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Name: Dana Ment, Ph.D. (Researcher)
Units: Plant ProtectionPlant Pathology and Weed Research
Research Interests / Job description  
Tel:   03-9683351 03-9683352
Cell: 0505964706
Email:    danam@volcani.agri.gov.il
Office location:Plant Pathology and Weed Research
Address:HaMaccabim Road 68 , P.O.B 15159 Rishon LeZion 7528809

Principal investigator

Research Interests / Job description
- Microbial biopesticides
- Invertebrate pathology
- Entomopathogenic Fungi and nematodes



















Our research focus on arthropod pathogen from various perspectives and is primarily directed towards understanding the basic interaction between the pathogen and its invertebrate host.
Ongoing projects are broad ranging from the most intimate interaction and disease initiation and progression to population studies, epizootiology and persistence of the pathogen in the environment.


We are always looking for curious and enthusiastic people for M.Sc., Ph.D. and post-doc
Each one of the students at the lab has its own project, which is part of the big picture of the research interests of our lab.
M.Sc. and undergraduate students usually work on aspects of Ph.D. candidates so they get every day help if needed.


Lab trip 2018

Lab trip 2020




1.     Samish M., Gindin G., Ment D., Glazer I. (2007). Controlling blood-sucking pests by entomopathogenic fungi. Entomological Research 37(Suppl.): A58 - A59.


                  IF=0.33; Entomology, Rank 82/90 Q4.


2.     Gindin G., Ment D., Rot A., Glazer I., Samish M. (2009). Pathogenicity of Metarhizium anisopliae (Hypocreales: Clavicipitaceae) to tick eggs and the effect of egg cuticular lipids on conidia development. J Med Entomol. 46: 531-538.            


IF=1.824; Entomology, Rank 16/91 Q1.

3.     Ment D., Gindin G., Glazer I., Perl S., Elad D., Samish M. (2010). The effect of ambient conditions on the formation of Metarhizium anisopliae chlamydospores in tick eggs. Fungal Biol. 114: 49-56.



IF=2.699; Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics, Rank 13/29 Q1.


4.     Ment D., Gindin G., Soroker V., Glazer I., Rot A., Samish M. (2010). Metarhizium anisopliae Conidial Responses to Lipids from Tick Cuticle and Tick Mammalian Host Surface. J Invert Pathol. 103: 132-139.


IF=2.379; Zoology, Rank 25/170 Q1.


5.     Ment D., Gindin G., Rot A., Soroker V., Glazer I., Barel S., Samish M. (2010). Novel technique for quantifying adhesion of Metarhizium anisopliae conidia to the tick cuticle. Appl Environ Microbiol. 76: 3521-3528.


IF=4.077; Biothechnology & applied microbiology, Rank 30/165 Q1.


6.     Ment D., Iraki N., Gindin G., Rot A., Glazer I., Abu-Jreis R., Samish M. (2010). Thermal limitations of Metarhizium anisopliae efficacy: Selection for application on warm- blooded vertebrates. BioControl. 56: 81-89.

IF=2.191; Entomology, Rank 10/90 Q1.


7.     Ment D., Gindin G., Churchill C.L.A., Rot A., Belausov E., Rehner A.S., Glazer I., Donzelli G.G.B., Samish M. (2012). Resistant ticks inhibit Metarhizium spp. infection at the penetration stage but not at the pre-penetration stages. Environ Microbiol. 14: 1570-1583.


IF=5.147; Microbiology, Rank 21/133 Q1. COVER IMAGE

8.     Rot A., Gindin G., Ment D., Mishotchenko A., Glazer I., Samish M. (2013). On-host control of the brown dog tick Rhipicephalus sanguineus Latreille (Acari: Ixodidae) by Metarhizium brunneum (Hypocreales: Clavicipitaceae). Vet Parasitol. 193: 229-237.


IF=2.69; Veterinary sciences, Rank 10/138 Q1.    


9.     Ment D., Gindin G., Rot A., Eshel D., Teper-Bamnolker P., Ben-Ze'ev I., Glazer I., Samish M. (2013). Role of cuticular lipids and water-soluble compounds in tick susceptibility to Metarhizium infection. Biocont Sci Technol. DOI:10.1080/09583157.2013.811217.


