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שלח באימייל הדפס
Name: Mwafaq Ibdah, Ph.D. (Researcher)
Units: Newe Ya'arResearch teams-Newe Yaar
Research Interests / Job description  
Tel:  972-4-953-9537
Cell: 972-50-622-0686
Email:    mwafaq@volcani.agri.gov.il
Office location:NeweYaar Research Center, Agricultural Research Organization
Address:Newe Ya'ar Research Center
P.O.Box 1021
Ramat Yishay 30095


Research Interests / Job description
The Ibdah lab employs biochemical, molecular and genomic tools to elucidate the biosynthetic pathways that produce novel and important plant specialized metabolites in aromatic plants, to uncover the mechanisms responsible for the evolution of these pathways in the plant kingdom and to understand the function of a given natural product in the biology and physiology of a given plant species.


I have a dream that little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin and their religion, but by the content of their character.

Ibdah, M., Martens, S., Gang, R.G. (2017). Biosynthetic Pathway and Metabolic Engineering of Plant Dihydrochalcones. “Invited review”- Phytochemistry, in press

Shaltiel-Harpaz, L., Gerchman, Y., Ibdah, M., Kedoshim, R., Rchemani,D., Hatib, K., Bar-Ya'akov, I., Soroker, V., Holland, D. (2017). Grafting on resistant interstocks reduces scion susceptibility to pear psylla, Cacopsylla bidens." Pest Management Science . 70: 234-239.

Mosaab Yahyaa, Samah Alia, Rachel Davidovich-Rikanati, Muhammad Ibdah, Alona Shachtier, Yoram Eyal, Efraim Lewinsohn, Mwafaq Ibdah. (2017) Characterization of three chalcone synthase-like genes from apple (Malus x domestica Borkh.) Phytochemistry 140: 125-133.

Yahyaa M, Ibdah M, Marzouk S, Ibdah M. (2016) Profiling of the Terpene Metabolome in Carrot Fruits of Wild (Daucus carota L. ssp. carota) Accessions and Characterization of a Geraniol Synthase.
J Agric Food Chem. 2016 Oct 6. [Epub ahead of print]

Yahyaa M, Davidovich-Rikanati R, Eyal Y, Sheachter A, Marzouk S, Lewinsohn E, Ibdah M. (2016) Identification and characterization of UDP-glucose:Phloretin 4'-O-glycosyltransferase from Malus x domestica Borkh.Phytochemistry. 2016 Jun 14. pii: S0031-9422(16)30120-0.

Mosaab Yahyaa, Anna Berim, Tal Isaacson, Sally Marzouk, Einat Bar, Rachel Davidovich-Rikanati, Efraim Lewinsohn, Mwafaq Ibdah (2015)
Isolation and Functional Characterization of Carotenoid Cleavage Dioxygenase1 from Laurus nobilis L. (Bay Laurel) Fruits
J.Agric.Food Chem. 63:8275-82.

Yahyaa, M.,Matsuba, Y., Brandt, W., Doron-Faigenboim, A., Bar, E., McClain, A., Davidovich-Rikanati, R., Lewinsohn, E., Pichersky, E., Ibdah, M. (2015).Identification, Functional Characterization, and Evolution of Terpene Synthases from a Basal Dicot. Plant Physiology (Special Issues). 169(3):1683-97.

Yahyaa, M., Tholl, D., Cormier, G., Jensen, R., Simon, P.W., Ibdah, M. (2015).Identification and characterization of terpene synthases potentially involved in the formation of volatile terpenes in carrot (Daucus carota L.) Roots.                                            J.Agric.FoodChem. 63:4870-4878.

Mwafaq Ibdah, Anna Berim, Stefan Martens, Andrea Lorena Herrera Valderrama, Luisa Palmieri, Efraim Lewinsohn, David R. Gang (2014). Identification and cloning of an NADPH-dependent hydroxycinnamoyl-CoA double bond reductase involved in dihydrochalcone formation in Malus x domestica Borkh.                                                            Phytochemistry. 107:24-31.

Mwafaq Ibdah, Neeraj Kumar Dubey, Hanan Eizenberg, Ziad Dabour, Jacklin Abu-Nassar, Amit Gal-On and Radi Aly (2014).Cucumber mosaic virus as carotenoid inhibitor reduce Phelipanche aegyptiaca infection in tobacco plants. Plant Signaling & Behavior, 2014;9(10):e972146. doi: 10.4161/psb.32096.

