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שלח באימייל הדפס
Name: Mwafaq Ibdah, Ph.D. (Researcher)
Units: Newe Ya'arResearch teams-Newe Yaar
Research Interests / Job description  
Tel:  972-4-953-9537
Cell: 972-50-622-0686
Email:    mwafaq@volcani.agri.gov.il
Office location:NeweYaar Research Center, Agricultural Research Organization
Address:Newe Ya'ar Research Center
P.O.Box 1021
Ramat Yishay 30095


Research Interests / Job description
The Ibdah lab employs biochemical, molecular and genomic tools to elucidate the biosynthetic pathways that produce novel and important plant specialized metabolites in aromatic plants, to uncover the mechanisms responsible for the evolution of these pathways in the plant kingdom and to understand the function of a given natural product in the biology and physiology of a given plant species.

"Studying the Biological Function and the Biosynthesis of the Specialized Metabolites"

We are looking for postdoctoral/PhD/MSc students in plant biochemistry


I have a dream that little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin and their religion, but by the content of their character. 


Ibdah, M., Hino, S., Nawade, B., Yahyaa, M., Bosamia,  TC., and Shaltiel-Harpaz, L. (2022). Identification and characterization of three nearly identical linalool/nerolidol synthase from Acorus calamus. Phytochemistr, 202: 113318

Agmon, S., Kunta, S., Dafny-Yelin, M., Moy, J., Ibdah, M., Harel, A., Levy, Y., and Hovav, R. (2022). Mapping of stem rot resistance in peanut indicates significant effect for plant architecture locus.Crop Science: https://doi.org/10.1002/csc2.20803

Shaltiel-Harpaz, L., Yahyaa, M., Nawade, B., Dudareva, N., and Ibdah, M**. (2021).Identification of a wild carrot as carrot psylla (Bactericera trigonica) attractant and host plant chemistry. Plant Sci.: 111011

Warburg, S., Yahyaa, M., Lahav, T., Medina, S., Freilich, S., Gal, S., Palevsky, E., Inbar, M. and Ibdah, M**. (2021). UV-induced citrus resistance to spider mites (Tetranychus urticae).  Crop Protection, 144, p.105580.

Schlesinger, D., Salama, F., Davidovich Rikanati, R., Tal, O., Yahyaa, M., Faigenboim, A., Ibdah, M., Inbar, M., Efraim Lewinsohn, E. (2021). Further insights on the Datura innoxia hyoscyamine 6β-hydroxylase (DiH6H) based on biochemical characterization and molecular modeling. Am. J. Plant Sci., In press

Nawade, B., Yahyaa, M., Davidovich-Rikanati, R., Lewinsohn, E., and Ibdah, M. (2020). Optimization of culture conditions for the efficient biosynthesis of trilobatin from phloretin by engineered Escherichia coli harboring the apple phloretin-4′-O-glycosyltransferase J. Agric. Food Chem. 2020, 68, 48, 14212–14220.

Nawade, B., Yahyaa, M., Kabaha, A., Kedoshim, R., Bosamia, C. T., and Ibdah, M. (2020). Characterization of terpene synthase genes potentially involved in black fig fly (Silba adipata) interactions with Ficus carica. Plant Sci. 298:110549.

Muchlinski, A., Ibdah, M., Ellison, S., Yahyaa, M., Nawade, B., Laliberte, S., Senalik, D., Simon, P., Whitehead, S., and Tholl, D. (2020). Diversity and function of terpene synthases in the production of carrot aroma and flavor compounds. Sci. Rep. 10: doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-66866-1.

Emran, S., Nawade, B., Yahyaa, M., Abu Nassar, J., Tholl. D., Eizenberg, H., and Ibdah, M. (2020). Broomrape infestation in carrot (Daucus carota): Changes in carotenoid gene expression and carotenoid accumulation in the parasitic weed Phelipanche aegyptiaca and its host. Sci. Rep. 10: 1-10.

Nawade, B., Shaltiel-Harpaz, L., Yahyaa, M., Bosamia, C. T., Kabaha, A., Kedoshim, R., Zohar, M., Isaacson, T., and Ibdah, M. (2020). Analysis of apocarotenoid volatiles during the development of Ficus carica fruits and characterization of carotenoid cleavage dioxygenase genes. Plant Sci. 290: 110292.

Nawade, B., Yahyaa, M., Reuveny H., Shaltiel-Harpaz, L., Eisenberg, O., Faigenboim, A., Bar-Yakkov, I., Holland, D., and Ibdah, M. (2019). Profiling of volatile terpenes from almond (Prunus dulcis) young fruits and characterization of seven terpene synthase genes. Plant Sci. 287: 110187.

