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שלח באימייל הדפס
Name: Shlomo Yahav, Prof. (Researcher)
Units: Animal SciencePoultry and Aquaculture
Research Interests / Job description  
Tel:  08-9484415 08-9484401
Cell: 050-6220416
Email:  vlyahav@volcani.agri.gov.il  shlomo.yahav@mail.huji.ac.il
Office location:Rehovot
Address:Institute of Animal Science
Agricultural Research Organization,
The Volcani Center,
P.O.Box 6, Bet Dagan 50250, Israel

Senior researcher;

Head: Institute of Animal Science;

Research Interests / Job description
Thermal manipulations during chick's embryogenesis to improve thermotolerance acquisition and angiogenesis processes.
Maternal effects on embryogenesis

 Recent Publications

  • Yahav, S., Goldfeld, S., Plavnik, I. and Hurwitz, S. (1995). Physiological responses of chickens and turkeys to relative humidity during exposure to high ambient temperature. J. Thermal Biol. 20(3): 245-253.
  • Yahav, S., Straschnow, A., Plavnik, I. and Hurwitz, S. (1996). Effects of diurnal cyclic versus constant temperatures on chicken growth and food intake. Br. Poult. Sci. 37: 43-54.
  • Yahav, S. and Hurwitz, S. (1996). Induction of thermotolerance in male broiler chickens by temperature conditioning at an early age. Poult. Sci. 75: 402-406.
  • Einat (Friedman) M., Haberfeld, A., Shamai, A., Horev, G., Hurwitz, S. and Yahav, S. (1996). A novel 29 kDa chicken heat stress protein. Poult. Sci. 75: 1528-1530.
  • Yahav, S., Straschnow, A., Plavnik, I. and Hurwitz, S. (1997). Blood system response of chickens to changes in environmental temperature. Poult. Sci. 76: 627-633.
  • Yahav, S., Shamai, A., Horev, G., Bar-Ilan, D., Genina, O. and Einat (Friedman), M. (1997). Effect of acquisition of improved thermotolerance on the induction of heat shock proteins in broiler chickens. Poult. Sci. 76: 1428-1434.
  • Yahav, S., Shamai, A., Haberfeld, A., Horev, G., Hurwitz, S. and (Friedman) Einat, M. (1997). Induction of thermotolerance in chickens by temperature conditioning - heat shock protein expression. In: Thermoregulation. Tenth International Symposium of the Pharmacology of Thermoregulation. (ed. C. M. Blatteis ), pp. 628-636. Annals of The New York Academy of Sciences, NY.
  • Yahav, S., Luger, D., Cahaner, A., Dotan, M., Rusal, M. and Hurwitz, S. (1998). Thermoregulation in naked-neck chickens subjected to different ambient temperatures. Br. Poult. Sci. 39: 133-138.
  • Yahav, S., Plavnik, I., Rusal, M. and Hurwitz, S. (1998). The response of turkeys to relative humidity at high ambient temperature. Br. Poult. Sci. 39: 340-345.
  • Yahav, S. (1998). The effect of acute and chronic heat stress on performance and physiological responses of domestic fowl. Trends in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 5:187-194.
  • Yahav, S. (1998). Physiological responses of chickens and turkeys to hot climate. 10th European Poultry Conference. pp. 84-91.
  • Plavnik, I. and Yahav, S. (1998). The effect of environmental temperature on broiler chickens subjected to growth restriction at an early age. Poult. Sci. 77: 870-872.
  • Yahav, S. and Plavnik, I. (1999).The effect of an early age thermal conditioning and food restriction on performance and thermotolerance of male broiler chickens. Br. Poult. Sci. 40: 120-126.
  • Yahav, S. (1999). Domestic fowl - the confrontation with heat strain. The Workshop on Metabolic Disorders in Poultry. pp.86-92.
  • Yahav, S. (1999). The effect of constant and diurnal cyclic temperatures on performance and blood system of young turkeys. J. Therm. Biol. 24: 71-78.
  • Miskin, R., Masos, T., Yahav, S., Shinder, D. and Globerson, A. (1999). MUPA mice: a transgenic model for reduced eating and increased longevity. Neurobiol. Aging 20 (5): 555-564.
