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									                                          ALON BEN-GAL
                                         bengal@agri.gov.il
          ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSICS AND IRRIGATION. AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH ORGANIZATION
                   GILAT RESEARCH CENTER. MOBILE POST NEGEV 85280, ISRAEL

RESEARCH INTERESTS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE
Plant response to environmental stress conditions. Irrigation of crops. Agricultural utilization of saline
water and of recycled wastewater. Optimization of water under irrigation in arid regions. Flow and
transport of water and solutes in the vadose zone.
EDUCATION
        Ph.D. Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences
        The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot, Israel 2003
        M.Sc. Soil, Environmental Science, Cum Laude
        The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel 1994
        B.Sc. Agrarian Studies: Soil and Water Science, Cum Laude
        The University of California, Davis, CA. 1985
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
        2007 -           Senior Research Scientist. Agricultural Research Organization, Gilat
                         Research Center. Department of Environmental Physics and Irrigation,
                         Institute of Soil Water and Environmental Sciences.
        2004 - 2007      Research Scientist (Environmental Physics and Irrigation). Gilat Research
                         Center. Agricultural Research Organization, Israel
        2002 - 2004      Research Scientist (Agricultural Water Use Efficiency). Arava Research and
                         Development, Yotvata, Israel
        2001- 2002       Post-doctoral fellowship (Soil Science). Utah State University. Logan, UT
        1994 - 2001      Research Assistant. Arava Research and Development
        1992 - 1994      Research Assistant. National Center for Mariculture. Eilat, Israel
        1990 - 1991      Research Technician. Arava Research and Development
        1987 - 1990      Irrigation Manager. Kibbutz Ketura, Israel
PUBLICATIONS (REVIEWED)
1. Veste, M., Ben-Gal, A., Breckle, S.-W. & Shani, U. (2000) Impact of thermal stress and high VPD
    on gas exchange and chlorophyll fluorescence of Citrus grandis under desert conditions, Acta
    Horticulturae 531:143-149.
2. Ben-Gal A and Shani U. (2002) A highly conductive drainage extension to control the lower
    boundary condition of lysimeters. Plant and Soil, 239:9-17.
3. Ben-Gal A and Shani U (2002) Yield, transpiration and growth of tomatoes under combined excess
    boron and salinity stress. Plant and Soil, 247:211-221.
4. Ben-Gal A., Karlberg L., Jansson P-E and Shani U. (2003). Temporal robustness of linear
    relationships between production and transpiration. Plant and Soil, 251: 211-218.
5. Ben-Gal A and Dudley L (2003) Phosphorus availability under continuous point-source irrigation.
    Soil Sci Soc Am J. 67: 1449-1456.
6. Shenker M, Ben-Gal A and Shani U (2003) Sweet corn response to combined nitrogen and salinity
    environmental stresses. Plant and Soil 256:139-147.
7. Ben-Gal A and Shani U (2003) Water Use and Yield of Tomatoes under combined excess boron
    and water stress. Plant and Soil, 256:179-186.
8. Ben-Gal A, Lazorovitch N and Shani U (2004) Subsurface drip irrigation in gravel filled cavities.
    The Vadose Zone Journal. 3:1407-1413.
9. Shani U and Ben-Gal A. (2005) Long-term response of grapevines to salinity: osmotic effects and
    ion toxicity. Am. J. Enol. Vit. 56:148-154.
10. Shani U., Ben-Gal A., and Dudley L. (2005) Environmental implications of adopting a dominant
    factor approach to salinity management. J. Envir. Qual. 34: 1455-1460.
11. Karlberg, L., Ben-Gal, A., Jansson, P-E. and Shani, U. (2006) Modelling transpiration and growth
    in salinity-stressed tomato under different climatic conditions. Ecological Modelling, 190. 15-40.
12. Lazarovitch, N., Ben-Gal A., and Shani U. (2006) An automated rotating lysimeter system for
    greenhouse evapotranspiration studies. Vadose Zone Journal. 5:801-804.
13. Segal, E., Ben-Gal, A., and Shani U. (2006) Root water uptake efficiency under ultra-high
    irrigation frequency. Plant and Soil. 282:333-341.
14. Yermiyahu, U., Ben-Gal, A. and Sarig, P. (2006). Boron toxicity in grapevines. HortScience.
    41:1698-1703.
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15. Lazarovitch, N., Ben-Gal A., Simunek J. and Shani U. (2007) Uniqueness of soil hydraulic
    parameters determined by a combined wooding-inverse approach. Soil Science Society of America
    Journal. 71, 860-865
16. Ben-Gal, A. (2007) The contribution of foliar exposure to boron toxicity. Journal of Plant
    Nutrition, 30, 1705-1716.
17. Yermiyahu U., Ben-Gal, A., Sarig, P., and Zippilevitch E. (2007) Boron toxicity in grapevine (Vitis
    vinifera L.) in conjunction with salinity and rootstock effects. J. of Hortic. Sci. and Biotech. 82,
    547-554.
