"For those in this field for the long haul and love it, there is no doubt that this is a great place to advance... There is so much knowledge here, alongside great support from management that believes and invests in the field"+
Smadar began her career at Hazera in 2005, as a graduate of Virology and Genetics. She joined the R&D department as a coordinator in the Phytopathology laboratory and after four years began to manage cucurbits breeding projects. From 2013 to 2018 she had been the manager of the Seed Health laboratory and its 13 employees, and was involved in diagnosing pathogens transmitted by seeds and in research, that includes classification of pathogens and development of diagnostic tools. As part of her work, she was careful to preserve traditional skills and tools and combine them with advanced technology. As of 2018, Smadar is the Quality Control Unit Manager at Hazera. Smadar formulated her personal, professional and managerial approach, inspired by Dr. Shlomo Cohen of the Volcani Institute, one of the world's leading virologists in the field of vegetables, who served as a consultant to Hazera. Cohen's words accompany her - "If you want to be honest, courageous and heroic, build yourself a mountain and do not dig your friend a hole" She views them as the essence of his legacy of civility, learning, development, modesty as well as humor. In parallel, Smadar manages the Israeli Forum of the International Seed Health Initiative (ISHI) and represents Israel in the association: "We hold a strong professional position in the international arena and present a united front with regard to requirements, requests to develop testing protocols and updates."