Moshe Inbar Ph.D.

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Professor, Department of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology
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Subject: Animal – plant interactions
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Research Interests 

Our main research interests are animal (in particular insects) – plant interactions from ecological and practical points of view and natural conservation.
We also have a special interest in the direct interactions between mammalian herbivores and plant-dwelling insects.

Specific fields of interest: 

  • Direct interactions between mammalian herbivores and plant-dwelling insects.
  • Ecology, evolution and biogeography of gall-forming aphids on Pistacia.
  • Diversity, ecology and evolution of oak gall-wasps.
  • Manipulation of biochemical pathways by gall-forming insects.
  • The mechanics and evolutionary significance of escape response in pea aphids. 
  • Whitefly - plant interactions

Selected Publications

Inbar M, Eshel A & Wool D (1995) Interspecific competition among phloem - feeding insects mediated by induced host plant sinks. Ecology. 76:1506-1515.

Wool D, Manheim O & Inbar M (1997) Return flight of sexuparae of galling aphids to their primary host trees: implications for differential herbivory and gall (Aphidoidea: Pemphigidae, Fordinae) abundance. Annals ofthe Entomological Society of America. 90:341-350.

Wool D & Inbar M (1998) Colonization of ecological islands: galling aphid populations on recovering Pistacia trees after destruction by fire. European Journal of Entomology. 95:41-54.

Inbar M, Doostdar H & Mayer RT (1999) The effects of sessile whitefly nymphs (Homoptera: Aleyrodidae) on leaf chewing larvae (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Environmental Entomology. 28:353-357.

Broza M, Halpern M & Inbar M (2000) Non-biting midges (Diptera; Chironomidae) in waste ponds: a new nuisance problem in Israel. Water Science and Technology. 42:71-74.

Inbar M, Doostdar H & Mayer RT (2001) Suitability of stressed and vigorous plants to various insect herbivores. Oikos. 94:228-235.

Lev-Yadun S, Dafni A, Inbar M, Izhaki I & Ne’eman G (2002) Colour patterns in vegetative parts of plants deserve more research attention. Trends in Plant Science. 7:59-60.

Inbar M, Mayer RT & Doostdar H (2003) Induced activity of pathogenesis related (PR) proteins in aphid galls. Symbiosis. 34:293-300.

Gish M & Inbar M (2006) Host location by apterous aphids after escape dropping from the plant. Journal of Insect Behavior. 19:143-153.

Inbar M & Gerling D (2008) Plant-mediated interactions between whiteflies, herbivores and natural enemies. Annual Review of Entomology. 53: 431-448.

Kurzfeld-Zexer L, Wool D & Inbar M (2010) Modification of tree architecture by a gall-forming aphid. Trees - Structure and Function. 24:13-18.

Gish M, Dafni A & Inbar M (2012)Young  aphids avoid erroneous dropping when evading mammalian herbivores by combining input from two sensory modalities. PLoS ONE. 7:(4) e32706.

Ben-Ari M, Gish M & Inbar M (2015) Walking aphids can partake in within-field dispersal to distant plants. Basic and Applied Ecology. 16:162-171.

Gottlieb D, Inbar M, Lombroso R & Ben-Ari M (2017) Lines, loops and spirals: An intraclonal continuum of host location behaviors in walking aphids. Animal Behaviour 128:5-11.


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