IF=1; Agronomy and Crop Science, Rank 137/165 Q2.


10.  Alkan N., Friedlander G., Ment D., Prusky D., Fluhr R. (2014). Simultaneous transcriptome analysis of Colletotrichum gloeosporioides and tomato fruits response reveals novel fungal-fruit arm and defense strategies. New Phytol, doi: 10.1111/nph.13087.


IF=6.56; Plant Science, Rank 5/209 Q1.


11.  Ment D., Alkan N., Luria N., Bi F.V., Reuveni E., Fluhr R., Prusky D. (2014). pacC and areB co-regulate acid-expressed genes in Colletotrichum gloeosporioides and determine fungal pathogenicity. MPMI, doi.org/10.1094/MPMI-09-14-0252-R.


IF=4.21; Biothechnology & applied microbiology, Rank 19/165 Q1. 


12.  Samish M., Rot A., Ment D., Barel S., Glazer I., Gindin G. (2014). Efficacy of the entomopathogenic fungus, Metarhizium brunneum in controlling the tick Rhipicephalus annulatus under field conditions. Vet Parasitol. DOI: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2014.10.019.


IF=2.69; Veterinary sciences, Rank 5/132 Q1.


13.  Ment D.*, Bi F., Barad S., Luria N., Casado V., Galam N., Dubay A., Mínguez J.D, Espeso E., Fluhr R., Prusky D. (2016). Carbon regulation of environmental pH by secreted small molecule effectors modulates pathogenicity in fungi. Molecular Plant Pathology. 17(8): 1178-1195 DOI: 10.1111/mpp.12355.

IF= 4.335; Plant Sciences, Rank 16/209 Q1.


14.  Prusky D., Barad S., Ment D., Bi F. (2016). The pH modulation by fungal secreted molecules: a mechanism affecting pathogenicity by postharvest pathogens. Israel Journal Of Plant Sciences,  63: 22-30.

IF= 0.111; Plant Sciences, Rank 207/209 Q4.

 15.  Velayudhan S.S., Ment D., Salame L., Soroker V., Glazer I. (2016). Genetic improvement of host-seeking ability in the entomopathogenic nematodes Steinernema carpocapsae and Heterorhabditis bacteriophora toward the Red Palm Weevil Rhynchophorus ferrugineus. Biological Control 100, 29-36. doi:10.1016/j.biocontrol.2016.05.008


IF=2.754; Agronomy and crop sciences, Rank 12/101 Q1.

16.  Bi F., Ment D., Luria N., Yi G., Meng X., Prusky D. (2016). Mutation of AREA affects growth, sporulation, nitrogen regulation, and pathogenicity in Colletotrichum gloeosporioides. Fungal genetics and biology 99, 29-39.


IF= 3.072; Mycology, Rank 7/29 Q1.


17. Barad S., Sela N., Dubey A.K., Kumar D., Luria N., Ment D., Cohen S., Schaffer A.A., Prusky D. (2017) Differential gene expression in tomato fruit and Colletotrichum gloeosporioides during colonization of the RNAi-SlPH tomato line with reduced fruit acidity and higher pH. BMC Genomics 18, 579.


IF= 3.729; Biotechnology, Rank 33/158 Q1.


18. Tomer H. PD, Blum T.s, Arye I., Faigenboim A., Gottlieb-Dror Y., Ment D. (2018) Activity of native and commercial strains of Metarhizium spp. against the red poultry mite Dermanyssus gallinae under different environmental conditions. Vet Parasitol 262, 20-25.               

                                                                                  IF=2.545; Veterinary sciences, Rank 5/132 Q1.

    19. Yaakov N., Ananth M.K., Felfbaum R., Lahat M., Da Costa N.T, Belausov E., Ment D., Mechrez G. (2018) Single cell encapsulation via Pickering emulsion for biopesticide application. ACS Omega 3, 14294. DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.8b02225

IF=2.584; Chemistry, multidisciplinary, Rank 76/172 Q2.

     20.  Barak H., Kumar P., Zaritsky A., Mendel Z., Ment D., Kushmaro A., Ben-Dov E. (2019) Assessment of Bacterial Biota in Capnodis tenebrionis (Coleoptera; Buprestidae) Larvae.   Pathogens 8, 4; doi:10.3390/pathogens8010004

IF=3.405; Infectious diseases, Rank 45/133 Q2.