18.Tripler E, Ben-Gal A., Shani U. (2007) Consequence of salinity and excess boron on growth,
    evapotranspiration and ion uptake in date palm (Phoenix Dactylifera L., cv. Medjool). Plant and
    Soil. 297,147-155.
19. Shani, U., Ben-Gal, A. Tripler E. and Dudley, L.M. (2007) Plant response to the soil environment:
    an analytical model integrating yield, water, soil type and salinity. Water Resources Res. Vol. 43,
    No. 8, W08418, 10.1029/2006WR005313
20. Yermiyahu U., Tal A., Ben-Gal A., Bar-Tal, A., Tarchitzky J. and Lahav, O. (2007) Rethinking
    desalinated water quality and agriculture, Science, 318, 920-921.
21. Yermiyahu U., Ben-Gal A., Keren R. and Reid R.J. (2008). Combined effect of salinity and excess
    boron on plant growth and yield. Plant and Soil, 304, pp. 73-87.
22. Ben-Gal A, Ityel E, Dudley L., Cohen S, Yermiyahu U, Presnov E, Zigmond L, Shani U. (2008)
    Effect of irrigation water salinity on transpiration and on leaching requirements: A case study for
    bell peppers. Agric. Water Manag. 95, 587-597.
23. Dudley L., Ben-Gal A. and Shani U. (2008) Influence of plant, soil and water properties on the
    leaching fraction. Vadose Zone J. 7, 420-425.
24. Bar-Tal, A. Yermiyahu, U., Keinan, M., Faingold, I., and Ben-Gal, A. (2008) Boron deficiency and
    toxicity in young persimmon (Diospyrus kaki L.). J. of Hortic. Sci. and Biotech. 83, 469-473.
25. Ben-Gal, A., Dag, A., Yermiyahu, U., Zipori Y., Presnov, E., Faingold, I. and Kerem, Z. (2008)
    Evaluation of irrigation levels in a converted, rain fed olive orchard: the transition year. Acta
    Horticulturae. 792, 99-106.
26. Ben-Gal, A., Yermiyahu, U., Veste, M. and Shani, U. (2008) Irrigating table grapes in arid regions
    with low quality water: effects of salinity and excess boron. Acta Horticulturae. 792, 107-114.
27. Dag, A. Ben-Gal A., Yermiyahu U., Basheer L., Yogev N., and Kerem Z. (2008) The effect of
    irrigation level and harvest mechanization on virgin olive oil quality in a traditional rain-fed “Souri”
    olive orchard converted to irrigation. J. Science Food Agric. 88, 1524-1528.
28. Gross, A., Bernstein, A., Vulkan, R., Tarchitzky., J., Ben-Gal, A., and Yermiyahu, U., (2008)
    Simple digestion procedure followed by the azomethine-H method for accurate boron analysis and
    discrimination between its fractions in wastewater and soils. Chemosphere. 72, 400-406.
29. Erel R. Dag A Ben-Gal A Schwartz A and Yermiyahu U Flowering and fruit-set of young olive
    (Olea europea L. cv. Barnea) trees in response to nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. (2008) J
    Am Soc Hort Sci 133, 639-647.
30. Ben-Gal A. Yermiyahu U. and Cohen S. (2009) Fertilization and blending alternatives for irrigation
    with desalinated water. J Environ Qual 38:529-536.
31. Ben-Gal A, Neori-Borochov H, Yermiyahu U and Shani U. (2009) Is osmotic potential a more
    appropriate property than electrical conductivity for evaluating whole plant response to salinity?
    Environ Exp Botany. 65, 232-237.
32. Ben-Gal A, Agam N, Alchanatis V, Cohen Y, Zipori I, Presnov E, Yermiyahu U, Sprintsin M, and
    Dag A. (2009) Evaluating water stress in irrigated olives: correlation of soil water status, tree
    water status and thermal imagery. Irrigation Science. In press
33. Dag A, Yermiyahu U, Ben-Gal A, Zipori I, and Kapulnik Y. (2009) Nursery and post-transplant
    field response of olive trees to arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi under arid conditions. Crop and
    Pasture Science. 60, In press.
34. Dag A, Ben-David E, Kerem Z, Ben-Gal A, Erel R, Basheer L, and Yermiyahu U. (2009) Olive Oil
    Composition as a Function of Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium Plant Nutrition. Journal of the
    Science of Food and Agriculture. In press.

BOOK CHAPTERS AND INVITED REVIEW PAPERS (SELECTED)
34. Ben-Gal, A., Tal, A., and Tel-Zur, N. (2006) The Sustainability of arid agriculture: trends and
    challenges. Annals of Arid Zone, (invited) 45, 227-258.
35. Ben-Gal A., Yermiyahu U. and Dudley, L.M. Irrigation management under saline conditions.
    (2008) In: Ben-Hur, Ed. Agriculture in arid and semiarid zones: Soil, water, and environment
    aspects (book chapter). In press.
36. Dudley, L.M., Ben-Gal, A. and Lazarovitch, N. (2008) Drainage water reuse: biological,
    physical, and technological considerations for system management. Journal of Environmental
    Quality. (Invited review) 37, S25-S35.
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