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שלח באימייל הדפס
Name: Gad Loebenstein, Prof. (Retiree)
Units: Plant ProtectionPlant Pathology and Weed Research
Research Interests / Job description  
Tel:  972 8 9467 769 972 3 9683 575
Cell: 972 522 345 908
Fax:972 8 9467 769
Email:    Gad-talma@barak.net.il
Office location:Dept. Plant Pathology-Virology, Volcani Center, Bet Dagan 50250
Address:Dept. Plant Pathology, Volcani Center Bet Dagan, 50-250
Home: 9, Spinoza st. Rehovot, 76452, Israel
Prof. Emeritus, Dept. Plant Pathology -Virology
Research Interests / Job description
Plant Virology, Viuses of sweet potato and potatoes; rapid propagation of potatoes for preparing certified potato tuber seeds; Natural resistance mechanisms of plants to viruses; the IVR gene and transformation of plants with this gene


M.Sc. - Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1945

Ph. D-  Hebrew University, Jerusalem. 1960

Post Doc. Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.- 1961-1962

Sabaticals: 1973- Dept of Miccrobiology, University of Birmingham, UK; 1969- National Program  Staff, Agricultural Reaearch Service, USDA, Beltsville, USA.

Positions Held

1960- Head Virus Research Laboratory, later Dept. ov Virology

1967- Head  Institute of Plant Protection

1968- Founder and first president of the Israeli Phytopathological Society

1981-1986-Head Agricultural Research Organization and ChiefScientist Ministry of Agriculture

1973- Professor of Microbiology (ajunct)  Tel Aviv University and Professor of Microbiology University of Birmingham, UK

