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שלח באימייל הדפס
Name: Moshe Lapidot, Ph.D. (Researcher)
Units: Plant SciencesVegetable and Field Crops
Research Interests / Job description  
Tel:  03-9683568
Cell: 050-6220568
Email:    lapidotm@volcani.agri.gov.il
Office location:Field Crops Building, room 105
Address:Department of Vegetable Research
Institute of Plant Sciences
ARO, Volcani Center
P.O.Box 6,
Bet Dagan 50250

B.Sc.Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

M.Sc.Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

Ph.D. Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Postdoctoral fellow Washington University, St. Louis and The Scripps Res. Inst. La Jolla,CA.

Research Interests / Job description
Viral Resistance in Vegetable Crops.

Mechanisms and genetics of viral resistance.

Whitefly-transmitted viruses.

 Current group members

Dana Gelbert Ph.D., Research Assistant       

Zion Machbash Field and greenhouse technician

Ben Avni, M.Sc. Student, "transmission of ToBRFV via pollen and seeds"

 Previous group members

Tali Sufrin Ph.D.. student, “Squash leaf curl virus-plant host interactions

David Levy, Ph.D. student, “ Biotic and abiotic effects on the expression of resistance to Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) in tomato” 

Nili Caspi Ph.D. student, TYLCV-plant host interactions” 

Amlya Abudy M. Sc. student, Thesis: “Molecular identification and characterization of the Watermelon Chlorotic Stunt Virus” 

Ilana Anbinder M.Sc. student "Genetic characterization of resistance to Tomato yellow leaf curl virus in tomato"

Rachel Ben-Joseph Research AssistantLidya Cohen Research Assistant

Asaf Debi, MSc. student, “Response of TYLCV-resistant and susceptible tomato  plants to viral infection ”

Limor Segev Ph.D. student, Thesis: “Mechanisms of resistance to Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) in tomato”

Galit Weil Research Assistant




Lapidot, M. and Levin, I. 2017. Genetic resistance to viruses in tomato. In Achieving sustainable cultivation of tomatoes (Autar Mattoo and Avtar Handa, Eds.), Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing

Luria, N., Smith, E., Reingold, V., Bekelman, I., Lapidot, M., Levin, I., Elad, N., Tam, Y., Sela, N., Abu-Ras, A., Ezra, N., Haberman, A., Yitzhak, L., Lachman, O., and Dombrovsky, A. 2017. A New Israeli Tobamovirus Isolate Infects Tomato Plants Harboring Tm-22 Resistance Genes. PLOS One, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0170429

Velasco, L., Salem, N., Willemsen, A., Lapidot, M., Mansour, A.N., Rubio, L. and Galipienso, L. 2015.  Genetic variation and evolutionary forces shaping Cucumber vein yellowing virus populations: risk of emergence of virulent isolates in Europe. Plant Pathology, DOI: 10.1111/ppa.12465. 

Lapidot, M., Karniel, U., Gelbart, D., Fogel, D., Evenor, D., Makhbash, Z., Nahon, S., Shlomo, H., Chen, L., Reuveni, M. and Levin, I. 2015.  A novel route controlling begomovirus resistance by the messenger RNA surveillance factor Pelota. PLOS Genetics, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1005538

Reuveni M, Debbi A, Kutsher Y, Gelbart D, Zemach H, Belausov E, Levin I, Lapidot M. 2015.   Tomato yellow leaf curl virus effects on chloroplast biogenesis and cellular structure. Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology, doi: 10.1016/j.pmpp.2015.08.001. 

Leibman, D., Prakash, S., Wolf, D., Zelcer, A., Anfoka, G., Haviv, S., Brumin, M., gaba, V., Arazi, T., Lapidot, M. and Gal-On, A.  2015. Immunity to Tomato yellow leaf curl virus in transgenic tomato is associated with accumulation of transgene small RNA.

Archives in Virology, doi: 10.1007/s00705-015-2551-7.


Hutton, S.F., Scott, J.W., Shekasteband R., Levin, I. and Lapidot, M. 2015.  Combinations of Ty resistance genes generally provide more effective control against begomoviruses than do single genes. Acta Horticulturae 1069:59-64.


