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שלח באימייל הדפס
Name: Eli Zaady, Ph.D. (Researcher)
Units: Gilat CenterNatural Resources
Research Interests / Job description  
Tel:  +972 (0)8 992-8677
Cell: 050 - 6220158
Fax:+972 8 992-6485
Email:    zaadye@volcani.agri.gov.il
Address:Department of Natural Resources,
Institute of Plant Sciences
Agriculture Research Organization,
Ministry of Agriculture,
Gilat Research Center,
Mobile Post Negev 8531100, Israel.

Researcher of Open Spaces, AgroEcologist, and Soil Ecology

Research Interests / Job description
Livestock (sheep, goats, and camels) grazing in semiarid organic agroecosystems, planted forests and agricultural plantations, and natural pasture.
Improving pasture conditions: water harvesting system (surface runoff) increases the soil's moisture, allowing for significant enrichment of the herbaceous vegetation available to the grazers, even in drought years.
Biocrusts [biological soil crusts]; succession, surface stabilization of sand dunes and loess soil, erosion prevention, and runoff production.
Biogeochemistry; C and N cycles in desert soils.
Aeolic erosion. Micro-morphology and chemistry of atmospheric particles.
Leakage of biocide materials from agricultural fields and pollutant dispersion by wind and water to natural and urban spaces.
Monitoring patch dynamic in burnt forests.

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List of publications:

Kenealy, W., Zaady, E., Du Preez, J. C., Stiglitz, B. and Goldberg, I. (1986) Biochemical aspect of fumaric acid accumulation by Rhizopus arrhizus. Appllied Environmental Microbiology 52: 128-133.

Zaady, E. and Okon, Y. (1990). Culture condition affecting Azospirillum brasilense Cd cell aggregation and adsorption to maize roots. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 22: 1103-1107.

Zaady, E., Perevolotsky, A. and Okon, Y. (1993). Promotion of plant growth by inoculum with aggregated and single cell suspensions of Azospirillum brasilense Cd. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 25: 819-823.

Zaady, E., Okon, Y. and Perevolotsky, A. (1994). Growth response of Mediterranean herbaceous swards to inoculation with Azospirillum brasilense. Journal of Range Management 47: 12-15.

Zaady, E. and Perevolotsky, A. (1995). Enhancement of growth and establishment of Oak (Quercus ithaburensis Decaine) seedling by inoculation with Azospirillum brasilense. Forest Ecology Management 72: 81-83.

Zaady, E., Groffman, P. and Shachak, M. (1996). Litter as a regulator of nitrogen and carbon dynamics in macrophytic patches in Negev desert soils. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 28: 39-46.

Karnieli, A., Shachak, M., Tsoar, H., Zaady, E., Kaufman, Y., Danin, A. and Porter, W. (1996). The effect of microphytes on the spectral reflectance of vegetation in semi-arid regions. Remote Sensing of Environment 57: 88-96.

Zaady, E., Groffman, P. and Shachak, M. (1996). Release and consumption of snail feces in Negev desert soils. Biology & Fertility of Soils 23: 399-404.

Zaady, E., Gutterman, Y. and Boeken, B. (1997). The germination effects of cyanobacterial soil crust on mucilaginous seeds of three desert plants: Plantago coronopus, Reboudia pinnata and Carrichtera annua. Plant and Soil 190:247-252.

Offer, Z., Zaady, E. and Shachak, M. (1998). Aeolian particles input to soil surface at the northern limit of the Negev desert. Arid Soil Research and Rehabilitation 1: 55-62.

Zaady, E., Groffman, P. and Shachak, M. (1998). Nitrogen fixation in macro- and microphytic patches in the Negev desert. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 30: 449-454.

Masalha, R., Zaady, E., Offer, Z. Y., Gulman, R., and Herishanu. Y. O. (1998). Meteorological conditions and stroke in southern Israel. Journal of Neurology 245: 472-473.14.

Shem-Tov, S., Zaady, E., Groffman, M. P. and Gutterman, Y. (1999). Soil carbon content along rainfall gradient and germination: a potential mechanism for regulating of Plantago coronopus. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 31: 1209-1217.

Itzigsohn, R., Burdman, S., Okon, Y., Zaady, E., Yonatan, R. and E. Perevolotsky. (2000). Plant-growth promotion in natural pastures by inoculation with Azospirillum brasilense under sub-optimal conditions. Arid Soil Research and Rehabilitation 14: 151-159.

Zaady, E., Kuhn, U., Wilske, B., Sandoval-Soto, L., and Kesselmeier, J. (2000). Patterns of CO2 exchange in biological soil crusts of successional age. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 32, 959-966.

Eldridge, D.J., Zaady, E. and Shachak, M. (2000). Infiltration through three contrasting biological soil crusts in patterned landscapes in the Negev, Israel. Catena (40)3, 323-336.

Zaady, E., Offer, Y. Z., Shachak, M. (2001). The content and contribution of the accumulated aeolian organic matter in a dry ecosystem. Atmospheric Environment 35: 769-776.

Zaady, E., Yonatan, R., Shachak, M., Perevolotsky, A. (2001). The effects of grazing on abiotic and biotic parameters in semi-arid ecosystem: a case study from the northern Negev desert, Israel. Arid Soil Research and Management 15: 245-261.

Zaady, E., Bouskila, A. (2002). Patterns of lizard burrows distribution in biological soil crusts of successional age in arid sandy region. Journal of Arid Environments 2: 235-246.

Maestre F.T., Huesca, M., Zaady, E., Bautista, S. and Cortina, J. (2002). Infiltration, penetration resistance and microphytic crust composition in contrasted microsites within a Mediterranean semi-arid steppe. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 34: 895-898.

