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Name: Noam Alkan, Ph.D. (Researcher)
Units: Postharvest and Food SciencesDepartment of Postharvest Science
Research Interests / Job description  
Tel:  03-9683605 03-9683606
Cell: 0506220566
Email:    noamal@agri.gov.il
Office location:Office: 224; Laboratories: 220, 221. Department of Postharvest Science of Fresh Produce.
Address:Dept. of Postharvest Science, Institute of Postharvest and Food Sciences, Volcani Center, ARO,
P.O.B 15159, HaMaccabim Road 68, Rishon LeZion 7505101, Israel.


Physiology and pathology of sub-tropical fruits

Home page: https://noamal5.wixsite.com/noamalkanlab

Research Interests / Job description
Fruit-fungal interaction.
Induced defense response in fruits to biotic and abiotic stress.
Application of phenylalanine to induce fruit defense and increase fruit quality.
Postharvest application of double-stranded RNA to controls pathogenic fungi.
Anthocyanin and phenylpropanoids role in fruit.
Articles in Reviewed Journals
  1. Alkan, N., Gadkar, V., Coburn, J., Yarden, O. and Kapulnik, Y. (2004). Quantification of the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungusGlomus intraradices in host tissue using real-time polymerase chain reaction. New Phytol. 161: 877-885.
  2. Alkan, N., Gadkar, V., Yarden, O. and Kapulnik, Y. (2006). Analysis of quantitative interactions between two species of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, Glomus mosseae and G. intraradices, by real-time PCR. Appl Environ Microbiol. 72: 4192-4199.
  3. Alkan, N., Fluhr, R., Sherman, A. and Prusky, D. (2008). Role of ammonia secretion and pH modulation on pathogenicity ofColletotrichum coccodes on tomato fruit. Mol Plant-Microbe Interact. 21: 1058-1066.
  4. Prusky, D., Kobiler, I., Miyara, I. and Alkan, N. (2009). Fruit Diseases. In: The mango, botany, production and Uses, 2nd edition. (R.E. Litz, ed), pp. 210-231. CABI international, Cambridge, UK.
  5. Alkan, N., Fluhr, R., Sagi, M., Davydov, O. and Prusky, D. (2009). Ammonium secretion by Colletotrichum coccodesactivates host NADPH oxidase activity enhancing host cell death and fungal virulence in tomato fruits. Mol Plant-Microbe Interac22: 1484-91.
  6. Davidzon, M., Alkan, N., Kobiler, I. and Prusky, D. (2010). Acidification by gluconic acid of mango fruit tissue during colonization via stem end infection by Phomopsis mangiferae.Postharvest Biol Technol 55: 71-77.
  7. Prusky, D., Alkan, N., Miyara, I., Barad, S., Davidzon, M., Kobiler, I., Brown-Horowitz, S., Lichter, A., Sherman, A. and Fluhr, R. (2010). Mechanisms modulating postharvest pathogen colonization of decaying fruits. In: Postharvest Pathology, Plant pathology in the 21th century. (D. Prusky and M.L. Gullino, eds), pp: 43-56. 9th International congress, Springer Science. Dordrecht, Netherlands.
  8. Itkin, M., Rogachev, I., Alkan, N., Rosenberg, T., Zamariola, L., Malitsky, S., Masini, L., de-Vos, R., Prusky, D., Burdman, S., Beekwilder, J. and Aharoni, A. (2011). GLYCOALKALOID METABOLISM1 is required for steroidal alkaloid glycosylation and prevention of phytotoxicity in tomatoPlant Cell. 23: 3893-3910.
  9. Alkan, N., Fluhr, R. and Prusky, D. (2012). Ammonium secretion during Colletotrichum coccodes infection modulates salicylic and jasmonic acid pathways of ripe and unripe tomato fruitMol Plant-Microbe Interac. 25: 85-96.
  10. O’Connell, J.R., Thon, M.R., Hacquard, S., van Themaat, E.V.L., Amyotte, S.G., Kleemann, J., Torres, M.F., Damm, U., Buiate, E.A., Epstein, L., Alkan, N., et al. (2012). Life-style transitions in plant pathogenic Colletotrichum fungi deciphered by genome and transcriptome analyses. Nature Genet. 44: 1060–1065.
