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שלח באימייל הדפס
Name: Lior Blank, Ph.D. (Researcher)
Units: Plant ProtectionPlant Pathology and Weed Research
Research Interests / Job description  
Tel:  972-3-9683581
Cell: 050-6220582
Email:    liorb@volcani.agri.gov.il
Address:Department of Plant Pathology and Weed Research
ARO, Volcani Center
Bet Dagan 50250, Israel


Research Interests / Job description
Spatial distribution of pests, pathogens and weeds in agricultural crops

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Blank L and Mesgaran M (2024). Broadening the scope of weed research: integrating ecological theories to propel weed management. Weed Research

Gafni R, Abu Nassar J, Matzrafi M, Blank L and Eizenberg H (2024). Unraveling the reasons for failure to control Amaranthus albus: Insights into herbicide application at different growth stages, temperature effect, and herbicide resistance on a regional scale. Pest Management Science

Gafni R, Blank L and Eizenberg H (2024). Variability in germination fractions of Amaranthus albus in response to weed management and abiotic maternal conditions. European Journal of Agronomy

Blank L, Rozenberg G, and Gafni R (2023). Spatial and temporal aspects of weeds distribution within agricultural fields- a review. Crop Protection 172: 106300

Rozenberg G, Dias  JLCS, Anderson WM, Sellers BA, Boughton RK, Piccolo MB, and Blank L (2023). Using a low-cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for mapping Giant smutgrass in Bahiagrass Pastures. Precision Agriculture 24: 971-985

Krasnov H, Ezra D, Bahri BA, Cacciola SO, Meparishvili G, Migheli Q, and Blank L (2023). Potential distribution of the citrus Mal Secco disease in the Mediterranean basin under current and future climate conditions. Plant Pathology 72: 765-773

Gafni R, Ziv GA, Eizenberg H and Blank L (2023). A regional-scale study of the contribution of local, management and climate factors to the infestation of processing tomato fields with Amaranthus species. European Journal of Agronomy 143: 126722

Zecharia N, Krasnov H, Vanunu M, Castillo A, Siri AC, Haberman A, Dror O, Vakel L, Almeida RPP, Blank L, Shtienberg D and Bahar O (2022). Xylella fastidiosa outbreak in Israel: population genetics, host range and temporal and spatial distribution analysis. Phytopathology 112: 2296-2309

Blank L, Ezra D, Fooks J, Shulhani R, Krasnov H and Shtienberg D (2023). Within orchard spatial distribution of mature avocado trees mortality. Phytoparasitica 51: 131-139

Krasnov H, Cohen Y, Goldshtein E, Ovadia S, Sharon R, Harari AR and Blank L (2021). Inconsistent effects of local and landscape factors on two key pests in Israeli vineyards. Journal of Applied Entomology 145: 900-910

Rozenberg G, Kent R and Blank L (2021). Consumer-grade UAV utilized for detecting and analyzing late-season weed spatial distribution patterns in commercial onion fields. Precision Agriculture 22: 1317-1332

Krasnov H, Cohen Y, Goldshtein E, Silberstein M, Gazit Y and Blank L (2021). Empirical evidence of the Mediterranean fruit fly movement between orchard types. Journal of Applied Entomology 145: 417-426

Sinai I, Oron T, Weil G, Sachal R, Koplovich A, Blaustein L, Templeton AR and Blank L (2020). Estimating the effects of road-kills on the Fire Salamander population along a river. Journal for Nature Conservation 58: 125917

Tsror L, Lebiush S, Hazanovsky M, Erlich O and Blank L (2020). Aerial dispersal of Spongospora subterranea sp. f. subterranea, the causal agent of potato powdery scab. European Journal of Plant Pathology 158: 391-401

