External effects of open landscapes on crop pollination by wild bees Microbe-induced resistance against the whitefly Bemisia tabaci in tomato Predicting agricultural pest response to future climate change based on IPCC scenarios Mineral nutrition and bacterial fruit blotch disease of Cucurbits The role of volatiles in microbial interspecies interactions The role of fruit fly bacteria in pest fitness and in biocontrol A proactive approach for assessing alternative management programs for an invasive alien pollinator species Water management by plants under uncertain availability Biotransformation of olive mill waste: Combining detoxification with preservation of nutrients Dairy farm waste management and the breeding site of two fly pests


The center fosters collaborative interdisciplinary research to promote sustainable agriculture while confronting global climate change, water shortage and desertification. Center members bring together expertise in various biological disciplines, from molecular biology to ecology, soil and water science, and environmental economics. Novel approaches are developed to increase food production while protecting the environment, preserving natural resources, and enhancing ecosystem services.


Principal investigators from the following departments are members of the center:

  • Entomology
  • Plant Pathology and Microbiology
  • Soil and Water Sciences
  • Agricultural Economics and Management
  • The main activities of the center are:

  • Supporting research
  • Providing scholarships for postdoctoral students
  • Organizing conferences, workshops and meetings
  • Supporting the purchase of equipment to be used by members of the center in their research activities
  • The center is administered by an academic committee and a director; current center director:

    Prof. Sharoni Shafir