Yahyaa, M., Rachmany, D., Shaltiel-Harpaz, L., Nawade B., Sadeh, A., Ibdah, M., Gerchman, Y., Holland, D., and Ibdah, M. (2019). A Pyrus communis gene for p-hydroxystyrene biosynthesis: has a role in defense against the pear psylla Cacopsylla biden. Phytochemistry 161: 107-116.

Taha-Salaime, L., Davidovich-Rikanati, R., Sadeh, A., Abo-Nassar, J., Marzouk, S., Yahyaa,  M., Ibdah, M., Ghanim, M., Inbar, M., and Aly, R (2019).Phytoecdysteroid and clerodane content in three wild Ajuga species in Israel. ASC Omega 4: 2369-2376.

Yahyaa, M., Berim, B., Nawade, B., Ibdah, M., Dudareva, N., and Ibdah, M. (2019). Biosynthesis of methyleugenol and methylisoeugenol in Daucus carota leaves: Characterization of eugenol/isoeugenol synthase and O-methyltransferase. Phytochemistry 159: 197-189.

Shaltiel-Harpaz, L., Gerchman, Y., Ibdah, M., Kedoshim, R., Rachmany, D., Hatib, K., Bar-Ya’akov, I., Soroker, V., and Holland, D. (2018). Grafting on resistant interstocks reduces scion susceptibility to pear psylla, Cacopsylla bidens. Pest Management Sci. 70: 234-239.

Yahyaa, M., Ibdah, M., Marzouk, S., and Ibdah M. (2018). Profiling of the terpene metabolome in carrot fruits of wild (Daucus carota L. ssp. carota) accessions and characterization of a geraniol synthase.J. Agric. Food Chem. 66:2378-2386.

Ibdah, M., Martens, S., Gang, R.G. (2017). Biosynthetic Pathway and Metabolic Engineering of Plant Dihydrochalcones. “Invited review”-  Phytochemistry 140:125-133

Shaltiel-Harpaz, L., Gerchman, Y., Ibdah, M., Kedoshim, R., Rchemani,D., Hatib, K., Bar-Ya'akov, I., Soroker, V., Holland, D. (2017). Grafting on resistant interstocks reduces scion susceptibility to pear psylla, Cacopsylla bidens." Pest Management Science . 70: 234-239.

Mosaab Yahyaa, Samah Alia, Rachel Davidovich-Rikanati, Muhammad Ibdah, Alona Shachtier, Yoram Eyal, Efraim Lewinsohn, Mwafaq Ibdah. (2017) Characterization of three chalcone synthase-like genes from apple (Malus x domestica Borkh.) Phytochemistry 140: 125-133.

Yahyaa M, Ibdah M, Marzouk S, Ibdah M. (2016) Profiling of the Terpene Metabolome in Carrot Fruits of Wild (Daucus carota L. ssp. carota) Accessions and Characterization of a Geraniol Synthase. J. Agric. Food Chem. 2016 Oct 6

Yahyaa M, Davidovich-Rikanati R, Eyal Y, Sheachter A, Marzouk S, Lewinsohn E, Ibdah M. (2016) Identification and characterization of UDP-glucose:Phloretin 4'-O-glycosyltransferase from Malus x domestica Borkh.Phytochemistry. 2016 Jun 14. pii: S0031-9422(16)30120-0.

Mosaab Yahyaa, Anna Berim, Tal Isaacson, Sally Marzouk, Einat Bar, Rachel Davidovich-Rikanati, Efraim Lewinsohn, Mwafaq Ibdah (2015). Isolation and Functional Characterization of Carotenoid Cleavage Dioxygenase1 from Laurus nobilis L. (Bay Laurel) Fruits. J. Agric.Food Chem. 63:8275-82.

Yahyaa, M.,Matsuba, Y., Brandt, W., Doron-Faigenboim, A., Bar, E., McClain, A., Davidovich-Rikanati, R., Lewinsohn, E., Pichersky, E., Ibdah, M. (2015).Identification, Functional Characterization, and Evolution of Terpene Synthases from a Basal Dicot. Plant Physiology (Special Issues). 169(3):1683-97.

Yahyaa, M., Tholl, D., Cormier, G., Jensen, R., Simon, P.W., Ibdah, M. (2015).Identification and characterization of terpene synthases potentially involved in the formation of volatile terpenes in carrot (Daucus carota L.) Roots. J.Agric.FoodChem. 63:4870-4878.

