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Name: Anat Zada Byers (Levi), Ph.D. (Researcher)
Units: Plant ProtectionEntomology and the Nematology and Chemistry units
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Tel:  Office 972-(0)3-9683760 Lab 972-(0)3-9683454
Email:    anatzada@volcani.agri.gov.il
Office location:Pheromone Chemistry Laboratory- The renovated old entomology building
Address:Department of Entomology-Chemistry Unit
Agricultural Research Organization
The Volcani Center
POB 15159 Rishon LeZion 7528809, Israel

Research Scientist (Since 2000)


BSc in Chemistry (extended), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Givat Ram, Jerusalem

MSc and PhD in Organic and Polymer Chemistry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Givat Ram, Jerusalem. Supervised by Profs Josef Klien and Yair Avni (MSc); Yair Avni and Albert Zilkha (PhD).

Post-Doc in Institute of Polymer Technology and Material Engineering (IPTME) with Prof Doug Hourston-Loughborough University, UK. 

Major interests

Pheromone chemistry of pest insects- from identification towards field application

Development of novel slow release formulations for p

Research Interests / Job description
Identification of insect pheromones of agricultural and economical importance in Israel: Isolation, chemical analysis, synthesis, lure designment and field examination

Establishment and advancement of pheromone practice in Integrate Pest Managment (IPM): For monitoring and pest control (mating disruption, mass-trapping and lure & kill).

Development of novel and environmental friendly slow-release formulations of pheromones

List of Publications: 

