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שלח באימייל הדפס
 
Name: David J. Bonfil, Ph.D. (Researcher)
Units: Gilat CenterVegtables and Field Crops
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Tel:  08-9928654
Cell: 050-6220156
Fax:08-9926485
Email:    bonfil@volcani.agri.gov.il
Office location:Gilat Research Center
Address:Field Crops and Natural Resources
The Institute of Plant Sciences
Agricultural Research Organization, Gilat Research Center
M.P. Negev, 85280, ISRAEL
Research Interests / Job description
Studies on crop management (rotation, no-tillage, mineral nutrition, weeds etc.) to improve rainfed field crops. Precision agriculture: developing new fertilization managements, that include decision support systems to increase wheat grain quality, site specific managements and variable rate application, based on GIS layers, and multi/hyper spectral remote sensing suited for semi arid regions. Grain quality parameters as gluten index and health components.

Research Programs
 

Dr. Bonfil's primary research interests are rainfed field crops and precision agriculture. His current research projects include:
 

Italy-Israel Program grant: Towards sustainable agricultural management using high-resolution X-band radar precipitation estimates. CI.

Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Agriculture grant: Improving the ability of Israeli winter rainfed grain crops to face temperature and water instability. PI.

Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Agriculture grant: Cereals productivity and projected climate changes: Models, remotely sensed and field observations. CI.

Field Crops Board grant: Improved dryland crop management with fixed experimental plot. PI.

Selected Publications
 
Peer-reviewed publications

 

 

Shapira U., I. Herrmann, A. Karnieli, and D.J. Bonfil. (2013). Field Spectroscopy for Weed Detection in Wheat and Chickpea Fields. Int. J. Remote Sen. Accepted.

Abbo S., O. Goren, Y. Saranga, M. Langensiepen and D.J. Bonfil. (2013). Leaf shape x sowing density interaction affects chickpea grain yield. Plant Breed. 132:200-204.

Bonfil D.J. and E.S. Posner. (2012). Can bread wheat quality be determined 1 by gluten index? J. Cereal Sci. 56:115-118. 

Herrmann I., M. Bernstein, A. Sade, A. Karnieli, D.J. Bonfil and P.G.Weintraub. (2012). Spectral monitoring of two-spotted spider mite damage to pepper leaves. Remote Sens. Lett.  3(4):277-283.

