Plant Protection Team

Position: Senior researcher in the Northern R&D Migal and a Lectured and a Senior faculty member at Tel-Hai Academic College.
Departmental affiliation: Agro- ecology unit Northern R&D Migal. 

Department of environmental sciences, Tel Hai Academic College.

Phone numbers: 972-4-6934797  |  972-50-7965272

Email address: lioraamit@bezeqint.net

A personal note:
 In the model farm I am a part of the plant protection team.
My vision about the model farmis to build a sustainable system that will enable profitable crops while maintaining soil fertility, human health and the environment by constructing ecological infrastructure that allows optimized natural enemies using integrated pest management approach.

Member of the following teams:
Plant Protection 

Position: Researcher.
Departmental affiliation: Department of Plant Pathology and Weed Research, Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center.

Phone numbers: 972-3-9683581

Email address: liorb@volcani.agri.gov.il

A personal note: 
Member of the precision agriculture research team.  
Studying the spatial aspects of pests, diseases and weeds distribution

Member of the following teams:
Plant ProtectionPrecision Agriculture 

ד"ר אסף שדה

Position: Head of Agroecology Lab,
Agroecology research coordinator at the Model Farm.
Departmental affiliation: Department of Natural Resources, Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center.

Phone numbers: 972-3-9683925

Email address: asafsa@volcani.agri.gov.il 

A personal note:
The Model Farm is a unique platform for long-term aboveground and belowground ecological research in a whole farm setting.
The platform involves long-term experimental setups, through which we will develop and test sustainable agricultural approaches suitable to local Mediterranean conditions and in an economic context. These practices are aimed at enhancing ecosystem services such as agricultural pest and disease control, soil health, and habitat and biodiversity conservation.
The Model Farm welcomes collaborations with ecologists of all research fields and institutions, in Israel and abroad – all are invited to take advantage of the site’s experimental array to conduct ecological research in their respective fields, enjoy multi-disciplinary collaboration, and contribute to the long-term database that is being accumulated..

Member of the following teams:
Plant Protection | Microbial Genomics | Field Crops | Soil Conservation and Planning | Biological Diversity and Agroecology

ד"ר רוני כהן

Position: Researcher, plant pathologist.
Departmental affiliation: Plant pathology and weed science, Newe-Ya’ar, 
Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center.

Phone numbers: 972-50-6220016

Email address: ronico@volcani.agri.gov.il

A personal note:
Breeding for resistance and cultural management of plant diseases are leading directions toward reducing in pesticides usage and generating sustainable agriculture.
Together with my colleagues the geneticist and plant breeders, we searching for resistant germplasm, studying the genetic characters of the resistance inheritance and looking at the effect of environmental conditions on disease expression.
Grafting of susceptible scions onto resistant rootstocks, using composts and bio-fumigation are renewed agro-technologies replacing successfully the chemical soil disinfestation.

Member of the following teams:
Plant Protection 

Position: Head, Unit of Fruit Trees, Newe Ya’ar.
Departmental affiliation: Fruit Tree unit, Newe-Ya’ar,
Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center.

Phone numbers: 972-4-9539531 |  972-50-6220771

Email address: vhhollan@agri.gov.il

Member of the following teams:
Plant Protection | Field Crops | Soil Conservation and Planning | Precision AgricultureFertilization | Irrigation

Position: Director of the Agricultural Farm Unit -Field crops and orchards, Newe Ya’ar.
Departmental affiliation: Agricultural Farm Unit, Newe-Ya’ar,
Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center.

Phone numbers: 972-50-6220264

Email address: zohar@volcani.agri.gov.il

A personal note:
The Model Farm for Sustainable Agriculture is a challenging and complex project.
These include dozens of experimental plots measuring about 10 dunams, with a total area of about 400 dunams, including a new almond plantation, field crops (wheat, vetch, corn, chickpeas and sunflower) and areas for examining new fodder crops (Moringa , Sesame and more). The project involves dozens of researchers, research engineers and field personnel. At the moment we are busy buying equipment for the model farm and within a year we will begin our experiments. We hope that we will examine, represent and assimilate as many approaches as possible to more sustainable agriculture that will benefit the environment and the farmers of Israel, and even the world.

Member of the following teams:
Plant Protection | Field Crops | Soil Conservation and Planning | Precision AgricultureFertilization | Irrigation

Position: Researcher.
Departmental affiliation: Department of Plant Pathology and Weed Research, Newe-Ya’ar,Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center.

Phone numbers: 972-4-9539529 |  972-50-6220403

Email address: ranl@volcani.agri.gov.il

Member of the following teams:
Plant ProtectionPrecision Agriculture 

Position: Head, Newe Yaar Research Center,
Head of the model farm.
Departmental affiliation: Section of Weed Research, The Department of Plant
Pathology and Weed Research, Newe-Ya’ar, 
Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center.

Phone numbers: 972-4-9539535

Email address: eizenber@agri.gov.il

A personal note:
My research has and is focused on environmentally friendly methods of weed management, for increased agricultural production and environmental and food safety.

Member of the following teams:
Plant Protection | Field Crops | Soil Conservation and Planning | Precision AgricultureIrrigation

Position: Researcher. Institute of Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences.
Departmental affiliation: Waste Management Unit, Newe-Ya’ar, 
Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center.

Phone numbers: 972-4-9539539  |  972-50-6220038

Email address: laor@volcani.agri.gov.il

A personal note:
As a member of the “founders group” and as the actual scientific director of the Model Farm, I find the fascinating challenge in defining the goals and in paving the way for action.
The day-to-day relationship with professional partners in many different fields makes me believe that this dream of establishing this unique Model Farm is really coming true!

Member of the following teams:
Plant Protection | Field Crops | Soil Conservation and Planning | Precision Agriculture | Archiving Samples | Feedlot and Waste Recycling | Biological Diversity and Agroecology | Fertilization | Irrigation