1.     Zada A., Avny Y. and Zilkha A. (1997). New type of crosslinking agents for vinyl polymers. Polymer Preprints 38 (1): 145-146.
2.     Zada A., Avny Y. and Zilkha A. (1999). Monomers for non-bond crosslinking of vinyl  polymers. Eur. Polym. J., 35: 1159-1164.
3.     Zada A., Avny Y. and Zilkha A. (1999). Polymer crosslinking without chemical bonding. Chemistry in Israel, 2: 10-16.
4.     Zada A., Avny Y. and Zilkha A. (2000). Monomers for non-bond crosslinking of vinyl polymers- II. Cyclic octaethylene glycol 5-methacrylamido-isophtalate. Eur. Polym. J., 36:  351-357.
5.     Zada A., Avny Y. and Zilkha A. (2000). Monomers for non-bond crosslinking of vinyl polymers III. Some characteristics of the system. Eur. Polym. J., 36: 359-364.
6.     Zada A., Avny Y. and Zilkha A. (2001).  Simplified synthesis of olygo-ethylene glycols. Journal of Surfactants and Detergents, 4 (2): 163-166.
7.     Zada A., Dunkelblum E., Assael F., Harel M., Cojocaru M. and Mendel Z. (2001). Identification of a second component of the sex pheromone of the vine mealybug. Boll.  Zool. Agr. Bachic. Ser. II, 33(3): 275-281.
8.     Gross S., Dunkelblum E., Assael F., Harel M., Zada A. and Mendel Z. (2001). Characterization of the performance of pheromone traps as a basis for the management  of the citrus mealybug Planococcus citri in citrus groves. Boll. Zool. Agr. Bachic. Ser. II,33(3): 283-295.
9.     Suma P., Russo A., Dunkelblum E., Zada A. and Mendel Z. (2001). Pheromonal and kairomonal activity of Planococcus citri pheromone and some of its analogs. Boll. Zool.  Agr. Bachic. Ser. II, 33(3): 305-312.
10.    Zada A., Soroker V., Harel M.,  Nakache J. and Dunkelblum E. (2002). Quantitative GC analysis of secondary alcohols pheromones:  Determination of the  release rate of the red  palm weevil,  Rhynchophorus ferrugineus, pheromone from lures. J. Chem. Ecol., 28 (11):2279-2286.
11.    Zada A., Dunkelblum E., Harel M., Assael F. and Mendel Z. (2002). Studies on the sex pheromone of the vine mealybug Planococcus ficus. Alon Hanotea, 56: 38-41.
12.    Dunkelblum E., Zada A., Gross S., Fraistat P. and Mendel Z. (2002).  Sex pheromone and analogs of the citrus mealybug, Planococcus citri: Synthesis and biological activity.   IOBC/ WPRS Bulletin. 25(9): 213-220.
13.    Zada A., Dunkelblum E., Assael F., Harel M., Cojocaru M. and Mendel Z. (2003).Sex pheromone of the vine mealybug, Planococcus ficus in Israel: Occurrence of a second component in a mass-reared population. J. Chem. Ecol., 29 (4): 977-988.   
14.    Zada A., Ben-Yehuda S., Dunkelblum E., Harel M., Assael F. and Mendel Z. (2004).Synthesis of the four stereoisomers of 4-methyl-3-heptanol and their role in the attraction of Scolytus amygdali.  J. Chem. Ecol., 30 (3): 631-641.
15.    Zada A., Dunkelblum E., Harel M., Assael F., Gross S. and Mendel Z. (2004). Sex pheromone of the Citrus Mealybug Planococcus citri: Synthesis and optimization of trap parameters. J. Econ. Entomol., 97(2): 361-368.
16.    Zada A. and Harel M. (2004). Enzymatic transesterification of racemic lavandulol: Preparation of the two enantiomeric alcohols and of the two enantiomers of lavandulyl  senecioate. Tetrahedron: Asymmetry, 15: 2339-2343.
17.    Larkov O., Dunkelblum E., Zada A., Lewinsohn E., Freiman L., Dudai N., Ravid U. (2005).Enantiomeric composition of (E)-and (Z)- sabinene hydrate and their acetates in five Origanum species. Flavour Fragr. J., 20: 109-114.
18.    Zada A., Ben-Yehuda S., Harel M., Strienz L. and Falach L. (2005). The use of propheromones for the monitoring of the cotton pest spiny bollworm, Earias insulana. The development of a new dispenser. Gan, Sade Vamesheck, 11: 15-20.
19.    Zada A. and Dunkelblum E. (2006). A convenient resolution of racemic lavandulol through lipase-catalyzed acylation with succinic anhydride: Simple preparation of enantiomerically pure (R)-Lavandulol. Tetrahedron: Asymmetry, 17: 230-233.
20.    Reuveny H., Zada A., Harari A., Oppenheim D. (2006). Efficiency of pheromone and eggs traps to monitoring the leopard moth Zeuzera pyrina L. Alon Hanotea, 60: 18-21.
21.    Avny Y., Zada  A. and Zilkha A. (2007). Non-bond crosslinked macroporous thermally reversible hydrogels. Polym. Adv. Technol. ,18: 780-783.
22.    Ben-Yehuda S., Dunkelblum E., Protasov A., Kozlitski W., Zada A. and  Mendel Z. (2007). Occurrence of Synanthedon vespiformis (Lepidoptera; Sesiidae) in stone fruit orchards and development of means for its monitoring. Alon Hanotea, 61: 11-15.
23.    Franco J.C., Silva E.B., Cortegano E., Campos L., Branco M.,  Zada A. and Mendel Z.(2008). Kairomonal response of the parasitoid Anagyrus pseudococci to the sex  pheromone of the vine mealybug. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 126: 122-130.
24.    Tsfadia, O., Azrielli, A., Falach, L, Zada, A., Roelofs, W.L., Rafaeli, A. (2008). Pheromone biosynthetic pathways: PBAN-regulated rate-limiting steps and differential expression of desaturase genes in moth species. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 38: 552-567.
25.    Zada A., Dunkelblum E., Assael F. , Franco J. C., da Silva E. B., Protasov A.  and Mendel Z.(2008).  Attraction of the mealybug, Planococus ficus, males to pheromone baits: flight  activity, bait longevity and response to racemic and chiral components.  J. Appl. Entomol. 132: 480-489.
26.    Franco J. C., Fortuna T., da Silva E. B., Suma P., Russo A., Campos L., Branco M., Zada A., Mendel Z.(2008). May vine mealybug sex pheromone improve the biological control of the citrus mealybug? Citrus IPM, Catania, IOBC Bulletin. 38:94-98. 

