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Name: Dov Prusky, Prof. (Researcher)
Units: Postharvest and Food SciencesPostharvest Science of Fresh Produce
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Tel:  +972-3-9683610 +972-3-9683880
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Email:    dovprusk@volcani.agri.gov.il
Address:Agricultural Research Organization - the Volcani Center
P.O.Box 6
Bet Dagan 50250

Israeli member of the COST Domain Committee on Food and Agriculture

Research Interests / Job description
Understanding the basic processes underlying the interactions between fruits and pathogenic fungi.

Studying biochemical and molecular mechanisms that are controlling postharvest fungal virulence and fruit resistance factors.

Development of transformation-mediated gene disruption strains affected in pathogenicity and with enhanced ability to elicit defense responses.

Studying the biochemical basis for modulation of pathogenicity of postharvest pathogens by affecting the alkalinization and acidification of the environment of infected tissue. Specifically: regulation of organic acid production and secretion; nitrogen metabolism and ammonia secretion. Effect of the secreted substances on the modulation of host local pH and program cell death.

Etiology and control of postharvest losses in deciduous and subtropical fruits by integration of pre-and postharvest treatments.

Publications since 2004-2014


  • Prusky, D., McEvoy, J.L., Saftner, R., Conway, W.S., Jones, R. 2004. The relationship between host acidification and virulence of Penicillium spp. on apple and citrus fruit. Phytopathology 94:44-51.
  • Prusky, E. Ilag, L. Ackerman, M., Kobiler . I. Fuchs, I. 2003. New approaches  for the control of postharvest diseases of mango fruits.  Acta Horticulture 645: 129-135.
  • Prusky, D., Shalom, Y., Kobiler, I. Akerman, M. and Fuchs, Y. 2003. Postharvest fungicide treatments in mango fruits according to the level of quiescent infection of pathogens at harvest. Acta Horticulture 645: 605-615.
  • Akimitsu, K.,. Isshiki, A., Ohtani, K., Yamamoto, H., Eshel, D. and. Prusky D, 2004. Sugars and pH: A Clue to the Regulation of Fungal Cell Wall- Degrading Enzymes in Plants. Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology: 65:271-275.
  • Wang, X., Beno-Moulaem, D., Kobiler, I., Leikin-Frenkel, A.,. Lichter, A., and Prusky, D. 2004. Expression of Δ12 Fatty Acid Desaturase during the Induced accumulation of the antifungal diene in avocado fruits. Molecular Plant Pathology 5: 575-585.
  • Wang.X., Kobiler, I., D., Lichter, A., and Prusky, D. 2004. Enhanced expression of avfae1 encoding a long-chain fatty acid elongase during the induction of the antifungal diene in avocado fruits. Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology 65:171-180.
  • Prusky, D. 2004. An integrated approach to post-harvest disease control in fruits and vegetables. Aspects of Applied Biology 72:17-23.
  • Guetsky, R., Kobiler, I., Wang, X., Perlman,N., Gollop,N., Avila-Quezada, G., Hadar,I., and Prusky, D. 2005. Metabolism of the flavonoid epicatechin by laccase of Colletotrichum gloeosporioides and its effect on pathogenicity on avocado fruits. Phytopathology 95:1341-1348.
  • Kramer-Haimovich, H., Servi, E., Katan, T., Rollins, J., Okon, Y., and Prusky, D., 2006. Effect of ammonia production by Colletotrichum gloeosporioides on pelB activation, pectate lyase secretion, and fruit pathogenicity. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 72:1034-1039.
  • Wang, X., Kobiler, I., Lichter, A., Leikin-Frenkel,. A, Pesis, A., and Prusky, D. 2006. 1-MCP prevents ethylene-induced accumulation of antifungal diene in avocado fruit. Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology: 67:211-267.
  • Prusky, D., Kobiler, I., Akerman, M., and Miyara, I. 2006. Effect of acidic solutions and acidic prochloraz on the control of postharvest decay caused by Alternaria alternata in mango and persimmon fruits. Postharvest Biology and Technology 42: 134-141
  • Reuveni, M., Sheglov, N., Eshel, D., Prusky, D., and Ben-Arie, R. 2007. Virulence and the production of endo-1,4-β-glucanase by isolates of Alternaria alternata involved in the moldy-core disease of apples. J. Phytopathol. 155:50-55.
  • Hadas Y., Goldberg. I, Pines, O., and Prusky, D. 2007. Involvement of gluconic acid and glucose oxidase in the pathogenicity of Penicillium expansum in apples. Phytopathology: 97:384-390.
