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Name: Victoria Soroker, Ph.D. (Researcher)
Units: Plant ProtectionEntomology and the Nematology and Chemistry units
Research Interests / Job description  
Tel:  972-3-9683832
Cell: 972-50-6220095
Email:    sorokerv@volcani.agri.gov.il
Office location:Rishon LeTsiyon, Entomology
Address:Department of Entomology
Agricultural Research Organization
The Volcani Center
HaMaccabim Road,
Rishon LeTsiyon, P.O.B 15159,
7528809 Israel

Director of Zrifin research apiary

Head of chemoecology lab

Research Interests / Job description
a. Chemical Ecology:
1) Regulation of pheromone production and detection in honeybees
2) Host recognition in arthropods (broad mite-Polyphagotarsonemus latus, Varroa destructor, Hyalesthes obsoletus; Capnodis tenebrionis; Dacus ciliatus).
3) Isolation of sex pheromones: Batrachedra amydraula; Pear Psylla-Cacopsyla bidens.

b) Honeybee health- colony losses
c) IPM - Date palm pests: Red Palm Weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus; Honeybee pests: Varroa mite



Articles in Reviewed Journals

Vacas,S.,Melita O., Michaelakis, A., Milonas, P.,R. Minuz, P. Riolo, M. Kamal, P. Lo Bue, S. Colazza, Soroker, V., Livne, Y., Primo J., V. Navarro-Llopis (2016)  Lures for Red Palm Weevil trapping systems: aggregation pheromone and synthetic kairomone. Pest Management Science (in press)

Singh, K. N., Eliash S, N., Kamer Y., Zaidman I., Rafaeli, A., Soroker, V.(2015) Identification and gene-silencing of a putative odorant receptor transcription factor in Varroa destructor: Possible role in olfaction. Insect Molecular Biology (in press)

Grinberg, M., Alagarmalai S, J., Perl-Treves, R., Soroker, V. (2015) Role of jasmonic acid signaling in tomato defense against broad mite, Polyphagotarsonemus latus (Acari: Tarsonemidae). Arthropod-Plant Interactions 

Santhi, S. V., Salamea, L., Nakache, Y.,  Koltai H., Soroker, V. Glazer I. (2015) Attraction of entomopathogenic nematodes Steinernema carpocapsae and  Heterorhabditis bacteriophora to the red palm weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus). Biocontrol (in press)

Guarino, S., Peri, E., Lo Bue, P, Colazza S, Soroker V. (2015). Behavior-modifying compounds for management of the red palm weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus Oliver). Pest Management Science

Singh, K. N., EliashS, N., Kamer Y., Plettner, E., Soroker, V. (2014). The effect of DEET on chemosensing of the honey bee and its parasite Varroa destructor Apidologie, 46: 380-391,

Eliash, N., SinghS K. N., Kamer Y., Plettner, E., Soroker, V. (2014) Can we disrupt the sensing of honey bees by the bee parasite Varroa destructor?  PLoS One

van der Zee R., Brodschneider R., Brusbardis V., Charrière J-D., Chlebo R., Coffey . M, Dahle F. B., Drazic M. M., Kauko  L., Kretavicius J., Kristiansen P., Mutinelli  F. , C. Otten, M. Peterson, A. Raudmets, V. Santrac, A. Seppälä, Soroker V., Topolska G., Vejsnæs F. and A. Gray  (2014) Results of international standardized beekeeper surveys of colony losses for winter 2012-2013: analysis of winter loss rates and mixed effects modelling of risk factors for winter loss. J. Apicultural Research. 53: 19-34

Soroker, V., Harari, A., Alchanatis V., Anshelevich L., Talebaev and S. Levsky S (2013) Phenotypic plasticity in the pear psylla, Cacopsylla (Hepatopsylla) bidens (Šulc) (Homoptera, Psylloidea, Psyllidae) in Israel. Israeli J. Entomol 43:21-31

van der Zee, R., Gray, A., Holzmann, C., Pisa, L., Brodscneider, R., Chlero, R., Coffey, M.F., Kence, A., Kristiansen, P., Muttinelli, F., Nguyen, B.K., Adjlane, N., Peterson, M., Soroker, V., Topolska, G., Vejsnaes, F., Wilkins, S. (2013) Standard survey methods for estimating colony losses and explanatory risk factor in Apis mellifera. J. Apicultural Research 52 also as chapter in V Dieteman; J D Ellis; P Neumann (Eds) Volume II: Standard methods for Apis mellifera research. The COLOSS BEEBOOK

vanEngelsdorp D., Lengerich E., Spleen A., Dainat B., Cresswell J., Baylis K., Nguyen BK., Soroker V., Underwood R., Human H., Le Conte Y. and C. Saegerman (2013). Standard epidemiological methods to understand and improve Apis mellifera health (review article). J. Apicultural Research 52 also as chapter in V Dieteman; J D Ellis; P Neumann (Eds) Volume II: Standard methods for Apis mellifera research. The COLOSS BEEBOOK