1975- Professor (adjunct) Faculty of Agriculture

1995-1998- CEO Serumtech

2000-2005 -Member of Board YAKHIN -HAKAL

Honors and Awards

1980- Corresponding member of thr German Phytopatological Society

1989- Fellow of the American Phytopathologicall Society

1982- Rotschild Prize in Agriculture

1986- Elected Member of the Kazakh Academy of Agricultural Science

2004- Elected to Marquis Who'sWho in the World

Publications from 1989

  • Spiegel, S., Gera, A., Salomon, R., Ahl, P. Harlap, S. and Loebenstein, G.1989. Recovery of an inhibitor of virus replication from the intercellular fluid of hypersensitive tobacco infected with tobacco mosaic virus and from uninfected induced-resistant tissue. Phytopathology. 79:258-262.
  • Gera, A., Loebenstein, G., Salomon, R. and Franck, A. 1990. Inhibitor of virus replication from protoplasts of a hypersensisitve tobacco cultivar infected with tobacco mosaic virus is associated with a 23-K protein species. Phytopathology.. 80:78-81.
  • Loebenstein, G., and Gera, A. 1990. Inhibitor of virus replication associated with resistance responses. NATO ASI series Vol. H. .. 41:395-403.
  • Loebenstein, G., Gera, A. and Gianinazzi, S. 1990. Constitutive production of an inhibitor of virus replication in the interspecific hybrid of Nicotiana glutinosa x Nicotiana debneyi. Phys. Molec. Plant Pathology.. 37:145-151.
  • Loebenstein, G. and Gera A. 1990. Inhibitor of virus replication (IVR)- A step to engineer resistant plants. German Phytomedical Society Series.. 1:181-184.
  • Cohen, J. and Loebenstein, G. 1991. Role of a whitefly-transmitted agent in infection of sweet potato by cucumber mosaic virus. Plant Disease.. 75:291-292.
  • Cohen, J., Franck, A., Vetten, H.J., Lesemann, D.E. and Loebenstein, G. 1992. Purification and properties of closterovirus-like particles associated with a whitefly-transmitted disease of sweet potato. Ann. Appl. Biol.. 121:257-268.
  • Gera, A., Tam, Y., Teverovsky, E. and Loebenstein, G. 1993. Enhanced tobacco mosaic virus production and suppressed synthesis of the inhibitor of virus replication in protoplasts and plants of local lesion responding cultivars exposed to 35°C. Physiol. Molec. Plant Pathology . 121:299-306.
  • Franck, A., and Loebenstein, G. 1994. Virus and virus-like diseases of pelargonium in Israel. Acta Horticulturae. 377:31-39.
  • Gera, A., Aly, R., Teverovsky, E. and Loebenstein, G. 1994. The local lesion response-possibilities to engineer resistant plants. Acta Horticulturae . 377:241-249
  • Zutra, D., Cohen, J., Gera, A. and Loebenstein, G. 1994. Association of Rhodococcus (Corynebacterium) fascians with the stunting fasciation syndrome of carnation in Israel. Acta Horticulturae. 377:319-323
  • Cohen, J., Gera, A. and Loebenstein, G. 1995. Strawberry latent ringspot virus in lilies. Europ. J. Plant Pathol. . 101:217-219
  • Loebenstein, G. 1995. What is a virus. In (eds) Loebenstein et al., "Virus and Virus-like Diseases of Bulb and Flower Crops". Wiley, Chichester pp.. 23-24
  • Loebenstein, G., Teverovsky, E. and Gera, A. 1995. Resistance and interference. Ibid. . 191-202
  • Spiegel, S. and Loebenstein, G. 1995. Control of virus diseases. Ibid 203-218
  • Loebenstein, G. 1995. Rose. Ibid. 426-438
  • Franck, A. and Loebenstein, G. 1995. Pelargonium. Ibid . 514-527.
  • Milgram, M., Cohen, J. and Loebenstein, G. 1996. Effects of sweet potato feathery mottle virus and sweet potato sunken vein virus on sweet potato yields and rates of re-infection of virus-free planting material in Israel. Phytoparasitica. 24 :189-193. .
  • Franck, A., Gera, A., Antignus, Y. and Loebenstein, G. 1996. Detection of pelargonium flower break virus using ELISA and a transcribed RNA probe. Acta Horticulturae 432:338-344.
  • Cohen, J., Gera, A. and Loebenstein, G. 1996. Virus diseases of lilies in Israel. Acta Horticulturae . 432:84-87.
  • Brunt, A.A. and Loebenstein, G. 1996. Sweet potato sunken vein (?) clostero virus. In: Viruses of Plants. Eds. A.A. Brunt, K. Crabtree, M.J. Dallwitz, A.F. Gibbs and L. Watson, CAB International, UK. pp. 1226-1228.
  • Sadvakasova, G., Tam, Y. and Loebenstein, G. 1996. A simple method for purification of potato virus X. Applied Biochemistry and Microbiology 32:393-396 (in Russian).
  • Loebenstein, G., Akad, F., Filatov, V., Sadvakasova, G., Manadilova, A., Bakelman, H., Teverovsky, E., Lachman, O. and David, A. 1997. Improved detection of potato leafroll luteovirus in leaves and tubers with a digoxigenin labeled cRNA probe. Plant Disease 81: 489-491.
  • Franck, A., Loebenstein, G. and Gera, A. 1997. Use of reverse trancription polymerase chain reaction for the detection of pelargonium flower break carmovirus. J. Phytopathology 145: 235-238.
  • Cohen, J., Milgram, M., Antignus,Y.,Perlsman, M., Lachman, O. and Loebenstein, G. 1997. Ipomoea crinkle leaf curl caused by a whitefly-transmitted Gemini-like
    virus. Ann. appl. Biol. 131: 273-282.
  • Askarova, M.A., Manadilova, A., Sadvakasova, G.G., Kunaeva, R.M. and Loebenstein,G. 1997. Survey of potato fields in Kazahstan for viruses.
    Biotechnologia – Theoria I Praktika 2: 26-32. (in Russian).
  • Sadvakasova, G.G., Bekelman, E. and Loebenstein, G. 1997. Purification of potato Virus S from Chenopodium amaranticolor and its detection by immunofermantation methods. Biotechnologia – Theoria I Praktika 2: 33-38.
    (in Russian).
  • Manadilova, A., Sadvakasova, G.G., Bekelman, E. and Loebenstein, G. 1998. Diagnosis of potato virus Y by immunosorbent assay. Biotechnologia – Theoria i Praktika 3: 50-54.(in Russian)
  • Akad, F., Teverovsky, E., David, A., Czosnek, H., Gidoni, D., Gera, A. and Loebenstein, G. 1999. A cDNA from tobacco codes for an inhibitor of virus Replication (IVR)-like protein. Plant Molecular Biology 40: 969-976.
  • Loebenstein, G. 1999. Virus diseases of potatoes- diagnosis and control. Proc. 1st
    Israeli-Turkish Workshop
    . Adana. pp. 40-45.
  • Loebenstein, G. 2001. Potato leafroll virus. In: G. Loebenstein et al., (eds), Virus and
    Virus-like Diseases of Potatoes, and Production of Seed Potatoes. Kluwer
    Academic Publishers, Netherlands.
  • Loebenstein, G. 2001. Potato X virus. Ibid. pp. 87-94.
  • Loebenstein, G. 2001. Potato mop-top virus. Ibid. pp. 95- 100.
  • Loebenstein, G. 2001. Potato aucuba mosaic virus. Ibid. pp. 117- 119.
  • Cohen, J., Lapidot, M., Loebenstein, G, and Gera 2001.. First report of Sweet potato sunken vein virus occurring in Lisianthus.  Plant Disease 85: 679.

  • Loebenstein, G. and Manadilova, A. 2004. Potatoes in Central Asian Republics.   In: G. Loebenstein and G. Thottappilly (eds.) “Virus and Virus-like Diseases ofCrop plants in Developing Countries”.  Kluwer Academic Publishers, Netherlands,

  • Loebenstein, G., Fuentes, S., Cohen, J. and  Salazar, L.F. 2004. Sweet Potato.In : Ibid

  • Nachmias, A. and Loebenstein, G. 2003. Trends in production of virus-tested  tuber seeds in hot climates by rapid propagation. Potato Research

  • Loebenstein, G. 2004. Virus disease of potato and their control – past, present and future. In: Proc. 75 Anniversary Jubilee Conference Belarussian Potato Research Institute, Minsk, Belarus, 3p

  • .Loebenstein, G. and  Akad, F. 2005. The Local Lesion Response. In: G. Loebenstein and J. Carr. (eds.). “Natural Resistance Mechanisms of Plants To Viruses”. Kluwer- Springer Publisher

  •  Loebenstein  G. 2006. Floriculture in Israel -Closely Linked to Plant   Virus Research. Acta Horticulturae   722:  31-36.

