The 32nd Evenari symposium:

Exposing the hidden half

Honoring Prof. Jhonathan Ephrath on his retirement

June 8th, 2022

Sede Boqer Campus


The Evenari symposium is an annual gathering of plant and agriculture scientists and enthusiasts in honor of the late Prof. Michael Even-Ari at Sede Boqer campus. This year's topic highlights the below ground of plant environment.  

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09:20-11:15     Greetings and keynote speakers (Chairperson: Naftali Lazarovitch)

09:20-09:40       Naftali Lazarovitch, Head, The French Associates Institute for

Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Noam Weisbrod, Director, Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Yitzhak Gutterman, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

09:40-10:10   Ina Meier (Hamburg Uni.) Surplus carbon drives allocation and root – soil


10:10 –10:25  Prof. Yehoshua Saranga Lodging in Tef (Eragrostis tef) - Is it all about


10:25-10:40  Amnon Cochavi The role of root architecture in plant stress tolerance

10:40-10:55  Yoram Kapulnik Can mycorrhizae support Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA)?

10:55-11:15  Coffee break


11:15-13:00  Session 1 (Chairperson: Vered Tzin)

11:15-11:45   Prof. Douglas Godbold Tracing the sources of soil organic matter in

                   Ethiopian land-use systems.

11:45-12:00  Tamir Klein Regulation of water transport in deciduous fruit trees        

                    and their wild relatives in Israel

12:00-12:15 Sigal Savaldi-Goldstein Mechanisms regulating root meristem shape and


12:15-12:30  Hanan Eizenberg Remote sensing of the root parasitic plant broomrape

                   (Orobanche spp. and Phelipanche spp.)

12:30-12:45  Shimon Rachmilevitch Belowground family ties within the Solanaceae

12:45-13:00  Idan Efroni How many kinds of roots are there?


13:00-14:30  Lunch and Posters


14:30-16:30  Session 2 (Chairperson: Simon Barak)

14:30-15:00  Boris Rewald The invisible half - Biogenic volatile organic compounds

                     (BVOC) above- and belowground

15:00-15:15   Nirit Bernstein Interplay between mineral uptake and secondary

                     metabolites in medical cannabis

15:15-15:30   Eilon Shani Developing genomic tools to reveal the hidden genome

                    of the hidden half

15:30-15:45  Zhou Kaining In-situ root phenotyping of crops grown under

                    stressed conditions

15:45-16:00  Ran Erel Root traits associated with phosphate acquisition by plants


16:00-16:20 Closing remarks, Pedro Berliner