  11. Shi, J.X., Adato, A., Alkan, N.,  He, Y., Lashbrooke, J., Matas, A.J., Meir, S., Malitsky, S., Isaacson, T., Prusky, D., Schreiber, L., Schreiber, L., Granell, A.R., Widemann, E., Grausem, B., Pinot, F.,  Rose, J.K.C., Rogachev, I., Rothan, C. and Aharoni A. (2013). The SlSHINE3 transcription factor regulates cutin assembly in the epidermis of developing tomato fruit. New Phytol. 197: 468-481.
  12. Heyno, E., Alkan, A. and Fluhr, R. (2013). Dual role of plant quinone reductases in host-fungus interaction. Physiol Plant. 149(3):340-53.
  13. Lampl, N., Alkan, N., Davidov, O. and Fluhr, R. (2013). Set-point control of RD21 protease activity by AtSerpin1 controls cell death in Arabidopsis. Plant J74(3):498-510.
  14. Leviatan, N., Alkan, N., Leshkowitz, D. and Fluhr, R. (2013). Genome-wide survey of cold stress regulated alternative splicing in Arabidopsis thaliana with tiling microarray. PLOS One8(6): e66511.
  15. Alkan N.Espeso, E.A. and Prusky, D. (2013). Virulence regulation of phytopathogenic fungi by pH. Antioxid. Redox Signaling. 20;19(9):1012-25.
  16. Prusky, D., Alkan, N., Fluhr, R. and Tesfaye, M. (2013). Quiescent and necrotrophic lifestyle choice during postharvest disease development. Ann Rev Phytopathol51: 155-176.
  17. Alkan, N., Meng, X., Reuveni, E., Friedlander, G., Sukno, S.A., Sherman, A., Michael, T., Fluhr, R. and Prusky, D. (2013). Genomic and transcriptomic analysis of Colletotrichum gloeosporioides reveals a conserved role for pacC pH regulation in Fungi. Mol Plant-Microbe Interact. 26(11):1345-1358. 
  18. Alkan, N., Friedlander, G., Ment, D., Prusky, D. and Fluhr, R. (2015). Simultaneous transcriptome analysis of Colletotrichum gloeosporioides and tomato fruits response reveals novel fungal-fruit arm and defense strategies. New Phytol. 205(2): 801-815. 
  19. *Alkan, N., *Ment, D., *Luria, N., *Bi, F., Reuveni, E., Fluhr, R., and Prusky, D. (2015). A role of AREB in the regulation of PACC-dependent acid-expressed-genes and pathogenicity ofColletotrichum gloeosporioides. Mol Plant-Microbe Interact.28(2): 154-166.
  20. Lee J. S., Kaplunov, T., Zutahy, Y., Daus, A., Alkan, N., Lichter, A. (2015). The significance of postharvest disinfection for prevention of internal decay of table grapes after storage. Sci Hort. 192: 346-349.
  21. Sivankalyani, V., Feygenberg, O., Maorer, D., Zaaroor, M., Fallik, E., Alkan, N. (2015). Combined treatments reduce chilling injury and maintain fruit quality in avocado fruit during cold quarantine. PLOS One. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0140522.
  22. Lashbrooke. J.G., Adato, A., Lotan, O., Alkan, N., Tsimbalist, T., Rechav, K., Moreno, J.P.F., Widemann, E., Grausem, B., Pinot, F., Granell, A., Costa, F., Aharoni, A. (2015). The tomato mixta-like transcription factor coordinates fruit epidermis conical cell development and cuticular lipid biosynthesis and assembly. Plant Physiol. doi:10.1104/pp.15.01145.
  23. Alkan, N., Fortes A.M. (2015). Insights into molecular and metabolic events associated with fruit response to postharvest fungal pathogens. Front Plant Sci. 6:889. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2015.00889. 
  24. Sivankalyani S, Feygenberg O, Diskin S, Alkan, N. (2016). Increased anthocyanin and flavonoids in mango fruit peel are associated with cold and pathogen resistance. Postharv. Biol. Technol. 111: 132–139. 
  25. Hen-Avivi, S., Savin, O., Racovita, R., Lee, W.S., Adamki, N., Malitsky, S., Almekias-Siegl, E., Levy, M., Vautrin, S., Bergès, H., Friedlander, G., Kartvelishvily, E., Ben-Zvi, G., Alkan, N., Uauy, C., Kanyuka, K., Jetter, R., Distelfeld, A., Aharoni, A. (2016). A metabolic gene cluster in the wheat w1 and the barley cer-cqu loci determines β-diketone biosynthesis and glaucousness. Plant Cell. tpc. 00197.02016. 
