Department of Field Crops, Vegetables and genetics
P.O.Box 12, Rehovot, 76100 Israel. Tel. (972) (08)9481105, Fax (972) 98468265, Email:Kafkafi@agri.huji.ac.il
CURRICULUM VITAE - U. KAFKAFI
1934 Born: Tel Aviv, Israel. Married, 4 children.
1959 M.Sc. in Soil Science. awarded for a work entitled "The effect of calcium carbonate, kaolinite and time on the availability of phosphate to plants", under the supervision of Dr. J. Hagin.
Soil Scientist in the Dept. of Soil Chemistry and Plant Nutrition, A.R.O.,
1960 Special course for chemists in the use of Radioisotopes Weizmann Institute.
1960-1976 Head of research team of the permanent fertilization plots, Agricultural Research Organization.
1962-1963 Project director, and research advisor in the use of radioisotopes in agriculture in the Dept. of Experimental Physics, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.
Ph.D. Degree awarded for
a thesis on the
topic: “the effect of phosphorus fertilizer placement on the efficiency of
phosphorus uptake by plants”, under the supervision of Dr. J.
1963-1969 Lecturer in International Courses for Fertilization Technicians, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Development.
1965-1970 Co-investigator in a U.S.D.A. Project on “Evaluation of Residual Phosphate.”
1965-1966 Post-doctoral fellowship as a research fellow in the Dept. of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, University of Western Australia, Nedlands. Prof. J. P. Quirk, Head.
on the use of Radioisotopes at the
Guest Lecturer in Soil
Science, Dept. of Botany,
1968 Committee secretary of the "Mokady Symposium".
1969 Invited by the Brazilian
Government to deliver a special course on the use of radioisotopes in soil
chemistry and plant nutrition, at the
1970-1976 Head, Dept. of Soil Chemistry and Plant Nutrition, Agricultural Research Organization.
Sabbatical leave: with Prof.
Assoc. Prof. Soil Science,
Chairman, delegation of Israel
Society of Soil Science to the International
1974* Visiting professor (associate professor), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
1975-1977 Member academic committee of Agricultural Research Organization.
1974-1976 Chairman, Organizing Committee of International Congress "Agrochemicals in Soils”.
1976-1977 Academic Secretary of the Agricultural Research Organization.
Responsible for “research personal evaluation”
1976 Head, committee on: Solid Waste and Herbicide Use - for the Israel National Council for Research and Development.
Member, Board of the
First mission in
1977-1980 General Manager of Research and Development “The southern project", an interdisciplinary research and development of “glasshouse tomato production in for export”. Transfer of research finding to agricultural practice.
1978* Promoted to Grade A+, the highest degree for research personal in the Civil Service, and Professor, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Second mission to
1981-1982 Sabbatical leave, with Prof. J. Letey, U.C. Riverside, California.
Topic: Plant nutrition under saline conditions.
1982-1985 Chairman, Agrotechnical Committee of R & D of “The southern project”.
1982-1984 Chairman, Management of Ramat Hanegev Research Station.
Regional research and it’s connection to Central research institute.
Member, Management of the
Member, Scientific Committee, International Potash Institute,
1986-1999 Professor, Arid Land Agriculture,
Head, Center for Agricultural Research in Desert and and
Semi-Arid Lands, The
1990 IAEA expert mission to Equador, “use of radioisotops in plant roots study”.
Prof. Tottori University,
Prof. Tottori University,
1999 Visiting Prof. Tottori University,
Course No. 71602 Soil Fertility
Course No. 71307 Physiology and agrotechniques of Field Crops
M.Sc and Ph.D. Level
Course No. 71936 Mineral nutrition of plants -Laboratory
Course No. 71938 Mineral nutrition of plants
Course No. 71924 Root activities of field crops
Ph.D. students Thesis title Collaborator
1969-1971 B. Bar-Yosef: Prediction of plant required soil phosphate Y. Vaadia
concentration by physico-chemical parameters.
