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Dov Prusky Ph.D
Dov Prusky Ph.D
Email: dovprusk@volcani.agri.gov.il

Tel: +972-3-9683610/880
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Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center,
P.O.Box 6, Bet Dagan 50250, Israel
Research Interests
  • Understanding the basic processes underlying the interactions between fruits and pathogenic fungi.
  • Studying biochemical and molecular mechanisms that are controlled by fungal virulence and fruit resistance factors.
  • Using transformation-mediated gene disruption to create strains of pathogenic fungi that are specifically mutated in their ability to make cell-wall degrading enzymes and other pathogenicity factors. These mutants are tested for their ability to cause disease and to elicit defense responses.
  • Studying the biochemical basis for modulation of pathogenicity factor affecting the transcription expression of nitrogen metabolism, ammonia secretion and the effect on the modulation of local pH.
  • Reduction of postharvest losses in deciduous and subtropical fruits.
Publications since 2000-2008 ·         Alkan, N., Fluhr, R., Sherman, A., Prusky, D. 2008. Role of Ammonia Secretion and pH Modulation on Pathogenicity of Colletotrichum coccodes on Tomato Fruit. Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions: In Press.·         Shafran, H., Miyara, I., Eshed, R., Prusky, D and Sherman, S. 2008. Development of new tools for studying gene function in fungi based on the on the Gateway system. Fungal Genetics and Biology: In press. ·         Prusky, D., Kobiler, I., Miyara, I., and Alkan, N. 2008. Mango Fruit Diseases. In. R. Litz, ed.  The Mango, Botany, Production and Uses 2nd edition. Chapter 7: In press·         Prusky, D., and Lichter, A. 2008. Mechanisms modulating fungal attack in postharvest pathogens interactions and their control. European Journal of Plant Pathology: In Press.·         Miyara, I., Shafran, H., Kramer-Haimovich, H. Rollins, J., Sherman, A., and Prusky, D. 2008. Multifactor regulation of pectate lyase secretion by Colletotrichum gloeosporioides pathogenic on avocado fruits.  Molecular Plant Pathology  9:281-·         Hadas Y., Goldberg. I, Pines, O., and Prusky, D. 2007. Involvement of gluconic acid and glucose oxidase in the pathogenicity of Penicillium expansum in apples. Phytopathology 97:384-390. ·         Tae Kim, Y.,  Prusky D., Rollins, J.A. 2007.  An activating mutation of the Sclerotinia sclerotiorum pac1gene increases oxalic acid production at low pH but decreases virulence. Molecular Plant Pathology 8: 611–622.·         Reuveni, M. and Prusky, D. 2007. Improved control of moldy-core decay (Alternaria alternata) in Red Delicious apple fruit by mixtures of DMI fungicides and captan. Journal of European Plant Pathology 108: 421–427. ·         Niem, J., Miyara, I.,  Reuveni, M., Ettedy, Y.,  Flaishaman, M., and D. Prusky. 2007. Core rot development in Red Delicious apples is affected by locule susceptibility to Alternaria alternata. Phytopathology 97:1415-1421. ·         Prusky, D. and Kolattukudy, P. 2007.    Cross-talk between host and fungus in postharvest situations and its effect on   symptom development. 3-25 In:  Food Mycology : A multifaceted approach to fungi and Food. Jan Dijksterhuis and  R.A. Samson, Eds. CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, Fl. 33487-2742. ·         Prusky, D. and Lichter, A. 2006. Activation of quiescent infections by postharvest pathogens during transition from the biotrophic to the necrotrophic stage. FEMS Microbiological letters 268:1–8.·         Reuveni, M., D., Shegolov, D., Shegolov, N., Ben Arie-R. and Prusky D., 2006. Sensitivity of various phenological stages of Red Delicious apple fruit to infection by Alternaria alternata and control of Moldy-Core. Journal of Phytopathology 155:50-55.
