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Institute of Plant Protection - Central ARO Campus, Rishon Leziyon

Entomology and the Nematology and Chemistry units

  1. Ghanim Murad e-mail Team: Svetlana Kontsedalov, Galina Lebedev, Saptarshi Gosh, Surya Kanakala
    The search for candidate proteins invovled in vector-pathogen interactions
    the project invovles using several biological, molecular and microscopy techniques for studying interactions between insect vectors such as whiteflies and psyllids and the pathogens they transmit to plants including viruses in the case of whiteflies and b
    Education requirements
    Ph.D is related subjects
    Scientific experience
    molecular biology
    ability to work with insects and rear them, independency in designing and performing experiments, English writing
  2. Brown Miyara Sigal e-mail Team: Spiegel Itzik 
    Studying the interactome underlying plant x nematode interaction
    Previous studies has shown that effectors secreted by plant parasitic nematodes interfere with and mimic multiple physiological and morphological mechanisms, leading to modifications and reprogramming of the host cells' functions, thus enslaving the cells
    Education requirements
    PhD in fields as Plant Science, Microbilology, Nematology, Life Sciences
    Scientific experience
    Molecular biology, genomics and transcriptomics bioinformatics basic tools, microbilogy, knowledge in work with plant material and sterile workk
    Candidate should be highly involved in his research, should be updated from recent literature from the field, bring new ideas and insights to his/her research, should be interested in studying new techniques and protocols
  3. Kaspi Roy e-mail Team: Reut Madar (M.Sc. )
    Non-target host risk assessment of the egg parasitoid Trichogrammatoidea cryptophlebiae for biological control of the false codling moth in Israel
    The false codling moth Thaumatotibia leucotreta was first reported in Israel in 1984. Recently we imported the egg parasitoid Trichogrammatoidea cryptophlebiae for classical biological control of T. leucotreta from South Africa. The aim of the research is to perform a non-target host risk assessment of T. cryptophlebiae.
    Education requirements
    Ph.D. in Entomology
    Scientific experience
    A candidate with experience conducting laboratory and field studies in entomology and biological control
    The successful candidate will be an organized, with good written and oral communication skills. Must be available to work flexible hours including weekends when necessary to meet deadlines.
  4. Ment Dana e-mail Team: Itamar Glazer
    interaction of entomopathogens with its arthropod host
    Visioning the hidden potential to increase the efficacy and survival of entomopathogens in the environment and introduce it to the pest population in novel strategies we will aim at elucidating the factors (genetic, biochemical pathways) involved in disease progression and in the response to environmental stress (desiccation, temperature, UV). We will use genetic, genomics and biochemical methods of both fungus and arthropod hosts to increase survival under natural conditions. The information that will be gained will be used to design novel application strategies.
    Education requirements
    Doctor of Philosophy
    Scientific experience
    Microbiology specifically of fungal isolation, identification and maintenance, genetics including gene expression (metagenomics, qPCR), genetic manipulations, Nematology
    Sociable, hard-working, credible and curious
  1. Ally R. Harari e-mail Team: Dr. Hadas Steinitz
    Exploiting the facultative polyandry to achieve sterile “super males” that successfully compete with wild males in SIT programs
    Female moths are monandrous, mate once only, or polyandrous which mate more than once. The trend is species specific but within the monandrous females few females may mate more than once (termed facultative polyandry) and within the polyandrous species some females may not be receptive after one mating only. In previous studies we found that males adjust their ejaculates to the mating strategy of the species, providing small ejaculates to monandrous females. We suggest to form facultative monandrous lines in which, we predict that males may adjust their ejaculate, increasing sperm numbers, to suit the male competition in multi mating females. These “super males” will be later used for SIT program to control moth pests.
    Education requirements
    Candidates should have a good background in ecology of sex and entomology.
    Scientific experience
    At least one published paper in an international journal
    Chemical ecology and molecular tools are required.

