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Boaz Zion, Ph.D.  (Researcher)
Agricultural EngineeringSensing, Information and Mechanization Engineering
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Telephone Tel: 03-9683450 03-9683303
Cellphone Cell: 050-6220450
Fax Fax: 972-3-9604704
Email Email:   boazz@volcani.agri.gov.il
Office location Office location: Bet Dagan
P.O. Box 6
Bet Dagan, Israel
50250
Researcher
Research Interests / Job description
Computer Vision and Image Processing;
Aquacultural Engineering;
Power and Machinery;
Postharvest Technology;
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Imaging and Spectroscopy;

Recent Reviewed Publications:

Hershenhorn J., Zion B., Smirnov E., Weissblum A., Shamir N., Dor E., Achdari G., Ziadna H., and Shilo A. (2014).
Cyperus rotundus control using a mechanical digger and solar radiation.
Weeds Research, accepted for publication.

Zion B., Mann M.P., Levin D., Shilo A., Rubinstein D. and Shmulevich I. (2014).
Planning harvest order of a multi-arm robotic harvester.
Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 103C: 75-81.

Mann M.P., Zion B., Rubinstein D. and Shmulevich I. (2014).
Minimum time kinematic motions of a Cartesian mobile manipulator for a fruit harvesting robot.
Journal of Dynamic Systems Measurement and Control-Transactions of the ASME, in press.

Mann M.P., Shmulevich I., Rubinstein D. and Zion B. (2014).
Motion planning of a mobile Cartesian manipulator for optimal harvesting of 2-D crops.
Transactions of the ASABE Journal, in press.

Zion B., Karplus I. and Barki A. (2013).
Effect of time and timing of acoustic signal transmission on ranched fish response.
Journal of Applied Aquaculture, in press.

Barki A., Zion B., Shapira L. and Karplus I. (2013).
A novel method using light for increasing fry yield in guppy breeding tanks.
Aquacultural Engineering, 57: 131-134.

Barki A., Zion B., Shapira L. and Karplus I. (2013).
The effects of illumination and daily number of collections on fry yields in guppy breeding tanks.
Aquacultural Engineering, 57: 108-113.

Barki A., Zion B., Shapira L. and Karplus I. (2013).
Using attraction to light to decrease cannibalism and increase fry production in guppy (Poecilia reticulata) hatcheries. II: The effects of light and cannibalistic adults.
Aquaculture Research, in press.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/are.12129

Barki A., Zion B., Shapira L. and Karplus I. (2012).
Using attraction to light to decrease cannibalism and increase fry production in guppy (Poecilia reticulata) hatcheries I: phototactic reaction and light color preference.
Aquaculture Research, in press.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/are.12070

Zion B. and Barki A. (2012).
Ranching fish using acoustic conditioning: Has it reached a dead end? An invited review.
Aquaculture, 344-349: 3-11.

Zion B. (2012).
The use of computer vision technologies in aquaculture - A review.
Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 88: 125-132.
Zion B., Arbel A., Halaly T., Regev R., Barak M., Lidor G., Weissblum A. and Or E. (2012).
A Heat-Shock Generator for dormancy release induction in grapevines.
Transactions of the American Society of Biological and Agricultural Engineers, 55(3): 753-758.

Zion B., Weissblum A., Shamir N., Dor E., Smirnov E., Achdari G., Ziadna H., Hershenhorn J. (2012).
Control of Nutsedge (Cyperus rotundus) using a mechanical tillage and solar dehydration
Nir & Telem (Hebrew), 41: 28-36.

Zion B., Karplus I. and Barki A. (2012).
Ranching acoustically conditioned fish using an automatic fishing machine.
Aquaculture, 330:333: 136-141.

Zion B., Barki A., Grinshpon Y., Rosenfeld L. and Karplus I. (2011).
An automatic fishing machine based on acoustic conditioning.
Aquacultural Engineering, 45(2): 87-91.

Zion B., Karplus I., Grinshpon Y., Rosenfeld L. and Barki A. (2011).
Periodic reinforcement of acoustically conditioned behavior in St. Peter's fish, Sarotherodon galilaeus, for ranching purposes.
Aquaculture, 315 (3-4):394-399.

Halaly T., Zion B., Arbel A., Regev R., Barak M., and Or E. (2011).
Short exposure to sublethal temperature facilitates dormancy release in grapevines.
American Journal of Enology and Viticulture, 62 (1): 106-112.

Zion B., Barki A., Grinshpon Y., Rosenfeld L. and Karplus I. (2011).
Retention of acoustic conditioning in St. Peter's fish Sarotherodon galilaeus. Journal of Fish Biology, 78: 838-847.

Zion B., Bechar A., Regev R., Shamir N., Weissblum A., Zipori Y. and Dag A. (2011).
Mechanical harvesting of olives - operations study. Israeli Journal of Horticultural Science, 59: 71-84.