Har-Gil D., D.J. Bonfil, and T. Svoray. (2011). Multi scale analysis of the factors influencing wheat quality as determined by gluten index. Field Crops Res. 123:1-9.
Herrmann I., A. Pimstein, A. Karnieli, Y. Cohen, V. Alchanatis and D.J. Bonfil. (2011). LAI assessment of wheat and potato crops by VENµS and Sentinel-2 bands. Remote Sens. Environ. 115:2141-2151.
Pimstein A., A. Karnieli, S.K. Bansal, and D.J. Bonfil. (2011). Exploring remotely sensed technologies for monitoring wheat potassium and phosphorus using field spectroscopy. Field Crops Res. 121:125-135.
Abbo S., D.J. Bonfil, Z. Kerem, Z. Berkovitch, and R. Reifen. (2010). Towards enhancing lutein concentration in chickpea, cultivar and management effects. Plant Breeding. 129:407-411.
Herrmann I., A. Karnieli, D.J. Bonfil, Y. Cohen and V. Alchanatis. (2010).
SWIR-based spectral indices for assessing nitrogen content in potato fields. Int. J. Remote Sen. 31:5127-5143.
Cohen Y., V. Alchanatis, Y. Zusman, Z. Dar, D.J. Bonfil, A. Karnieli, A. Zilberman, A. Moulin, V. Ostrovsky, A. Levi, R. Brikman, and M. Shenker. (2010). Leaf nitrogen estimation in potato based on spectral data and on simulated bands of the VENµS satellite. Precis. Agric. 11:520-537.
Pimstein A., J.U.H. Eitel, D.S. Long, I. Mufradi, A. Karnieli, and D.J. Bonfil. (2009). A spectral index to monitor the head-emergence of wheat in semi-arid conditions. Field Crops Res. 111:218-225.
Pimstein A., A. Karnieli, and D.J. Bonfil. (2007). Wheat and maize monitoring based on ground spectral measurements and multivariate data analysis. J. Appl. Remote Sens. 1:013530.
Bonfil D.J., O. Goren, I. Mufradi, J. Lichtenzveig, and S. Abbo. (2007). Development of early flowering kabuli chickpea with compound and simple leaves. Plant Breed. 126:125-129.
Lichtenzveig, J., D. Bonfil, H.B. Zhang, D. Shtienberg, and S. Abbo. (2006). Mapping quantitative trait loci in chickpea associated with time to flowering and resistance to Didymella rabiei the causal agent of Ascochyta blight. Theor. Appl. Genet. 113: 1357-1369.
Bonfil D.J., J. Lichtenzveig, I. Shai, A. Lerner, S. Tam, and S. Abbo. (2006). Associations between earliness, Ascochyta response, and grain yield in chickpea. Aust. J. Agric. Res. 57:465 –470.
Bonfil D.J., A. Karnieli, M. Raz, I. Mufradi, S. Asido, H. Egozi, A. Hoffman, and Z. Schmilovitch. (2005). Rapid assessing of water and nitrogen status in wheat flag leaves. J. Food Agric. Environ. 3(2):148-153.
Dolgin B., I. Schechter, S. Asido, and D.J. Bonfil. (2005). Improvements for digestion of whole grains and plant ground matter for phosphorus and potassium. Commun Soil Sci Plan. 36:1747-1761.
Bonfil D.J., A. Karnieli, M. Raz, I. Mufradi, S. Asido, H. Egozi, A. Hoffman, and Z. Schmilovitch. (2004). Decision support system for improving wheat grain quality in the Mediterranean area of Israel. Field Crops Res. 89:153-163.
Ben-Dor E., N. Goldshalager, O. Braun, B. Kindel, A.F.H. Goetz , D. Bonfil,  N. Margalit, Y. Binaymini, A. Karnieli, and M. Agassi. (2004). Monitoring of infiltration rate in semiarid soils using airborne hyperspectral technology. Int J Remote Sens. 25:2607-2624.
Bonfil D.J., B. Doldgin, I. Mufradi, and S. Asido. (2004). Bioassay to forecast cereal cyst nematode damage to wheat in fields. Prec. Agric. 5:329-344.
Lichtenzveig J., D. Shtienberg, H.B. Zhang, D.J. Bonfil, and S. Abbo. (2002). Biometric analyses of the inheritance of resistance to Didymella rabiei in chickpea. Phytopathology. 92: 417-423.
Klein J.D., I. Mufradi, S. Cohen, Y. Hebbe, S. Asido, B. Dolgin, and D.J. Bonfil (2002). Establishment of wheat seedlings after early sowing and germination in an arid Mediterranean environment. Agron. J. 94:585-593.
Bonfil D.J., I. Mufradi, S. Asido, B. Doldgin, D. Shtienberg,  B. Rubin, A. Dinoor, S. Kitain, U. Naftalyahu, and A. Vaza. (2001). No-till and straw mulching: testing the application in the Negev fields. Gan Sadeh Vameshek. 8:9-16. (Hebrew)
Landau S., A. Perevolotsky, D. Bonfil, D. Barkai, and N. Silanikove. (2000). Utilization of low quality resources by small ruminants in Mediterranean agro-pastoral systems: the case of browse and aftermath cereal stubble. Livestock Prod. Sci. 64:39-49.
Bonfil D.J., and U. Kafkafi. (2000). Wild wheat adaptation in different soil ecosystems as expressed in the mineral concentration of the seeds. Euphytica. 114:123-134.
Bonfil D.J., I. Mufradi, S. Klitman, and S. Asido. (1999). Wheat grain yield and soil profile water distribution in a no-till arid environment. Agron. J. 91:368-373.
Ronen-Tarazi M, D.J. Bonfil, D. Schatz, and A. Kaplan. (1998). Cyanobacterial mutants impaired in bicarbonate uptake isolated with the aid of an inactivation library. Can. Bot. 76:942-948.
Mufradi I., S. Asido, and D.J. Bonfil. (1999). Bioassay for nitrogen availability in soil infested by residual herbicides. Hasadeh. 80(2):25-27. (Hebrew)
Kaplan A., M. Ronen-Tarazi, H. Zer, R. Schwarz, D. Tchernov, D.J. Bonfil, D. Schatz, A. Vardi, M. Hassidim, and L. Reinhold. (1998). The inorganic carbon-concentrating mechanism in cyanobacteria: induction and ecological significance. Can. Bot. 76:917-924.
Bonfil D.J., M. Ronen-Tarazi, D. Sültemeyer, J. Lieman-Hurwitz, D. Schatz, and A. Kaplan. (1998). A putative HCO3- transporter in the cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. strain PCC 7942. FEBS Letters 430:236-240.
Bonfil D.J., H. Czosnek, and U. Kafkafi. (1997). Wheat seed storage protein fingerprint changes due to soil types and their mineral content. Euphytica 95:209-219.
Bonfil D.J., and M.J. Pinthus. (1995). Response of chickpea to nitrogen, and a comparison of the factors affecting chickpea seed yield with those affecting wheat grain yield. Expl. Agric. 31: 39-47.