Mwafaq Ibdah, Anna Berim, Stefan Martens, Andrea Lorena Herrera Valderrama, Luisa Palmieri, Efraim Lewinsohn, David R. Gang (2014). Identification and cloning of an NADPH-dependent hydroxycinnamoyl-CoA double bond reductase involved in dihydrochalcone formation in Malus x domestica Bork. Phytochemistry. 107:24-31.

Mwafaq Ibdah, Neeraj Kumar Dubey, Hanan Eizenberg, Ziad Dabour, Jacklin Abu-Nassar, Amit Gal-On and Radi Aly (2014).Cucumber mosaic virus as carotenoid inhibitor reduce Phelipanche aegyptiaca infection in tobacco plants. Plant Signaling & Behavior, 2014;9(10):e972146. doi: 10.4161/psb.32096

Mwafaq Ibdah and David R. Gang (2014). Use of coupled ion mobility spectrometry-time of flight mass spectrometry to analyze saturated and unsaturated phenylpropanoic acids and chalcones. Chemistry Central Journal, 8:38 

Radi Aly, Neeraj Kumar Dubey, Mosaab Yahyaa, Jackline Abu-Nassar, Mwafaq Ibdah (2014) Gene silencing of CCD7 and CCD8 in Phelipanche aegyptiaca by tobacco rattle virus system retarded the parasite development on the host. Plant Signaling & Behavior. eLocation ID: e29376; doi 10.4161/psb.29376.

Yahyaa, M., Bar, E., Dubey, N.K., Meir, A., Davidovich-Rikanati, R., Hirschberg, J., Aly, R.,  Tholl, D., Simon, P.W., Tadmor, Y., Lewinsohn, E., Ibdah, M. (2013) Formation of Norisoprenoid Flavor Compounds in Carrot (Daucus carota L.) Roots: Characterization of a Cyclic-Specific Carotenoid Cleavage Dioxygenase 1 Gene. J. Agric. Food Chem. DOI: 10.1021/jf404085k

Shalata, A., Ramirez, M.C., Desnick, R.J., Priedigkeit, N., Buettner, C., Lindtner, C., Mahroum, M., Abdul-Ghani, M., Dong, F., Arar, N., Camacho-Vanegas, O., Zhang, R., Camacho, S.C., Chen, Y., Ibdah, M., Defronzo, R., Gillespie, V., Kelley, K., Dynlacht, B.D., Kim, S., Glucksman, M.J., Borochowitz, Z.U., Martignetti, J.A. (2103) Morbid Obesity Resulting from Inactivation of the Ciliary Protein CEP19 in Humans and Mice. Am. J. Hum. Genet. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2013.10.025

Serfaty, M., Ibdah, M., Fischer, R., Chaimovitsh, D., Saranga, Y., Dudai, N. (2013) Dynamics of yield components and stevioside production in Stevia rebaudiana grown under differents planting times, plant stands and harvest regime. Industrial Crop and products. 50, 731-736

Botnick, I., Xue, W., Bar, E., Ibdah, M., Schwartz, A., Joel, D.M., Lev, E., Fait, A. and Lewinsohn, E. (2012) Distribution of primary and specialized metabolites in Nigella sativa seeds, a spice with vast traditional and historical uses. Molecules. 17, 10159-10177

Gang, DR.; Davin, LB., Ibdah, M., Lange, BM., Lewis, NG., Turner, GW., Shion, H., Witkop, G., Harris, D., Millar, A. (2012). Probing medicinal plant phytochemical factories through in situ MALDI tissue imaging using quadrupole ion mobility time-of-flight mass spectrometry. Pharmaceutical biology. 50, 567-568

Ibdah, M., Lavid, N., Lewinsohn, E., Amit, A. and Dror, N. (2010). Green Routes to Green Notes. Chemical Engineering Transaction. 20, 241-246.

Ibdah, M. and Pichersky, E. (2009) Arabidopsis Chy1 null mutants are deficient in benzoic acid-containing glucosinolates in the seeds.  Plant Biol. 11, 574-481.

Ibdah, M., Chen, Y.T., Wilkerson, C.G. and Pichersky, E. (2009). An aldehyde oxidase in developing seeds of Arabidopsis thaliana converts benzaldehyde to benzoic acid.  Plant Physiol. 150, 416-423

Koeduka, T., Louie, G.V., Orlova, I., Kish, C.M., Ibdah, M., Wilkerson, C.G., Baiga T.J., Noel, J.P., Dudareva, N. and Pichersky, E. (2008) The multiple phenylpropene synthases in both Clarkia breweri and Petunia hybrida represent two distinct protein lineages. Plant J. 54, 362-374.