  26. Sivankalyani, V., Sela, N., Feygenberg, O, Zemach, H., Maurer, D., Alkan, N. (2016). Transcriptome Dynamics in Mango Fruit Peel Reveals Mechanisms of Chilling Stress. Frontiers in plant science. 7. 
  27. Romanazzi, G., Sanzani, S.M., Bi, Y., Tian, S., Martínez, P.G., Alkan, N. (2016). Induced resistance to control postharvest decay of fruit and vegetables. Postharvest Biology and Technology. 122: 82-94.
  28. Sivankalyani, V., Maoz, I., Feygenberg, O, Maurer, D., Alkan, N. (2017). Chilling stress upregulates α-linolenic acid-oxidation pathway and induces volatiles of C6 and C9 aldehydes in mango fruit. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 5(3): 632-638. 
  29. Diskin, S., Feygenberg, O, Maurer, D., Droby, S., Prusky, D., Alkan, N. (2017). Microbiome alterations are correlated with occurrence of postharvest stem-end rot in mango fruit. Phytobiomes. PBIOMES-05. 
  30. ‏Alkan, N., Kumar, P. (2018). Postharvest storage management of mango fruit, in: Galan Sauco, V., Lu, P. (Eds.), Achieving Sustainable Cultivation of Mango. Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, Cambridge. Chapter 13, pp. 377-402.
  31. Sonawane, P.D., Heinig, U., Panda, S., Gilboa, N.S., Yona, M., Kumar, S.P., Alkan, N., Unger, T., Bocobza, S., Pliner, M., Malitsky, S., Tkachev, M., Meir, S., Rogachev, I., Aharoni A. (2018). Short-chain dehydrogenase/reductase governs steroidal specialized metabolites structural diversity and toxicity in the genus Solanum. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115: E5419-E5428.
  32. Sudheeran, P., Feygenberg, O., Maurer, D., Alkan, N. (2018). Improved cold tolerance of mango fruit with enhanced anthocyanin and flavonoid contents. Molecules, 23: 1832.
  33. Galsurker, O., Diskin, S., Maurer, D., Feygenberg, O., Alkan, N.(2018). Fruit stem-end rot. Horticulturae, 4: 50.
  34. Patil, A.S., Maurer, D., Feygenberg, O., Alkan, N. (2019). Exploring cold quarantine to mango fruit against fruit fly using artificial ripening. Scientific reports, 9(1), 1-10.
  35. Sudheeran, P.K., Love, C., Feygenberg, O., Maurer, D., Ovadia, R., Oren-Shamir, M., Alkan, N. (2019). Induction of red skin and improvement of fruit quality in ‘Kent’, 'Shelly' and ‘Maya’ mangoes by preharvest spraying of prohydrojasmon at the orchard. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 149: 18-26.
  36. Diskin, S., Sharir, T., Feygenberg, O., Maurer, D., Alkan, N. (2019). Fludioxonil–A potential alternative for postharvest disease control in mango fruit. Crop Protection, 104855.
  37. Fortes, A.M., Agudelo-Romero, P., Pimentel, D., Alkan, N. (2019). Transcriptional modulation of polyamine metabolism in fruit species under abiotic and biotic stress. Frontiers in Plant Science, 10, 816.
  38. Tzortzakis, N., Alkan, N., Ziv, C., Korsten, L. (2019). Postharvest diseases of fresh horticultural produce. Solanaceae and Cucurbitaceae crops. In: Postharvest Pathology of Fresh Horticultural Produce (L. Palou and J.L. Smilanick). Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, FL, U.S.A.
  39. Sudheeran, P., Ovadia, R., Galsarker, O., Maoz, I., Sela, N., Maurer, D., Feygenberg, O., Oren-Shamir, M, Alkan, N. (2020). Glycosylated flavonoids: fruit's concealed antifungal arsenal. New Phytologist. 225(4), 1788-1798. 
  40. Oliva, M., Hatan, E., Kumar, V., Galsurker, O., Nisim-Levi, A., Ovadia, R., Galili, G., Lewinsohn, E., Elad, Y., Alkan, N., Oren-Shamir, M. (2020). Increased phenylalanine levels in plant leaves reduces susceptibility to Botrytis cinerea. Plant Science, 110289.‏ 
  41. Shimshoni, J.A., Bommuraj, V., Chen, Y., Sperling, R., Barel, S., Feygenberg, O., Maurer, D. Alkan, N. (2020). Postharvest fungicide for avocado fruits: antifungal efficacy and peel to pulp distribution kinetics. Foods, 9(2), p.124. 