Drenkhan R., Ganley B, Martín-García J, Vahalík P, Adamson K, Adamcíková K, Ahumada R, Blank L, Bragança H, Capretti P, Cleary M, Cornejo C, Davydenko K, Diez JJ, Dogmus-Lehtijärvi HT, Dvorak M, Enderle R, Fourie G, Georgieva M, Ghelardini L, Hantula J, Ioos R, Iturritxa E, Kanetis L, Karpun NN, Koltay A, Landeras E, Markovskaja S, Mesanza N, Milenkovic I, Musolin DL, Nikolaou K, Nowakowska JA, Ogris N, Oskay F, Oszako T, Papazova-Anakieva I, Paraschiv M, Pasquali M, Pecori F, Rafoss T, Raitelaityte K, Raposo R, Robin C, Rodas CA, Santini A, Sanz-Ros AV, Selikhovkin AV, Solla A, Soukainen M, Soulioti N, Steenkamp ET, Tsopelas P, Vemic A, Vettraino AM, Wingfield MJ, Woodward S, Zamora-Ballesteros C, Mullett MS (2020). Global geographic distribution and host range of Fusarium circinatum, the causal agent of pine pitch canker. Forests 11: 724

Sinai I, Segev O, Koplovich A, Templeton AR, Blaustein L, and Blank L (2020). Relationships among breeding site characteristics and adult population size of the Fire salamander, Salamandra infraimmaculata. Hydrobiologia 847: 2999-3012

Marmen S, Blank L, Al-Ashhab A, Malik A, Ganzert L, Lalzar L, Grossart HP and Sher DJ (2020). The role of land use types and water chemical properties in structuring the microbiomes of a connected lake system. Frontiers in Microbiology 11: 89

Ben-Hamo M, Ezra D, Krasnov H, and Blank L (2020). Spatial and temporal dynamics of Mal Secco disease spread in lemon orchards in Israel. Phytopathology 110: 863-872

Blank L, Birger N, and Eizenberg H (2019). Spatial and temporal distribution of Ecballium elaterium in almond orchards. Agronomy 9:751

Bagavathiannan MV, Graham S, Ma Z., Barney JN, Coutts SR, Caicedo AL, De Clerck-Floate R, West NM, Blank L, Metcalf AL, Lacoste M, Moreno CR, Evans JA, Burke I and Beckie H (2019). Considering weed management as a social dilemma bridges individual and collective interests. Nature Plants 5: 343-351

Blank L, Martín-García J, Bezos D, Vettraino AM, Krasnov H, Lomba JM, Fernández and Diez JJ (2019). Factors affecting the distribution of Pine Pitch Canker in Northern Spain. Forests 10: 305

Sinai I, Segev O, Weil G, Oron T, Merilä J, Templeton AR, Blaustein L, Greenbaum G, and Blank L (2019). The role of landscape and history on the genetic structure of peripheral populations of the Near Eastern fire salamander, Salamandra infraimmaculata, in Northern Israel. Conservation Genetics 20: 875-889 

Krasnov H, Cohen Y, Goldshtein E, Mendelsohn O, Silberstein M, Gazit Y and Blank L (2019). The effect of local and landscape variables on Mediterranean fruit fly dynamics in citrus orchards utilizing the ecoinformatics approach. Journal of Pest Science 92: 453-463

Danieli R*, Blank L*, Salam BB, Malka SK, Teper-Bamnolker P, Daus A, Zig U, Amichay M, Shemer Z, Gal-On A and Eshel D (2018). Postharvest temperature has a greater impact on apical dominance of potato seed-tuber than field growing-degree-days exposure. Field Crops Research 223: 105-112 (* equal contribution). 

Firester B, Shtienberg D and Blank L (2018). Modeling the spatiotemporal dynamics of Phytophthora infestans at a regional scale. Plant Pathology 67: 1552-1561

Mendelsohn O, Dayan T, Aidlin-Harari S, Silberstein M, Orlov V and Blank L (2018). Mediterranean fruit fly sub-plot hotspots prediction by experts' experience. Journal of Applied Entomology 142: 371-379

Blaustein L, Segev O, Rovelli V, Bar-David S, Blank L, Polevikov A, Pezaro N, Krugman T, Showstack S, Ozeri L and Templeton AR (2018). Compassionate approaches for the conservation and protection of fire salamanders. Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution

Cohen Y, Roei I, Blank L, Goldstein E and Eizenberg H. (2017) Spatial distribution of the root parasitic weed Phelipanche aegyptiaca in processing tomatoes using ecoinformatics and spatial analysis. Frontiers in Plant Science 8: 973

