PhD in in Horticultural Science, Joint supervision between Kafrelsheikh University (Egypt) and University of Florida (USA)
Tomato breeding and genetics
Mohamed Rakha (Egypt) is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Tomato Breeding. He received his PhD in Horticultural Science from Florida University USA and Kafrelsheikh University, Egypt for his studies on the identification of trichomes, loci and chemical compounds associated with resistance to the sweet potato whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) in tomato. He has experience in vegetable breeding, with a particular focus on tomato and cucurbits. His research focuses on tomato breeding including insect and disease resistance; heat-tolerant fruit setting; and genetics. Prior to joining the Center in 2014, he worked as a visiting scientist at Florida University where he conducted research to map and introgress whitefly resistance genes into cultivated tomato, and also researched the location of the tomato dwarf gene. He also worked as Assistant Professor at Kafrelsheikh University (Egypt) to develop late blight and begomoviruses-resistant tomato - especially TYLCV tomato lines - and he succeeded in producing instant homozygous lines of some Cucurbita interspecific hybrids through anther and ovule culture. He works under the supervision of WorldVeg Tomato Breeder Peter Hanson.