Books, book chapters and invited reviews
Kafkafi U., and D.J. Bonfil. (2008). Integrated Nutrient Management: Experience and Concepts from the Middle East. In: Integrated Nutrient Management for Sustainable Crop Production. (Milkha S. Aulakh and Cynthia A. Grant eds.), pp. 523-565. The Haworth Press, Inc., Binghamton NY, USA.

Allowed patents and registered cultivars
Kaplan A., J. Lieman-Hurwitz, D. Schatz, R. Mittler, M. Ronen-Tarazi, and D.J. Bonfil. (1999) U.S. Patent Application Number: 09/332,041. Title of the Patent Application: Enhancing Inorganic Carbon Fixation by Photosynthetic Organisms.

Articles in non-reviewed Hebrew journals (Since 2004)
Bonfil D.J., S. Asido, I. Mufradi, U. Naftalyahu, A. Zilberman and S. Mey-Tal. (2009). Management zones delineation in a model field. Nir Vetelem. 14:41-45.
Bonfil D.J., S. Asido, I. Mufradi, and Y. Nir. (2008). Variable base nitrogen application without soil testing. Nir Vetelem. 10:27-30.
Bonfil D.J., S. Asido, I. Mufradi, and Y. Nir. (2008). On-combine near infrared spectroscopy applied to prediction of grain test weight. Nir Vetelem. 10:24-26.
Cohen, Y., V. Alchanatis, Y. Zusman, M. Shenker, D. Bonfil, A. Karnieli, Z. Dar, and A. Zilberman. (2008). Nitrogen estimation in potato by hyperspectral data and the potential use of Venµs bands. Gan Sadeh Vameshek. 5:41-50.
Bonfil D.J., I. Mufradi, S. Asido, J.D., Klein, S. Cohen, Y. Hebbe, Y. Oren, and N. Benjamin. (2007). Clean fallow during the sabbatical year. Gan Sadeh Vameshek. 6:8-14.
Cohen, Y., V. Alchanatis, V. Ostrovsky, A. Levi, R. Brikman, D. Bonfil, Z. Dar, A. Zilberman, M. Shenker, and Y. Zusman. (2007). Nitrogen application in potato. Hyperspectral images for precision agriculture. Gan Sadeh Vameshek. 6:36-44.
Klein J.D., D.J. Bonfil, I. Mufradi, S. Asido, Y. Hebbe, S. Cohen, and Y. Oren. (2007). The coming sabbatical year: arable land, weeds and fallow fields. Halichot Sadeh. 152:44-50.
Cohen, Y. Alchanatis, V., Zusman, Y., Dar, Z., Bonfil, D., Zilberman, A., Karnieli A., Ostrovsky, V., Levi, A., Brikman, R., and Shenker, M. (2006). Mulit- and Hyper spectral images for precision agriculture: Nitrogen application in potato. Agricultural Mechanization and Engineering. 50(6):41-46.
Bonfil D.J., I. Mufradi, S. Asido, Y. Cohen and Y. Nir. (2006). Spatial variation of wheat grain protein in field. Gan Sadeh Vameshek. 6:7-11.
Bonfil D.J., I. Mufradi, S. Asido, G. Kalyan, and Y. Karmi. (2006). Phosphate fertilizer type effect on corn growth and mineral absorption. Gan Sadeh Vameshek. 2:15-19.
Bonfil D.J., I. Mufradi, S. Asido, and S. Abbo. (2005). Chickpea – breaking point for arid regions crop rotation. Gan Sadeh Vameshek. 7:6-9.
Bonfil D.J., B. Rubin, D. Shtienberg,  I. Mufradi, S. Asido, S. Kitain, U. Naftalyahu, and A. Vaza. (2004). No-till and straw mulching: long term experiment summary. Gan Sadeh Vameshek. 8:13-23.
Koren Y., S. Asido, I. Mufradi, and D.J. Bonfil. (2004). Leaf color chart for N content determination in wheat leaves. Gan Sadeh Vameshek. 4:5-7.