Hak, H., Levy, Y., Belausov, E., Loyter, A., Lapidot, M. and Yedidya Gafni. 2015.  The movement of TYLCV-Is in planta does not require the V2 protein. Virology 477:56-60.


Peer, R., Rivlin, G., Golobovitch, S., Lapidot, M., Gal-On , A., Vainstein, A., Tzfira T. and Moshe A. Flaishman.  2014.  Target Mutagenesis using Zinc-Finger Nucleases in Perennial Fruit Trees. Planta On-line DOI 10.1007/s00425-014-2224-x.


Lapidot, M., Legg, J.P., Wintermantel, W.M. and Polston, J.E.  2014. Management of Whitefly-transmitted viruses in open-field production systems.  In: Control of Plant Viruses in the series “Advances in Virus Research” (G. Loebenstein and I. Katis, Eds), Vol. 90, Burlington: Academic Press, pp. 147-206.

Lapidot, M., Gelbart, D., Gal-On, A., Sela, N., Anfoka, G., Haj Ahmed, F., Abou-Jawada, Y., Sobh, H., Mazaya, H., Aboul-Ata, A., El-Attar, A.K., Ali-Shtayeh, M.S., Jamous, R.N., Polston, J.E., Duffy, S. 2014Frequent migration of introduced cucurbit-infecting begomoviruses among Middle Eastern countries.

Virology Journal 11:181 doi:10.1186/1743-422X-11-181

Gaba, V., Lapidot, M.  and Gal-On, A. 2013.  HandGun -mediated inoculation of plants with viral pathogens for mechanistic studies.  In: Biolistic DNA Delivery: Methods and Protocols in the series “Methods in Molecular Biology”. (Eds. Stephan Sudowe and Angelika B. Reske-Kunz). Vol 940, Humana Press/Springer, pp. 53-62.

Hanssen, M. I. and Lapidot, M.  2012. Major tomato viruses in the Mediterranean basin. In: Viruses and Virus Diseases of vegetables in the Mediterranean Basin. In the series “Advances in Virus Research” (G. Loebenstein and H. Lecoq, Eds), Vol. 84, AIVIR, UK: Academic Press, pp. 31-66. 

Sufrin-Ringwald, T. and Lapidot, M. 2011. Characterization of a synergistic interaction between two cucurbit-infecting begomoviruses: Squash leaf curl virus and Watermelon chlorotic stunt virus.  Phytopathology 101:281-289.

Yaakov, N., Levy, Y., Belausov,E., Gaba, V., Lapidot, M., and Gafni, Y.. 2011.  Effect of a single amino acid substitution in the NLS domain of Tomato yellow leaf curl virus-Israel (TYLCV-IL) capsid protein (CP) on its activity and on the virus life cycle.  Virus Research 158:8-11.  


Guenoune-Gelbart, D., Sufrin-Ringwald, T., Capobianco, H., Gaba, V., Polston, J.E., and Lapidot, M.  2010.

Inoculation of plants with begomoviruses by particle bombardment without cloning: Using rolling-circle amplification of total DNA from infected plants and whiteflies. Journal of Virological Methods 168:87-93.


Hanssen, M. I., Lapidot, M. and Thomma, P.H.J. B. 2010.

          Emerging viral diseases of tomato crops. Molecular Plant-Microb Interactions  23:539-548.

Lapidot, M., Guenoune-Gelbart, D., Leibman, D., Holdengreber, V., Davidovitz, M., Machbash, Z., Klieman-Shoval, S., Cohen, S., and Gal-On, A.  2010.

           Pelargonium zonate spot virus is transmitted vertically via seed and pollen in tomato.           Phytopathology 100:798-804.


 Abudy, A., Sufrin-Ringwald, T., Dayan-Glick, C., Guenoune-Gelbert, D., Livneh, O., Zaccai, M., Lapidot, M.  2010. Watermelon chlorotic stunt and Squash leaf curlbegomoviruses - new threats to cucurbit crops in the Middle East. Israel J. of plant sciences. 58:33-42.


Gal-On, A., Naglis, A., Leibman, D., Kathiravan, K., Papayiannis, L., Holdengraber, V., Guenoune-Gelbart, D., Lapidot, M., Aly, R.  2009.  Broomrape can acquire viruses from its hosts. Phytopathology 99:1321-1329.

