logo Jaacov Katan, Ph.D.

The Buck Family Professor Emeritus of Plant Pathology

The Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology

The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

POB 12, Rehovot 76100, Israel


Contact Details:


Phone: +972 8 9489217 (or +972 8 9489163)
Fax: +972 8 9466794
E-mail: yaacov.katan@mail.huji.ac.il
Wikipedia entry

Research Interests:


  • Biology, ecology and control of soil-borne plant pathogens.
  • Soil solarization for controlling soil-borne plant diseases (See the soil solarization home page)
  • Soilborne diseases in vegetables and cotton.
  • Vegetative compatibility grouping of Fusarium and Verticillium.
  • Epidemiology of soilborne pathogens.
  • Interactions between pesticides and plant pathogens and other soil microbes.


  • Awards and Special Appointments (see full CV)

    1977-1979 President, The Israeli Phytopathological Society.

    1981-1986 Appointed by the President of Israel to the Council of Higher Education.

    1990 The incumbent Buck Family Chair in Plant Pathology and Microbiology.

    1991 Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society.

    1991 Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

    1992 Presented a special medal by the Portuguese Society of Plant Protection.

    1994 The M. Millikan Prize, a special award of distinction in teaching (The Hebrew University).

    1994 The Rothschild Prize in Agriculture, bestowed upon him by the Speaker of the Kenneseth (Israeli Parliament).

    1997 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

    2000 Presented a medal by the Rector of the University of Torino.

    2003 The Jakob Eriksson Prize in Plant Pathology,
    awarded jointly by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the International Society of Plant Pathology.

    2003-8 Vice President, the 9th International Congress of Plant Pathology (Torino).

    2004 Awarded the Award of Distinction by the International Society of Plant Protection (at Beijing).

    2004 Presented a special medal at the International Congress of Soil Disinfestation (Corfu, Greece).

    2004 Honorary President, The Israeli Phytopathological Society

    2008 Presented a special award by the Crop Council, bestowed upon by the Minister of Agriculture, for Katan's contributions to Plant Pathology

    2008 The first soil solarization article in Phytopathology (1976) by Katan et al, was included in the timeline of the Centurial celebration of the American Phytopathological Society.
    The timeline indicated major developments in Phytopathology in the last 100 years.

    2008 Vice-President of the 9th International Congress of Plant Pathology, Torino, Italy.

    2009 Special Award by "Alliance International" recognizing the contribution to agriculture in Israel and the world over.

    2013 Fellow of the International Society of Plant Pathology.

    2014 Israel Prize in Agriculture and Environment Research (bestowed upon by the President of Israel).

    Selected Publications: (see full list of publications)

    (Published over 175 articles in refereed Journals and over 80 chapters, invited reviews and books, or book editing, from 1966 to 2010).

    Katan, J. and J.E. DeVay (eds.). 1991.
    Soil Solarization. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.

    Rekah, Y., D. Shteinberg and J. Katan 2001.
    Population dynamics of Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. radicis-lycopersici in relation to the onset of Fusarium crown and root rot of tomato. Eur. J. Pl Pathol. 107:367-375.

    Assaraf, M., C. Ginsburg and J. Katan. 2002.
    Weakening and delayed mortality of Fusarium oxysporum by heat-treatment: flow cytometry and growth studies. Phytopathology 92:956-963.

    Triky, S., U. Yermiyahu, J. Katan and A. Gamliel. 2005.
    Development of crown and root rot disease of tomato under irrigation with saline water. Phytopathology. 95:1438-1444.

    Cohen, O., J. Riov, J. Katan, A. Gamliel and P. Bar (Kutiel) 2009.
    Reducing persistent seedbank of invasive plants by soil solarization - the case of - Acacia Saligna. Weed Science. 56: 860-865.

    Triky-Dotan, S., M. Austerweil, B. Steiner, Y. Peretz-Alon and J. Katan. 2009.
    Accelerated degradation of metam-sodium in soil and consequences for root diseases management. Phytopathology 99: 362-368.

    Katan, J. and A. Gamliel. 2009. Soil solarization- 30 years on -
    What lessons have been learned?
    In: U. Gisi, I. Chet & L. Gullino (eds.). Recent Development in Disease Management. Springer, pp. 265-283.

    Gamliel, A. and J. Katan. 2009.
    Control of Plant disease through solarization.
    In: D. Walter (ed). Disease Control in Crops: Biological and Environmentally Friendly Approaches. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford pp. 196-220.

    Katan, J. 2010.
    Cultural approaches for disease management: present status and future prospects. J. Pl. Pathol. 92: S4.7-S4.9.

    Gamliel, A. and Katan, J. (eds.). 2011.
    Soil Solarization: Theory and Practice. APS Press. St Paul (in press).

    Garibaldi, A., J. Katan and M.L. Gullino.(eds.) 2011.
    Fusarium Wilt of Greenhouse Vegetable and Ornamental Crops. APS Press. St. Paul (in press).

    Gamliel, A. and J. Katan. 2012 (eds).
    Soil Solarization: Theory and Practice. APS Press. ST. Paul, MN.

    Chellemi, D.O., A. Gamliel, J. Katan and K.V. Subbarao. 2016.
    Development of systems-based approaches for the management of soilborne plant pathogens. Phytopathology 106:216-225.


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