Prof. Naftali Lazarovitch

Ben Gurion University of the Negev

French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands



I-CORE Research:

Energy-Rich Biomass

Developing new growth technologies and approaches for achieving optimal biomass growth and water and fertilizer use efficiency of plants grown in arid environments.

Research Group:

Deliana Kool, Jingbo zhen, Iael Raij, Shaham Pebzner


Other Research Areas:

Water flow and solute transport in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum of irrigated agriculture.



  1. Sperling, O., Shapira, O., Cohen, S., Schwartz, A. and Lazarovitch, N. (2012) Estimating sap flux densities in date palm trees using the heat dissipation method and weighing lysimeters. Tree Phys. doi:10.1093/treephys/tps070.
  2. Groenveld, T., Ben-Gal, A., Yermiyahu, U. and Lazarovitch, N. (2013) The effect of weather on transpiration reduction due to salinity (Vadose zone Journal, April, 2013), doi:10.2136/vzj2012.0180.
  3. Ityel, E., Ben-Gal, A., Silberbush, M. and Lazarovitch, N. (2014) Increased root zone oxygen by a capillary barrier is beneficial to bell pepper irrigated with brackish water in an arid region. Agric. Water Manage., 131:108-114.

  4. Sperling, O., Lazarovitch, N., Schwartz, A., Shapira, O. (2014) Effects of high salinity irrigation on growth, gas-exchange, and photoprotection in date palms (Phoenix dactylifera L., cv. Medjool). Environmental and Experimental Botany, 99:100-109.

  5. Schröder, N. Lazarovitch, N., Vanderborght, J., Vereecken H., and Javaux M. (2014) Linking transpiration reduction to rhizosphere salinity using a 3D coupled soil-plant model. Plant Soil, DOI 10.1007/s11104-013-1990-8.

  6. Kool, D., Agam, N., Šimůnek Ben-Gal, A. and Lazarovitch, N. (2014) Spatial and diurnal below canopy evaporation in a desert vineyard: Measurements and modeling. Water Resour. Res., 50, doi:10.1002/2014WR015409.

  7. Sperling O., Shapira, O., Tripler, E., Schwartz, A., and Lazarovitch, N. (2014) A model for computing date palm water requirements as affected by salinity. Irrigation Science, DOI 10.1007/s00271-014-0433-5.

  8. Sperling O., Shapira, O., Schwartz, A. and Lazarovitch, N., (2015) Direct in vivo evidence of immense stem water exploitation in irrigated date palms. Journal of Experimental Botany, 10.1093/jxb/eru421.

  9. Dabach, S., Shani, U, and Lazarovitch, N. (2015). Creating an optimal location for tensiometer placement in heterogeneous soils irrigated with subsurface drip irrigation. Agric. Water Manage., 152:91-98

  10. Dabach, S., Shani, U, and Lazarovitch, N. (2016). The influence of water uptake on matric head variability in a drip-irrigated root zone, Soil and Tillage Research, 155:216-224.

  11. Kool, D. Kustas, W.P., Ben-Gal, A., Lazarovitch, N., Heitman, J.H., Sauer, T.J. and Agam, A. Energy and evapotranspiration partitioning in a desert vineyard, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 218–219:277–287.

  12. Rao, Y., Zhao-Hui, J. and Lazarovitch, N. (2016) Investigating signal propagation and strength distribution characteristics of wireless sensor networks in date palm orchards. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 124:107-120.

Supported by the I-CORE Program of the Planning and Budgeting Committee and The Israel Science Foundation

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