Shem-Tov, S., Zaady, E. and Gutterman, Y. (2002). Germination of Carrichtera annua seeds on soil samples collected along a rainfall gradient in the Negev desert. Israel Journal of Plant Sciences 50: 115-120.

Karnieli, K., Gabai, A., Ichoku, C., Zaady, E. and Shachak, M. (2002). Temporal dynamics of soil and vegetation spectral responses in a semiarid environment. International Journal of Remote Sensing 23: 4073-87.

Eldridge, D.J., Zaady, E, Shachak, M. (2002). Microphytic crusts, shrub patches and water harvesting in the Negev desert: The shikim system. Landscape Ecology 17: 587-597.

Akuja, T., Godonu, K.G., Kraaij, T., Mwangi, M., Oguzoglu, I. and Zaady, E. (2002). Soil characteristics of crusted outside and sub-canopy areas of four dominant shrubs in the Negev Desert. International Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development 3: 162-170.

Zaady, E., Groffman, P.M., Shachak, M. and Wilby, A. (2003). Consumption and release of nitrogen of harvester termite Anacanthotermes ubachi Navas in northern Negev desert. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 35: 1299-1303.

Zaady, E., Boeken, B., Ariza, C. and Gutterman, Y. (2003). Light, temperature and substrate effects on the germination of three Bromus species in comparison with their abundance in the field. Israel J. Plant Sciences 51:267-273.

Zaady, E., Levacov, R. And Shachak, M. (2004). Application of the herbicide, Simazine, and its effect on soil surface parameters and vegetation in a patchy desert landscape. Arid Land Research and Management 18: 397-410.

Boeken, B., Ariza, C., Gutterman, Y. and Zaady, E. (2004). Post maturation environmental factors affecting dispersal, germination and distribution of Stipa capensis plants among landscape patches in the northern Negev Desert of Israel. Ecological Research 19: 533-540.

Akuja, T., Zaady, E. (2004). Effect of soil erosion on the biodiversity of soil crust within the Ziporim basin of Israel. International Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development 5: 1-6.

Akuja, M., Zaady, E., Ward, D. and Gutterman, Y. (2005). Effect of soil erosion and land use on soil quality in the semiarid Negev Desert of Israel. East African Journal of Life Sciences 5: 67-74.

Zaady, E. (2005). Seasonal changes and nitrogen cycling in a patchy Negev desert, a review. Arid Land Research and Management 19: 111-124.

Burgheimer, J., Wilske, B., Maseyk, K., Karnieli, A., Zaady, E., Yakir, D., and Kesselmeier. J.T. (2006). Relationships between Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) and carbon fluxes of biologic soil crusts assessed by ground measurements. Journal of Arid Environments 64: 656-669.

Burgheimer, J., Wilske, B., Maseyk, K., Karnieli, A., Zaady, E., Yakir, D. and Kesselmeier, J. (2006). Ground and space spectral measurements for assessing the semi-arid ecosystem phenology related to CO2 fluxes of biological soil crusts. Remote Sensing of Environment 101: 1-12.

Grishkan, I., Zaady, E., Nevo, E. (2006). Soil crust microfungi along a southward rainfall aridity gradient in the Negev desert, Israel. European Journal of Soil Biology 42:33-42.

Offer, Z.Y., Zaady, E. (2006). Aeolian accumulation of organic and inorganic sediments in a semi-arid watershed in the northern Negev desert, Israel. Int. Journal on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability 4: 153-164.

Thompson, T.L., Zaady, E., Huancheng, P., Wilson, T.B. and Martens, D.A. (2006). Soil C and N in patchy shrublands of the Negev and Chihuahuan Deserts: A Comparative Study. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 38: 1943-1955.

Zaady, E., Karnieli, A., Shachak, M. (2007). Applying a field spectroscopy technique for assessing successional trends of biological soil crusts in a semi-arid environment. Journal of Arid Environments 70: 463-477.

Vanderstraeten, P., Lénelle, Y., Meurrens, A Carati, D., Brenig, L., Offer, Z.Y. and Zaady, E. (2007). Micromorphology and Chemistry of airborne particles during agriculture working periods in Brussels surrounding region. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 146: 33-39.

Vanderstraeten, P., Lénelle, Y., Meurrens, A., Carati, D., Brenig, L., Delcloo, A., Offer, Z.Y. and Zaady, E. (2008). Desert storm originate from sahara covering western Europe; a case study. Atmospheric Environment 42: 5489-5493.

Wilske, B., Burgheimer, J., Karnieli, A., Zaady, E., Andreae, M. O., Yakir, D., and Kesselmeier, J. (2008). The CO2 exchange of biological soil crusts in a semiarid grass-shrubland at the northern transition zone of the Negev desert, Israel. Biogeosciences 5: 1411-1423.

Brenig, L., Zaady, E., Vigo-Aguiar, J., Karnieli, A., Fovell, R., Arbel, S., Al-Baz, I., and Offer, Z.Y. (2008). Cloud formation and rainfalls induced by an artificial solar setting: A weather engineering project for fighting aridity. Geographical Studies Forum and Environmental Protection 7: 67-82.

Zaady, E., Brenig, L. , Carati, D., Vanderstraeten, P., Lénelle, Y., Meurrens, A. and Offer, Z.Y. (2008). Agricultural activities impact on atmospheric pollution in urban area of Brussels. Geographical Studies Forum and Environmental Protection 7: 196-199.

Zaady, E., Dody, A., Weiner, D., Barkai, D. and Offer, Z.Y. (2009). A comprehensive method for aeolian particle granulometry and micromorphology analyses. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 155: 169-175.

Zaady, E., Carati, D., Brenig, L., Vanderstraeten, P., Lénelle, Y., Meurrens, A., Offer, Z.Y. (2010). Weekly variations of atmospheric particles, micromorphology and chemistry in the Brussels urban environment. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 169: 45-54.

