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שלח באימייל הדפס
Name: David Ben-Yakir, Ph.D. (Retiree)
Units: Plant ProtectionEntomology and the Nematology and Chemistry units
Research Interests / Job description  Latest Chapters In Blog
Tel:  03-9683517 03-9683814
Cell: 050-6220517
Email:    benyak@volcani.agri.gov.il
Address:Department of Entomology
Agricultural Research Organization
The Volcani Center
P.O.Box 6, Bet Dagan 50250, Israel

Research Entomologist

Research Interests / Job description
Development of IPM programs for protected and field crops.

The fate of antibodies ingested by arthropod pests and the potential of specific antibodies as insecticides

Research topics in protected Crops:
1. Effect of photoselective covers on pest's entry and establishment.
2. Risk of pest's entry and establishment in time and space.
3. Reducing thrips damages.
4. Post harvest treatments for quarantine pests.

Research topics in field Crop:
1. Pests of sweet corn.
2. Soil pests (earwigs, scarabs).
3. Pests of wheat.

Education and Training:

1980  B.Sc., Zoology, University of California Davis

1982  M.Sc., Entomology, University of California Davis

1985  Ph.D., Entomology, Oklahoma State University

1989 Post Doc., Parasitology, Haddassa Med. School 

1998 Sabbatical, Iowa State University


List of Publications:

1)  Ben-Yakir, D.  (1987). Growth retardation of Rhodnius prolixus symbionts by immunizing host against Nocardia (Rhodococcus) rhodnii.  J. Insect Physiol. 33: 379-383

2)  Ben-Yakir, D. and R.W. Barker (1987). The development of Amblyomma americanum and Dermacentor variabilis (Acari: Ixodoidae) fed on rabbits immunized with their hemolymph.  Parasit. Res. 73: 284-288.

3)  Ben-Yakir, D., C.J. Fox, J.T. Homer and R.W. Barker (1987). Quantification of host immunoglobulin G in the hemolymph of ticks.  J. Parasitol. 73: 669-671.

4)  Ben-Yakir, D. (1989). Quantitative studies of host immunoglobulin G in the hemolymph of ticks (Acari).  J. Med. Entomol. 26: 243-246.

5)  Ben-Yakir, D. and R. Galun (1993). Comparative study of ticks' feeding response to phagostimulants.  Israel J.  Zoology, 39: 169-176.

6)  Ben-Yakir, D., K.Y. Momcuoglu, O. Manor and R. Galun  (1994). Immunization of rabbits with a midgut extract of the human body louse (Pediculus humanus humanus). I. The effect of induced resistance on the louse population.  Med. Vet. Entomol. 8: 114-118.

7)  Yatom, S., A.M. Gol'berg, D. Ben-Yakir and M. Chen (1994). A contribution to the phenology of Maladera matrida in Israel.  J. Appl. Entomol., 117: 463-468.

8)  Harari, A.R., D. Ben-Yakir, and D. Rosen (1994). Mechanism of aggregation behavior in Maladera matrida Argaman (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae).  J. Chem. Ecol., 20: 361-371.

9)  Ben-Yakir, D., A. Bazar and M. Chen (1995). Attraction of Maladera matrida adults (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) to eugenol and other lures. J. Econ. Entomol., 88: 415-420.

10) Ben-Yakir, D., D. Nestel, H. Ben?Herzel, M. Grossman, H. Benyaminy and M. Chen (1995). Postdiapause development and spring emergence of the European corn borer, Ostrinia nubilalis, in Israel. Phytoparasitica, 23: 205-215.

  11) Ben-Yakir, D., A.M. Gol'berg, and M. Chen (1995). Laboratory efficacy screening of insecticides for control of Maladera matrida larvae. Phytoparasitica, 23: 119-125.

12) Ben-Yakir, D., L. Koren, and A.R. Harari (1996).  Biometrical investigations for sex and larval instar discrimination of Maladera matrida  (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae). Israel J. Entomol.30: 47-52.