Gaba, V., Lapidot, M., Gal-On, A.  2009.  Virus inoculation of crop plants by particle bombardment. Yevul See magazine for advanced agriculture, 42:26-28 (Hebrew).


Anbinder, I., Reuveni, M., Azari, R., Paran, I., Nahon, s., Shlomo, H., Chen, L., Lapidot, M., Levin, I.  2009.  Molecular Dissection of Tomato yellow leaf curl virus in tomato line TY172 Derived from Solanum peruvianumTheor. Appl. Genet. 119:519-530.


Vidavski, F., Czosnek, H., Gazit, S., Levy, D. and Lapidot, M.  2008.  Pyramiding of Genes Conferring Resistance to Tomato yellow leaf curl virus from Different Wild Tomato Species. Plant Breeding 127:625-631. 


Anfoka, G., Abhary, M., Haj Ahmad, F., Hussein, A. F., Rezk, A., Akad, F., Abou-Jawdah, Y., Lapidot, M., Vidavski, F., Nakhla, M. K., Sobh, H., Atamian, H., Cohen, L., Sobol, I., Mazyad, H., Maxwell, D. P. and Czosnek, H.  2008.  Survey of tomato yellow leaf curl disease-associated viruses in the Eastern Mediterranean basin. Journal of Plant Pathology  90:311-320. 


Polston, J. E. and lapidot, M.  2008.  Tomato yellow leaf curl virus. In: Characterization, diagnosis & management of Plant Viruses, Volume 3: vegetable and Pulse Crops (Rao, G. P., Kumar, L. and Holguin-Pena, R. J. eds) Studium Press Llc, Texas, USA, pp. 141-161.


Levy, D. and Lapidot, M. 2008.  Effect of Plant Age at Inoculation on Expression of Genetic Resistance to Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus. Archives of Virology  153:171-179. PDF


Cohen, S. and Lapidot, M.  2007.  Appearance and expension of                  TYLCV: a historical point of view.  In: Tomato Yellow Leaf  Curl Virus Disease (Czosnek, H. Ed) Springer, The  Netherlands, pp. 3-12. PDF 


Polston, J. E. and Lapidot, M.  2007.  Management of Tomato yellow leaf curl virus: US and Israel perspectives.  In: Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus Disease (Czosnek, H. Ed) Springer, The Netherlands, pp. 251-262. PDF.


Lapidot, M.  2007.  Screening for TYLCV-resistant plants using whitefly-mediated inoculation.  In: Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus Disease (Czosnek, H. Ed) Springer, The Netherlands, pp. 329-342. PDF.


Lapidot, M.  2007.  Determination of TYLCV-resistance level in tomato plants.  Yevul See magazine for advanced agriculture, 25:36-38 (Hebrew). PDF.


Lapidot, M., Weil, G., Cohen, L., Segev, L. and Gaba, V.  2007.  Biolistic inoculation of plants with Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus DNA.   Journal of Virological Methods 144:143-148. PDF.


Zrachya, A., Usha, R., Kumar, P., Levy, Y., Loyter, A., Arazi, T., Lapidot, M. and Gafni, Y. 2007.  Expression of siRNA targeted against TYLCV coat protein transcripts leads to silencing of its expression and resistance to the virus.  Transgenic Research 16:385-398. PDF.

Lapidot, M., Ben-Joseph, R., Cohen, L., Machbash, Z. and D. Levy.  2006.  Development of a Scale for Evaluation of Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus-Resistance Level in Tomato Plants.  Phytopathology 96:1404-1408. PDF.

Polston, J. E., Sherwood, T. A., Cohen, L., Ben-Joseph, R. and Lapidot, M.  2006.  Capsicum Species: Symptomless Hosts and Reservoirs of Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus (TYLCV).  Phytopathology 96:447-452.  PDF


Lapidot, M. and Polston, J. E.  2006.  Resistance to Tomato yellow leaf curl virus in tomato. In:” Natural Resistance Mechanisms of Plants to Viruses” (G. Lobenstein and J. P. Carr, Eds) Springer Verlag. PDF


Mejía, L., Teni, R. E., Vidavski, F., Czosnek, H., M. Lapidot, M., Nakhla, M. K. and Maxwell, D. P.  2005.  Evaluation of tomato germplasm and selection of breeding lines for resistance to begomoviruses in Guatemala.  Acta Horticulturae 695:251-256. PDF