27. Zada A., Falach L., Byers J. A. (2009). Development of sol-gel formulation for slow release of pheromones. Chemoecology 19: 94-98. 

28.   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. Chem. Ecol. 35: 542-551.

29. Franco J. C., Zada A. and Mendel Z. (2009). Novel Approaches for the Management of Mealybug Pests. In: Biorational Control: Application and Resistance Managements. Eds: I. Ishaaya and A. R. Horowitz. Springer, Berlin, Germany. pp 233-278.

30. da Silva E. B., Fortuna T., Franco J. C.s, Campos L., Branco M., Zada A. and Mendel Z. (2009). Kairomonal response of a parasitic wasp to the sex pheromone of the vineyard mealybug. Pheromones and other Semiochemicals. IOBC/wprs Bulletin Vol. 41, pp. 79-82.

31.  Reuveny H. Oppenheim D. and Zada A. (2010). The efficiency of mating disruption technique in controlling the Anarsia lineatellaAlon Hanotea, 64: 26-31.

32.   H. Kol-Maimon, A. Levi-Zada, J. C. Franco, E. Dunkelblum, A. Protasov, M.  Eliyaho and Z. Mendel (2010). Male behaviors reveal multiple pherotypes within vine mealybug Planococcus ficus (Signoret) (Hemiptera;  Pseudococcidae) populations. Naturwissenschaften 97:1047-1057.

33. Byers J. A and Levi-Zada A. (2011). Individual variation of (S)-4-methyl-3-heptanone in heads of braconid wasp, Leiophron uniformis, and Pogonomyrmex ants indicates costs of semiochemical production. Chemoecology , 21: 35-44.

34. Levi-Zada  A. , Ben-Yehuda S., Dunkelblum E.,  Gindin G.,  Fefer  D.,  Protasov  A.,  Kuznetsowa  T.,  Manulis-Sasson  S., Z. Mendel (2011). Identification and field bioassays of the sex pheromone of the yellow-legged clearwing Synanthedon vespiformis (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae). Chemoecology, 21:227-233.

35. Franco J.C., da Silva E.B , Fortuna T.,  Cortegano E., Branco M., Suma P.,   La Torre I., Russo A., Elyahu M., Protasov A., Levi-Zada A. , Mendel Z. (2011). Vine mealybug sex pheromone increases citrus mealybug parasitism by Anagyrus sp. near pseudococci (Girault). Biological Control. 58, 230-238.

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

37.  A. Levi-Zada, S. Ben-Yehuda, E. Dunkelblum, G. Gindin, D. Fefer, A. Protasov, O. Dror, T. Kuznetsowa, S. Manulis-Sasson, Z. Mendel (2011). Study of the sex  pheromone of the yellow leg clearwing and the relevance to its management. Alon  Hanotea, 65 (6): 30-36. With abstract in English.

38. Levi-Zada A., Fefer D., Anshelevitch L., Litovsky A., Goldenberg I., Rene S., Levski S., Gitgartz L, Carmeli D., Ketner N., Nakash Y. , Gindin G., Soroker V. (2011). Identification of the sex pheromone of the Lesser date moth, Batrachedra Amydraula. Alon Hanotea, 65(8): 30-34.

 39.  Z. Mendel, A. Protasov, P. Jasrotia, E. B. Silva, A. Levi-Zada and J.C. Franco (2012). Sexual maturation and aging of adult male mealybug (Hemiptera; Pseudococcidae). Bull. Entomol. Res. 102: 385-394.

40. Z. Mendel, P. Jasrotia, A. Protasov, H. Kol-Maimon, A. Levi Zada, J. C. Franco (2012). Responses of Second-Instar Male Nymphs of Four Mealybug Species (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) to Conspecific and Heterospecific Female Sex Pheromones. J Insect Behav.25: 504-513. 

41. D. Blumberg, A. Levi-Zada (2012). Lesser date moth, Batrachedra amydraula Meyrick (Lepidoptera: Batrachedridae) - Present situation. Alon Hanotea, 66(1): 40-43. With abstract in English.