Vanderstraeten, P., Forton, M., Lénelle, Y., Meurrens, A., Carati, D., Brenig, L., Offer, Z.Y., Zaady, E. (2010). Elevated PM10 concentrations and high PM2,5/PM10 ratio in the Brussels urban area during the 2006 Car-Free Sunday. International Journal on Environment and Waste Management 3: 264-279.

Zaady, E. Offer, Y.Z. (2010). Biogenic soil crusts in arid zones increase soil depth by incorporating aeolian deposition. Sedimentology 57: 351-358.

Zaady, E., Ben-David., E.A., Sher, Y., Tzirkin, R. and Nejidat, A. (2010). Inferring biological soil crust successional stage using combined PLFA, DGGE, physical physical and biophysiological analyses. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 42: 842-849.

Zaady, E., Brenig, L. Carati, D., Meurrens, A., Lénelle, Y., Vanderstraeten, P., Offer, Z.Y. (2010). Heavy metals identified in airborne particles during weekend periods in Brussels urban environment. Geographical Studies Forum and Environmental Protection 9: 87-92.

Ben-David, E. A., Zaady, E., Sher, Y., Nejidat, A. (2011). Assessment of the spatial distribution of soil microbial communities in patchy arid and semiarid landscapes of the Negev Desert by using combined PLFA and DGGE analyses. FEMS Microbiol Ecol. 76: 492-503.

Dody, A., Hakmon, R., Asaf, B., Zaady, E. (2011). Indices to monitor biological soil crust growth rate - lab and field experiments. Natural Sciences 3: 478-483.

Maestre T.F., Quero, L.J., Gotelli, J. N., Escudero, A., Ochoa, V., Delgado-Baquerizo, M., García-Gómez, M., Bowker, A. M., Soliveres, S., Escolar, C., García-Palacios, P., Berdugo, M., Valencia, E., Gozalo, B., Gallardo, A., Blones, J., Boeken, B., Bran, D., Conceição, A.A., Cabrera, O., Chaieb, M., Derak, M., Eldridge, J. D., Espinosa, I. C., Florentino, A., Gaitán, J., Gatica, M.G., Ghiloufi, W., Gómez-González, S., Gutiérrez, R.J., Hernández, M. R., Huang, X., Huber-Sannwald, E., Jankju, M., Miriti, M., Monerris, J., Mau, L.R., Morici, E., Naseri, K., Ospina, A., Polo, V., Prina, A., Pucheta, E., Ramírez-Collantes, A. D., Romão, R., Tighe, M., Torres-Díaz, C., Val, J., Veiga, P. J., Wang, D., Zaady, E. (2012). Plant Species Richness and Ecosystem Multifunctionality in Global Drylands. Science 335: 214-218.

Offer, Z.Y., Vanderstraeten, P., Brenig, L., Carati, D., Lénelle, Y., Meurrens, A., Zaady, E. (2012). Atmospheric Pollution by Iceland Volcano Lava Dispersion - the Brussels Case. Geographical Studies Forum and environment protection 11: 5-10.

Orenstein, D.E., Groner, E., Argaman, E., Boeken, B., Preisler, Y., Shachak, M., Ungar, E.D., Zaady, E. (2012). An ecosystem services inventory: lessons from the northern Negev Long-Term Social Ecological Research (LTSER) platform. Geography Research Forum 32: 96-118.

Sher, Y., Zaady, E., Ronen, Z., Nejidat, A. (2012). Nitrification activity and levels of inorganic nitrogen in soils of a semi-arid ecosystem following a drought-induced shrub death. European Journal of Soil Biology 53: 86-93.

Zaady, E., Arbel, S., Barkai, D., Sarig, S. (2013). Long-term impact of agricultural practices on biological soil crusts and their hydrological processes in a semiarid landscape. Journal of Arid Environments 90: 5-11.

Zaady, E., Groffman, M. P., Standing, D., Shachak, M. (2013). High N2O emissions in dry ecosystems. European Journal of Soil Biology 59: 1-7.

Delgado-Baquerizo, M., Maestre, T.F., Gallardo, A., Bowker, M.A., Wallenstein, M.D., Quero, J.L., Ochoa, V., Gozalo, B., García-Gómez, M., Soliveres, S., García-Palacios, P., Berdugo, M., Valencia, E., Escolar, C., Arredondo, T., Barraza-Zepeda, C., Bran, D., Carreira, J.A., Chaieb, M., Conceição, A.., Derak, M., Eldridge, D.J., Escudero, A., Espinosa, C.I., Gaitán, J., Gatica, M.G., Gómez-González, S., Guzman, E., Gutiérrez, J.R., Florentino, A., Hepper, E.,. Hernández, R.M., Huber-Sannwald, E., Jankju, M., Liu, J., Mau, R.L., Miriti, M., Monerris, J., Naseri, K., Noumi, Z., Polo, V., Prina, A., Pucheta, E., Ramírez, E., Ramírez-Collantes, D.A., Romão, R., Tighe, M., Torres, D., Torres-Díaz, C., Ungar, E.D., Val, J., Wamiti, W., Wang D. & Zaady E. (2013). Decoupling of soil nutrient cycles as a function of aridity in global drylands. Nature, 502: 672 - 676.

Sher, Y., Zaady, E., Nejidat, A. (2013). Spatial and temporal diversity and abundance of ammonia oxidizers in semi-arid and arid ecosystems: indications for a differential seasonal effect on archaeal and bacterial ammonia oxidizers. FEMS Microbiol Ecol. 86, 544-556.

Amir, R., Kinast, S., Tsoar, H., Yizhaq, H., Zaady, E., Ashkenazy, Y. (2014). The effect of wind and precipitation on vegetation and biogenic crust covers in the Sde-Hallamish sand dunes. Journal of Geophysical Research 119, 437-450.