Torto B., Carroll MJ., Duehl A., Fombong AT, Katzav Gozansky T, Nazzi F., Soroker V. and PEA Teal. (2013) Standard methods for chemical ecology research in Apis mellifera (review article). J. Apicultural Research  52 also as chapter in V Dieteman; J D Ellis; P Neumann (Eds) Volume I: Standard methods for Apis mellifera research. The COLOSS BEEBOOK

Suma P., La Pergola A., Longo S. and Soroker V. (2013) The use of the sniffing dogs for the detection of Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Coleoptera: Dryophthoridae)  Phytoparasitica 42: 269-274 

Shaltiel-Harpaz L., Holland D. Soroker V., Kdoshim R., Hasson R, Sakalsky T. Hatib K., Bar Yaakov I. (2013) Two pear varieties evaluated for resistance to pear psylla (Cacopsylla bidens (Sulc)) in Israel. Pest Management Science: 70: 234–239 

Guarino S., Peri, E., Lo Bue, P, Germanà M- P, Colazza S, Anshelevich L, Ravid U, Soroker V. (2013). Assessment of synthetic chemicals for disruption of Rhynchophorus ferrugineus response to attractant-baited traps in an urban environment. Phytoparasitica 41: 79-88

van der Zee R., Pisa L., Brodschneider R., Charriere JD., Chledo R, Coffey MF, Dahle B., Gray A, Deazic MM, Kauko L, Kence A, Kence M, Kezic N, Kristiansen P, Hernandez RM, Mutinelli F, Nguyen BK, Otten C, Ozkirim A, Pernal S, Peterson M, Ramsay G, Santrac V, Soroker V, Topolska G, Uzunov A, Vejsnaes F, Wilkins S. (2012).  Managed honeybee losses in Canada, China, Europe, Israel and Turkey for winters of 2008-2009 and 2009-2010.  J. Apic. Res. 51: 100-114.

Cohen, Y., Alchanatis, V., Prigojin, A., Levi, A., Soroker, V., Cohen, Y. (2012) Use of aerial thermal imaging to estimate water status of palm trees. Precision Agriculture, 13:123-140

Atakan, E., Yüksel, O., Soroker V. (2012) Current status of the red palm weevil in Canary Island date palms in Adana. Türkish. Entomol. Bült., 2 (1): 11-22.

Zioni, N. Soroker V., Chechanovsky N. (2011). Replication of Varroa destructor virus (VDV-1) and Varoa destructor virus-deformed wing recombinant in the head of the honey bee. Virology 417: 106-112.

Levi-Zada, A. Fefer D., Anshelevitch L., Litovsky A., Gindin G., Soroker V. (2011). Identification of the sex pheromone of the lesser date moth, Batrachedra amydraula, using SPME auto-sampling. Tetrachedron Letters 52: 4550-4553.

Soroker, V., Hetzroni, A., Yakobson, B., David, D., David., A., Voet H., Slabezki,.Y., Efrat H., Levski, S., Kamer Y., Klinberg E., Zioni N., Inbar S. Chejanovsky, N. (2010). Evaluation of colony losses in Israel in relation to the incidence of pathogens and pests.  Apidologie 42: 193-197.

