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Prof. Hanan Eizenberg Weed Research Lab

Department of Phytopathology and Weed Research, Agricultural Research Organization (ARO),

Newe Yaar Research Center 


Ramat Yishai, Israel           |            |           +972-4-9539535



Weed Biology and Management

Weed management in vegetables and field crop

Invasive weeds

Herbicide chemigation (herbigation)

Herbicide response


Parasitic Weeds

Parasitic weeds biology and management


Modelling approach

Decision support system

Tempo-spatial distribution 

Remote sensing


Spatial distribution and GIS

Weed mapping

Precision Weed Management


Hanan Eizenberg


Head of Newe Yaar Research Center, ARO.

Adjunct Professor, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Adjunct Professor, Tel Hai College.

Scientific Director, Research & Development, Jezre‘el Valley

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Guy Achdari

Field trials manager

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Hammam Ziadne

Greenhouse manager

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PhD Students 

Dana Siso

PhD student

Risk assessment of resistance evolution to ALS inhibitors in Phelipanche and Orobanche spp. (PhD thesis). ​Genetical aspects in the resistance of sunflower to Orobanche cumana and Phelipanche aegyptiaca (MSc thesis). 

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Roni Gafni

PhD student

Tempo-spatial distribution of Amaranth spp under varied climate  and geographical  conditions.

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Omer Kapiluto

PhD student

Biology and management of Solanum elaeagnifolium (PhD thesis); Modelling of Ambrosia confertiflora development (MSc thesis).

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Amit Paporisch

PhD candidate

Effect of seasonal application with sulfonylurea herbicides on its fate and efficacy in the soil.

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Guy Atsmon

PhD student

Hyper-spectral weed detection 

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MSc Students

Nimrod Elron

MSc student

Investigating the mechanism of tomato response to the herbicide imazapic.

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Amit Wallach

MSc student

Development of a smart control approach of Phelipanche aegyptiaca in cabbage.

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Evyatar Asaf

MSc student

Intra-row weed control in field crops using finger weeder

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Omer Nehurai

MSc student

Early detection of glyphosate effect on Solanum nigrum L. using hyperspectral remote sensing

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Past Students

Siuar Emran


Profiling the carotenoids metabolome and biochemical aspects of the parasitism in carrot roots by broomrape.

Oz Ben-David


Factors affecting chemical control of Orobanche cumana in sunflower.

Hagai Raz


Biology, management and spatial distribution of Partenium hysterophorus.

Tal Shilo


Remote sensing and identification of weeds (Post-doctoral research); Physiological aspects of the host/parasite interactions between tomato and the parasitic plant Orobanche spp. (PhD thesis); Modeling the sub-surface development of Cyprus rotundus (MSc thesis).

Amnon Cochavi


The effect of abiotic stress on parasite–host Interactions (PhD thesis). Developing a decision support system for rational control of the parasitic weed Phelipanche aegyptiaca. in carrot (MSc thesis). 

Nitzan Birger


​Patterns of weeds spatial distribution in varied agricultural systems

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Itamar Levi

MSc student

Early detection of noxious weeds after herbicides application by non destructive method of hyperspectral imagery

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Gilad Shalev


Precision agriculture as a tool for developing economical and environmentally friendly weed management in cotton

Itay Roy


Characterization of spatial patterns of Egyptian broomrape (Phelipanche aegyptiaca) in processing tomato in Israel

Noam Ariel


Molecular identification and quantification of broomrape (Orobanche and Phelipanche spp.) seeds in a soil sample

Ran Lati


Three-dimensional driven spatio-temporal model for weed detection in row crops.

Ofer Stern


Factors effecting bromoxynil application in sweet corn 

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Visiting Scientists

Dr. Xihui Xu

Prebiotics and probiotics computational approaches to enhance atrazine degradation in contaminated soils (POST DOC)

Mrs. Hailey Larose

Exploring segregation patterns of germination specificity in O. cumana and O. cernua (BARD Graduate Student Fellowship).