  • Prusky, D., Kobiler, I., Akerman, M., and Miyara, I. 2006. Effect of acidic solutions and acidic prochloraz on the control of postharvest decay caused by Alternaria alternata in mango and persimmon fruits. Postharvest Biology and Technology 42: 134-141
  • Wang, X., Kobiler, I., Lichter, A., Leikin-Frenkel,. A, Pesis, A., and Prusky, D. 2006. 1-MCP prevents ethylene-induced accumulation of antifungal diene in avocado fruit. Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology: 67:211-267
  • Kramer-Haimovich, H., Servi, E., Katan, T., Rollins, J., Okon, Y., and Prusky, D., 2006. Effect of ammonia production by Colletotrichum gloeosporioides on pelB activation, pectate lyase secretion, and fruit pathogenicity. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 72:1034-1039
  • Guetsky, R., Kobiler, I., Wang, X., Perlman,N., Gollop,N., Avila-Quezada, G., Hadar, I., and Prusky, D. 2005. Metabolism of the flavonoid epicatechin by laccase of Colletotrichum gloeosporioides and its effect on pathogenicity on avocado fruits Phytopathology 95:1341-1348
  • Prusky, D. 2004. An integrated approach to post-harvest disease control in fruits and vegetables. Aspects of Applied Biology 72:17-23
  • Wang.X., Kobiler, I., D., Lichter, A., and Prusky, D. 2004. Enhanced expression of avfae1 encoding a long-chain fatty acid elongase during the induction of the antifungal diene in avocado fruits. Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology 65:171-180
  • Wang, X., Beno-Moulaem, D., Kobiler, I., Leikin-Frenkel, A.,. Lichter, A., and Prusky, D. 2004. Expression of Δ12 Fatty Acid Desaturase during the Induced accumulation of the antifungal diene in avocado fruits. Molecular Plant Pathology 5: 575-585
  • Akimitsu, K.,. Isshiki, A., Ohtani, K., Yamamoto, H., Eshel, D. and. Prusky D, 2004. Sugars and pH: A Clue to the Regulation of Fungal Cell Wall- Degrading Enzymes in Plants. Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology: 65:271-275
  • Prusky, D., McEvoy, J.L., Saftner, R., Conway, W.S., Jones, R. 2004. The relationship between host acidification and virulence of Penicillium spp. on apple and citrus fruit. Phytopathology 94:44-5 1
  • Prusk y, D., Shalom, Y., Kobiler, I. Akerman, M. and Fuchs, Y. 2003. Postharvest fungicide treatments in mango fruits according to the level of quiescent infection of pathogens at harvest . Acta Horticulture 645: 605-615
  • Prusky, E. Ilag, L. Ackerman, M., Kobiler . I. Fuchs, I. 2003. New approaches for the control of postharvest diseases of mango fruits. Acta Horticulture 645: 129-135
  • Wang, X., Leikin-Frenkel, A., Madi, L., Lichter, A., and Prusky, D., 2003. Induce biosynthesis of antifungal lipids in avocado fruits in avocado fruits. Eds. L. Vendrel, H. Klee, J. C. Pech, F. Romojaro. Biology & Biotechnology of the Plant Hormone Ethylene III. l: 175-180
  • Prusky, D. 2003. Mechanisms of Resistance of Vegetables to Postharvest Pathogens. Ed. Jeffrey K. Brecht and J.A. Bartz. Postharvest Physiology of Vegetables. 2nd Ed. Marcel Dekker, Inc. 581-599
  • Prusky, D. and Yakoby, N. 2003. Pathogenic fungi: leading or led by ambient pH? Molecular Plant Pathology 4:509-516
  • Prusky, D. 2003. pH stress effect on the regulation of virulence of postharvest pathogens. Phytoparasitica 31:415-416
  • Prusky, D., Shalom, Y., Kobiler, I., Akerman, M., Keinan, A. Fuchs, Y. 2003. The levels of quiescent infection on mango fruits at harvest and the postharvest treatment for the control of storage diseases. Alon Hanotea 57:312-317
  • Madi, L., Xuejun, W., Kobiler, I. Lichter, A., D. Prusky, 2003. Stresses regulate Δ9 -stearoyl ACP desaturase expression, fatty acid composition, antifungal diene level and resistance to Colletotrichum gloeosporioides attack. Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology 62:277-283
  • Prusky, D. 2003. Mechanisms of Resistance of Vegetables to Postharvest Pathogens. Ed. Jeffrey K. Brecht and J.A. Bartz. Postharvest Physiology of Vegetables. 2nd Ed. 581-599
  • Drori, N., Kramer-Haimovich, H., Rollins, J., Dinoor, A., Okon, Y., Pines, O., and Prusky D. 2003. A combination of external pH and nitrogen assimilation affect secretion of the virulence factor pectate lyase by C. gloeosporioides. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 69:3258-3262
  • Prusky, D., McEvoy, J.L., Leverentz, B., and Conway, W.S. 2001. Local modulation of host pH by Colletotrichum species as a mechanism to increase virulence. Mol. Plant Microbe Inter. 14: 1105-1113.
  • Yakoby, N., Beno-Moualem, D., Keen, N.T., Dinoor, A., Pines, O. and Prusky, D. 2001. Colletotrichum gloeosporioides pelB is an important factor in avocado fruit infection. Mol. Plant Microbe Inter. 14: 988-995.
  • Yakoby, N., Zhou, R., Kobiler, I., Donoor, A. and Prusky, D. 2001. Development of Colletotrichum gloeosporioides REMI mutants as biocontrol agents against anthracnose disease in avocado fruits. Phytopathology 91: 143-148.
  • Eshel, D., Ben-Arie, R., Dinoor, A. and Prusky, D. 2000. Resistance of gibberellin treated persimmon fruit to Alternaria alternata arises from the reduced ability of the fungus to produce endo-1,4-glucanase. Phytopathology 90: 1256-1262.
  • Yakoby, N., Freeman, S., Dinoor, A., Keen, N.T. and Prusky, D. 2000. Expression of pectate lyase from Colletotrichum gloeosporioides in C. magna promotes pathogenicity. Mol. Plant Microbe Inter. 13: 887-891.
  • Domergue, F., Helms, G.H., Prusky, D. and Browse, J. 2000. Antifungal compounds from idioblast cells isolated from avocado fruits. Phytochemistry 54: 183-189.
  • Yakoby, N., Kobiler, I., Dinoor, A. and Prusky, D. 2000. pH regulation of pectate lyase secretion modulates the attack of Colletotrichum gloeosporioides on avocado fruits. Appl. Envir. Microbiol. 66: 1026-1030.
Beno-Moualem, D. and Prusky, D. 2000. Early events in the development of quiescent infection of avocado fruits against C. gloeosporioides. Phytopathology
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