Cohen, Y., Freeman, S., Zveibil, A., Ben Zvi, R., Nakache, Y., Biton, S., Soroker, V. (2010). Reevaluation of factors affecting Bunch Drop in Date Palm. HortScience 45, 887-893

Ment, D., Gindin, G., Rot, A., Soroker, V., Glazer, I., Barel, S., Samish, M., (2009) A novel technique for quantifying the adhesion of Metarhizium anisopliae conidia to tick cuticle Appl. Envir Microbiol. 3521-3528

Ment, D., Gindin, G., Soroker, V., Glazer, I., Rot, A., Samish, M., (2009) Metarhizium anisopliae conidial responses to lipids from tick cuticle and tick mammalian host surface J. Invert Pathol. 103:132-139

Alagarmalai, J., Nestel, D., Dragushich, D.,  Nemny-Lavy, E., Anshelevich L., Zada, A., Soroker V. (2009) Identification of host attractants for the Ethiopian fruit fly, Dacus ciliatus Loew (Diptera: Tephritidae). J. Chemical Ecology. 35: 542-551,

Alagarmalai, J., Grinberg, M., Perl-Treves, R., Soroker, V. (2009) Host selection by the herbivorous mite Polyphagotarsonemus latus (Acari: Tarsonemidae) J. Insect Behavior, 22:375-387

Sharon, R., Soroker, V., Zahavi, T., Harari, A. (2009) The effect of grape vine cultivars on Lobesia botrana (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) population levels. J. Pest Science 82:187-193.

Mankin, RW, Mizrah A, Hetzroni, A., Levsky, S., Nakashe, Y., Soroker, V. (2008). Temporal and Spectral features of sounds of wood boring beetle larvae: identifiable patterns of activity enable improved discrimination from background noise. Florida Entomologist 91:241-248

Pinhas, J., Soroker, V., Hetzroni, A., Mizrach, A., Teicher,  M., Goldberger, J.(2008) Acoustic detection of the Red Palm Weevil. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 63:131-139

Zahavi, T.; Peles, S.; Harari, A.R., Soroker, V.and Sharon, R. (2007) Push and pull strategy to reduce Hyalesthes obsoletus population in vineyards by Vitex agnus castus as trap plant Bulletin of Insectology  60: 297-298

Katzav-Gozansky, T., Hefetz, A., and Soroker, V. (2007) Brain modulation of Dufour's gland ester biosynthesis in vitro in the honeybee (Apis mellifera). Naturwissenschaften 94:407-411

Gindin, G., Levski, S., Glaser, I., Soroker, V. (2006) Evaluation of the Entomopathogenic Fungi Metarhizium anisopliae and Beauveria bassiana against the Red Palm Weevil Rhynchophorus ferrugineus. Phytoparasitica, 34: 370-379.

Katzav-Gozansky, T., Boulay, R., Soroker, V. and Hefetz, A. (2006) Queen pheromones affecting the production of queen-like secretion in workers J. Compar. Physiol.- A.  192: 737-742

Sharon, R., Soroker, V., WesleyS, S. D., Zahavi, T., Harari, A., and Weintraub P.G. (2005) Vitex agnus-castus is a preferred host plant for Hyalesthes obsoletus. J. Chemical Ecology, 31: 1051-1063

Grinberg, M., Perl-Treves, R., Palevsky, E., Shomer, I. and Soroker. V. (2005) Interaction between cucumber plants and the broad mite, Polyphagotarsonemus latus: from damage to defense gene expression. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 13:163-168

Soroker, V., Blumberg, D., Haberman, A., Hamburger-Rishard M., Reneh S., Salavat T., Anshelevich L. and Harari A. R. (2005). The current status of red palm weevil infestation in date palm plantations in Israel  Phytoparasitica, 33: 97-106.

Katzav-Gozansky, T.,  Boulay R., Soroker, V. and  Hefetz, A. (2004).Queen signal modulation of worker pheromonal composition in honeybees. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B, 271: 2065-2069.

Soroker, V., Talebaev S., Harari, A. and Wesley D. (2004) The role of chemical cues in host and mate location in the pear psylla Cacopsylla bidens (Homoptera: Psyllidae)" J. Insect Behavior, 17: 613-626.

Soroker, V., Nakash, Y., Mizrach, A., Hetzroni, A., Landau, U. and Gerling, D. (2004) Utilization of sounding methodology to detect infestation by Rhynchophorus ferrugineus on palm offshoots. Phytoparasitica, 32:6-8.

Soroker, V.,  Nelson, D. R, Bahar, O.,  Reneh, S., Yablonski, S. and Palevsky, E . (2003) Whitefly wax as a cue for phoresy in the broad mite, Polyphagotarsonemus latus (Acari: Tarsonemidae) Chemoecology, 13: 163-168.