Segev, L., Wintermantel, W. M., Polston, J. E., and Lapidot, M.  2004.  First Report of Tomato chlorosis virus in Israel.   Plant Dis. 88:1160. PDF


Lapidot, M., Cohen, L., Ben-Joseph, R., Segev, L. and Cohen, S.  2003.  Tomato yellow leaf curl virus disease in beans.  Gan Sade Vameshek  2:54-58 (Hebrew).  PDF

Lapidot, M. and Friedmann , M.  2002.  Breeding for resistance to whitefly-transmitted geminiviruses.  Ann. App. Biol.  140:109-127.  PDF

Lapidot, M.  2002.  Screening common beans (Phaseoulas volgaris) for resistance to TYLCV.  Plant Dis.  86:429-432.  PDF

Antignus, Y., M. Lapidot and S. Cohen.  2001.  Interference with UV vision of insects: an IPM tool to impede epidemics of insect pests and insect associated virus diseases. In: “Virus-insect-plant interactions” (K.F. Harris, O. P. Smith and J. E. Duffus, Eds.) Academic Press, pp. 331-350.

Antignus, Y., Nestel, D., Cohen, S., and Lapidot, M.  2001.  Ultraviolet-deficient greenhouse environment affects whiteflies attraction and flight-behavior.  Environmental Entomology  30:394-399. PDF

Ben Chaim, A., R. Grube, M. Lapidot, M. Kyle Jahn and I. Paran.  2001.  Identification of quantitative trait loci associated with tolerance to cucumber mosaic virus in Capsicum annuum.  Theoretical and Applied Genetics  102:1213-1220.  PDF

Allan, A.C., Lapidot, M., Culver, J. N., and Fluhr, R.  2001.  An early tobacco mosaic virus-induced oxidative burst in tobacco indicates extracellular perception for the virus coat protein.  Plant Physiology  126:97-108  PDF


Cohen, J., Lapidot, M., Loebenstein G. and A. Gera.  2001.   First Report of Sweet Potato Sunken Vein Virus Occurring in Lisianthus.  Plant Dis.  85:679.  PDF


Kotlizky, G., Katz, A., van der Laak, J., Boyko, V., Lapidot, M., Beachy, R. N., Heinlein M. and Epel, B. L.  2001.  A dysfunctional movement protein of tobacco mosaic virus interferes with targeting of wild-type movement protein to microtubules.  MPMI 14:895-904.  PDF

Lapidot, M., Ben-Joseph, R., Friedmann, M., Pilowsky, M., and Cohen, S.  2001.  Effect of host plant resistance to Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) on virus acquisition and transmission by its whitefly vector.  Phytopathology  91:1209-1213.  PDF

Cohen, J., Lapidot, M., and A. Gera.  2001.  Lisyathus: a new disease caused by Sweet Potato Sunken Vein Virus.  Prachim/Dapey Meida  16(8): 59-61 (Hebrew).

Lapidot, M., Goldray, O., Ben-Joseph, R., Cohen, S., Friedmann, M., Shlomo, A., Nahon, S., Chen, L. and Pilowsky, M.  2000.  Breeding tomatoes for resistance to tomato yellow leaf curl virus begomovirus.  OEPP/EPPO Bulletin  30: 317-321.

Jahn, M.K., Paran, I., Hoffmann, K., Radwanski, E.R., Livingstone, K.D., Grube, R.C., Aftergoot, E., Lapidot, M., and Moyer, J.  2000.  Genetic mapping of the Tsw locus for resistance to the tospovirus tomato spotted wilt virus in Capsicum and its relationship to the Sw-5 gene for resistance to the same pathogen in tomato.  MPMI  13:673-682.  PDF


Kahn, T.W., Lapidot, M., Heinlein, M., Reichel, C., Cooper, B., Gafny, R., and Beachy, R.N.  1998.   Domains of the TMV movement protein involved in subcellular localization.  Plant J. 15: 27-39.  PDF


Friedmann, M., Lapidot, M., Cohen, S., and Pilowsky, M.  1998.  A novel source of resistance to tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) exhibiting a symptomless reaction to viral infection.  J. Ameri. Soc. Hort. Sci.  123: 1004-1006. PDF


Antignus, Y., Lapidot, M., Hadar, D., Messika, Y., and Cohen, S.  1998.  UV-Absorbing Screens Serve as Optical Barriers to Protect Crops from Virus and Insect Pests.  J. of Economic Entomology  91: 1401-1405. 

