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Plant Sciences
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Gilat Center
Newe Ya'ar
Department of Ruminant Science
Poultry and Aquaculture
Administration Animal Sciences
Department of Ruminant Science
Head: Uzi Moallem, Ph.D.
R&D at the Department of Ruminant Science is targeted to optimize meat and milk production in dairy cattle, beef cattle and sheep. Main areas of research are: quantitative and molecular genetics, nutrition, reproduction and lactation biology, Animal welfare and environmental impact of production aspects are addressed.


1. Department objectives:

• Improving production efficiency and nutrition of cattle and sheep;
• Improving milk and meat quality and their enrichment with healthy nutrients;
• Improving production, fertility and welfare of productive ruminants under stress conditions;
• Development of knowledge and technology for sustainable production and environmental quality in ruminant production;
• Development of knowledge and technology against local and global crises of feed production, water shortage and climate stress in intensive ruminant production;
• Establishment of scientific and technologic basis and training next generation of scientists toward future research in ruminant science;

2. Contribution to agriculture and main achievements in recent years

• We developed methods, technologies and models to identify most efficient cows in commercial herds for breeding program;
• Our studies with utilization of lignocellulosic wastes and industrial byproducts enabled their successful incorporation in rations of productive ruminants;
• We developed new forage varieties with improved yield and quality for feeding productive ruminants;
• Our genetic research contributed to fast improvement of milk and milk components production in the Israeli dairy herd;
• Our fertility research contributed to improvement in dairy cow reproductive performance under climate and biotic stress;
• Our research with growing bulls contributed to improvement of their production efficiency and meat quality;
• Our research in sheep breeding and nutrition contributed to improvement of their production efficiency, welfare and health; 

3. International relationship:

• International research cooperation with scientist from Europe and USA on mutual BARD, BSF and European scientific projects;
• There is large demand on the globe for our scientific knowledge and developments. This is expressed in: Many visits of extension people and students from developed and less developed countries in ARO; Our participation and presentations of studies in international meetings and conferences; Sabbatical years abroad; Mutual visits of scientists; Membership of our scientists in Editorial Boards of leading international journals in the field;

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Job description
Barash Itamar, Ph.D. Gene expression, signal transduction and stem cells in the mammary gland.
Gershon Eran, Ph.D. fertility research- ovarian function, the effect of stress on ovarian function, genes involved in embryo implantation
Gootwine Elisha, Ph.D. Animal breeding Reproductive physiology
Miron Joshuah, Ph.D. Nutrition of dairy cows, sheep and goats; Microbiology of ruminal bacteria; Development of new forage varieties; Recycling of byproducts and lignocellulosed for ruminant feeding;
Moallem Uzi, Ph.D.
Ron Micha, Prof. Study of the genetic mechanism of sex determination in tilapia and creation of all-male populations, Genomic selection at the DNA level in cattle. Domestication and development of genetic markers and linkage maps for the White Grouper and Buri fish. Study of sex determination in Buri and Gupi for creation of all -female and -male populations, respectively.
Seroussi Eyal, Ph.D. Genomics and bioinformatics; Copy number variations; Identification and cloning of genes for quantitative trait loci in ruminants, fowls and fish.
Shamay Avi, Ph.D. Mammary gland biology Leptin: the receptor and the hormone in peripheral tissues of the dairy cow. The interaction of fat pad and the epitheilal cells in the mammary gland.
Silanikove Nissim, Ph.D. Unveiling regulatory mechanisms ruling milk secretion; milk composition as affected by mastitis and by commercial storage; milk quality for the dairy industry and consumer heath.
Weller Joel Ira, Ph.D. Statistical analysis of quantitative trait loci Breeding and genetics of dairy cattle Economic aspects of animal breeding Statistical methods of genetic evaluation Genomic selection and evaluation
Zachut Maya, Ph.D. Physiology of Dairy Cows; Focus on Metabolic and Environmental Stressors, Adipose Tissue Metabolism, Proteomics
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Brand Yona, Mr.
Dekel Itzik, M.Sc.
Elmaliach Tal, Ms.
Gacitua Haim, M.Sc.
Hod Ayelet, Ms.
Kra Gitit, M.Sc.
Livshitz Lilia, Ph.D.
Nikbahat Moshe, Mr.
Pirt Daniel, Mr.
Portnik Yuri, Mr.
Reichenstein Misha, Ph.D.
Rosov Alexander, M.Sc.
Shapiro Fira, Ph.D.
Shemesh Maya, Ms.
Shirak Andrey, Ph.D. Study of the sex-determination mechanisms in animals Study of the mechanisms for sex-specific mortality Development of the high-throughput technologies for genetic study Study of the reproductive behavior and mating system in fish Study of the genetic architecture and sexual hierarchy in tilapia populations
Yaacoby Shamay, Mr.
Yosef Edith, Ph.D.
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Adin Gabi, M.Sc. Ph.D. Student
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Ben-Ghedalia Daniel, Ph.D.
Kaim Moshe, M.Sc.
Lehrer Hana, M.Sc.
Shani Moshe, Ph.D.
Zenou Avraham, Mr.
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