Faculty Members Plant Pathology and Microbiology

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Active Faculty Members

Shay Covo

Dr. Shay Covo

Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor)
Head of Department
Phone: +972-(0)8-9489160 | Fax: +972-(0)8-9466794
Lauterman building

Drug resistance in fungi, Genome instability and chromosome biology in fungal plant pathogens.

Yael Helman

Prof. Yael Helman

Associate Professor
Phone: +972-(0)8-9489218 | Fax: +972-(0)8-9466794
Lauterman building, Room 4

Microbial interactions in the rhizosphere, Biological control of plant pathogens, Mechanisms of bacterial stress responses.

Maggie Levy

Prof. Maggie Levy

Associate Professor
Phone: +972-(0)8-9489162 | Fax: +972-(0)8-9466794
Lauterman building

Glucosinolate accumulation, Biological control of Botrytis cinerea.

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Research in the Lab

The main focus of the research in our lab is plant-pathogen interactions. Plant pathogens challenge our efforts to maximize crop production. A limited understanding of the pathogenesis and defense mechanisms involved in plant-pathogen interactions often obstruct those efforts. We study the plant's defense responses against the fungal plant-pathogen Botrytis cinerea. Structural defense, chemical defense and plant induced resistance via the biocontrol agents Pseudozyma aphidis. Our knowledge on the regulation of plant defense pathways may contribute in the long term to the development of plant-protection strategies that will reduce the required amount of chemicals and thereby genuinely benefit the consumer, farmers and the environment.

Researcher of the month article at the faculty newsletter.

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Oded Yarden

Prof. Oded Yarden

Buck Family Chair in Plant Pathology
Phone: +972-(0)8-9489298/315 | Fax: +972-(0)8-9468785
Aaronsohn building
Molecular mechanisms of fungal growth and development, cell wall biosynthesis, regulation of hyphal elongation and branching.


Leonid Chernin

Prof. Leonid Chernin

Phone: +972-(0)8-9489128 | Fax: +972-(0)8-9468785

Bacterial biocontrol of pathogens.

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Yitzhak Hadar

Prof. Yitzhak Hadar

Francis Ariowitsch Chair in Agriculture
Phone: +972-(0)8-9489935 | Fax: +972-(0)8-9468785
Aaronsohn building

Environmental Microbiology, Recycling Municipal and Agricultural Waste, Degradation of lignocellulose.

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