  • Prusky, D. and Lichter, A. 2007. Activation of quiescent infections by postharvest pathogens during transition from the biotrophic to the necrotrophic stage. FEMS Microbiological letters 268:1-8.
  • Prusky, D. and Kolattukudy, P. 2007. Cross-talk between host and fungus in postharvest situations and its effect on symptom development. 3-25 In: Food Mycology : A multifaceted approach to fungi and Food. Jan Dijksterhuis and R.A. Samson, Eds. CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, Fl. 33487-2742.
  • Tae Kim, Y., Prusky D., Rollins, J.A. 2007. An activating mutation of the Sclerotinia sclerotiorum pac1gene increases oxalic acid production at low pH but decreases virulence. Molecular Plant Pathology: 8, 611-622.
  • Reuveni, M. and Prusky, D. 2007. Improved control of moldy-core decay (Alternaria alternata) in Red Delicious apple fruit by mixtures of DMI fungicides and captan. Journal of European Plant Pathology 108: 421-427.
  • Niem, J., Miyara, I., Reuveni, M., Ettedy, Y., Flaishaman, M., and D. Prusky. 2007. Core rot development in Red Delicious apples is affected by locule susceptibility to Alternaria alternata. Phytopathology: 97:1415-1421.
  • Prusky, D., and Lichter, A. 2008. Mechanisms modulating fungal attack in postharvest pathogens interactions and their control. European Journal.. of Plant Pathology 121:281-289.
  • Miyara, I., Shafran, H., Kramer-Haimovich, H. Rollins, J., Sherman, A., and Prusky, D. 2008. Multifactor regulation of pectate lyase secretion by Colletotrichum gloeosporioides pathogenic on avocado fruits. Molecular Plant Pathology 9:281-291.
  • Alkan, N., Fluhr, R., Sherman, A., Prusky, D. 2008. Role of Ammonia Secretion and pH Modulation on Pathogenicity of Colletotrichum coccodes on Tomato Fruit. Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions 21:1058-1066.
  • Shafran, H., Miyara, I., Eshed, R., Prusky, D and Sherman, S. 2008. Development of new tools for studying gene function in fungi based on the on the Gateway system. Fungal Genetics and Biology 45: 1147-1154
  • Prusky, D., Kobiler, I., Miyara, I., and Alkan, N. 2009. Fruit Diseases‏. In. R. Litz, ed. The Mango, 2nd Edition: Botany, Production and Uses (ed. R.E. Litz). Chapter 7: 210-230. CAB International 2009.
  • Prusky, D., and Lichter, A. 2008. Mechanisms modulating fungal attack in postharvest pathogens interactions and their control. Ed. David B. Collinge, Lisa Munk, B.M. Cooke. In: Sustainable Disease Management in an European Context. Publisher Springer Science 2008.
  • Alkan, N., Davydov, O., Sagi,M., Fluhr. R., and Prusky, D. 2009. Ammonium secretion by Colletotrichum coccodes activates host NADPH oxidase activity enhancing host cell death and fungal virulence in tomato fruits. Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions 22: 1484-1491
  • Davidzon M., Kobiler, I., Alkan N., and Prusky D. 2009 Acidification of fruit environment by gluconic acid during decay development of Phomopsis mangiferae. Postharvest Biology Technology 55: 71-77.
  • Prusky D., M. Lodovica Gullino. 2009. Plant Pathology in the 21st Century: Contributions to the 9th International Congress. Volume 2: Post-Harvest Pathology. Springer Verlag.:
  • Prusky,D., Alkan, N., Miyara, I., Barad, S., Davidzon, M., Kobiler, I., Brown-Horowitz, S., Lichter, A., Sherman, A., and Fluhr, R. 2009. Mechanisms Modulating Postharvest Pathogen Colonization of Decaying Fruits. In Plant Pathology in the 21st Century. Editor Prusky D., M. Lodovica Gullino. Springer Verlag. 43-54
  • Miyara,I., Davidzon, M., Sherman, A., and Prusky, D. 2010. pH Regulation of ammonia secretion by Colletotrichum gloeosporioides and its effect on appressorium formation and pathogenicity. Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions 23:304-316.
  • Kobiler,I., Akerman,M., Huberman, L., and Prusky, D. 2010. Integration of pre- and postharvest treatments for the control of black spot caused by Alternaria alternata in stored persimmon fruits. Postharvest Biology and Technology 59: 166-171
  • Itkin,M., Rogachev, I., Alkan, N., Rosenberg, T., Malitsky, S., Masini, L., Iijima, Y.,Aoki, K.,Vos, R., Prusky, D., Burdman, S., Beekwilder, J., Aharoni, A., 2010. The role of glycosylation by tomato GLYCOALKALOID METABOLISM 1 in preventing phytotoxicity and chemical defense. Plant Cell: December 2011 tpc.111.088732
  • Prusky, D. 2011. Prevention of incidence of postharvest quality losses, and future prospects. Food Safety 3:463-474.