Zaady, E., Katra, I., Yizhaq, H., Kinast, S., Ashkenazy, Y. (2014). Inferring the impact of rainfall gradient on biocrusts developmental stage and thus on soil physical structures in sand dunes. Aeolian Research 13, 81-89.

Paz-Kagan, T., Shachak, M., Zaady, E., Karnieli, A. (2014). Evaluation of ecosystem responses to land-use change using soil quality and primary productivity in a semi-arid area, Israel. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 193, 9-24.

Paz-Kagan, T., Shachak, M., Zaady, E., Karnieli, A. (2014). A spectral soil quality index (SSQI) for characterizing soil function in areas of changed land use. Geoderma, 230, 171-184.

Paz-Kagan, T., Panov, N., Shachak, M., Zaady, E., Karnieli, A. (2014). Structural changes of desertified and managed shrubland landscapes, in response to drought: spatial and temporal analysis. Remote Sensing 6, 8134-8164. 

Ulrich, W., Soliveres, S., Maestre, T.F., Gotelli, N.J., Quero, J.L., Delgado-Baquerizo, M., Bowker, M.A., Eldridge, D.J., Ochoa, V., Gozalo, B., Valencia, E., Berdugo, M., Escolar, C., García-Gómez, M., Escudero, A., Prina, A., Alfonso, G., Arredondo, T., Bran, D., Cabrera, O., Cea, A., Chaieb, M., Contreras, J., Derak, M., Espinosa, C.I., Florentino, A., Gaitán, Juan., García-Muro, V., Ghiloufi, W., Gómez-González, S., Gutiérrez, J.R., Hernández, R.M., Huber-Sannwald, E., Jankju, M., Mau, R.L., Hughes, F.M., Miriti, M., Monerris, J., Muchane, M., Naseri, K., Pucheta, E., Ramírez-Collantes, D.A. Raveh, E., Romão, R.L., Torres-Díaz, C., Val, J., Veiga, J.P., Wang, D., Yuan, X. & Zaady, E. (2014). Climate and soil attributes determine plant species turnover in global drylands. Journal of Biogeography 41, 2307-2319.

Rozenstein, O., Zaady, E., Katra, I., Karnieli, A., Adamowski, J., Yizhaq, H. (2014). The effect of sand grain size on the establishment of cyanobacterial biocrusts. Aeolian Research 15, 217-226

Lugassi, R. Chudnovsky, A., Zaady, E., Dvash, L., Goldshlager, N. (2015). Spectral slope as an indicator of pasture quality. Remote Sensing 7, 256-274.

Lugassi, R., Chudnovsky, A., Zaady, E., Dvash, L., Goldshleger, N. (2015). Estimating pasture quality of fresh vegetation based on spectral Slope of mixed data of dry and fresh vegetation; method development. Remote Sensing 7, 8045-8066.

Stavi, I., Barkai, D., Islam, K.R., Zaady, E. (2015). No negative effect of moderate stubble grazing on soil quality in wheat agro-ecosystems, the Negev, Israel. Agronomy for Sustainable Development 35, 1117-1125.

Delgado-Baquerizo, M., Maestre, F.T., Gallardo, A., Bowker, M., Soliveres, S., Eldridge, D., Prado-Comesaña, A., Gaitán, J., Quero, J., Ochoa, V., Gozalo, B., García-Gómez, M., García-Palacios, P., Berdugo, M., Valencia, E., Escolar, C., Arredondo, T., Barraza-Zepeda, C., Boeken, B., Bran, D., Cabrera, O., Carreira, J.A., Chaieb, M., Conceição, A., Derak, M., Ernst, R., Espinosa, C., Florentino, A., Gatica, G., Ghiloufi, W., Gómez-González, S., Gutiérrez, J., Hernandez, R., Huber-Sannwald, E., Jankju, M., Mau, R., Miriti, M., Monerris, J., Morici, E., Muchane, M., Naseri, K., Pucheta, E., Ramírez, E., Ramírez-Collantes, D., Romão, R., Tighe, M., Torres, D., Torres, C., Val, J., Veiga, J., Wang, D., Yuan, X. & Zaady, E. (2015). Human impacts and aridity differentially alter soil N availability in drylands worldwide. Global Ecology and Biogeography 25, 36-45.

Paz-Kagan, T., Zaady, E., Christoph S., Andreas S., Angela L., Steffen Z., Notesco, G., Ben-Dor, E., Karnieli, A. (2015). Mapping the spectral soil quality index (SSQI) using airborne imaging spectroscopy. Remote Sensing 7, 15748-15781.

Maestre, F.T., Delgado-Baquerizo, M., Jeffries, T.C., Eldridge, D.J., Ochoa, V., Gozalo, B., Quero, J.L., García-Gómez, M., Gallardo, A., Ulrich, W., Bowker, M.A., Arredondo, T., Barraza, C., Bran, D., Florentino, A., Gaitán, J., Gutiérrez, J.R., Huber-Sannwald, E., Jankju, M., Mau, R.L., Miriti, M., Naseri, K., Ospina, A., Stavi, I., Wang, D., Woods, N.N., Yuan, X., Zaady, E., Singh, B.K. (2015). Increasing aridity reduces soil microbial diversity and abundance in global drylands. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) 112, 5684-15689.

Turgeman, T., Leubinski, O., Roth-Bejerano, N., Kagan Zur, V., Kapulnik, Y., Koltai, H., Zaady, E., Ben-Shabat, S., Sitrit, Y. (2015). The role of pre-symbiotic auxin signaling in ectendomycorrhiza formation between the desert truffle Terfezia boudieri and Helianthemum sessiliflorum Mycorrhiza. Mycorrhizae 26, 287-297. doi: 10.1007/s00572-015-0667-y.