  • Yahav, S., Hurwitz, S. and Rozenboim, I. (2000). The effect of light intensity on growth and development of turkey toms. Br. Poult. Sci. 41: 101-106.
  • Yahav, S. (2000). Domestic fowl - strategies to confront extreme environmental conditions. Poultry and Avian Biology Reviews 11(2): 81-95. (Review).
  • Yahav, S. (2000). Relative humidity at moderate temperatures, its effect on male broiler chickens and turkeys. Br. Poult. Sci. 41: 94-100.
  • Yahav, S., Shinder, D., Razpakovski, V., Rusal, M. and Bar, A. (2000). Lack of response of laying hens to relative humidity at high ambient temperature. Br. Poult. Sci. 41: 660-663.
  • De Basilio, V., Vilari, M., Yahav, S. and Picard, M. (2001). Early age thermal conditioning and dual feeding program increase resistance of male broiler chickens challenged by heat stress at the age of 34 days. Poult. Sci. 80: 29-36.
  • Yahav, S. (2001). Effects of temperature, RH and wind speed on performance parameters and welfare. Proceeding of the 15th Eur. Symp. Quality of Poult. Meat. R. W. A. Mulder and S. F. Bilgili (eds.). pp. 67-71.
  • Yahav, S. (2001). Relative humidity, ambient temperature and performance of turkeys at different ages. Turkey Production in Europe in the New Millennium, H. M. Hafez (ed.). Ulmer Press. pp. 85-89.
  • Uni, Z., Gal-Garber, O., Geyra, A., Sklan, D. and Yahav, S. (2001) Changes in growth and function of chick small intestine epithelium due to early thermal conditioning. Poult. Sci. 80: 438-445.
  • Yahav, S. (2001). Different strategies to alleviate stress in poultry production. 13th Eur. Symp. Poult. Nutr. pp. 233-236.
  • Yahav, S., Straschnow, A., Wax, E., Razpakovski, V. and Shinder, D. (2001). Wind velocity alters broiler performance subjected to harsh environmental conditions. Poult. Sci. 80: 724-726.
  • Luger, D., Shinder, D., Rzepakovsky, R., Rusal, M. and Yahav, S. (2001).The association between weight gain, blood parameters and thyroid hormones and the development of ascites syndrome in broiler chickens. Poult. Sci. 80:965-971.
  • Halevy, O., Krispin, A., Leshem, Y., McMurtry, J.F. and Yahav, S. (2001). Early age heat stress accelerates skeletal muscle satellite cell proliferation and differentiation in chicks. Am. J. Physiol. 281: R302-R317.
  • Yahav, S. (2001). The effects of relative humidity and ambient temperature on performance and thermoregualtion of young and aged turkeys. World Poultry 17(3): 5-6 (mini review).
  • Yahav, S. and McMurtry, J. (2001). Thermotolerance acquisition in broiler chickens by temperature conditioning early in life - the effect of timing and ambient temperature. Poult. Sci. 80: 1662-1666.
  • Yahav, S. (2002). Limitation in energy consumption affects the ability of young turkeys to cope with low ambient temperature. Thermal Biol. 27:103-108
  • Rosenboim, I., Aharoni, T. and Yahav, S. (2002). The effect of melatonin on LH secretion in White Leghorn cockerels. Poult. Sci. 81:1354-1359.
  • Shinder, D., Luger, D., Rusal, M., Rzepakovsky, V., Bresler V. and Yahav S. (2002). Early age cold conditioning in broiler chickens (Gallus domesticus): thermoregulatory and growth responses. Thermal Biol. 27:517-523.
  • Luger, D., Shinder, D. and Yahav, S. (2002) Hyper or hypothyroidism its association with the development of ascites syndrome in fast growing chickens. Gen. Comp. Endocrinol. 127: 293-299.
  • Yahav, S. (2002). Heat stress in broilers - Estrés de Calor en Pollos. IX Inter. Poult. Symp. AMEVEA ? E, Ecuador. pp. 1-14. (Review).
