French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands
Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Sede Boqer Campus, 849900, Israel

Office: +972-8-6566747

Fax: +972-8-6596757

Cell: 972-(0)52-4753844


Academic status:

Senior lecturer


Short introduction:      

The primary theme of my research is an experimental and mathematical description of the transport and fate of organic and inorganic solutes under variably saturated water flow conditions. Of special interest is the interfacial tension at the solid-liquid, solid-vapor, and liquid-vapor interfaces of plant and soil-derived organic materials. The processes that occur at these interfaces are investigated in conjunction with equilibrium and transient solute transport at different terrestrial environments.


Research interests:

·         Effect of soil solution composition on variably saturated water flow 

·         Fate and transport of organic carbon and nitrogen in the root zone

·         Surface activity of roots-exudates and soil-derived organic substances



Selected publications


 Book chapters:

1.    Lao, W.J., Arye, G., Ernst, F., Xu, Y.P., Bondarenko, S., Haver, D., Kabashima, J., and J. Gan, 2008, Reduction of Pyrethroid runoff from a commercial nursery, pp. 428-466 In: Gan, J.,  Spurlock, F., Hendley, P. and D.P Weston (eds.) Synthetic Pyrethroids: Occurrence and Behavior in Aquatic Environments, Amer. Chemical Soc.  


Refereed articles and refereed letters in scientific journals:

1.    Arye, G., Bachmann, J., Woche, S., and Y. Chen, 2006. Applicability of interfacial theories of surface tension to water-repellent soils, Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 70: 1417-1429.

2.    Bachmann, J., Arye, G., Deurer, M., Woche, S.K., Horton, Y.R. and Y. Chen, 2006, Universality of a surface tension – contact angle relation for hydrophobic soils of different texture, J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 169:1-9.

3.    Tarchitzky, J., Lrener, O., Shani, U., Arye, G., Lewengart-Ayachichi, A., Brener, A. and Y., Chen, 2006, Water distribution pattern in treated-wastewater-irrigated soils: hydrophbicity effect, European J. Soil Sci., 58(3): 573-488.

4.    Arye. G., Nadav, I. and Y. Chen, 2007, Short-term reestablishment of soil water repellency after wetting: Effect on capillary pressure-saturation relationship, Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 71: 692-702.

5.    Bachmann, J., Deurer, M., and G. Arye, 2007. Modeling water movement in water repellent soil: 1. Development of a contact angle dependent water retention model. Vadose Zone J., 6: 436-445.

6.    Arye. G., Hofmann, Y. and Y. Chen, 2008, Reciprocal relation of surface tension and dissolved organic matter originating from top soil layers leachate, Soil Sci., 173 (7): 480-488.

7.    Arye. G., 2009, Laboratory and field testing of unsaturated soils, Book Review, Tarantino, A., Romero, E., and Cui, Y-J (Eds.), European J. Soil Sci., 60(6): 1127-1128.  

8.    Jiang, W.Y., K.D. Lin, D. Haver, S.J. Qin, G. Arye, F. Spurlock, and J. Gan., 2010, Wash-Off Potential of Urban Use Insecticides on Concrete Surfaces. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 29:1203-1208.

9.    Arye, G., Dror. I., and Berkowitz, B., 2011, Fate and transport of Carbamazepine in a soil aquifer treatment (SAT) infiltration, Chemosphere, 82: 244-252.

10. Arye. G., Tarchitzky, J., and Y. Chen, 2011, Treated wastewater effects on water repellency and soil hydraulic properties of soil-aquifertreatment infiltration basins. J. Hydrol., 397: 136-145.

11. Nadav, I., Arye, G., Tarchitzky, J. and Chen, Y., 2012, Enhanced infiltration regime for treated wastewater purification in soil aquifer treatment (SAT), J. Hydrol, 420-421: 275-283.

12. Gouet-Kaplan, M., Arye, G., and Berkowitz, B., 2012, Interplay between resident and infiltrating water: estimates from transient water flow and solute transport. J. Hydrol., 458-459: 40-50.