Shamir N., Zion B., Weissblum A., Ronen B., Bernstein R., and Ohaliav K. (2010).
Development of a planting machine for summer vegetables in wet soils.
Nir & Telem (Hebrew), 22:40-45.

Zion B., Karplus I. and Barki A. (2010).
Generalization and discrimination of positive and negative acoustic stimuli in the common carp (Cyprinus carpio).
Behavioural Processes, 83: 306-310.

Zion B., Alchanatis V., Ostrovsky V., Barki A. and Karplus I. (2008). Classification of Guppies' (Poecilia reticulata) Gender by Computer Vision. Aquacultural Engineering, 38: 97-104.
Zion B., Barki A., Grinshpon Y., Rosenfeld L. and Karplus I. (2007).
Social Facilitation of Acoustic Training in the Common Carp Cyprinus carpio (L.).
Behaviour, 144: 611-630.

Karplus I., Zion B., Rosenfeld L., Grinshpon Y., Slosman T., Goshen Z. and Barki A. (2007).
Social Facilitation of Learning in Mixed Species Schools of Common Carp Cyprino carpio (L.) and Nile Tilapia Oreochromis niloticus (L.).
Journal of Fish Biology, 71: 1023-1034.

Zion B., Weisblum A., Reshef L., Regev R., Lev M., Levi M., Cohen M., Steinmetz Y. (2007).
Mechanical Harvesting of Leucadendron Flowers.
Applied Engineering in Agriculture, 23: 425-431

Zion B., Alchanatis V., Ostrovsky V., Barki A., Karplus I. (2007).
Real-time Underwater Sorting of Edible Fish Species.
Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 56: 34-45.

Zion B., Deutch N., Ostrovsky V., Alchanatis V., Barki A. and Karplus I. (2006).
Ornamental Fish Fry Counting by Image Processing.
Internal scientific publication.

Karplus I, Alchanatis, V. and Zion B. (2005).
Guidance of Groups of Guppies (Poecilia reticulata) to Allow Sorting by Computer Vision.
Aquacultural Engineering, 32: 509-520.

Karplus I., Gottdiener M. and Zion B. (2003). Guidance of Single Guppies (Poecilia reticulata) to Allow Sorting by Computer Vision.
Aquacultural Engineering, 27: 177-190.

 

Allowed patents:

Zion B., Wolf I. and Nahir D. (1996)
A Device for Sorting Items.
Patent number 119910.

Rishpon J., Eshkenazi I., Zion B. and Maltz E. (2001)
Method for Measuring Protein in Milk using Iodine.
Patent number 122538.

Zion B., Lev M., Weisblum A., Regev R., Reshef L., Levi M., Cohen M. Ben Yaacov Y. (2005). Flower Crop Harvester. Patent application No.171969/3.

Zion B., Wolf I., Weisblum A., Hoffman A., Regev R. and Bernstein R. (2008).Gripper for Flower Sorting Systems.  Provisional application number US 61/136,076.

Zion B., Ostrovsky V., Karplus I., Barki A., Alchanatis V. and Y. Wolf (2008).System and Methods for Fish Counting and Weighing. Provisional application number US 61/095,629.

Zion B., Wolf I., Weisblum A., Hoffman A., Regev R. and Bernstein R. (2009). Gripper for Flower Sorting Systems.  PCT application number  PCT/IL 2009/000774. 

Arbel A., Barak M., Zion B., Afgin Y. (2013)
Thermal Trap System.
Provisional Patent Application, Attorney Docket No. 57286

Current projects:

Dormancy release in grapevines and deciduous fruit trees using a thermal treatment.
A "Virtual-Cage Culture" technology for ranching fish in the open sea.  
Multi-arms robotic systems for labour saving in agriculture.
Mechanical system and method for Purple Nutgrass (Cyperus rotundus) control.
Reducing cannibalism in ornamental fish breeding systems by attraction to lights.
Mechanical planter for wet soils.
Mechanization of edible-olives harvest.
Development of oriented flower bulbs planters.

Awards:

1997    State of Israel, Ministry of Justice, Inventors Award
A Vibrating Sorter for Flower Bulbs and Corms for Family-Size Farms.
Licensed to and manufactured by Pazur Patents Manufacturing and Development, under a royalty agreement.

2000    8th Annual OEMmie Awards for Modern Innovative Engineering Solutions (USA)
Hex-Air Sorting and Counting System.

2001    State of Israel, Ministry of Justice, Inventors Award
A System for Sorting Items by Weight.
Licensed to and manufactured by Juran Metal Works Ltd under a royalty agreement.

2009     Inventors Award Approved by the internal committee of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. System and Method for Fish Counting and Weighing. Commercially applied in major farms in Israel.

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