  • Luger, D., Shinder, D., Wolfenson, D. and Yahav, S. (2003). Disorders in erythropoiesis regulation during the development of ascites syndrome - a possible role of corticosterone. J. Anim Sci. 81(3): 784-790.
  • Tirosh, O., Aronis, A., Zusman, I., Cossoy, G., Yahav, S., Shinder, D., Abramovitz, R. and Miskin, R. (2003). Mitochondrion-mediated apoptosis is enhanced in long-lived a-MUPA transgenic mice and calorically restricted wild-type mice. Exp. Gerontrology 38(9): 955-963.
  • Yahav, S., Straschnow, A., Luger, D., Shinder, D., Cohen, S. and Tanny, Y. (2004). Sensible heat loss - its contribution to energy and water balance of fast growing broilers exposed to harsh environmental conditions. Poult. Sci. 83: 253-258
  • Rosenboim, I., Biran, I., Chaiseha, Y., Yahav, S., Rosenstrauch, A., Sklan, D. and Halevy, O. (2004). The effect of a green and a blue monochromatic light combination on broiler growth and development. Poult. Sci. 83: 842-845.
  • Yahav, S. Sasson Rath, R. and Shinder, D. (2004). The effect of thermal manipulations during embryogenesis of broiler chicks (Gallus domesticus) on hatchability, performance and thermoregulation after hatch. J. Therm. Biol. 29:245-250.
  • Yahav, S. (2004). Ammonia affects performance and thermoregualtion of male broiler chickens. Anim. Res. 53:289-293
  • Yahav, S., Collin, A. Shinder, D. and Picard, M. (2004). Thermal manipulations during broiler chick's embryogenesis - the effect of timing and temperature. Poult. Sci. 83: 1959-1963.
  • Miskin, R., Tirosh, O., Pardo, M., Zusman, I., Schwartz, B., Yahav, S., Dubnov, G. and Kohen, R. (2005). alphaMUPA mice: a transgenic model for longevity induced by caloric restriction. Mech Ageing Dev. 126(2): 255-261.
  • Tirosh, O., Schwartz, B., Zusman, I., Kossoy, G., Yahav, S. and Miskin, R. (2004).Long lived aMUPA transgenic mice exhibit increased mitochondrion mediated apoptotic capacity. Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. 1019:439-442. (Review).
  • Yahav, S., Shinder, D., Tanny, J. and Cohen, S. (2005). Sensible heat loss - the broilers paradox.  Worlds Poultry Science Journal 61(3): 419-435 (Review).
  • Collin, A., Picard, M. and Yahav, S.(2005). The effect of duration of thermal manipulation during broiler chick's embryogenesis on body weight and body temperature of post hatched chicks. Anim. Res. 54: 105-111.
  • Hen, G., Bor, A., Simehaev, V., Druyan, S., Yahav, S., Miao, C.H., and Friedman-Einat, M. (2006). Expression of foreign genes in chicks by hydrodynamics-based naked plasmid transfer in vivo. Domestic Anim. Endocrine. 14 (2): 130-135.
  • Lozano, C., De Basilio, V., Oliveros, I., Alvarez, R., Colina, I., Bastianelli, D., Yahav, S. and Picard, M. (2006). Is sequential feeding a suitable technique to compensate the negative effects of a tropical climate in finishing broilers? Anim. Res. 55: 71-76.
  • Ozkan, S., Plavnik, I. And Yahav, S. (2006). The effect of early feed restriction on performance and ascites development in broiler chickens raised at low ambient temperature. J. Appl. Poult. Sci. 15: 9-19.
  • Halevy, O., Lavi, M. and Yahav, S.(2006). Enhancement of meat production by thermal manipulations during embryogenesis of broilers. In: New Insights into Fundamental Physiology and Peri-natal Adaptation of Domestic Fowl. Edited by S Yahav and B. Tzschentke. Nottingham University Press. pp. 77-87.
  • Halevy, O., Yahav, S.and Rozenboim, I. (2006). Enhancement of meat production by environmental manipulations in the embryo and young broilers. Worlds Poultry Science Journal 62(3): 485-498. (Review).