Tanner, S., Katra, I., Haim, A., Zaady, E. (2016). Quantification of short-term soil loss by aeolian erosion in response to conventional and organic agricultural practices. Soil and Tillage Research 155, 149-156.

Paz-Kagan Ts., Shachak, M., Zaady, E., and Karnieli, A. (2016). Transformation of shrublands to forests: the role of woody species as ecosystem engineers and landscape modulators. Forest Ecology and Management 361, 257-268.

DeMalach, N., Zaady, E., Weiner, J., Kadmon, R. (2016). Size-asymmetry of resource competition and plant community structure. Journal of Ecology 104, 899-910.

Stavi, I., Argaman, E., Zaady, E. (2016). Positive impact of stubble grazing on soil aggregation and related quality indices in dryland wheat agro-pastoral systems. Catena 146, 94-99.

Paz-Kagan, T., Levi, N., Herrmann, I., Shachak, M., Zaady, E., Henkin, Z., Karnieli, A. (2016). Grazing intensity effects on soil quality; a case study in Mediterranean Grassland. Catena 146, 100-110.

Nejidat, A., Potrafka, R. M., Zaady, E. (2016). Successional biocrust stages on dead shrub soil mounds after severe drought: Effect of micro-geomorphology on microbial community structure and ecosystem recovery. Soil Biology & biochemistry 103, 213-220.

Stavi, I., Barkai, D., Knoll, Y., Zaady, E. (2016). Livestock grazing impact on soil wettability and erosion risk in post-fire agricultural lands. Science of Total Environment 573, 1203-1208.

DeMalach, N., Zaady, E., Kadmon, R. (2017). Light asymmetry and species loss under high soil fertility. Ecology Letters 20, 60-69.

Stavi., Brook, A., Katra, I., Barkai, D., Knoll, Y., Zaady, E. (2017). Fire outbreak impact on soil-water validity of semi-arid croplands and rangelands: Implications for prescribed burning and wildfires. Geomorphology 280, 67-75.

Zaady, E., Katra, I., Barkai, D., Knoll, Y., Sarig, S. (2017). The coupling effects of using coal fly-ash and bio-inoculant for rehabilitation of disturbed biocrusts in active sand dunes. Land Degradation and Development 28, 1228-1236.

Stavi, I., Golan, B., Zaady, E. (2017). Soil functions and ecosystem services in conventional, conservation and integrated agricultural systems. A review. Agronomy for Sustainable Development 36, 32 (3-12).

Kamle, M., Bar, E., Lewinsohn, D., Shavit, E., Roth-Bejerano, N., Kagan-Zur, V., Guy, O., Zaady, E., Lewinsohn, E., Sitrit, Y. (2017). Characterization of morphology, volatile profiles and molecular markers in edible desert truffles from the Negev desert. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 65, 2977-2983.

DeMalach, N., Zaady, E., Kadmon, R. (2017). Contrasting effects of water and nutrient additions on plant communities: a global meta-analysis. Global Ecology and Biogeography 26, 983-992.  

Paz-Kagan T., Ohana-Levi, N., Shachak, M., Zaady, E., Karnieli, A. (2017). Ecosystem effects of integrating human-made runoff-harvesting systems into natural dryland watersheds. Journal of Arid Environments 147, 133-143.

Ochoa-Hueso, R., Maestre, F.T., Eldridge, D.J., Delgado-Baquerizo, M., Soliveres, S., Bowker, M.A., Gross, N., Le Bagousse-Pinguet, Y., Quero, J.L., García-Gómez, M., Valencia, E., Arredondo, T., Beinticinco, L., Bran, D., Cea, A., Coaguila, D., Dougill, A.J., Espinosa, C.I., Gaitán, J., Guuroh, R.T., Gusman, E., Gutiérrez, J.R., Hernández, R.M., Huber-Sannwald, E., Jeffries, T., Linstädter, A., Mau, R.L., Monerris, J., Prina, A., Pucheta, E., Stavi, I., Thomas, A.D., Zaady E., Singh, B.K. (2018). Soil fungal abundance and plant functional traits drive fertile island formation in global drylands. Journal of Ecology. 106, 242-253.

Elad, D., Zaretsky, U., Avraham, S., Gotlieb, G., Wolf, W., Katra, I., Sarig, S., Zaady, E. (2018). In vitro exposure of nasal epithelial cells to atmospheric dust. Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology.  

Stavi, I., Shuker, S., Barkai, D., Knoll, Y.M., Zaady, E.. (2018). Effects of livestock grazing on Anemone coronaria L. in drylands: Implications for nature conservation. Geography and Environment.

Zaady, E., Katra, I., Shuker, S., Knoll, Y.,Sarig, S. (2018). Tree belts for decreasing aeolian dust carried pesticides from cultivated areas. Geosciences. http://www.mdpi.com/2076-3263/8/8/286/pdf

DeMalach, N., Saiz, H., Zaady, E., Maestre, F. (2019). Plant species-area relationships are determined by evenness, cover and aggregation in drylands worldwide. Global Ecology and Biogeography.

Vinograd, A., Zaady, E., Kigel, J. (2019). Dynamics of soil nutrients in abandoned sheep corrals in semi-arid Mediterranean planted forests. Journal of Arid Environments.164,38-45

Lugassi, R., Zaady, E., Goldshleger, N., Shoshany, M., Chudnovsky, A. (2019). Spatial and temporal monitoring of pasture ecological quality: Sentinel-2-based estimation of crude protein (CP) and neutral detergent fiber (NDF) contents. Remote Sensing.  https://www.mdpi.com/2072-4292/11/7/799/pdf

Panigada, C., Tagliabue, G., Zaady, E., Rozenstein, O., Garzonio, R., Di Mauro, B., De Amicis, M., Colombo, R., Cogliati, S., Miglietta, F., Rossini, M. (2019). A new approach for biocrust and vegetation monitoring in drylands using multi-temporal Sentinel-2 images. Progress Physical Geography

Paz-Kagan, T., DeMalach, N., Zaady, E., Shachak, M. (2019). Resource redistribution effects on annual plant communities in a runoff harvesting system in dryland. Journal of Arid Environments

Yizhaq, H. Stavi, I., Swet, N., Zaady, E., Katra, I. (2019). Vegetation ring formation by water overland flow in water-limited environments: Field measurements and mathematical modeling. Ecohydrology.