13) Momcuoglu, K.Y., D. Ben-Yakir, S. Gunzberg, J.O. Ochanda and R. Galun (1996). Immunogenic proteins in the body and fecal material of the human body louse  Pediculus humanus humanus, and their homology to antigens of other lice species.  Med. Vet. Entomol. 10: 105-107.

 14) Momcuoglu, K.Y., E. Rahamim, D. Ben-Yakir, J.O. Ochanda and R.Galun (1996).  Localization of immunogenic antigens on the midgut of the human body louse Pediculus humanus humanus  (Anoplura: Pediculidae).  J. Med. Entomol. 33: 74-77.

 15) Ochanda, J.O., K.Y. Momcuoglu, D. Ben-Yakir, J.K. Okuru, V.O. Oduol and R. Galun (1996). Characterization and properties of antigenic proteins from the midgut of the human body louse Pediculus humanus humanus recognized by resistant host.  Med. Vet. Entomol. 10: 35-38.

16) Ben-Yakir, D. and C. Shochat (1996). The fate of immunoglobulin G fed to larvae of Ostrinia nubilalis. Entomol. Exp. Applic. 81: 1-5.

17) Ben-Yakir, D.,D. Gal, D. Rosen, and M. Chen (1996).  Potential of Aspongopus viduatus F. (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) as a biocontrol agent for squirting cucumber, Ecballium elaterium (L.) A. Rich. (Cucurbitaceae).  Biol. Control. 7: 48-52.

18) Ben-Yakir, D., Ester Hadar, and M. Chen (1997). Evaluating insecticides for the control of Narcissus bulb flies under field conditions in Israel. Phytoparasitica 25: 93-97.

19) Harari, A. R., D. Ben-Yakir, M. Chen, and D. Rosen. (1997). Life- and fertility-tables of Maladera matrida  (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Environ. Entomol. 26: 1073-78.

20) Harari, A. R., D. Ben-Yakir, M. Chen, and D. Rosen. (1997). Population dynamics of Maladera matrida  (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in peanut fields in Israel. Environ. Entomol. 26: 1040-1048.

21) Momcuoglu, K.Y., D. Ben-Yakir, J.O. Ochanda, J. Miller and R. Galun (1997). Immunization of rabbits with fecal extract of Pediculus humanus humanus, the human body louses: effect on louse development and reproduction. Med. Vet. Entomol. 11: 315-318.

22) Ben-Yakir, D., D. Efron, M. Chen, and I. Glazer (1998) Evaluation of entomopathogenic nematodes for biological control of the European corn borer on sweet corn in Israel. hytoparasitica 26: 20-27.

23) Ochanda, J.O., E.A.C. Oduor, R. Galun, M.O. Imbuga, D. Ben-Yakir and K.Y. Mumcuoglu (1998). Partial characterization and post-feeding activity of midgut aminopeptidase in the human body louse, Pediculus humanus humanus. Psysiol. Entomol. 23: 382-387.

24) Harari, A. R., D. Ben-Yakir, M. Chen, and D. Rosen. (1998). Temperature-dependent developmental models for predicting the phenology of Maldera matrida  (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Environ. Entomol. 27: 1220-1228.

25) Harari, A. R., D. Ben-Yakir, M. Chen, and D. Rosen. (2000). Male pioneering as a mating strategy: the case of Maladera matrida. Ecol. Entomol. 25: 387-394.

26) Harari, A. R., D. Ben-Yakir, M. Chen, and D. Rosen. (2001). Economic injury levels for Maladera matrida (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) infesting peanut fields. Entomol. Exp. Applic. 98: 79-84.

27) Jeffers, L. A., D. M. Thompson, D. Ben-Yakir and R. M. Roe. (2005). The movement of proteins across the digestive system of the tobacco budworm, Heliothis virescens (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Entomol. Exp. Applic. 117: 135-146.