  • Collin, A., Berri, C., Tesseraud, S., Requena, F., Cassy, S, Crochet, S., Duclos, M. J., Rideau, N., Tona, K., Buyse, J., Bruggemann, V., Decuypere, E., Picard, M. and Yahav, S. (2007). Effects of Thermal Manipulation during Early and Late Embryogenesis on Thermotolerance and Breast Muscle Characteristics in Broiler Chickens. Poult. Sci. 86: 795-800.
  • Shinder, D., Rusal, M., Tanny, Y., Druyan, D. and Yahav, S. (2007).Thermoregulatory Response of Chicks (Gallus domesticus) to Low Ambient Temperatures at an Early Age. Poult. Sci.  86: 2000-2009.
  • Yahav, S., M. Ruzal and D. Shinder (2008). The effect of ventilation on performance, body and surface temperature of young turkeys. Poult. Sci. 87:133-137.
  • Tona, K., Onagbesan, O., Bruggeman, V., Collin, A., Berri, C., Duclos, M. J., Tesseraud, S., Buyse. J., Decuypere, E. and Yahav, S. (2008). Effects of heat conditioning at d 16 to 18 of incubation or during early broiler rearing on embryo physiology, post-hatch growth performance and heat tolerance. Arch. Geflügelk 72 (2): 75-83.
  • Piestun, Y., Shinder, D., Ruzal, M., Halevy, O., Brake, J. and Yahav, S. (2008). Thermal Manipulations During Broiler Embryogenesis: Effect on the Acquisition of Thermotolerance. Poult. Sci. 87:1516-1525.
  • Piestun, Y., Shinder, D., Halevy, O. and Yahav, S. (2008). The Effect of Thermal Manipulations during Development of the Thyroid and Adrenal Axes on in-Hatch and post-Hatch Thermoregulation. Thermal Biol. 33:413-418.
  • Shinder, D., Rusal, M., Giloh, M. and Yahav, S. (2009). The effect of repetitive acute cold exposures at the latest phase of embryogenesis of broilers on cold resistance during life span. Poult. Sci. 88: 636-646.
  • Piestun, P., Harel, M., Barak, M., Yahav, S. and Halevy, O. (2009). Thermal manipulations in late-term chick embryos affect skeletal muscle development: immediate and long-term effects on myoblast proliferation and muscle hypertrophy. J. Appl. Physiol. 109(1):233-240.
  • Leksrisompong, N., Romero-Sanchez, H., Plumstead, P.W., Brannan, K.E., Yahav, S. and Brake, J. (2009). Broiler Incubation. 2. Interaction of Incubation and Brooding Temperatures on Broiler Chick Feed Consumption and Growth. Poult. Sci. 88: 1321-1329.
  • Druyan, S., Shinder, D., Shlosberg, A., Cahaner, A. and Yahav, S. (2009). Growth performance and physiological parameters of ascites-resistant and ascites-susceptible broilers in lines divergently selected for incidence of ascites, and in slow-growing and fast-growing commercial lines.Poult. Sci. 88:1984-1990.
  • Yahav, S. (2009). Alleviating heat stress in domestic fowl - different strategies. Worlds Poult. Sci. J.  65 (4): 719-732. (Review).
  • Piestun, Y., Halevy, O. and Yahav, S. (2009). Thermal Manipulations of Broiler Embryos - The Effect on  Thermoregulation and Development During Embryogenesis. Poult. Sci.  88: 2677-2688.
  • Ozekan, S., Zkan, Ç., Takama, Yahav, S., Sögüt, B.,  Türkmut, L., Erturun, H., and Cahaner, A. (2010). High altitude and low temperature causes ascites in broiler chickens even with various levels of feed restriction. Poult. Sci. 89:974-985.
  • Ruzal, M., Shinder, D. Malka, I. and Yahav, S. (2011). Ventilation Plays an Important Role in Hens' Egg Production at High Ambient Temperature. Poult. Sci. 90: 856-862.
  • Shinder, D., Ruzal, M., Giloh, M., Druyan, S., *Piestun, Y. And Yahav, S. (2011). Improvement of cold resistance and performance of broilers by acute cold exposure during late embryogenesis. Poult. Sci. 90: 633-641.