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Year     Granting Source        Title 


2003     CDR (CAR)                Integrated broomrape control in sunflower                                  

2005    (RNP) France-Israel   Precision agriculture approaches in corn

2012    USAIS (MERC)           Impacts of spreading olive mill  wastewater                       2013    BARD                         Identifying the genes involved in host root perception by                                                  root parasitic weeds

2015    ISF-NSFC                   An integrated empirical - computational approach for                                                      promoting degradation of herbicides in soil                       

2003     Chief Sci.                  Detection and characterization of Orobanche cumana                                                     races in Israel

2005     Chief Sci.                  Developing a model for Phelipanche aegyptiaca control                                                   in tomato

2006     Chief Sci.                  Developing a decision support system for Amaranthus                                                     albus control.

2007     Chief Sci.                  An environmental solution for olive mill waste water           2007     Chief Sci.                  Precision agriculture in cotton –d eveloping a temporal-                                                   spatial model for weed control

2007     Chief Sci.                  A physiological approach for Orobanche seedbank                                                         eradication in soil

2008     Chief Sci.                  Developing a decision support system for rational control                                                 of Orobanche cumana in sunflower

2009     Chief Sci.                  Using a weed crop competition model for reducing                                                           herbicide rates in cotton

2010     Chief Sci.                  National Project- Alleviating broomrape  damage in the                                                     Israeli agriculture, an integrative approach

2011     Chief Sci.                  Perennial use of olive mill wastewater for weed control in                                                 organic farming

2014     Chief Sci.                  Developing a decision support system for rational control                                                 of Orobanche cumana in sunflower

2014     Chief Sci.                  Alleviating broomrape damage in the Israeli agriculture,                                                  an integrative approach

2014     Chief Sci.                  Integrated approach to control Ambrosia spp.

2015     Chief Sci.                  Developing a decision support system for integrated                                                       control of field bindweed

2016     Chief Sci.                  Integrated approach to control Partenium  spp.               2016     Chief Sci.                  Sulfosulfuron dissipation in the soil

2017     Chief Sci.                  Egyptian broomrape control in cabbage

2017     Chief Sci.                  Non-chemical weed management using flaming

2017     Chief Sci.                  Weed management in vineyard

2017     Chief Sci.                  Tempo-Spatial aspects in Amaranthus spp. Management                                                in tomato

2018     Chief Sci.              Biology and management of Solanum elaeagnifolium


Articles in Reviewed Journals

  1. Ephrath, J. E., and Eizenberg, H. (2010). Quantification of the dynamics of Orobanche cumana and Phelipanche aegyptiaca parasitism in confectionery sunflower (Helianthus annuus). Weed Research. 50: 140-152.

  2. Eizenberg, H., and Joel, D. M. (2008). The canon of potato science: Parasitic weeds. Potato Research. 50:275–278.

  3. Lati, R. N ., Filin, S., and Eizenberg, H. (2011). Robust methods for measurement of leaf cover area and biomass from image data. Weed Science. 59: 276-284.

  4. Lati, R. N ., Filin, S., and Eizenberg, H. (2011). Temperature- and radiation-based models for predicting spatial growth of purple nutsedge (Cyperus rotundus). Weed Science. 59:476-482.

  5. Lati, R. N., Filin, S., and Eizenberg, H. (2012). Black nightshade (Solanum nigrum) emergence and development is affected by seed density and burial depth. Phytoparasitica. 40: 195-203.

  6. Ephrath J. E., Hershenhorn, J., Achdari G., Bringer S., and Eizenberg, H. (2012). The use of logistic equations for the detection of the initial parasitism phase of Phelipanche aegyptiaca in tomato (Solanum lycopersicon). Weed Science. 60:57–63.

  7. Eizenberg, H., Aly, R., and Cohen, Y. (2012). Technologies for smart chemical control of broomrape (Orobanche spp. and Phelipanche spp.). Weeds Science. 60: 316-323.

  8. Lati, R. N., Filin, S., and Eizenberg, H. (2012). Trifloxisulfuron application timing and weed density impact on purple nutsedge (Cyperus rotundus) control. Weed Science. 60: 464-500.

  9. Eizenberg, H., Hershenhorn, J., Achdari, G., and Ephrath, J. (2012). A thermal time model for predicting parasitism of Orobanche cumana in irrigated sunflower: Field validation. Field Crops Research. 137: 49-55.

  10. Lati, R. N., Filin, S., and Eizenberg, H. (2012). Estimation of plant growth parameters via image-based reconstruction of their 3D shape. Agronomy Journal. 105: 191-198.

  11. Shilo, T., Rubin, B., Ephrath, J., and Eizenberg, H. (2013). Continuous non-destructive monitoring of Cyperus rotundus development using a minirhizotron. Weeds Research. 53: 164-168.

