Vanilla planifolia. El Estados Unidos es el mayor importador mundial de vainilla judías, pero la producción nacional es mínima. El sur de la Florida tiene u...
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Optimizing plant physiological function is essential to maintaining crop yields under water scarcity and in developing more water-efficient production practices. However, the most common strategies in addressing water conservation in agricultural production have focused on water-efficient technologies aimed at managing water application or on impro...
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Demand for all-natural vanilla flavor is increasing, but its botanical source, Vanilla planifolia, faces critical challenges arising from a narrow germplasm base and supply limitations. Genomics tools are the key to overcoming these limitations by enabling advanced genetics and plant breeding for new cultivars with improved yield and quality. The o...
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Cation/H+ (NHX-type) antiporters are important regulators of intracellular ion homeostasis and are critical for cell expansion and plant stress acclimation. In Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana), four distinct NHX isoforms, named AtNHX1 to AtNHX4, locate to the tonoplast. To determine the concerted roles of all tonoplast NHXs on vacuolar ion and pH...
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Key message: We studied the salt stress tolerance of two accessions isolated from different areas of the world (Norway and Tunisia) and characterized the mechanism(s) regulating salt stress in Brachypodium sylvaticum Osl1 and Ain1. Perennial grasses are widely grown in different parts of the world as an important feedstock for renewable energy. Th...
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Abiotic stresses such as drought, heat or salinity are a major cause of yield loss worldwide. Recent studies revealed that the acclimation of plants to a combination of different environmental stresses is unique and cannot be directly deduced from studying the response of plants to each of the different stresses applied individually. Here we report...
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Acclimation of sid2 plants subjected to salt, heat and a combination of salt and heat stress. (TIF)
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Absolute values for Fig 6A. (TIF)
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Transcripts significantly up-regulated in response to a combination of salt and heat stress. (XLSX)
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Transcripts significantly up-regulated in response to salt and heat stress but not salt and heat stress combination. (XLSX)
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Transcripts significantly up-regulated in response to heat and a combination of salt and heat stress. (XLSX)
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Transcripts significantly down-regulated in response to heat stress. (XLSX)
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Transcripts significantly down-regulated in response to salt stress. (XLSX)
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Transcripts specifically up-regulated by a combination of salt and heat stress. (XLSX)
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Temperature and humidity measurements for the heat and heat and salinity combination treatments. (A) Temperature and humidity measurements over a 24 h period used in the 3 day stress treatment to monitor survival rate, growth parameters, and chlorophyll concentration. (B) Temperature and humidity measurements over a 4 h period used in the 1 h stres...
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Expression of selected transcripts in response to salt, heat and a combination of salt and heat stress measured with qPCR. (TIF)
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Transcripts significantly down-regulated in response to a combination of salt and heat stress. (XLSX)
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Transcripts significantly down-regulated in response to salt and heat stress. (XLSX)
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Transcripts significantly down-regulated in response to heat and a combination of salt and heat stress. (XLSX)
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Acclimation of ain1-1 plants to salt, heat and a combination of salt and heat stress. (TIF)
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Transcripts significantly up-regulated in response to salt and a combination of salt and heat stress. (XLSX)
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Proportion of ABA, GA and SA response transcripts in the data sets of transcripts specifically upregulated in response to salt, heat and a combination of salt and heat stress. (TIF)
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Acclimation of lox3 plants subjected to salt, heat and a combination of salt and heat stress. (TIF)
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Acclimation of mbf1c plants to salt, heat and a combination of salt and heat stress. (TIF)
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Acclimation of apx1 plants to salt, heat and a combination of salt and heat stress. (TIF)
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Absolute values for Fig 5A. (TIF)
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Transcripts significantly up-regulated in response to heat stress. (XLSX)
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Transcripts significantly up-regulated in response to salt stress. (XLSX)
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Transcripts significantly up-regulated in response to salt, heat and a combination of salt and heat stress. (XLSX)
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Transcripts significantly down-regulated in response to salt and a combination of salt and heat stress. (XLSX)
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Transcripts significantly down-regulated in response to salt, heat and a combination of salt and heat stress. (XLSX)
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Primer pairs for qRT-PCR. (XLSX)
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Protein trafficking requires proper ion and pH homeostasis of the endomembrane system. The NHX-type Na(+)/H(+) antiporters NHX5 and NHX6 localize to the Golgi, trans-Golgi network, and prevacuolar compartments and are required for growth and trafficking to the vacuole. In the nhx5 nhx6 T-DNA insertional knockouts, the precursors of the 2S albumin a...
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Background and AimsThe Bordeaux mixture has been widely used in viticulture, but the response of grape cells (Vitis vinifera L.) to copper is still largely unknown. In the present study, we investigated if copper application in the vineyard could interfere with copper homeostasis through the regulation of the expression of copper transporters (VvCT...
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doi:10.3390/plants3030409 plants ISSN 2223-7747 www.mdpi.com/journal/plants Article Vacuolar Na + /H + Abstract: Na + /H + antiporters (NHXs) are integral membrane transporters that catalyze the electroneutral exchange of K + or Na + for H + and are implicated in cell expansion, development, pH and ion homeostasis and salt tolerance. Arabidopsis c...
