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
Berman TS, Laviad-Shitrit S, Ofek-Lalzar M, Halpern M & Inbar M (2018) Cascading effects on bacterial communities: Cattle grazing causes a shift in the microbiome of a herbivorous caterpillar. ISME Journal. 12:1952-1963.
Gish M, Ben-Ari M & Inbar M (2017) Direct consumptive interactions between mammalian herbivores and plant-dwelling invertebrates: prevalence, significance and prospectus. Oecologia. 183:347-352.
Berman TS, Ben-Ari M, Glasser TA, Gish M & Inbar M (2017) How goats avoid ingesting noxious insects while feeding. Scientific Reports. 7.1:14835 DOI:10.1038/s***************-6.
Rand K, Bar E, Ben-Ari M, Lewinsohn E & Inbar M (2014) The mono - and sesquiterpene content of aphid-induced galls on Pistacia palaestina is not a simple reflection of their composition in intact leaves. Journal of Chemical Ecology. 40:632-642.
Ben-Ari M & Inbar M (2014) Aphids link different sensory modalities to accurately interpret ambiguous cues. Behavioral Ecology. 25:627-632.
Ribak G, Gish M, Weihs D & Inbar M (2013). Adaptive aerial righting during the escape dropping of wingless pea aphids. Current Biology. 23:R102-R103.
Rostás M, Maag D, Ikegami M & Inbar M (2013) Gall volatiles defend aphids against a browsing mammal. BMC Evolutionary Biology 13:193. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2148/13/193
Gish M, Dafni A & Inbar M (2010) Mammalian herbivore breath alerts aphids to flee host plant. Current Biology. 20:626-627.
Inbar M & Gerling D (2008) Plant-mediated interactions between whiteflies, herbivores and natural enemies. Annual Review of Entomology. 53:431-448.
Inbar M, Wink M & Wool D (2004) The evolution of host plant manipulation by insects: Molecular and ecological evidence from gall-forming aphids on Pistacia. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 32:504-511.
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, Doostdar H & Mayer RT (2001) Suitability of stressed and vigorous plants to various insect herbivores. Oikos. 94:228-235.
Inbar M & Schultz JC (2001) Once again, insects worked it out first. Nature. 414:147-148.
Inbar M, Doostdar H, Leibee GL & Mayer RT (1999) The role of plant rapidly induced responses in asymmetric interspecific interactions among insect herbivores. Journal of Chemical Ecology. 25:1961-1979.
Inbar M, Eshel A & Wool D (1995) Interspecific competition among phloem - feeding insects mediated by induced host plant sinks. Ecology. 76:1506-1515.
Inbar M & Wool D (1995) Phloem-feeding specialists sharing a host tree: Resource partitioning minimizes interference competition among galling aphid species. Oikos. 73:109-119.