  42. Galsurker, O., Diskin, S., Duanis-Assaf, D., Doron-Faigenboim, A., Maurer, D., Feygenberg, O. Alkan, N. (2020). Harvesting mango fruit with a short stem-end altered endophytic microbiome and reduce stem-end rot. Microorganisms, 8(4), p.558.
  43. Kumar, S. P., Maurer, D., Feygenberg, O., Love, C., Alkan, N. (2020). Improving the red color and fruit quality of 'Kent' mango fruit by pruning and preharvest spraying of prohydrojasmon or abscisic acid. Agronomy, 10(7), 944.‏ 
  44. Zamir, D., Galsarker, O., Alkan, N., Eltzov, E. (2020). Detection of quiescent fungi in harvested fruit using CMOS biosensor: A proof of concept study. Talanta, p.120994. 
  45. Kumar Patel, M., Maurer, D., Feygenberg, O., Ovadia, A., Elad, Y., Oren-Shamir, M., Alkan, N. (2020). Phenylalanine: A promising inducer of fruit resistance to postharvest pathogens. Foods, 9, 646. 
  46. Kumar, V., Hatan, E., Bar, E., Davidovich-Rikanati, R., Doron-Faigenboim, A., Spitzer-Rimon, B., Elad, Y., Alkan, N., Lewinsohn, E., Oren-Shamir, M. (2020). Phenylalanine increases chrysanthemum flower immunity against Botrytis cinerea attack. The Plant journal, 10.1111/tpj.14919. 
  47. Jaiswal, A.K., Alkan, N., Elad, Y., Sela, N., Philosoph, A.M., Graber, E.R., Frenkel, O. (2020). Molecular insights into biochar-mediated plant growth promotion and systemic resistance in tomato against fusarium crown and root rot disease. Scientific Report. 18;10(1):1-5.
  48. Mansoori, A., Singh, N., Dubey, S. K., Thakur, T. K., Alkan, N., Das, S. N., Kumar, A. (2020). Phytochemical characterization and assessment of crude extracts from Lantana camara L. for antioxidant and antimicrobial activity. Frontiers in Plant Science, 2: 582268. doi: 10.3389/fagro.
  49. Harpaz, D., Alkan, N., Eltzov, E. (2020). The incorporation of amplified metal-enhanced fluorescence in a CMOS-Based biosensor increased the detection sensitivity of a DNA marker of the pathogenic fungus Colletotrichum gloeosporioides. Biosensors, 10(12), p.204.
  50. Saidi, L., Duanis-Assaf, D., Galsarker, O., Maurer, D., Alkan, N., Poverenov, E. (2021). Elicitation of fruit defense response by active edible coatings embedded with phenylalanine to improve quality and storability of avocado fruit. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 174, p.111442.
  51. Feygenberg, O., Diskin, S., Maurer, D., Alkan, N. (2021). Effect of biological and chemical treatments during flowering on stem-end rot, and mango yield. Plant Disease, 105 (6), 1602-1609.
  52. Yadav, A., Fennec, A., Davidovich-Rikanati, R., Meir, S., Kochanek, B., Lewinsohn, E., Aharoni, A., Alkan, N., Friedman, H. (2021). Phenylpropanoid metabolism in astringent and nonastringent persimmon (Diospyros kaki) cultivars determines sensitivity to alternaria infection. Journal of agricultural and food chemistry, 69 (20), 5628-5637
  53. Sudheeran, P.K., Sela, N., Carmeli-Weissberg, M., Ovadia, R., Panda, S., Feygenberg, O., Maurer, D., Oren-Shamir, M., Aharoni, A., Alkan, N. (2021). Induced defense response in red mango fruit against Colletotrichum gloeosporioides. Horticulture Research, 8(1), pp.1-11.
  54. Patel, M.K., Kumar, M., Li, W., Luo, Y., Burritt, D.J., Alkan, N., Tran, L.S.P. (2020). Enhancing salt tolerance of plants: from metabolic reprogramming to exogenous chemical treatments and molecular approaches. Cells, 9(11), p.2492.
  55. Bajaj, A., Shrivastav, A.M., Eltzov, E., Alkan, N., Abdulhalim, I. (2021). Detection of necrotrophic DNA marker of anthracnose causing Colletotrichum gloeosporioides fungi in harvested produce using surface plasmon resonance. Talanta, 235, 122776.