  • Yahav, S., Ruzal, M., Druyan, S. and Shinder, D. (2011). The combined diurnal cyclic temperature and ventilation affects young turkey's performance and sensible heat loss. Therm. Biol. 36:334-339.
  • Collin, A., Bedrani, L., Loyau T., Grasteau, S., Métayer-Coustard, S., Praud, C., De Basilio, V., Requena Rodon, F., Duclos, M.J., Tesseraud, S., Berri C., and Yahav, S. (2011). Acclimation des volialles au chaud et au froid pendant l'incubation. Recherche Avicole 74-80.
  • Colin, A., Bedrani, L., Loyau, T.,  Mignon-Grasteau, S., Metayer-Coustard, S., Praud, C., De Basilio, V., Requena Rodon, F., Bastiamelli, D., Duclos, M.-J., Tesseraud, S., Berri, C. and Yahav, S. (2011). L'acclimatation embryonnaire : une technique innovante pour limiter les mortalités liées au stress thermique chez le poulet. INRA Prod. Anim. 24 (2): 191-198.
  • Piestun Y., Halevy O., Shinder D., Ruzal M., Druyan S. and Yahav S. (2011). Thermal manipulations during broiler embryogenesis improves post hatch performance under hot conditions. Thermal Biol. 36:469-474.
  • Renaudeau, D., Collin, A., Yahav, S., de Basilio, V., Gourdine, J.L.  and Collier, R.J. (2012). Adaptation to tropical climate and strategies to alleviate heat stress in livestock production. J. Animal 6:707-728. Review.
  • Giloh, M., Shinder, D. And Yahav, S. (2012). Skin surface temperature of broiler chickens is correlated to body core temperature and indicative of the chicken's thermoregulatory status. Poult. Sci. 91:175-188.
  • Piestun, Y., Druyan, S., Brake, J. and Yahav, S. (2013). Thermal treatments prior to and during the beginning of incubation affect phenotypic characteristics of broiler chickens post hatching. Poult. Sci. 92: 882-889.
  • Piestun, Y., Druyan, S., Brake, J. and Yahav, S. (2013). Thermal manipulations during broiler incubation alter performance of broilers
    to 70 days of age. 92: 1155-1163.
  • Loyau, T., Berri C., Bedrani L., Métayer-Coustard
    S., Praud C., Duclos M.J., Tesseraud S., Rideau N., Baéza E., Chartrin P., Hennequet-Antier C., Everaert N., Yahav S., Mignon-Grasteau S. and
    Collin A. (2013). Embryo's thermal manipulations modify the physiology and body composition of broiler chickens reared in floor pens without altering breast meat quality. J. Anim. Sci. 91(8):3674-3685.
  • Loyau, T. Bedrani, L., Berri, C., Metayer-Coustard, S., Praud, C., Coustham, V., Mignon-Grasteau, S., Duclos, M. J., Tesseraud, S., Rideau, N., Hennequet-Antier, C., Everaert, N., Yahav, S. and Collin, A. (2014).  Cyclic variations in incubation conditions induce adaptive responses to later heat exposure in chickens. Animal: 1-10. Review.
  • Yahav, S. (2014). Challenges in poultry production during the 21st century. The XIVth European Conference. pp. 67-76.
  • Loyau, T., Metayer-Coustard, S., Berri, C., Crochet, S., Cailleau-Auduin, E., Lanie Sannier, M., Chartrin, P., Praud, C., Hennequet,-Antier, C., Rideau, N., Courousse, N., Mignon-Grsteal, S., Everaert, N., Duclos, M., Yahav, S. and Collin, A. (2014). Thermal manipulation during embryogenesis has long term effects on muscle and liver metabolism in fast growing chickens . PLOS-One 9(9): e-105339.
  • yahav, S. and Brake, J. (2014). Chick embryogenesis: a unique platform to study the effects of environmental factors on embryo development. J. Stem Cells 9:17-37.
  • Piestun, Y., Zimerman, I. and  Yahav, S. (2015). Thermal manipulations of turkey embryos - the effect on thermoregulation and development during incubation. Poult. Sci. 94: 273-280.