Katzav-Gozansky, T., Soroker, V., Kamer, J., Schultz, C., Francke, W., Hefetz, A. (2003) Ultrastructural  and chemical characterization of egg surface of honeybee worker and queen-laid eggs. Chemoecology, 13: 129-134.

Levine B., Davidson C., Vander Meer, R. K., Lahav, S., Soroker, V. Hefetz, A. (2003).Genetic algorithms for deciphering the complex chemosensory code of social insects. Chemometrics and intelligent laboratory systems, 66: 51-62.

Katzav-Gozansky, T., Soroker, V. Hefetz, A. (2003). Honeybee egg-laying workers mimic the queen signal. Insectes Sociaux, 50: 20-23.

Soroker V., Lucas, C., Simon, T., Fresneau D., Durand, J. –L. and Hefetz, A. (2003). The significance of within-group hydrocarbons distribution for workers of Pachycondyla apicalis. Insectes Sociaux, 50:212-217.

Zada, A. Soroker, V., Harel M., Nakashe, J., and E. Dunkelblum. (2002). Quantification of Secondary alcohol pheromones: Determination of the release rate of the red palm weevil, Rhynchoforus ferrugineus pheromone from lures. J. Chemical Ecology 28:2299-2306.

Katzav-Gozansky, T. Soroker, V. Hefetz, A. (2002).The Honeybee Dufour’s gland idiosyncrasy of a new queen signal. Apidologie, 33:525-537.

Katzav-Gozansky, T. Soroker, V. Hefetz, A. (2002). Evolution of worker sterility in honey bees: Egg-laying workers express queen-like secretion in Dufour’s gland. Forum Behav. Ecology and Sociobiology. 51:588-589

Lenoir, A., Hefetz, A., Simon, T. and  Soroker, V. (2001). Comparative dynamics of gestalt odor formation in two ant species Camponotus fellah and Aphenogaster senilis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Physiological Entomology, 26: 275-283.

Katzav-Gozansky, T. Soroker, V. Ibarra, F., Francke, W., and Hefetz, A. (2001). Dufour’s gland secretion of the queen honey bee: an egg discriminator pheromone or a queen signal?  Behav. Ecology and Sociobiology. 51: 76-86.

Palevsky, E., Soroker, V., Weintraub, P, Mansour, F., Abu-Moach, F. and Gerson, U. (2001). How specific is the phoretic relationship between broad mite, Polyphagotarsonemus latus (Banks) (Acari: Tarsonemidae), and its insect vectors?  Exp. Appl. Acarology, 25: 217-224

Lahav, S., Soroker, V., Vander Meer, R. K. and Hefetz, A. (2001) Segregation of colony odor in the ant Cataglyphis niger. J. Chemical Ecology, 27: 927-943.

Katzav-Gozansky, T. Soroker, V. Ionesko, A. Robinson, G. E., and Hefetz, A. (2001). Task related chemical analysis of labial gland secretion in the worker honeybees (Apis mellifera ligustica). J. Chemical Ecol. 27: 919-926.

Hefetz, A., Soroker, V., Dabbi, A., Malherbe, M. C., and  Freneuz D. (2001). The front basitarsal brush in Pachycondyla apicalis and its role in hydrocarbon circulation. Chemoecology, 11: 17-24.

Soroker, V. and Hefetz, A. (2000) Hydrocarbon site of synthesis and circulation in the desert ant Cataglyphis niger. J. Insect Physiology, 46: 1097-1102.

Boulay, R. Hefetz, A. Soroker, V., and Lenoir A. (2000) Camponotus fellah colony integration: worker individuality necessitates frequent hydrocarbon exchanges. Animal Behaviour, 59: 1127-1133.

Katzav-Gozansky, T. Soroker, V. and Hefetz, A. (2000) Plasticity in caste related exocrine secretion biosynthesis in honeybee. J. Insect Physiology, 46: 993-998.

Boulay, R. Soroker, V. Godzinsky, E. J., Hefetz, A. and Lenoir A. (2000) Octopamine reverses isolation-induced increase in trophallaxis in the Carpenter ant Camponotus fellah. J. Experimental Biology. 203: 513-520.

Lahav, S., Soroker, V., Vander Meer, R. K. and Hefetz, A. (1999). Direct behavioral evidence for hydrocarbons as ant recognition discriminators. Naturwissenschaften, 86: 246-249.

Soroker, V. Freneuz, D. and  Hefetz, A. (1998). The formation of colony odor in the ponerine  ant  Pachycondyla apicalis (Formicidae: Ponerinae). J. Chemical Ecology, 24: 1077-1090.