Ibdah, M., Azulay, Y., Portnoy, V., Wasserman, B., Bar, E., Meir, A., Burger, Y., Hirschberg, J., Schaffer, A.A., Katzir, N., Tadmor, Y. and Lewinsohn, E. (2006). Functional characterization of CmCCD1, a carotenoid cleavage dioxygenase from melon.  Phytochemistry. 67, 1579-89

Lewinsohn, E., Sitrit, Y., Bar, E., Azulay, Y., Ibdah, M., Meir, A., Yosef, E., Zamir, D. and Tadmor, Y. (2005). Not just colors-carotenoid degradation as a link between pigmentation and aroma in tomato and watermelon fruit. Trends Food Sci. Tech. 16, 407-415

Ibdah, M., Zhang, X.H., Schmidt, J. and Vogt, T. (2003). A novel Mg++ dependent O-methyltransferase in the phenylpropanoid metabolism of Mesembryanthemum crystallinum. J. Biol. Chem. 278, 43961-43972

Ibdah, M., Krins, A., Seidlitz, H.K., Heller, W., Strack, D. and Vogt, V. (2002). Spectral dependence and dose response of flavonol and betacyanin accumulation in Mesembryanthemum crystallinum under enhanced UV radiation. Plant Cell Environ. 25, 1145-1154

Vogt, T., Ibdah, M., Schmidt, J., Wray, V., Nimtz, M. and Strack, D. (1999). Light-induced betacyanin and flavonol accumulation in bladder cells of Mesembryanthemum crystallinum. Phytochemistry. 52, 583-592. 


Ibdah, M**., Martens, S., and Gang, R.G. (2018). Biosynthetic pathway and metabolic engineering of plant dihydrochalcones.  J. Agric. Food Chem. 66: 2273-2280. Invited review. 

Paparella, A., Shaltiel-Harpaza, L., and Ibdah, M** (2021). β-Ionone: Its occurrence and biological function and metabolic engineering. Plants 10: 754. 

Paparella, A., Nawade, B., Shaltiel-Harpaz, L. and Ibdah, M** (2022). A review of the botany, volatile composition, biochemical and molecular aspects, and traditional uses of Laurus nobilis.  Plants, 11(9), p.1209.

            Book Chapters

Nawade, B., Yahyaa, M., Lewinsohn, E., and Ibdah, M. (2020)Vegetative and fruit volatiles for human consumption. In “ Biology of Plant Volatiles” 1st edition. Edited by Eran Pichersky and Natalia Dudareva. Chapter 5, 79-95.CRC Press, Taylor & Francis group, Boca Raton

Ibdah, M., Yahyaa, M., Muchlinski, A., Nawade, B., and Tholl, D. (2019).Carrot volatile terpene metabolism: Terpene diversity and biosynthetic genes. In “The Carrot Genome” 1st edition. Edited by Philip Simon. Chapter 16, 279-294. Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

Gonda, I., Burger, J., Schaffer, A.A., Ibdah, M., Tadmor, Y., Katzir, K., Fait, A., Lewinsohn, E.(2015). Biosynthesis and perception of melon (Cucumis melo L.) aroma. In "Biotechnology in Flavor Production" 2nd edition.  Edited by Nativ Dudai and Daphna Havkin-Frenkel. Chapter 11, 281-305. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 

Granted Patents 

Ibdah, M. (2019).Identification and characterization of UDP-glucose: phloretin 4’-o-glucosyltransferase from Malus x domestica Borkh. US Patent No: US2019/0062768A1.

Articles in  Hebrew

Eisenberg, O., Bar-Yakkov, I., Hatib, K., Holland, D., Dag, A., Reuveny H., Shaltiel-Harpaz, L., Ibdah, M. (2020). Sensitivity of almond fruit to almond seeds wasps (Eurytoma amygdali Enderlein (Hymenoptera: Eurytomidae)  Alon Hanotea 74:18-54.

Shaltiel-Harpaz, L., Kedoshim, R., Rachmany, D., Yahyaa, M., and Ibdah, M. (September  2017). The secret of communication between the fig fruit that has not ripened to the fertilizing wasp and its exploitation to control the fly. Alon Hanotea 71:44-47

Shaltiel-Harpaz, L., Gerchman, Y., Holland, D., Ibdah, M., BarYa'akov, I., Rachmany, D.  Hatib, K., and Soroker, V. (September 2016). Dealing with pear psylla using resistant pear trees.  Alon Hanotea 70:16-22.  

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