Mussery, A.M., Shuker, S., Zaady, E. (2019). New approach for sustainable and profitable grazing systems in arid open lands of the northern Negev desert (Israel). Geography, Environment, Sustainability 12(2) 106-127. 

Goldshleger, N., Shamir, O., Basson, U., Zaady, E. (2019). Frequency Domain Electromagnetic Method (FDEM) as tool to study contamination at the sub-soil layer. Geoscience 9 (9), 382. 

Vinograd, A., Zaady, E., Kigel, J. (2020). Abandoned corrals: colonization and vegetation recovery of ephemeral habitats in silvopastoral systems. Journal of Plant Ecology 13,722-731

Mussery, A.M., Abu-Glion, H., Shuker, S., Zaady, E. (2020). The influence of trampling by small ruminants on soil fertility of a semi-arid region. Arid Soil Research and Management

Zaady, E., Yizhaq, H. Stavi, I. (2021). Hillslope geodiversity effects on properties and composition of biological soil crusts in drylands. European Journal of Soil Science. 

Levi, N., Hillel, N., Zaady, E., Rotem, G., Ziv, Y., Karnieli, A., Paz-Kagan, T. (2021). Soil quality index for assessing phosphate mining restoration in a hyper-arid environment. Ecological Indicator. 

Stavi, I., Yizhaq, H., Szitenberg, A., Zaady, E. (2021). Patch- to hillslope-scale geodiversity alleviates susceptibility of dryland ecosystems to climatic change: Insights from the Israeli Negev. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability.

Delgado-Baquerizo, M., Maestre, F.T., Guerra, C.A., Eldridge, D.J., Zhu, Y., Du, S., Chen, Q., Eisenhauer, N., Asensio, S., Gozalo, B., Ochoa, V., Wang, L., Makhalanyane, T., Zaady, E., Illan, J., Trivedi, P., Siebe, C., Grebenc, T., Zhou, X., Prakash-Verma, J., Liu, Y.R. Adebola, B., Blanco,J.L., Mamet, S., Alfaro, F., Abades, S., Teixido, A.L., Peñaloza, G.F., Torres, C., Molina-Montenegro, M., Duran, J., Rodríguez, A., Plaza, C., de los Rios, A., Rey, A., Berhe, A.A., Gallardo, A., García-Velázquez, L., Hayes, P., Neuhauser, S., Perez, C., He, J.Z., Hu, H.W. (2021). Global homogenization of the structure and function in the soil microbiome of urban greenspaces. Science Advances 7, 28.

Stavi, I., Zaady, E., Gusarov, A., Yizhaq, H. (2021). Dead shrub patches as ecosystem engineers in a degraded dryland ecosystem. Journal of Geographical Sciences

Nejidat, A., Diaz-Recka, D., Gelfand, I., Zaady, E. (2021). Persistence and spread of tetracycline resistance genes and microbial community variations in the soil of animal corral in a semiarid planted forest. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. 97, 8.

Mussery, A.M., Abu-Glion, H., Shuker, S., Zaady, E. (2021). Small ruminants grazing as a rehabilitative land management tool in the Negev Highland; soil, geomorphological and topographical perspectives. Agronomy

Williams, W.J., Schmidt, S., Zaady, E., Alchin, B., Swe, T.M., Williams, S., Dooley, M., Penfold, G., O'Reagain, P., Bushell, J., Cowley, R., Driscoll, C., Robinson, N. (2021). Resting subtropical grasslands from grazing in the wet season boosts biocrust hotspots to improve soil health. Agronomy.

Mussery, A.M., Sarig, S., Abu-Glion, H., Shuker, S., Stavi, I., Zaady, E. (2022). The hydrological interrelations and patch dynamics in dryland shrubby ecosystems: Empiric assessments and perspectives for land rehabilitation. Catena.

Adar, S., Sternberg, M., Paz-Kagan, T., Henkin, H., Dovrat, G., Zaady, E., Argaman, E. (2022). Estimation of aboveground biomass production using an unmanned aerial 1 vehicle (UAV) and VENμS satellite imagery in the Mediterranean and semiarid rangelands. Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment.

Zaady, E., Katra, I., Sarig, S. (2022). Dust particles as a pesticide's carrier in agro-ecosystems; qualitative and quantitative analysis. Agronomy 12, 1826.

Guerra, C.A. et al. (2022).Global hotspots for soil nature conservation. Nature.

Delgado-Baquerizo, M., Hu, H-W., Maestre, F.T., Guerra, C.A., Eisenhauer, N., Eldridge, D.J., Zhu, Y-G., Chen, Q-L., Trivedi, P., Du, S., Makhalanyane, T.P., Verma, J. P., Gozalo, B., Ochoa, V., Asensio, S., Wang, L., Zaady, E., Illán, J.G., Siebe, C., Grebenc, T., Zhou, X., Liu, Y-R., Bamigboye, A.R., Blanco-Pastor, J.L., Duran, J., Rodríguez, A., Mamet, S., Alfaro, F., Abades, S., Teixido, A.L., Peñaloza-Bojacá, G-el -F., Molina-Montenegro, M., Torres-Díaz, C., Perez, C., Gallardo, A., García-Velázquez, L., Hayes, P.E., Neuhauser, S., He, J-Z. (2022). The global distribution and environmental drivers of the soil antibiotic resistomes. Microbiome. https://www.researchsquare.com/article/rs-3256899/v1

Zaady, E., Stavi, I., Abu-Glion, H., Shuker, S., Yizhaq, H. (2022). Effects of hillslope geodiversity on readily available nitrogen and carbon of biocrusts in drylands. Land

Maestre F.M. et al. (2022). Grazing and ecosystem service delivery in global drylands. Science.