Lahav, S., Soroker, V. Vander Meer R. K. and Hefetz, A. (1998).Nestmate recognition in the ant Cataglyphis niger: Do queens matter? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 43: 203-212.

Katzav-Gozansky, T. Soroker, V. and Hefetz, A. (1997). The biosynthesis of Dufour's gland constituents in queens of the honeybee (Apis mellifera). Invertebrate Neuroscience, 3: 239-243.

Katzav-GozanskyS, T., Soroker, V., Hefetz, A., Cojocaru, M., Erdmann, DH. and Francke W. (1997).Plasticity and caste-specific dufour’s gland secretion in the honey bee (Apis mellifera. L.). Naturwissenschaften, 84: 238-241.

Soroker, V., Hefetz, A., Cojocaru, M., Billen, J., Franke, S. and Franke W. (1995). Structural and chemical ontogeny of the postpharyngeal gland of the desert ant Cataglyphis niger. Physiological Entomology, 20: 323-329.

Vienne, C., Soroker, V., and Hefetz A. (1995). Congruency of hydrocarbon patterns in heterospecific groups of ants: transfer and/or biosynthesis. Insectes Sociaux 42: 267-277.

Soroker, V. and Rafaeli, A. (1995).Multi-signal transduction of the pheromonotropic response by pheromone gland cultures of Helicoverpa armigera. Insect Biochem and Molec. Biol. 25: 1-9.

Soroker, V., Vienne, C., and Hefetz A. (1995) Hydrocarbon dynamics within and between nestmates in Cataglyphis niger. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. Chem Ecol., 21: 365-378.

Soroker, V., Vienne, C., Nowbahari E. and Hefetz A. (1994). The Postpharyngeal gland as a “Gestalt” organ for nestmate recognition in the ant Cataglyphis niger. Naturwissenschaften, 81: 510-513.

Toahara, K., Soroker, V. and Prestwich, G. D. (1994). Photoaffinity labeling of Juvenile hormone epoxide hydrolase and Juvenile hormone binding proteins during ovarian and egg development  in Manduca sexta. Insect Biochem and Molec. Biol. 24: 633-640.

Rafaeli, A., Hirsh, J., Soroker, V., Kamensky, B. and Raina, A. K. (1993). Influence of photoperiod and age on the competence of the pheromone glands and on the distribution of immunoreactive PBAN in Helicoverpa spp. Arch. Insect Biochem and Physiol 22: 169-180.  

Rafaeli, A., Kamensky, B. and Soroker, V. (1991) The use of cryopreservation for convenient bioassay of in vitro insect organs. Physiological Entomology 16: 457-461.

Rafaeli, A., Hirsh, J., Soroker, V., Kamensky, B. and Raina, A. K. (1991) Spatial & temporal distribution of pheromone biosynthesis activating neuropeptide (PBAN) in Helicoverpa (Heliothis) armigera using RIA and in vitro bioassay. Arch. Insect Biochem. & Physiol. 18: 119-129.

Rafaeli, A., Soroker, V., Kamensky, B., and Raina, A. K. (1990). Action of PBAN on in vitro pheromone glands of Heliothis armigera females.  J. Insect Physiol. 36: 641-646.

Rafaeli, A. and Soroker, V. (1989). Cyclic-AMP mediation of the hormonal stimulation of 14C-acetate incorporation by Heliothis armigera in vitro pheromone glands. Mol. Cell. Endocrinol. 65: 43-48.

Soroker, V.  and Rafaeli, A. (1989). In vitro hormonal stimulation of acetate incorporation by Heliothis armigera pheromone glands.  Insect. Biochem. and Molec. Biol 19: 1-5.

Rafaeli, A. and Soroker, V. (1989). Influence of diel-rhythm and brain hormone on pheromone production in two Lepidopteran species. J. Chemical Ecol. 15: 447-455.

Soroker, V. and Terkel, J. (1988). Changes in incidence of infanticide and parental responses during the reproductive cycle in male and female wild Mus musculus. Anim. Behav. 136: 1275-1282.

Soroker, V., Hellwing, S., and Terkel, J. (1982).  Parental behaviour in male and virgin white-toothed shrews Crocidura russula monacha (Soricidae, Insectivora). Z. Saugetierkunde 47: 321-324.


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