  • Loebenstein, G. and  Akad, F. 2005. The Local Lesion Response. In: G.  Loebenstein and J. Carr. (eds.). “Natural Resistance Mechanisms of Plants To Viruses”. Kluwer- Springer Publisher.

  •  Akad, F., Teverovsk, E., Gidoni, D., Elad, Y., Kirschner, B., Czosnek, H. and  Loebenstein, G. . 2005. Resistance to Tobacco mosaic virus and Botrytis cinerea in tobacco transformed with the NC330 cDNAencoding an inhibitor of viral replication (IVR)-like protein. Annals of  Applied Biology 147:89--100.
  • Loebenstein, G. and Thottappilly, G. 2007. The mission of agricultural research. In G. Loebenstein and G. Thottappilly (eds.) Agricultural Research Management. Springer p.3-7.
  • Navarro, S. and Loebenstein, 2007. The research department and institute. In Ibid. p. 93-100.
  • Loebenstein, G. and Putievsky, E. 2007. Agricultural research in Israel.  Ibid. p. 357- 365.
  • Loebenstein, G. 2008. Economic aspects.Encyclopedia of Virology (3rd edition) Vol.5 pp. 197-201. Elsevier
  • Maramorosch, K. and Loebenstein,G. 2009.. Plant Disease Resistance: Natural Mechanisms and Engineered Resistance. Encyclopedia of Microbiology 589-596.
  • Loebenstein, G. 2009. Origin, distribution and economic importance. In:  G. Loebenstein and G. Thottappilly (eds.) The Sweetpotato. Springer; p. 9-12. 
  • Loebenstein, G., G. Thottappilly, S. Fuentes and J. Cohen. 2009. Virus  and  phytoplasma diseases. Ibid. p. 105-134.
  • Loebenstein, G., J. Cohen and Z. Dar. 2009. Sweetpotato in Israel. Ibid. p. 483-487.
  • Loebenstein, G., Rac David, D., Leibman, D., Gal-On, A., Vunsh, R., Czosnek, H. and Elad, Y. 2010. Tomato okants transformed with the Inhibitor-of -Virus-Replication are partially resistant to Botrytis cinerea. Phytopathology 100:225-229. 
     Books and Invited Reviews:
  • Loebenstein, G. 1993. Plant Virology - Principles and Application. Dept of Publications, Agric. Res. Org. (in Hebrew).234 p. .
  • Loebenstein, G., Lawson, R.H. and Brunt, A.A. 1995. (eds of Book) "Virus and Virus-like Diseases of Bulb and Flower Crops". 550 p. J. Wiley & Sons. Chichester, UK..
  • Loebenstein, G., Hammond, Y., Gera, A., Derks, T. and Van Zaayen, A., (editors). 1996. Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Virus Diseases of Ornamental Plants. Acta Horticulturae.. 432 .
  • Gera, A., Teverovsky, E. and Loebenstein, G. 1995. Association of the inhibitor of virus replication (IVR) with virus localization and resistance, In: (eds). M. Chessin, D. DeBorde, A. Zipf. "Antiviral Proteins" CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. pp. . 119-132 .
  • Loebenstein, G. and Gera, A. 1993. The local lesion response to viruses: Possibilities for engineering resistant plants. In: "Biotechnology in Plant Disease Control": ed. By I. Chet, Wiley-Liss Inc. pp.. 105-113
  • Loebenstein, G., Berger, P.H., Brunt, A.A. and Lawson, R.H. 2001. (eds of book) Virus and Virus-like Diseases of Potatoes and Production of Seed-Potatoes. 460 p. Kluwer
    Academic Publishers, Dordrecht / Boston / London
  • Loebenstein,G.and Thottappilly, G. 20003. (eds. of book)  Viruys and Virus-like Diseases of Major Crops in Developing C.ountries. 800 p. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Doordrecht/ Boston/ London 
  • Loebenstein, G. and Carr, J. P.2006. (eds. of book) Natural Resistance of Plants  to Viruses. 532 p. Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands,
  • Loebenstein, G. and Thottappilly, G. 2007. (eds. of book). Agricultural Research Management. 386p. Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. 
  •  Loebenstein, G.  and  Thottappill, G.  2009. (eds. of book). The Sweetpotato. 522p. Springer Verlag.
  • Loebenstein, G. and Carr, J.P. 2010. (eds of book) Natural and Engineered Resistance to Plant Viruses. Thematic volume for Advances on Virus Research, Elsevier/Academic  Part one Volume 75.
  • Carr, J.P. and Loebenstein, G. 2010. ibid. Part two. Volume 76.

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