  12. Lati R. N., Filin, S., and Eizenberg, H. (2013). Plant growth parameter estimation from sparse 3D reconstruction based on salient features. Precision Agriculture. 14: 586-605.

  13. Lati R. N., Aly, R., Lande, T., and Eizenberg, H. (2013). First Report of the Parasitic Plant Phelipanche aegyptiaca Infecting Kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus) in Israel. Plant Disease. 97: 695.

  14. Lati R. N., Filin, S., and Eizenberg, H. (2013). Estimating plant growth parameters using a dynamic programming-based stereovision model. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. 98: 260-271

  15. Lati R. N., Filin, S., Aly, R., Lande, T., Levin, I., and Eizenberg, H. (2014). Absolute weed detection in precision agriculture using genetically modified tomatoes. Pest Management Science. 70: 1059-1065.

  16. Cohavi, A., Rubin, B., Achdari, G., Smirnov, E., and Eizenberg H. (2015). Egyptian broomrape (Phelipanche aegyptiaca) management in carrot ‎under field conditions. Weed Technology. 29: 519-528

  17. Goldwasser, Y., Miryamchik, H., Rubin, B., and Eizenberg, H. (2015). Field dodder (Cuscuta campestris) - a new model describing temperature dependent seed germination. Weed Science. 64: 53-60.

  18. Cohavi, A., Rubin, B., Smirnov, E., Achdari, G., and Eizenberg H. (2016).   Factors affecting Phelipanche aegyptiaca (Egyptian broomrape) control in carrot. Weed Science. 64: 321-330.

  19. Shilo, T., Zygier, L., Rubin, B., Wolf, S., and Eizenberg, H. (2016). Mechanism of glyphosate control of Phelipanche aegyptiaca. Planta 244: 1095-1107.

  20. Cochavi, A. Rubin, B., Achdari, G., and Eizenberg, H. (2016). Thermal time model for Egyptian broomrape (Phelipanche aegyptiaca) parasitism dynamics in carrot (Daucus carota L.): Field validation. Frontiers in Plant Science. 7:1807. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2016.01807.

  21. Liebman, M., Baraibar, B., Buckley, Y., Childs, D., Christensen, S., Cousens, R., Eizenberg, H., Heijting, S, Loddo, D., Merotto, A., Renton, M., and Riemens, M.. Ecologically sustainable weed management: How do we get from proof-of-concept to adoption? (2016). Ecological Applications. 26: 1352–1369.

  22. Shilo, T., Rubin, B., Plakhine, D., Gal, S., Amir, R., Hacham, Y., Wolf, S., and Eizenberg H. (2017) Secondary Effects of Glyphosate Action in Phelipanche aegyptiaca: Inhibition of solute transport from the host plant to the parasite. Frontiers in Plant Science. 8:255. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.00255.

  23. Matzrafi, M., Herrmann, I., Nansen, C., Kliper, T., Zait, Y., Ignat, T., Siso, D., Rubin, B., Karnieli, A., and Eizenberg, H. (2017) Hyperspectral Technologies for assessing seed germination and trifloxysulfuron-methyl response in Amaranthus palmeri (Palmer amaranth). Frontiers in Plant Science. 8:474. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.00474.

  24. Cohen, Y., Roi, I., Blank, L., Goldstein, E., and Eizenberg, H. (2017). Spatial distribution of the root parasitic weed Phelipanche aegyptiaca in processing tomatoes using ecoinformatics and spatial analysis. Frontiers in Plant Science. 8:973. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.00973.

  25. Eizenberg, H., Plakhine, D., Ziadnza, H., Tsechansky, J., and Graber, E. R. (2017). Non-chemical control of root parasitic weeds with biochar. Frontiers in Plant Science. 8:909. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.00909.

  26. Cochavi, A., Rapaport, T., Gendler, T., Karnieli, A., Eizenberg, H., Rachmilevitch, S. and Ephrath, J. E. (2017). Recognition of Orobanche cumana below-ground parasitism through physiological and hyper spectral measurements in sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.). Frontiers in Plant Science. 8:909. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.00909

  27. Kumar Dubey, N., Eizenberg, H., Leibman, F., Wolf, D., Edelstein, M., Abu-Nassar, J., Gal-On, A., and Aly, R. (2017). Enhanced host-parasite resistance based on down-regulation of Phelipanche aegyptiaca target genes by mobile small RNA. Frontiers in Plant Science. 8:1574. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.01574.