  56. Figueroa, C.R., Jiang, C.Z., Torres, C.A., Fortes, A.M., Alkan, N. (2021). Editorial: Regulation of fruit ripening and senescence. Frontiers in Plant Science. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2021.711458.
  57. Duanis-Assaf, D., Galsurker, O., Davydov, O., Maurer, D., Feygenberg, O., Sagi, M., Poverenov, E., Fluhr, R., Alkan, N. (2021). Double-stranded RNA targeting fungal ergosterol biosynthesis pathway controls Botrytis cinerea and postharvest grey mould. Plant biotechnology journal, 20(1), 226-237.
  58. Harpaz, D., Duanis-Assaf, D., Alkan, N., Eltzov, E. (2022). Detection of postharvest pathogenic fungi by RNA markers in high-throughput platform on streptavidin plate. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 183, 11728.
  59. Shomron, A., Duanis-Assaf, D., Galsurker, O., Golberg, A., Alkan, N. (2022). Extract from the macroalgae Ulva rigida induces table grapes resistance to Botrytis cinerea. Foods, 11(5), 723.
  60. Fanyuk, M., Kumar Patel, M., Ovadia, R., Maurer, D., Feygenberg, O., Oren-Shamir, M., Alkan, N. (2022). Preharvest application of phenylalanine induces red color in mango and apple fruit's skin. Antioxidants, 11(3), 491.
  61. Duanis?Assaf, D., Galsurker, O., Davydov, O., Maurer, D., Feygenberg, O., Sagi, M., Poverenov, E., Fluhr, R., Alkan, N. (2022). Double?stranded RNA targeting fungal ergosterol biosynthesis pathway controls Botrytis cinerea and postharvest grey mould. Plant biotechnology journal20(1), 226-237.
  62. Duanis-Assaf, D., Shlar, I., Galsurker, O., Davydov, O., Maurer, D., Feygenberg, O., Poverenov, E., Fluhr, R., Alkan, N. (2022). Nano-clay, layered-double hydroxide (LDH), improves the efficacy of double?stranded RNA in controlling postharvest decay. Postharvest Biology and Technology193, 112051.
  63. Patel, M.K., Pandey, S., Tanna, B., Alkan, N., Mishra, A. (2022). Comparative metabolomics unveils the role of metabolites and metabolic pathways in the adaptive mechanisms of shrubby halophytes. Environmental and Experimental Botany202, 105030.
  64. Gong, D., Bi, Y., Li, Y., Wang, Y., Prusky, D., Alkan, N. (2022). Preharvest elicitors spray improves antioxidant activity, alleviates chilling injury, and maintains quality in harvested fruit. Horticulturae8(12), 1208.
  65. Zheng, X.R., Zhang, M. J., Qiao, Y.H., Li, R., Alkan, N., Chen, J. Y., Chen, F.M. (2022). Cyclocarya paliurus reprograms the flavonoid biosynthesis pathway against Colletotrichum fructicolaFrontiers in Plant Science13.
  66. Gunamalai, L.,  Duanis-Assaf, D., Sharir, T., Maurer, D., Feygenberg, OT., Sela, N., Alkan, N. (2023). Comparative characterization of virulent and less virulent Lasiodiplodia theobromaeMolecular Plant-Microbe Interaction.
  67. Patel, M.K., Maurer, D., Feyngenberg, O., Duanis-Assaf, D., Sela, N., Ovadia, R., Oren-Shamir, M., Alkan, N. (2023). Revealing the mode of action of Phenylalanine application in inducing fruit resistance to fungal pathogens. Postharvest Biology and Technology199, 112298.
  68. Kaur, M., Ayarnah, K., Duanis-Assaf, D., Alkan, N., Eltzov, E. (2023). Rapid and simple colorimetric detection of quiescent Colletotrichum in harvested fruit using reverse transcriptional loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) technology. Talanta, 124251.
  69. Wang, D., Luo, W. Z., Zhang, D.-D., Li, R., Kong, Z. Q., Song, J., Dai, X. F., Alkan, N., Chen, J. Y. (2023).Insights into the biocontrol function of a Burkholderia gladioli strain against Botrytis cinerea. Microbiology Spectrum, e04805-04822.
  70. Patel, M.K., Fanyuk, M., Feyngenberg, O., Maurer, D., Sela, N., Ovadia, R., Oren-Shamir, M., Alkan, N. (2023). Phenylalanine induces mango fruit resistance against chilling injuries during storage at suboptimal temperatures. Food Chemistry405, 134909.

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