Blank L, Vasl A, Schindler BY, Kadas G and Blaustein L. (2017) Horizontal and vertical island biogeography of arthropods on green roofs: a Review. Urban Ecosystems 20: 911-917

Marmen S, Man-Aharonovich D, Grossowicz M, Blank L, Yacobi Y and Sher DJ, (2016). Distribution and habitat specificity of potentially-toxic Microcystis across climate, land and water use gradients. Frontiers in Microbiology 7: 271

Blank L, Cohen Y, Borenstein M, Shulhani R, Lofthouse M, Sofer M and Shtienberg D (2016). Variables associated with severity of bacterial canker and wilt caused by Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis in tomato greenhouses. Phytopathology 106 (3): 254-261

Schindler BY, Blank L, Levy S, Kadas G, Pearlmutter D and Blaustein L (2016). Integration of photovoltaic panels and green roofs: review and predictions of effects on electricity production and plant communities.‏ Israel Journal of Ecology & Evolution 62 (1-2): 68-73

Segev O, Polevikove A, Blank L, Goedbloed D, Küpfer E, Gershberg A and Blaustein L (2015). Effects of tail clipping on larval performance and tail regeneration rates in the Near Eastern Fire Salamander, Salamandra infraimmaculata. PloS ONE 8(4): e59813

Kershenbaum A, Blank L, Sinai I, Merilä J, Blaustein L and Templeton AR (2014). Landscape influences on dispersal behaviour: A theoretical model and empirical test using the fire salamander, Salamandra infraimmaculata. Oecologia 175: 509-520

Blank L, Luoto M and Merilä J (2014). Potential effects of climate change on the distribution of the common frog Rana temporaria at its northern range margin. Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution 59: 130-140

Blank L and Blaustein L (2014). A multi-scale analysis of breeding site characteristics of the endangered fire salamander (Salamandra infraimmaculata) at its extreme southern range limit. Hydrobiologia 726: 229-244

Carmel Y, Kent R, Bar-Massada A, Blank L, Liberzon J, Nezer O, Sapir G and Federman R (2013). Trends in Ecological Research during the Last Three Decades - A Systematic Review. PloS ONE 8 (4): e59813

Blank L, Vasl A, Levy S, Grant G, Kadas G, Dafni A and Blaustein L (2013). Directions in green roof research: a bibliometric study. Building and Environment 66: 23-128

Blank L, Sinai I, Bar-David S, Peleg N, Segev O, Sadeh A, Kopelman MN, Templeton AR, Merilä J and Blaustein L (2013) Genetic population structure of the endangered fire salamander (Salamandra infraimmaculata) at the southernmost extreme of its distribution. Animal Conservation 16: 412-421

Blank L and Blaustein L (2012) Using ecological niche modeling to predict the distributions of two endangered amphibian species in aquatic breeding sites. Hydrobiologia 693: 157-167

Blank L, Linker R and Carmel Y (2012) A multi-scale analysis of herbaceous species richness in a Mediterranean ecosystem. Journal of Plant Ecology, 6: 113-121

Blank L and Carmel Y (2012) Woody vegetation patch type determines herbaceous species richness and composition in Mediterranean ecosystem. Community Ecology, 13 (1): 72-81

Bar Massada A, Kent R, Blank L, Hadar L, Perevolotsky A and Carmel Y (2011) Mapping Mediterranean vegetation using continuous structural characteristics. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 33 (2): 346-364

Bitler A, Lev N, Fridmann-Sirkis Y, Blank L, Cohen SR and Shai Y (2010) Kinetics of interaction of HIV fusion protein (gp41) with lipid membranes studied by real-time AFM imaging. Ultramicroscopy, 110 (6): 694-700

Lev N*, Fridmann-Sirkis Y*, Blank L*, Bitler A, Epand RF, Epand RM and Shai Y (2009) The conformational stability and membrane interaction of the full-length ectodomain of HIV-1 gp41: implication for mode of action. Biochemistry, 48 (14): 3166-3175 (* equal contribution)

Peisajovich SG, Blank L, Epand RF, Epand RM and Shai Y (2003) On the interaction between gp41 and membranes: the immunodominant loop stabilizes gp41 helical hairpin conformation. Journal of Molecular Biology, 326 (5): 1489-1501

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