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Since the development of Bordeaux mixture in the late 1800's, copper-based fungicides have been widely used against grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) diseases, mainly in organic but also in conventional viticulture; however their intensive use has raised phytotoxicity concerns. In this study, the composition of grape berries and leaves upon Bordeaux mi...
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Main conclusion: The Vitis vinifera copper transporter 1 is capable of self-interaction and mediates intracellular copper transport. An understanding of copper homeostasis in grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) is particularly relevant to viticulture in which copper-based fungicides are intensively used. In the present study, the Vitis vinifera copper t...
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The pH homeostasis of endomembranes is essential for cellular functions. In order to provide direct pH measurements in the endomembrane system lumen, we targeted genetically encoded ratiometric pH sensors to the cytosol, the endoplasmic reticulum, and the trans-Golgi, or the compartments labeled by the vacuolar sorting receptor (VSR), which include...
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Availability of ion specific fluorescent dyes has enabled the possibility to perform in vivo ion specific measurements using live cell imaging in many cellular compartments (Krebs et al., 2010; Bassil et al., 2011; Halperin and Lynch, 2003; Swanson et al., 2011; O'Connor and Silver, 2007). The importance of ion and pH homeostasis of intracellular c...
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Recent evidence highlights novel roles for intracellular Na+/H+ antiporters (NHXs) in plants. The availability of knockouts and overexpressors of specific NHX isoforms has provided compelling genetic evidence to support earlier physiological and biochemical data which suggested the involvement of NHX antiporters in ion and pH regulation. Most plant...
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Intracellular Na(+)/H(+) (NHX) antiporters have important roles in cellular pH and Na(+), K(+) homeostasis. The six Arabidopsis thaliana intracellular NHX members are divided into two groups, endosomal (NHX5 and NHX6) and vacuolar (NHX1 to NHX4). Of the vacuolar members, NHX1 has been characterized functionally, but the remaining members have large...
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Intracellular Na(+)/H(+) antiporters (NHXs) play important roles in cellular pH and Na(+) and K(+) homeostasis in all eukaryotes. Based on sequence similarity, the six intracellular Arabidopsis thaliana members are divided into two groups. Unlike the vacuolar NHX1-4, NHX5 and NHX6 are believed to be endosomal; however, little data exist to support...
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Boron deficiency symptoms point to a role for boron in plant membranes, but the molecular partners interacting with boron have not yet been identified. The objective of the present study was to isolate and identify membrane-associated proteins with an ability to interact with boron. Boron-interacting proteins were isolated from root microsomal prep...
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The interest of biologists in boron (B) has largely been focused on its role in plants for which B was established as essential in 1923 (Warington, 1923[296]). Evidence that B has a biological role in other organisms was first indicated by the establishment of essentiality of B for diatoms (Smyth and Dugger, 1981[296]) and cyanobacteria (Bonilla et...
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Wheat genotypes often differ significantly in their response to low and high boron (B) supply, although the underlying mechanisms for such differences are poorly understood. The stable isotopes B-10 and B-11 were used to investigate the contribution of root retention, uptake rates, translocation and allocation of B within wheat (Triticum aestivum L...
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The only defined physiological role of boron in plants is as a cross-linking molecule involving reversible covalent bonds with cis-diols on either side of borate. Boronic acids, which form the same reversible bonds with cis-diols but cannot cross-link two molecules, were used to selectively disrupt boron function in plants. In cultured tobacco (Nic...
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Deep-rooted crops used in rotation can improve the overall water and N use efficiencies of cropping systems and help minimize nitrate leaching to groundwater. Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.) is a deep-rooted annual crop grown in Mediterranean regions that might be useful for this purpose. Safflower's response to residual soil N measured to 2.7...
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Salt-tolerant crops can be grown with saline water from tile drains and shallow wells as a practical strategy to manage salts and sustain agricultural production in the San Joaquin Valley (SJV) of California. Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.) was grown in previously salinized plots that varied in average electrical conductivity (ECe) from 1.8 to...
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The interest of biologists in boron (B) has largely been focused on its role in plants for which B was established as essential in 1923 (Warington, 1923). Evidence that B has a biological role in other organisms was first indicated by the establishment of essentiality of B for diatoms (Smyth and Dugger, 1981) and cyanobacteria (Bonilla et al., 1990...
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Safflower was grown in previously salinized plots that varied in effective ECe from 1.8 to 7.2 dS m−1 (0–2.7 m depth) and irrigated with either high quality (ECi<1 dS m−1) or saline (ECi, 6.7 dS m−1) water. Differences in pre-dawn and mid-day plant water potential, between saline and non-saline treatments, were significant at several dates. Leaf ar...
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As a consequence of its structural role in growing tissues (Loomis and Durst, 1992; Matoh, 1997) and the inherent phloem immobility of B in most plant species (Brown and Shelp, 1997), boron has to be supplied continually throughout the life of the plant and fluctuations in soil B availability can have a profound effect on plant growth and productiv...
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Thesis (B.S.)--California Polytechnic State University, 1997. Microfiche. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 42-43).

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Development of biotechnology tools to advance precision breeding in Vanilla
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