Mwafaq Ibdah and David R. Gang (2014). Use of coupled ion mobility spectrometry-time of flight mass spectrometry to analyze saturated and unsaturated phenylpropanoic acids and chalcones. Chemistry Central Journal, 8:38

Radi Aly, Neeraj Kumar Dubey, Mosaab Yahyaa, Jackline Abu-Nassar, Mwafaq Ibdah (2014) Gene silencing of CCD7 and CCD8 in Phelipanche aegyptiaca by tobacco rattle virus system retarded the parasite development on the host.
Plant Signaling & Behavior. eLocation ID: e29376; doi 10.4161/psb.29376

Yahyaa, M., Bar, E., Dubey, N.K., Meir, A., Davidovich-Rikanati, R., Hirschberg, J., Aly, R.,  Tholl, D., Simon, P.W., Tadmor, Y., Lewinsohn, E., Ibdah, M. (2013) Formation of Norisoprenoid Flavor Compounds in Carrot (Daucus carota L.) Roots: Characterization of a Cyclic-Specific Carotenoid Cleavage Dioxygenase 1 Gene. J. Agric. Food Chem. DOI: 10.1021/jf404085k

Shalata, A., Ramirez, M.C., Desnick, R.J., Priedigkeit, N., Buettner, C., Lindtner, C., Mahroum, M., Abdul-Ghani, M., Dong, F., Arar, N., Camacho-Vanegas, O., Zhang, R., Camacho, S.C., Chen, Y., Ibdah, M., Defronzo, R., Gillespie, V., Kelley, K., Dynlacht, B.D., Kim, S., Glucksman, M.J., Borochowitz, Z.U., Martignetti, J.A. (2103) Morbid Obesity Resulting from Inactivation of the Ciliary Protein CEP19 in Humans and Mice. Am. J. Hum. Genet. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2013.10.025.

Serfaty, M., Ibdah, M., Fischer, R., Chaimovitsh, D., Saranga, Y., Dudai, N. (2013) Dynamics of yield components and stevioside production in Stevia rebaudiana grown under differents planting times, plant stands and harvest regime. Industrial Crop and products. 50, 731-736.

Botnick, I., Xue, W., Bar, E., Ibdah, M., Schwartz, A., Joel, D.M., Lev, E., Fait, A. and Lewinsohn, E. (2012) Distribution of primary and specialized metabolites in Nigella sativa seeds, a spice with vast traditional and historical uses. Molecules. 17, 10159-10177. 

Gang, DR.; Davin, LB., Ibdah, M., Lange, BM., Lewis, NG., Turner, GW., Shion, H., Witkop, G., Harris, D., Millar, A. (2012). Probing medicinal plant phytochemical factories through in situ MALDI tissue imaging using quadrupole ion mobility time-of-flight mass spectrometry. Pharmaceutical biology. 50, 567-568

Ibdah, M., Lavid, N., Lewinsohn, E., Amit, A. and Dror, N. (2010). Green Routes to Green Notes. Chemical Engineering Transaction. 20, 241-246.

Ibdah, M. and Pichersky, E. (2009) Arabidopsis Chy1 null mutants are deficient in benzoic acid-containing glucosinolates in the seeds.  Plant Biol. 11, 574-481.

Ibdah, M., Chen, Y.T., Wilkerson, C.G. and Pichersky, E. (2009). An aldehyde oxidase in developing seeds of Arabidopsis thaliana converts benzaldehyde to benzoic acid.  Plant Physiol. 150, 416-423. 

Koeduka, T., Louie, G.V., Orlova, I., Kish, C.M., Ibdah, M., Wilkerson, C.G., Baiga T.J., Noel, J.P., Dudareva, N. and Pichersky, E. (2008) The multiple phenylpropene synthases in both Clarkia breweri and Petunia hybrida represent two distinct protein lineages. Plant J. 54, 362-374.

Ibdah, M., Azulay, Y., Portnoy, V., Wasserman, B., Bar, E., Meir, A., Burger, Y., Hirschberg, J., Schaffer, A.A., Katzir, N., Tadmor, Y. and Lewinsohn, E. (2006). Functional characterization of CmCCD1, a carotenoid cleavage dioxygenase from melon.  Phytochemistry. 67, 1579-89. 

Lewinsohn, E., Sitrit, Y., Bar, E., Azulay, Y., Ibdah, M., Meir, A., Yosef, E., Zamir, D. and Tadmor, Y. (2005). Not just colors-carotenoid degradation as a link between pigmentation and aroma in tomato and watermelon fruit. Trends Food Sci. Tech. 16, 407-415.

Ibdah, M., Zhang, X.H., Schmidt, J. and Vogt, T. (2003). A novel Mg++ dependent O-methyltransferase in the phenylpropanoid metabolism of Mesembryanthemum crystallinum. J. Biol. Chem. 278, 43961-43972. 

Ibdah, M., Krins, A., Seidlitz, H.K., Heller, W., Strack, D. and Vogt, V. (2002). Spectral dependence and dose response of flavonol and betacyanin accumulation in Mesembryanthemum crystallinum under enhanced UV radiation. Plant Cell Environ. 25, 1145-1154. 

Vogt, T., Ibdah, M., Schmidt, J., Wray, V., Nimtz, M. and Strack, D. (1999). Light-induced betacyanin and flavonol accumulation in bladder cells of Mesembryanthemum crystallinum. Phytochemistry. 52, 583-592.



Book Chapter


Gonda, I., Burger, J., Schaffer, A.A., Ibdah, M., Tadmor, Y., Katzir, K., Fait, A., Lewinsohn, E.(2015).

Biosynthesis and perception of melon (Cucumis melo L.) aroma.

In "Biotechnology in Flavor Production" 2nd edition.

Edited by Nativ Dudai and Daphna Havkin-Frenkel.

Wiley, Singapore, In press.




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