42. A. Levi-Zada, D. Nestel, D. Fefer, E. Nemni-Lavy, I. Deloya-Kahane and M. David (2012). Analyzing Diurnal and Age-Related Pheromone Emission of the Olive Fruit Fly, Bactrocera oleae (Diptera: Tephritidae) by Sequential SPME-GCMS Analysis. J. Chem. Ecol. 38: 1036-1041.

43. A. Levi-Zada, A. Sadowsky, S. Dobrinin, M, David, T, Ticuchinski, D, Fefer, A, Greenberg, D, Blumberg (2013). Reevaluation of the sex pheromone of the lesser date moth, Batrachedra amydraula, using autosampling SPME-GC/MS and field bioassays. Chemoecology. 23: 13-20.

44. Byers J. A., Fefer D., Levi-Zada A. (2013) Sex pheromone component ratios and mating isolation among three Lygus plant-bug species of North America. Naturwissenschaften. 100: 1115-1123.

45. Yasin S., Rempoulakis P., Nemny-Lavy E.,Levi-Zada A.,Tsukada M.,Papadopoulos, N. and Nestel D (2014). Assessment of lure and kill and mass-trapping methods against the olive fly, Bactrocera oleae (Rossi), in desert-like environments in the Eastern Mediterranean. Crop Protection. 57:63-70.

46.  Levi-Zada A,  Sadowsky A,  Dobrinin S,  David M,  Ticuchinski T,  Fefer D,  Greenberg A,  Blumberg D(2014).  Reassessment of the Lesser date moth pheromone and its application in monitoring.  Alon Hanotea, 68 (2): 32-38. With abstract in English.

47.  Levi-Zada A., David M., Fefer D., Seplyarsky V., Sadowsky A., Dobrinin S., Ticuchinski T., Harari D., Blumberg D., Dunkelblum E. (2014). Circadian Release of Male-Specific Components of Greater Date Moth, Aphomia (Arenipses) sabella, Using Sequential SPME/GC/MS Analysis.  J Chem Ecol 40: 236-243.

48. Levi-Zada A., David M., Fefer D., Sepliarsky V., Sadowsky A., Dobrinin S., Ticuchinski T., Harari D., Blumberg D. and Dunkelblum E. (2014). Identification of the male sex pheromone components of Greater date moth. Alon Hanotea 68(5):45-48.

49. Levi-Zada, A., Fefer, D., David, M., Eliyahu, M., Franco, J.C., Protasov, A., Dunkelblum E. and Mendel Z. (2014). Diel periodicity of pheromone release by females of Planococcus citri and Planococcus ficus and the temporal flight activity of their conspecific males. Naturwissenschaften 101: 671-678

50. Byers J. A., Maoz Y., Levi−Zada A. (2017). Attraction of the polyphagous shot hole borer Euwallacea sp. near fornicatus to quercivorol and to infestations in avocado.  J. Econ. Entomol.  110(4): 1512–1517

51. Brent C. S., Byers J. A., Levi-Zada A. (2017). An insect anti-antiaphrodisiac. eLife.DOI: 10.7554/eLife.24063.

52. Dunkelblum E. and Levi-Zada A. (2017). Pheromone Research and Development in Israel 1975-2015. Phytoparasitica45(5):619-637.

53. Levi-Zada, A., Sadowsky, A., Dobrinin, S.,  Ticuchinski,  T., David,M., Fefer, D.,Dunkelblum, E and Byers J. A. (2018). Monitoring and mass-trapping methodologies using pheromones: The lesser date moth Batrachedra amydraula. Bull. Entomol. Res108: 58-68.

54.  Byers J. A., Maoz Y., Wakarchuk D., Fefer D.Levi-Zada A. (2018). Inhibitory effects of semiochemicals on the attraction of an ambrosia beetle Euwallacea nr. fornicatus to quercivorol.  J Chem Ecol 44:565–575.

55. Byers J. A., Sadowsky A., Levi-Zada A. (2018).  Index of host habitat preference explored by movement-based simulations and trap captures.  J Anim Ecol. 87: 1320-1330.




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