  • Piestun, Y., Yahav, S. and Halevy, O. (2015). Thermal manipulation during embryogenesis affects myoblast proliferation and skeletal muscle growth in meat-type chickens. Poult. Sci. 94:25282536.
  • Harding, R.L., Clark, D.L., Halevy, O., Coy, C.S., Yahav, S. and Velleman, S.G. (2015). The Effect of Temperature on Apoptosis and Adipogenesis on Skeletal Muscle Satellite Cells Derived from Different Muscle Types. Physiol. Report 3(9): e12539:1-15.
  • Loyau, T., Hennequet-Antier, C., Leduc, M.,  Crochet, S., Sannier, M., Courousse, V., Duclos, M.J., Berri, C., Mignon-Grsteal, S., Tesseraud, S., Brionne, A., Praud, C.,  Metayer-Coustard, S., Cabau, C., Moroldo, M., Lecardonnel, J., Martin, P., Lagarrigue, S., Yahav, S. and Collin, A. (2016). Thermal manipulation of chicken embryo triggers differential gene expression in response to a latter heat challenge. BMC Genomics (in press).
  • harding, R.L., Halevy, O., Yahav, S. and Velleman, S.G. (2016). The effect of temperature on proliferation  and differentiation of skeletal muscle satellite cells isolated from different muscle types. Physiol. Report 17:329-344.
  • New insights into fundamental physiology and peri-natal adaptation of domestic fowl. Edited by: S. Yahav and B. Tzschentke, Notingham University Press, pp. 1-208. (2006).
  • Uni, Z. and Yahav, S. (2009). Managing pre-natal development of broiler chickens to improve productivity and thermotolerance. In: Managing Prenatal Development to Enhance Livestock Productivity. Edited by: P. Greenwood, A. Bell, P.E. Vercoe and G.J. Viljoen. Springer Press, Dordrecht-Heidelberg, London, New York. Pp. 71-90.
  • Yahav, S., D. Shinder, M. Ruzal, M. Giloh and Y. Piestun (2009). Controlling body temperature - the opportunities for highly productive domestic fowl. In: Body Temperature Control. Edited by Cisneros, A. B. and Goins, B. L. NovaScience Publishers Inc. NY USA pp. 65-98.
  • Brake, J. and Yahav, S. (2012). Responses of poultry to environmental challenges. In: Environmental Physiology of Livestock. Edited by Collier, R.J. and Collier J.L.  Wiley-Blackwell Publications, IA, USA. (309-335). 
  • Druyan, S., Piestun, Y. and Yahav, S. (2012). Heat stress in domestic fowl - genetic and physiological aspects.  In: Heat stress - causes, treatment and prevension. Edited by Josipovic S. and Ludwig E. NovaScience publications Inc. NY USA (1-30).
  • Yahav, S. and Giloh, M. (2012). Infrared thermography - applications in poultry biological research. In: Infrared Thermography. Edited by Prakash, R.V. Intech Publications. (93-116).
  • Yahav, S. and Brake, J. (2012). Chick Embryogenesis: A Unique Platform to Study the Effects of Environmental Factors on Embryo Development. In: Embryo Development. Edited by Reyes, D. and Casales, A. NovaScience publications Inc. NY USA (1-40).
  • Yahav, S. (2015). Regulation of body temperature - strategies and mechanisms.  In: Sturkie's Avian Physiology. Edited by Scanes, C. Elsevier Publications, chapter 37, pp. 869-905.
  • Yahav, S. (2017). Thermal adaptation and tolerance in poultry. In: Achieving sustainable production of poultry meat, Volume 2: animal breeding, nutrition health and wellfare. Edited by T. Applegate. Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing UK. (in press).


Current Projects:


  • Manipulating incubation temperature to improve thermotolerance acquisition and performance of broilers and turkeys, using epigenetic temperature adaptation approach;
  • Manipulating incubation temperature to improve vasculogenesis and angiogenesis to improve vaso-responses in post hatch broilers;
  • Manipulating incubation temperature to improve feed conversion rate of turkeys;
  • Creating an environmental matrix conditions (ambient temperature; ventilation; relative humidity) to improve broilers, turkeys and laying hens performance;
  • The concept of maternal effect - its influance by the embryo yolk sac; ).
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