Messika, Y., Nishry, Y., Chokas, M., Lapidot, M., and Antignus, Y.  1998.      Lisyathus: The effect of UV absorbing plastic sheets and aluminets on insect pests population and reduction of pesticides sprays.  Dapey Meida  13(5): 55-57 (Hebrew).

Lapidot, M., Paran, I., Ben-Joseph, R., Ben Harush, S., Pilowsky, M., Cohen, S., and Shifriss, C.  1997.  Tolerance to cucumber mosaic virus in Pepper: Development of Advanced Breeding Lines and Evaluation of Virus Level.  Plant Dis.  81: 185-188.  PDF


Antignus, Y., Lapidot, M., Ganaim, N., Cohen, J., Lachman, O., Pearlsman, M., Raccah, B., and Gera, A.  1997.  Biological and molecular characterization of tomato spotted wilt virus in Israel.  Phytoparasitica  25: 319-330.  PDF


Lapidot, M., Friedmann, M., Lachman, O., Yehezkel, A., Nahon, S., Cohen, S., and      Pilowsky, M.  1997.  Comparison of resistance level to tomato yellow leaf curl virus among commercial cultivars and breeding lines.  Plant Dis.  81: 1425-1428.  PDF


Mor, N., Misrachy, S., Zaks, Y., Yunis, H., Reuveni, R., Raviv, M., Freiman, L., Bar, A., Elad, Y., Nizany, Y., Lapidot, M., and Antignus, Y.  1997.  The effects of polyethylene sheets with different light filtering properties on different pathogens of cucumber grown in walk in tunnels.  Hasade  76:  27-30 (Hebrew).


Messika, Y., Lapidot, M., and Antignus, Y.  1997.  The effects of UV-blocking green house covers on insects and insecticides spray in green spice plants.  Hasade  77: 27-31  (Hebrew).


Antignus, Y., Mor, N., Ben Joseph, R., Lapidot, M., and Cohen, S. 1996.  UV absorbing plastic sheets protect crops from insect pests and from virus diseases vectored by insects.  Environmental Entomology  25: 919-924.


Antignus, Y., Cohen, S., Mor, N., Masika Y., and Lapidot, M. 1996.  The effects of UV blocking green house covers on insects and insect borne virus diseases.  Plasticulture  112: 5-20.

Antignus, Y., Cohen, S., Lapidot, M., Mor, N., and Mesica, Y.  1996.                                          Evaluation of UV absorbing plastic sheets and nets that protect crops                     from   insect pests and from virus diseases vectored by insects.                                 Hasade  77: 43-46 (Hebrew).            

Cooper, B., Lapidot, M., Heick, J.A., Dodds J.A. and Beachy, R.N. 1995.                      A   defective Movement Protein Of TMV In Transgenic Plants Confers                     Resistance  To Multiple Viruses Whereas The Functional Analog Increases          Susceptability.  Virology  206: 307-313.

 Lapidot, M., Gafny, R., Ding, B., Wolf, S., Lucas, W.J. and Beachy, R.N. 1993.               A Dysfunctional Movement Protein of Tobacco Mosaic Virus That Partially             Modifies The Plasmodesmata and Limits Virus Spread in Transgenic Plants.         Plant J.  4: 959-970. 

Gafny, R., Lapidot, M., Berna, A., Holt, C.A., Deom, C.M. and Beachy, R.N. 1992.       Effects of Terminal Deletion Mutations on Function of the Movement Protein of      Tobacco Mosaic Virus.   Virology  187: 499-507. 

Deom, C.M., Lapidot, M. and Beachy, R.N. 1992.  Plant Virus Movement Proteins.  Cell  69: 221-224.

Lapidot, M. and Beachy, R.N. 1992.  Transgenic plants - a tool to study intercellular transport. In "Transgenic plants: fundamentals and applications". (A. Hiat, ed.) Marcel-Dekker, Inc., pp. 63-78.


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