    21. Mondaca L.L., Da-Costa N.T, Protasov A., Ben-Yehuda S., Peisachov A., Mendel Z., Ment D.** (2019) Activity of Metarhizium brunneum and Beauveria bassiana against early developmental     stages of the false codling moth. J Invert Pathol 170, 107312.


IF=2.511; Zoology, Rank 18/166 Q1.


   22. Samish M., Rot A., Gindin G., Ment D., Behar A., Glazer I. (2020) Biocontrol of the cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis, by entomopathogenic nematodes and fungi. Biological Control, 104301.

IF=2.6; Agronomy and crop sciences, Rank 12/98 Q1.

23. Ment D.**, Kokici H.S, de-Lillo E. (2020) Preventative Approach to Microbial Control of Capnodis tenebrionis by Soil Application of Metarhizium brunneum and Beauveria bassiana. Insects, 11(5), 319.

IF=2.22; Entomology, Rank 18/101 Q1.

24.   Ment D**, Raman S.PD, Gal S., Ezra D., Palevsky E. (2020) Interactions of Metarhizium  brunneum-7 with phytophagous mites following different application strategies. Insects, 11(6), 330.

IF=2.22; Entomology, Rank 18/101 Q1.

25. Levy N.s, Faigenboim A., Salame L.T, Molina C., Ehlers R., Glazer I., Ment D. ** (2020) Characterization of the phenotypic and genotypic tolerance to abiotic stresses of Israeli populations of Heterorhabditis bacteriophora. Scientific Reports, 10, Article number: 10500.

IF=4.122; Multidisciplinary, Rank 15/69 Q1.


26. Velayudhan S.S.*, Ment D.**, Faigenboim A.*, Salame L.T, Hetzroni A., Soroker V., Glazer I. Analysis of behavioral and molecular response of Steinernema carpocapsae to noise emitted by the target host, the Red Palm Weevil Rhynchophorus ferrugineus. Submitted to Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology, in revision.

IF=2.158; Parasitology, Rank 15/37 Q2.



  1. Book Chapters

1.     Prusky D., Barad S., Luria N., Ment D. (2014). pH modulation of host environment, a mechanism modulating fugal attack in postharvest pathogen interactions. In: Postharvest Pathology, Plant Pathology in the 21st Century 7 (D. Prusky, M.L. Gullino, eds.), pp. 11-25 DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-07701-7_2.

 2. Ortega-García, L., Tabone, E., Beaudoin-Ollivier, L., Ment, D., Buradino, M., Jaques, J. A., Garrido-Jurado, I., Dembilio, O., Moraga, E. Q. (2017) Natural Enemies of Rhynchophorus ferrugineus and Paysandisia archon. In: Handbook of Major Palm Pests: Biology and Management (eds V. Soroker and S. Colazza), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119057468.ch8.

3. Ment D.**, Shikano I., Glazer I. (2017). Abiotic factors. Chapter 5, In: Ecology of Invertebrate Diseases. Hajek A.E., Shapiro-Ilan D. (eds.).



4.    Articles in Non-Reviewed Journals in Hebrew and English

1.   Ment D. Entomopathogenic fungi. Biobitaon, 9, 2015.

2.   Soroker V., Ment D., Altman Y.S, Goldstein E., Cohen Y., Hezroni A., Alluch A.VS (2016). Traps and fungi to overcome the red palm weevil. Alon Ha'Notea, 2.

3. Ment D., Glazer I. (2019). Entomopathogens in biological control of pests. Volcani Voice

4. Ment D.,  Yossef E.T, Protasov A., Mendel Z., Mondaca L., Ben-Yehuda S., Sofer-Arad C.,  Sharon R., Boymel A., Levin E., Allouch A. VS, Yacobi G., Kokici H.S, De Lillo E. (2019) Entomopathogenic fungi in pest managment in Israel. Yevul See Magazine for Advanced Agriculture.

5. Ment D. (2019). Entomopathogenic fungi in red palm weevil managment; opportunities and hallenges. Annual Magazine of Date Palm Growers.


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