  • Alkan,N., Fluhr,R., and Prusky, D. 2012. Colletotrichum coccodes infection of ripe and unripe tomato fruit is modulated by ammonium secretion through salicylic and jasmonic acid pathways leading to PCD and differential colonization. Molecular Plant Microbe Interaction: 25:85-96.
  • Barad, S., Horowitz, S., Sherman,L., and Prusky,D. 2012. Penicillium expansum glucose oxidase-encoding gene, gox2, is essential for gluconic acid production and acidification during colonization of deciduous fruits. Molecular Plant Microbe Interaction: 25:779-788.
  • O'Connell R., Thon M R, Hacquard S, van Themaat E V L, Amyotte S G, Kleemann J, Torres M F, Damm U., Buiate E A, Epstein L, Alkan N, Altmüller J, Alvarado-Balderrama L, Bauser C L, Becker C, Birren B W, Chen Z, Choi J, Crouch J A, Duvick J P, Farman M L, Gan P, Heiman D, Henrissat B, Howard R J, Kabbage M, Koch C, Kubo Y, Law A D, Lebrun M H, Lee Y H, Miyara I, Moore N, Neumann U, Panaccione D G, Panstruga1 R, Place M, Proctor R H, Prusky D, Rech G, Reinhardt R, Rollins J A, Rounsley S, Schard C L, Schwartz D C, Shenoy N, Shirasu K, Sikhakolli U R, Stüber K, Sukno S A, Sweigard J A, Takano Y, Takahara H, Trail F, van der Does H C, Voll L M, Will I, Young S, Zeng Q, Zhang J, Zhou S, Dickman M B, Schulze-Lefert P, Ma L J, Vaillancourt L J.2012. Life-style transitions in plant pathogenic Colletotrichum fungi deciphered by genome and transcriptome analyses. Nature Genetics 44:, 1060-1065.Miyara,I., Shnaiderman, C., Meng,X., Vargas,W.A, Diaz-Minguez,J.M., Sherman, A., Thon,M., and Prusky, D. 2012. Role of Nitrogen-Metabolism Genes Expressed during Pathogenicity of the Alkalinizing Colletotrichum gloeosporioides and their Differential Expression in Acidifying Pathogens. Molecular Plant Microbe Interaction 25:1251-63.
  • Shi J X., Adato A., Alkan N., He Y., Lashbrooke J., Matas A J., Meir S., Malitsky S., Isaacson T., Prusky D., Schreiber L., Schreiber L., Granell A R., Widemann E., Grausem B., Pinot F., Rose J K C., Rogachev I., Rothan C. and Aharoni A. The SlSHINE3 transcription factor regulates cutin assembly in the epidermis of developing tomato fruit. Plant Cell. 23: 3893-3910.
  • Prusky, D., and Kobiler, I. 2012. Mechanism modulating the activation of quiescent infections by postharvest pathogens. In: Avancos Tecnologicos na Patologia Pos-Colheita. Ed. Sonia Maria Alves de Oliveira, Severina Rodrigues de Oliveira Lis and Alice Maria Goncalves Santos, org.-- EDUFRPE, 2012.
  • Shi JX, Adato A, Alkan N, He Y, Lashbrooke J, Matas AJ, Meir S, Malitsky S, Isaacson T, Prusky D, Schreiber L, Schreiber L, Granell AR, Widemann E, Grausem B, Pinot F, Rose JKC, Rogachev I, Rothan C, and Aharoni A. 2013 The SlSHINE3 transcription factor regulates cutin assembly in the epidermis of developing tomato fruit. New Phytologist 197:468-80. doi: 10.1111/nph.12032
  • Shnaiderman, C., Miyara, I., Kobiler,I., Sherman, A., and Prusky, D. 2013. Differential activation of ammonium transporters during the accumulation of ammonia by Colletotrichum gloeosporioides and its effect on appressoria formation and pathogenicity. Molecular Plant Microbe Interaction: 26:345-55.
  • Alkan, N., Espeso, E. A., and Prusky, D. 2013. Virulence Regulation of Phytopathogenic Fungi by pH. Antioxidant and Redox Signaling: 19:1012-25. doi: 10.1089/ars.2012.5062.
  • Prusky D, Alkan N, Fluhr R, Tesfaye M. 2013. Quiescent and necrotrophic lifestyle choice during postharvest disease development. Annu Rev Phytopathol. 51:155-76.
  • Alkan N, Meng X, Reuveni E, Friedlander G, Michael T, Fluhr R, Prusky D. 2013. Genomic and transcriptomic analysis of Colletotrichum gloeosporioides reveals a conserved role for pacC pH regulation in Fungi. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions. 26: 1345-1358
  • De Cal, A., Sandín-España, P., Martinez, F., Egüen, B., Chien-Ming, C., Lee, M.H., Melgarejo, P., and Prusky, D., 2013. Role of gluconic acid and pH modulation in virulence of Monilinia fructicola on peach fruit. Postharvest Biology Technology 86: 418-423.
  • Barad, S., Kobiler, I., Horowitz, S., Sherman, A., and Prusky, D., 2014. Accumulation of the Mycotoxin Patulin in the Presence of Gluconic Acid Contributes to Pathogenicity of Penicillium expansum. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 27:66-77.
  • Prusky, D. *, Keinan, A., Feygenberg, O., Kobiler, I., Pesis, E., and Lers. 2013. Improved management of mango fruits by orchard and in packing house treatments for the reduction of lenticels discoloration and decay prevention. PBT in press.




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