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  • DOVRAT GUY e-mail Team:Dr. Carly Golodets
    Plant and rangeland ecology: the links between soil resources, plant community structure, and ecosystem functions
    The work examines the links between soil resource availability and grazing, plant functions, community structure and ecosystem functions. The research focusing on: 1) N2-fixation strategies of perennial and annual legumes, 2) Effects of rangelands' nitrogen-enrichment on forage quality and ecosystem stability, and on 3) Reorganization and functioning of vegetation in water limited environments.
  • FREILICH SHIRI e-mail Team:Shlomit Medina, Maria Vetcos
    Agro-ecological genomics: Computational approaches for deciphering the functions of microbial communities
    Our research aims at harnessing microbial function for the service of ecology & agriculture through the educated design of communities. To this end, we apply and develop models for predicting and understanding the networks of interactions formed within microbial communities by analyzing meta/genomics data. Using our tools we can delineate trophic dependencies, exchanges, competitive and cooperative interactions within natural microbial communities and use simulations for predicting potential routes for the optimization of predefined functions. The research in the group focuses on the activity of microbial communities in agricultural soil and is targeted for harnessing genomic approaches towards promoting sustainable solutions in agriculture practice. The current position concerns the use of network approaches for finding environmental friendly solutions for soil borne diseases, based on the analyses of metagenomics data from healthy vs. symptomatic apple orchards following effective
  • POSMANIK ROY e-mail Team:None
    A Novel Treatment Approach of Dairy Farm Wastewater
    Dairy wastewater from milking shed and yard, contains liquid manure diluted with wash-water and waste milk, becomes a global and local environmental problem. Unfortunately, up to date, there is no feasible economic solution to bring these effluents to meet the standard required by the centralized sewer network. The overall goal of the project is to establish a self-sustained system for sufficient reduction of organic matter, nutrients, and micropollutants.
  • PALEVSKY ERIC e-mail Team:Asaf Sadeh, Shiri Freilich
    Utilizing organic amendments for the conservation of beneficial soil biota for the biological control of soil pests
    In agricultural soil systems, while species of mites serving as biocontrol agents can be found, their abundance is often too low to prevent damage caused by plant parasitic nematodes or arthropod pests. Free-living nematodes are excellent food for predatory mites, but they too rely on bacteria and fungi as a food sources. Our aim in this proposed study is to evaluate plant amendments as food sources of for the natural bacterial community and the subsequent effects on the indigenous free living nematodes and their predators, mostly mites belonging to Mesostigmata.
  • SHABTAY ARIEL e-mail Team:Ariel Shabtay, Miri Cohen-Zinder
    Nutritional effects of Moringa oleifera on muscle characteristics of ruminants
    Moringa oleifera Lam. (moringa) is a tropical plant, native to India and widely cultivated in Africa, Asia and the Americas. Previous scientific studies have confirmed its effects on muscle characteristics and health promoting traits. These effects were attributed to the unique content of bio-active compounds. In the proposed study, we would like to test the effect of different M. oleifera extracts on muscle differentiation into various fibre types, and to test their cellular metabolism, using advanced technology (Seahorse). The study involves work with tissue culture.
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