Plant Pathology and Weed Research department

  1. Bar Maya e-mail Team: Dr. Maya Bar; additional staff TBD.
    Improving the efficacy of bio-control agents by plant priming
    Bio-control agents can act by priming the host plant to activate its defence responses, resulting in the plant being able to mount a stronger defence to pathogen attacks. The goal of this project is to generate plants which are better able to induce their defences when bio-control agents are applied, such that the plant will better withstand pathogen attack and the bio-control will be more effective.
    Education requirements
    Ph.D. in Plant / Agriculture sciences or equivalent field.
    Scientific experience
    Plant Molecular Biology; experience with plant pathogens- an advantage.
    Molecular biology methods; experience with bioinformatics and sequence analysis; tissue culture experience- an advantage.
  2. Bar Maya e-mail Team: Dr. Maya Bar; additional staff TBD.
    The roles of ER stress in plant pathogen interactions
    ER stress has not been extensively investigated in plants. This project will investigate the connection between ER stress and the plants' ability to respond to biotic cues and withstand pathogen insult. The project will combine imaging techniques with CRISPR and EMS mutagenesis to characterize ER stress in tomato and screen tomato populations to identify individuals that have altered biotic stress-responses as a result of changes in their ER stress status.
    Education requirements
    Ph.D. in Plant/ Agricultural Sciences/ equivalent
    Scientific experience
    Molecular Biology techniques, experience in Plant Biology. Experience with plant pathogens- an advantage.
    Plant phenotpying and molecular techniques. experience in cell biology- an advantage. tissue culture experience- also an advantage.
  3. FREEMAN STANLEY e-mail Team: Prof. Zvi Mendel, Department of Entomology
    Identification and characterization of fungal symbionts associated with the cypress bark beetles, Phloeosinus spp. in Israel.
    The research will focus on fungi associated with two Scolytinae species, Phloesinus armatus and Phloeosinus bicolor. The major objectives of the study are: (i) isolation and characterization of the fungi vectored and cultivated by the beetle using molecul
    Education requirements
    PhD, Doctoral degree and possible postdoc experience
    Scientific experience
    Methods related to fungal identification, morphology and molecular methods; general molecular biology techniques such as gene cloning, gene sequencing, gene expression, qRT-PCR etc…
    Hands-on experience with molecular identification and characterization of fungi. Published experience proving the ability to submit sequences to GenBank and compare, identify and analyze results.
  4. Frenkel Omer e-mail Team: Dr. Aviv Dombrovsky Department of Plant Pathology (Virology)
    The influence of viral and fungal co-infection on greenhouse crops.
    In agricultural systems co infection with viral and fungal pathogens may result in severe epidemics and damage to greenhouse crops. The goal of our research team is to study how the combined infections influence the plant defense system and the pathogen virulence by using tomato as a model system. The research involves collaboration between plant pathology and virology laboratories.
    Education requirements
    The position requires a recent Ph.D. degree in plant pathology, plant biology, or a closely related field.
    Scientific experience
    Knowledge and experience with transcriptome analysis, NGS and other molecular techniques are required.
    Motivation to learn new techniques and to solve complex agricultural problems and the ability to work within a collaborative team are also essential.
  5. GAL-ON AMIT e-mail Team: Prof. Yigal Elad, Diana Leibman Ph.D
    Development of disease resistance in cucumis spp via CRISPR-Cas editing technology
    The present study will open up a new and innovative way of precision breeding to introduce Powdery Mildew resistance through "genome editing" directly to elite cultivars. The objective of the study is to develop resistance to Powdery Mildew in commercial varieties of cucumber and melon by mutation in the Mildew locus (MLO) gene via CRISPR/Cas9 genetic system.
    a. To create a series of non-transgenic mutant plants in MLO genes in cucumber and melon varieties.
    b. To determine the importance of each of the three MLO genes in resistance by creating mutants with different combinations for the three genes in cucumber and melon.
    c. To examine the level of resistance to Powdery Mildew and its stability in the various mutant plants in different conditions of cultivation and infection.
    Education requirements
    The student should have a background in molecular biology and plant disease, and general knowledge in plant science, and preferably some knowledge bioinformatics.
    Scientific experience
    PhD Life Sciences
    Research experience in plant microbe interaction and preferably some knowledge bioinformatics.
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