1972-1975 N. Aharonson: Adsorption, uptake and degradation of O. Alumot
benz- imidazole system fungicides in a
soil-plant system. (approved)
1973-1980 A.Rabinovitz: The bedding rock as a determining factor of G. Orshan
soil properties and composition of plant asso-
1978-1980 M.Silberbush: The evolution of adaptation of plant Y. Waisel
populations to phosphorus-deficient
1978-1981 Y. Spiegel: Ammonium and nitrate nutrition of tomato and E. Cohn
its effect on root knotnematode. (approved)
1984 -1988 A. Bartal: Seedling nutrition in the nursery and its effect B. Bar-Yosef
on plant growth in the field. (approved)
1988-1994 U. Yermiyahu Surface charge density of root membranes S. Nir
of melon cvs. tolerant and sensitive to salinity. Approved
1989 -1994 D. Bonfill Genetic expression of wild wheat as affected H. Zusnak
by soil type and parent rock origin. Approved
1990 - 1995 Z. Henkin The effct of phosphorus nutrition, shrub control
and fire on the dynamics of Mediterranean Batha
Vegetation in the
1992- 1998 Patricia Imas Chemical and biological processes in the rhizosphere
affecting mobility and uptake of phosphorus by plants. Approved
1997- 2001 Xu. Guohua Pepper Seed quality as affected by mother plant nutrition S. Wolf
M. Sc. students Thesis title Collaborator
1967-1968 B.Bar-Yosef: Relationships between phosphate silica and N. Lahav
hydroxyl during drying and rewetting of kaolinite
1968-1969 I.Walerstein: Ammonium magnesium relationships in plants and A. Banin
1969 L. Eshet: Banana root activity as affected by root temperature. (approved)
1976-1978 M. Miron: Uptake flux of Ca and P by a cotton root. (approved)
1980-1981 S. Biton: Dissolution of rock phosphate by bacteria. (approved) Y. Henis
1981-1983 C. Rodgers: Nitrogen nutrition in the nursery and in the field S. Izhar
on growth, mineral composition and yield of
1984-1987 D. Zohar: Wheat base stem nitrate content as an indicator
for nitrate supply to the plant. (approved)
1984 - 1988
Salt and boron leaching in
1985 - 1990 E. Barak: Yield response of cotton to growth regulator A. Marani
application with increasing rates of nitrogen
1985-1987 A. Sharon: Combine fertilizers with herbicides, fungicides N. Aharonson
1985-1987 Z. Henkin: Phosphate as a limiting factor in natural habitat E. Noy-Meir
management for grazing. (approved)
1986 - 1990 Y. Bar: Chloride Nitrate interaction in avocado rootstocks. ( approved ).
1986-1988 A. Schuster: The response of cotton to ammonium and nitrate in the
irrigation water. (approved)
1988 - 1990 D. Ploda : Effect of nitrogen and salinity treatments on H.D. Rabinovitch
yield and quality of Pepino (Solanum muricatum) (approved)
1986 -1990 G. Zafrir Effect of nitrogen and timing of application H.D. Rabinovitch on yield and quality of onion bulbs (Alium cepa L.) (approved).
1990 -1995 E. Brand Magnesium salinity and calcium deficiency in
cotton grown on deep alluvial soil. (approved)
1992-1994 Williams Lior Foliar application of potassium and phosphate,
penetration into tomato leaves and translocation. (approved)
1991-1996 Zipilevitch E. Eggplant nutrition in saline conditions (approved)
1994-1996 Sosnitsky P. Salinity, potassium and N nutrition effect on lycopene content of processing tomato . (approved)
1992-1996 Borenstein M. Flowering and fruiting response in strawbwerry (approved)
1995-1997 Gipps Ami Foliar nutrition and quality of potato (approved)
1996 -1997 Shachar Gad Cell elongation under saline condition (approved)
1994-1997 Landa Arie N and P in cotton growth Nira method (approved) Y. Saranga
1994 - 1999 Ben Uliel Gad Melon growth and quality (approved)
1997 - 1999 Berezkin Anna Mineral nitrogen release rates and phosphorus
availability in complex NPK slow release fertilizers
based on urea formaldehyde. (approved) Aviva Hadas
1997 -2001 Gal
use of recycled city effluents for Chick pea (submitted)