Articles of symposia proceedings (Since 2000)
Bonfil D.J., I. Herrmann, A. Karnieli, and A. Pimstein. (2010). Multi, super or hyper spectral data, the right way from research toward application in agriculture. In: 10th International Conference on Precision Agriculture. CD-ROM. #177.
Shapira U., I. Herrmann, A. Karnieli, and D.J. Bonfil. (2010). Weeds detection by ground-level hyperspectral imaging. In: 10th International Conference on Precision Agriculture. CD-ROM. #178.
Herrmann I., A. Karnieli, A. Pimstein, Y. Cohen, V. Alchanatis, and D.J. Bonfil. (2010). Assessment of field crops leaf area index by the red-edge inflection point derived from Venµs bands. In: 10th International Conference on Precision Agriculture. CD-ROM. #179.
Bonfil D.J., I. Mufradi, S. Asido, and D.S. Long. (2008). Precision nitrogen management based on nitrogen removal in rainfed wheat.  In: 9th International Conference on Precision Agriculture. CD-ROM. #156. 
Bonfil D.J., I. Mufradi, S. Asido, and D.S. Long. (2008). On-combine near infrared spectroscopy applied to prediction of grain test weight.  In: 9th International Conference on Precision Agriculture. CD-ROM.  #173.
Cohen Y., Y. Zusman, V. Alchanatis, Z. Dar, D.J. Bonfil, A. Zilberman, A. Karnieli, V. Ostrovsky, a. Levi, R. Brikman, and M. Shenker. (2007). Nitrogen prediction in potato petioles based on spectral data and hyperspectral images. In: Precision Agriculture '07.  (J.V. Stafford ed.), Wageningen Academic Publ.,  pp. 143-150.
Pimstein A., D.J. Bonfil, I. Mufradi, and A. Karnieli. (2007). Spectral index for assessing heading timing of spring wheat grown under semi-arid conditions. In: Precision Agriculture '07.  (J.V. Stafford ed.), Wageningen Academic Publ.,  pp. 663-669.
Bonfil D.J., A.Pimstein, S. Mey-tal, and A. Karnieli. (2006). Integrated nutrient management through precision agriculture and remote sensing. In: Balanced Fertilization for Sustaining Crop Productivity.  (IPI International Potash Institute).  Horgen, Switzerland. Vol. I. pp. 115-133.
Bonfil D.J., I. Mufradi, and S. Asido. (2004). Decision support system for improving wheat quality in semi-arid regions. In: 7th International Conference on Precision Agriculture and Other Precision Resources Management. CD-ROM. ASA-CSSA-SSSA: Madison, WI. pp. 933-944.
Pimstein A., M. Raz, A. Karnieli, and D.J. Bonfil. (2003). Spectral characteristics of wheat in dry agriculture. In: Programme book of the joint conference of ECPA-ECPLF. (A. Werner and A. Jarfe eds.), Wageningen Academic Publ.,  pp. 529-530.
Bonfil D.J. (2001). Potassium Effects on Plant Growth, Development, Yield and Quality of Wheat. Proc. Potassium in Nutrient Management for Sustainable Crop Production in India, New Delhi, India. pp. 275-283.
Bonfil D.J., I. Mufradi, S. Asido, and B. Dolgin. (2001). Bioassay to improve the determination of phosphorus and potassium availability in soil for fertilization recommendations. In: Plant Nutrition - Food Security and Sustainability of Agro-ecosystems. (W.J. Horst et al. eds.). Kluwer Academic Press, Netherlands. pp. 696-697.

 

 

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