Sapir, T., Mussery, A.M., Abu-Glion, H., Sariy, G., Zaady, E. (2022). Reclamation of ancient agricultural terraces in the Negev Highlands; soil, archeological, hydrological, and topographical perspectives. Land Degradation & Development.

Fan, K. et al. (2023). Soil biodiversity supports the delivery of multiple ecosystem functions in urban greenspaces. Nature Ecology & Evolution 7, 113-126.

Liu, YR. et al. (2023). Soil contamination in nearby natural areas mirrors that in urban greenspaces worldwide. Nature Communication 14, 1706 .

Delgado-Baquerizo, M. et al. (2023). Biogenic factors explain soil carbon in paired urban and natural ecosystems worldwide. Nature Climate Change 13, 450-455.

Eldridge, D.J. et al. (2023). The global contribution of soil mosses to ecosystem services. Nature Geoscience 16, 430-438.

Mussery, M.A., Abu Glion, H., Shuker, S., Najami, N., Zaady, E. (2023). Trenched and diked contours for sustainable agricultural utilization in changing world; soil hydrological, geomorphological, and physical perspectives from over 70 years of implementation in the Northern Negev. Land Degradation and Development.

Adar, S., Sternberg, M., Argaman, E., Zaady, E., Henkin, H., Dovrat, G., Paz-Kagan, T (2023). Testing a novel pasture quality index using remote sensing tools in semiarid and Mediterranean grasslands. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 357, 108674

Books chapters

Okon, Y., Bar, T., Tal, S. and Zaady, E. (1991). Physiological properties of Azospirillum brasilense involved in root growth promotion. In: Nitrogen fixation with non-legumes (Skinner. F.A, Boddey, R.M. Fendrik, I., eds.), pp. 113-125. Kluwer Academic Pub. Amsterdam.

Shachak, M., Pickett, S. T. A., Boeken, B. and Zaady, E. (1999). Managing patchiness, ecological flows, productivity, and diversity in dry lands: Concepts and applications in the Negev desert. In: Arid lands management - Toward ecological sustainability. (Hoekstra, T., M. Shachak, Eds.), pp. 254-263. University of Illinois Press, Urbana.

Zaady, E, Shachak, M. and Moshe, Y. (2001). Ecological Approach for Afforestation in Arid Regions of the Northern Negev Desert, Israel. In: Deforestation, Environment and Sustainable Development, A Comparative Analysis. (Vajpeyi, D. ed.), pp. 219-238. Greenwood Publishing Group, INC. CT, USA.

Groffman, P.M., Zaady, E. and Shachak, M. (2005). Microbial contributions to biodiversity at organism, landscape, and ecosystem scales. In: Shachak M., Gosz J.R., Pickett S.T.A. and Perevolotsky A. (eds.), Biodiversity in Drylands - towards a unified framework and identification of research needs. Oxford University Press, Inc. Oxford, pp. 109-121.

Bouskila, A., Ben-Natan, G., Ziv, Y., Lubin, Y., Zaady, E. (2006). Comparative biological studies of the open areas in Yamin Plateau (NRC). BGU publication.

Zaady, E., Eldridge, D.J. and Shachak, M. (2008). Biogenic soil crusts enhance runoff production in the northern Negev Desert. Chapter 14a. In: Hare, P. (ed.), Transfer of Technology. Biblio Book, pp. 273-282.

Offer, Y.Z. and Zaady, E. (2008). Applicative methods for aeolian particle study in desert environment. Chapter 14b. In: Hare, P. (ed.), Transfer of Technology. Biblio Book, pp. 283-297.

Ziv, Y., Tzoar, H., Zaady, E., Vinkrat, R. (2008). Geomorphology of the Western Negev Sands. In: Ziv, Y (Ed.), Ben-Gurion University and the Israel Nature and Parks Authorityg. (In-Hebrew).

Boeken, B., Zaady, E. and Shachak, M. (2010). Developing comprehensive research of the system dynamics of a site - Long and short term studies at Park Shaked LTER station in the northern Negev desert of Israel. European-LTER Publisher.

Shachak, M., Groner, E., Boeken, B., Brand, S., Lubin, Y., Meron, E., Ungar, E., Shkedy, Y., Zaady, E., Perevolotsky, A. and Ne'eman, G. (2010). Israeli LTER: Site and Network Level Research. European-LTER Publisher.

Ziv, Y., Zaady, E., Tsoar, A., Karnieli, A., Voltsak, M., Bouskila, A., Sigal, Z., Renan, E. (2010). National program for monitoring biodiversity - internal desert sands. pp. 54-57. In: Berg, N., Perevolotsky, A. (Eds.), National Program for Monitoring Biodiversity - Open Spaces in Israel. ILTER-Marag. (In-Hebrew).

Seligman, N., Ungar, D.E., Henkin, Z., Landau, S.Y., Zaady, E., Perevolotsky, A. (2016). The Vegetation, Animals and People: Israel Pasture Management; Theory and Practice. Nekudat-Hen Publication, Jerusalem, Israel. (In-Hebrew). 300 pp. http://il1.activepoint.com/Yad_mire2016/

Zaady, E. (2016). The effect of grazing on soils - physical, chemical and biological aspects. In: Seligman, N., Ungar, D.E., Henkin, Z., Landau, S.Y., Zaady, E., Perevolotsky, A. (Eds.), The Vegetation, Animals and People: Israel Pasture Management; Theory and Practice. Nekudat-Hen Publication, Jerusalem, Israel. (In-Hebrew).