  28. Levy, G. J., Dag, A., Raviv, M., Zipori, I., Medina, S., Saadi, I., Krasnovski, A., Eizenberg, H., and Laor, Y. (2018). Annual spreading of olive mill wastewater over consecutive years: Effects on cultivated soils physical properties. Land Degradation and Development. 29: 176-187. 3/229.

  29. Cochavi, A., Ephrath, J., Eizenberg, H., and Rachmilevich, S. 2018. Phelipanche aegyptiaca parasitism impairs salinity tolerance in young leaves of tomato. Physiologia Plantarum (accepted for publication).

  30. Paporisch, A., Laor, Y., Rubin, B., Achdari, G., & Eizenberg, H. (2018). Application Timing and Degradation Rate of Sulfosulfuron in Soil Co-affect Control Efficacy of Egyptian broomrape (Phelipanche aegyptiaca) in Tomato. Weed Science, 66(6), 780-788.

  31. Xu, X., Zarecki, R., Medina, S., Ofaim, S., Liu, X., Chen, C., ... & Eizenberg, H. (2019). Modeling microbial communities from atrazine contaminated soils promotes the development of biostimulation solutions. The ISME journal, 13: 494-508.

  32. Lati, R. N., Filin, S., Elnashef, B., & Eizenberg, H. (2019). 3-D Image-Driven Morphological Crop Analysis: A Novel Method for Detection of Sunflower Broomrape Initial Subsoil Parasitism. Sensors, 19: 1569.

  33. Blank, L., Birger, N., Eizenberg, H. (2019). Spatial and temporal distribution of Ecballium elaterium in almond orchards. Agronomy 9:751.

  34. Emran, S., Nawade, B., Yahyaa, M., Nassar, J.A., Tholl, D., Eizenberg, H. and Ibdah, M., 2020. Broomrape infestation in carrot (Daucus carota): Changes in carotenoid gene expression and carotenoid accumulation in the parasitic weed Phelipanche aegyptiaca and its host. Scientific Reports, 10:1-10

Reviews and Book Chapters


  1. Joel, D.M., Hershenhorn J., Eizenberg H., Aly R., Ejeta G., Rich P.J., Ransom J.K., Sauerborn J. and Rubiales D. (2007). Biology and management of weedy root parasites. Horticultural Reviews 33: 267-350 (J. Janick, ed.).

  2. Eizenberg, H., Hershenhorn, J., Ephrath, J. E. and Kanampiu, F. (2013). Chemical management. In: Root Parasitic Orobanchaceae: Parasitic Mechanisms and Control Strategies. Eds: Joel, D. and Gressel J. Springer, New York. 415-432.

  3. Jordan, N., Schut, M., Graham, S., Barney, J.N., Childs, D.Z., Christensen, S., Cousens, R.D., Davis, A.S., Eizenberg, H., Ervin, D.E., Fernandez-Quintanilla, C., Harrison, L.J., Harsch, M.A., Heijting, S., Liebman, M., Loddo, D., Mirsky, S.B., Riemens, M., Neve, P., Peltzer, D.A., Renton, M., Williams, M., Recasens, J., Sønderskov, M. (2016). Transdisciplinary weed research: new leverage on challenging weed problems? Weed Research 56: 345–358.

  4. Müller-Stöver, D., Nybroe, O., Baraibar, B., Loddo, D., Eizenberg, H., French, K., Sønderskov, M., Neve, P., Peltzer, D.A., Maczey, N. Christensen, S. (2016). Contribution of the seed microbiome to weed management. Weed Research 56: 335–339.

  5. Rubiales, D., Fernández-Aparicio, M., Vurro, M. Eizenberg, H. (2018). Advances in Parasitic Weeds Research. Frontiers in Plant Science. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2018.00236.

  6. Vurro, M., Perez-De-Luque, M. and Eizenberg, H. (2018). Parasitic weeds. In: Weed Science and Research. Eds: Hatcher, P. and Williams B. F. (in press).



Prof. Hanan Eizenberg

Department of Plant Pathology and Weed Research

Newe Ya'ar Research Center

P.O.Box 1021, Ramat Yishay

30095, Israel


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