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Environmental Sciences

Environmental Sciences

Eastern Upper Galilee, also known as the “land of brooks and streams” provides almost 25% of the potable water to the state of Israel. Hence, environmental research in MIGAL is conducted in a multi- and interdisciplinary approach towards sustainable farming practices, eco- tourism, and clean and green industrial development. The Environmental Sciences group of MIGAL addresses topics in plant metabolism, environmental health, soil and water chemistry, watershed studies, animal ecology and biodiversity, hydrobiology, bioenergetics, environmental microbiology, development of technologies for the treatment of water and wastewaters, devising techniques to minimize fertilization, and developing innovative biological pest control.

Research Groups

Plant Metabolism Laboratory

Plant molecular biology; sulfur metabolism; metabolism of amino acids; biology of pomegranates

Prof. Rachel Amir - Head
Dr. Yael Hacham - Associate Researcher

Hydrogeochemistry Laboratory

Prof. Michael (Iggy) Litaor - Head

Animal Ecology and Biodiversity Laboratory

Agro-ecosystems; Animal-plant interactions; Animal self-medication; Ants; Honeybees

Dr. Jean-Jacque Itzhak Martinez - Head

Bioenergetics and Protein Design Laboratory

Solar Energy Conversion; Computational Protein Design; Light-Harvesting; Chlorophyll-Proteins; Light-Induced Charge Separation

Dr. Dror Noy - Head

Molecular and Environmental Microbiology Laboratory

Dr. Chen Katz - Head

Environmental Physical Chemistry Laboratory

Adsorption & desorption processes; photodegradation and photostabilization; colloidal and surface chemistry; water treatment and purification; slow and controlled release of essential oils, pharmaceuticals and pesticides, adsorption and kinetics modelling, thermodynamics and physical chemistry, broad educational applications of physical chemistry general and environmental aspects. Cooperation with other research groups include (a) FTIR and XRF analysis for archaeology, (b) use of olive mills biochar for adsorption of pollutants (c) cooperation on food sciences in the preparation of specific foods from innovative sources (remains of other food products) (d) circular economy- P fertilizer developed from wastewater treatment (e) use of clay-biopolymer biocomposites as food additive for metabolic syndrome alleviation, (f) innovative and precise agriculture: correlating eddy covariance direct evapotranspiration measurements with drone hyperspectral measurements.

Prof. Giora Rytwo - Head

Microbial Metabolic Pathways Research Laboratory

Dr. Itamar Yadid - Head


Dr. Moshe Gophen - Lake Kinneret & Agmon-Hula Research
Dr. Moshe Meron - Crops Ecology
Dr. Ofir Degani - Molecular Phytopathology

Directed enzyme evolution for the degradation of recalcitrant molecules

Dr. Livnat Afriat-Jurnou - Head


Post-graduate and post-doctoral research training


Laboratories and research projects


Business opportunities and technology transfer