Zaady, E., Eldridge, D.J. Bowker, M.A. (2016). Effects of local-scale disturbance on biocrusts. In: Weber. B., Budel, B., Belnap, J. (Eds.), Biological Soil Crusts: An Organizing Principle in Drylands, Ecological Studies 226, Springer International Publishing, Switzerland. Chapter 21, pp. 429-449. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-30214-0_21.

Barger, N.N., Belnap, J., Garcia-Pichel, F., Zaady, E. (2016). Nitrogen cycling of biological soil crusts at micro-macro- and global scales. In: Weber. B., Budel, B., Belnap, J. (Eds.), Biological Soil Crusts: An Organizing Principle in Drylands. Ecological Studies 226, Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016. Chapter 14, pp. 257-285. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-30214-0_21.

Yunge. Z., Zhang, Y., Zaady, E., Bowker, M.A. (2016). Enhanced recovery of biocrusts after disturbance. In: Weber. B., Budel, B., Belnap, J. (Eds.), Biological Soil Crusts: An Organizing Principle in Drylands. Ecological Studies 226, Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2


Articles in reviewed journals in Hebrew (Abstract in English).

Zaady, E., Perevolotsky, A., and Okon, Y. (1990). The effects of Azospirillum inoculation on Oak seedlings. Hassade' 70: 1910-1912.

Zaady, E., Okon, Y. Yonatan, R. and Perevolotsky, A. (1992). Inoculation and fertilization effects on the productivity of natural pasture in temperate and semi-arid regions of Israel. Hassade' 72: 484-488.

Levacov, R., and Zaady, E. (1999). The effect of herbicides on resources flow in patchy Negev desert landscape. Ecology and Environment 5: 112-121.

Zaady, E. (1999). Nitrogen cycle and the Negev desert patchiness. Ecology and Environment 5: 70- 76.Zaady, E. (1999). The role of microphytic soil crusts in desert ecosystems. Ecology and Environment 5: 77-84.

Zaady, E., Eliasaf, R., Yonatan, R. Dvash, L., and Perevolotsky, A. (1999). The response of plant community to grazing: Plant and soil's parameters that affected by grazing. Ecology and Environment 5: 167-179.

Zaady, E. (2008). Changes in soil characteristics reveal from the vegetation cover in the open spaces of the Negev highland. Forest (Yaar) 10: 3-9.

Zaady, E., Sher, Y., Ronen, Z., Nejidat, A. (2012). Changes in soil biological characteristics and shrub mortality following drought in the northern Negev desert. Ecology and Environment 1: 44-52.

Golodets, C., Sternberg, M., Kigel, J., Boeken, B., Dolev, A., Hadar, L., Henkin, Z., Zaady, E., Betzalel, Y., Arnon, A., Seligman, N.G., Ungar, E.D. (2013). Relationship between the amount of rain and the biomass production in pasture, along the rainfall gradient in Israel and its implications for climate change scenario. Ecology and Environment 2: 148-158.

Zaady. E., Katra, I., Shuker, S., Knoll, Y., Sarig, S. (2017). Examination of the ecological services of planted forests bordering on farmlands in minimizing leakage of pesticides. Forest (Yaar) 17: 22-35.

Soroker, V., Sarig, S., Selevsky, Y., Afik, O., Kamer, Y., Zidman, E., Shuker, S., Knoll, Y., Zaady, E. (2017). Monitoring leakage of pesticides from agricultural fields to neighboring natural areas; Impact on heanybee mortality. Ecology and Environment 7: 106-116.

Glick, A., Barkai, D., Knoll, Y., Ziv, Y., Rotem, G., Zaady, E. (2017). Short-term effects of different grazing intensities on biomass and herbaceous species diversity in planted eucalyptus forest in the northwest Negev. Ecology and Environment 8(3), 28-35. 

Zaady, A., Unger, Y.D., Syaki, G. (2019). Optimal deployment of grazing pressure in order to reduce the risk of fires and the conservation of biological diversity in the forests of the northwestern Negev. Ecology and Environment 10(1): 10-11.

Horvitz, R., et al. 2020. Three years after widespread pollution in Nahal Ashlim - assessment of the situation according to the monitoring plan. Ecology and Environment 11(3).

Zaady, E.. 2022. Ecological characteristics of sheep and cattle pens on vegetation and soil, a review. Yediot Lavokrim 135, 27 - 31.

Allowed patents:

Patent No. 168527. Biological Soil Crusts - Soil Surface Stabilization. 


Articles of symposia proceedings (reviewed):

Groffman, P., Zaady, E. and Shachak, M. (1999). Microbial contribution to biodiversity at organism, landscape and ecosystem scales. In: Biodiversity in Drylands; Towards a Unified Framework and Identification Research Needs. pp. 32-39. Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel.

Eldridge, J. D., Zaady, E., Shachak, M. and Myers, C. (1999). Control of desertification by microphytic crusts in a Negev desert shrubland. In. Desertification and Soil Processes: Sixth International Rangeland Congress Proceedings 1: 111-113. .NSW, Australia.

Akuja, M., Avni, Y., Zaady, E., Gutterman, Y. (2001). Soil erosion effects as indicators of desertification processes in the northern Negev. In: Soil Erosion Research for the 21st Century. (eds., Ascough, J.C II., Flanagan, D.C. ) pp. 595-598. American Society of Agricultural Engineers Publication. Honolulu, Hawaii. 

The Open Space Research Team: 

Lab., Tech.: Hiam Abu-Glion
Field Tech.: Shimshon Shuker
Students: Noofar David, Tal Kerem


     Educational and Research Activities:


List of publications - Migda farm [see below]


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