28) Teitel, M., J. Tanny, D. Ben-Yakir and M. Barak. (2005). Airflow patterns through roof openings of a naturally ventilated greenhouse and their effect on insect penetration. Biosyst. Eng. 92: 341-353.

29) Jasrotia, P. and D. Ben-Yakir. (2006) An immuno-marking technique for thrips. Entomol. Exp. Applic. 120: 155-160.

30) Ben-Yakir, D., Hadar, M.D., Offir, Y., Chen, M. and M. Tregerman, M. (2008) Protecting Crops from Pests Using Optinet® Screens and Chromatinet® Shading Nets. Acta Hort. 770: 205-212.

31) Ben-Yakir , D. and M. Chen. (2008) Studies of thrips migratory flights in Israel. Acta Phyt. Entomol. Hung. 43: 243-248.

32) Ben-Yakir, D., M. Teitel, J. Tanny, M. Chen and M. Barak. (2008) Optimizing ventilation of protected crops while minimizing invasion by whiteflies and thrips. Acta Hort. 797: 217-222.

33) Shahak, Y., E. Gal, Y. Offir and D. Ben-Yakir. (2008) Photoselective shade netting integrated with greenhouse technologies for improved performance of vegetable and ornamental crops. Acta Hort. 797: 75-80.

34) Shahak, Y., K. Ratner , N. Zur, Y. Offir, E. Matan, H. Yehezkel, Y. Messika, I. Posalski and D. Ben-Yakir (2009) Photoselective netting: an emerging approach in protected agriculture. Acta Hort. 807: 79-84.

35) Teitel, M. and D. Ben-Yakir (2009) The use of screens in protected crops and its effects on efficacy of ventilation and pests' infestation. Plasticulture 8(128): 6-31.

36) Ben-Yakir, D., Y. Antignus, Y. Offir and Y. Shahak (2012) Colored shading nets impede insect invasion and decrease the incidences of insect born-transmitted viral diseases in vegetable crops. Entomol. Exp. Applic. 144: 249-257.

37) Ben-Yakir, D., M. Chen, S. Sinev, and V. Seplyarsky (2012) Chilo partellus (Swinhoe) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) a new invasive species in Israel. J. appl. Entomol. Online.

38) Lebedev, G., F. Abo-Moch, G. Gafni, D. Ben-Yakir and M. Ghanim (2012) High level of resistance to spinosad, emamectin benzoate and carbosulfan in populations of Thrips tabaci collected in Israel. Pest Manag. Sci. Online.

39) Ben Yakir, D., Y. Antignus, Y. Offir and Y. Shahak (2012). Optical manipulations of insect pests for protecting agricultural crops. Acta Hort. 956: 609-615.

Book chapters:

 1)  Ben-Yakir, D., C.J. Fox, J.T. Homer and R.W. Barker (1986). Quantitative studies of host immunoglobulin G passage into the hemocoel of the ticks  Amblyomma americanum and  Dermacentor variabilis. In Morphology, Physiology and Behavioural Biology of Ticks (eds. Sauer, J.R. and J.A.Hair), pp. 329-341.Ellis  Horwood Publisher, Chichester.

2)  Antignus, Y and D. Ben-Yakir (2004). Ultraviolet-absorbing barriers, an efficient integrated pest management tool to protect greenhouses from insects and virus diseases. In Insect Pest Management - Field and Protected Crops (eds. Horowitz, A.R. and I. Ishaaya), pp. 319-335. Springer Publisher, New York.

3) Ben Yakir, D., Y. Antignus, Y. Offir and Y. Shahak (2012). Optical manipulations: an advance approach for reducing sucking insect pests. In Advanced Technologies for Managing Insect Pests (eds. Ishaaya, I., S.R. Palli and A.R. Horowitz), pp. 249-267. Springer Publisher, New York.

Photos from experiments with colored shading nets
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