Prof. Ilan Chet


Research Interests:

  • Biological control of soilborne plant diseases by using antagonistic organisms.
  • Biotechnology, cloning of the chitinase gene to biocontrol agents.



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Areas of Teaching:

  • Soil Microbiology.
  • Fungal Physiology.
  • Biological control of plant diseases.
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Students and Post-doctoral Scholars:

My group includes an average of 2 technicians, 2 post docs and 3-4 Ph.D. students.
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Selected Publications:

Oka, Y., Chet, I. and Spiegel, Y. 1997. An immunoreactive protein to wheat-germ agglutinin antibody is induced in oatroots following invasion of the cereal cyst nematode Heteroderaavenae, and by Jasmonate. Mol. Plant-Microbe Interactions 10:961-969.

Oka, Y., Chet, I.,More, M. and Spiegel, Y. 1997.A fungal parasite of Meloidogyne javanica eggs: Evaluation of its useto control the root-knot nematode. Biocontrol Science and Technol. 7:489-497.

Oka, Y., Chet, I. and Spiegel, Y. (1997) Are pathogenesis-related poteins induced by Meloidogyne javanica or Heterodera avenae invasion? J. Nematol. 29:501-508.

Zoubenko, O., Uckun, F., Hur, Y., Chet, I. and Tumer,N. 1997. Plant resistance to fungal infection induced by nontoxic pokeweedantiviral protein mutants. Nature Biotechnol. 15(10):992-996.

Oka, Y., Chet, I.,Mor, M. and Spiegel, Y. 1997.A fungal parasite of Meloidogyne javanica eggs: Evaluation of its use to control theroot-knot nematode. Biocontrol Science and Technol. 7:489-497.

Oka, Y., Chet, I. and Spiegel, Y. 1997. Accumulation oflectins in cereal roots invaded by the cereal cyst nematode Heteroderaavenae . Physiol. Mol. Plant Pathol. 51:333-345.

Danai, O., Olenik, I., Hadar, Y.,Chet, I. and Levanon,D. 1998. The role of light in the morphogenesis of Pleurotus ostreatus. Int. J.Mushroom Sci. 2:31-37.

Dickman, M.B. and Chet, I. 1998.Biodegradation of oxalic acid: A potential new approach to biological control.Soil Biol. and Biochem. 30:1195-1197.

Schickler, H., Danin-Gehali, B-C., Haran, S. andChet, I. 1998. Electrophoretic characterization of chitinases as a tool for the identification of Trichodermaharzianum strains. Mycol.Res. 102:373-377.

Schickler, H., Haran,S., Oppenheim, A. and Chet, I. 1998.Induction of the Trichoderma harzianum chitinolytic system is triggered bythe chitin monomer, N-acetylglucosamine. Mycol. Res. 102:1224-1226.

Chernin, L.S., Winson, M.K., Thompson, J.M., Haran, S.,Bycroft, B.W., Chet, I., Williams, P. and Stewart, G.S.A.B. 1998. Chitinolyticactivity in Chromobacterium violaceum: Substrate analysis and regulation by quorum sensing. J. Bacteriol. 180:4435-4441.

Cortes, C., Gutierrez, A., Olmedo, V., Inbar, J., Chet, I. and Herrera-Estrella, A. 1998. The expression of genes involved in parasitism by Trichodermaharzianum is triggered by a diffusible factor. Mol. Gen. Gen.260:218-225.

Yedidia I.,Benhamou, N. and Chet, I. 1999.Induction of defense responses in cucumber plants (Cucumis sativus L.) by the biocontrol agent Trichoderma harzianum. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 65:1061-1070.

Carsolio C., Benhamou, N., Haran,S., Cortés, C., Gutiérrez, A., Chet, A, and Herrera-Estrella, A. 1999. Role of the Trichoderma harzianumendochitinase gene, ech42, in mycoparasitism. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 65:929-935.

Salt, D.E., Benhamou, N., Leszczyniecka, M., Raskin, I. and Chet, I. 1999. Rhizobacterial enhanced CadmiumA accumulation in plants. Int. J. Phytoremed. 1:67-79.

Cohen-Kupiec, R., Broglie, K.E., Friesem, D., Broglie, R.M. and Chet, I. 1999. Molecular characterization of anovel b-1,3 exo-glucanase related to mycoparasitism of Trichodermaharzianum. Gene 226:147-154.

Omero, C., Inbar, J. Rocha-Ramirez, V., Herrera-Estrella, A., Chet, I. and Horwitz B.A. 1999.G. protein activators and cAMP promote mycoparasiticbehaviour in Trichoderma harzianum. Mycol. Res. 103:1637-1642.

Ramot, O., Cohen-Kupiec, R. and Chet, I. 1999. Regulation of b-1,3-glucanase by carbon tarvation in the mycoparasite Trichodermaharzianum. Mycol. Res. 104:415-420.

Guenoune, D., S.Galili, D.A. Phillips, H. Volpin, I. Chet, YOkon and Y. Kapulnik. 2001. The defence response elicited by the pathogen Rhizoctoniasolani is suppressedby colonization of the AM-fungus Glomus intraradices. Plant Science 160:925-932.

Harman, G.E., C.R.Howell, A. Viterbo, I. Chet andM. Lorito. 2004. Trichoderma species --- opportunistic, avirulent plantsymbionts. Nature Microbiol. Rev. 2:43-56.

Viterbo, A., J.Inbar, Y. Hadar and I. Chet.2006. Plant disease biocontrol and induced resistance via fungal mycoparasites.In: D.T. Wicklow and B. S?derstr?m (eds.), The Mycota IV. 2nd ed: Environmental and Microbial Relationships. Springer-Verlag Berlin,Germany.

Viterbo, A., J. Inbar, Y.Hadar and I. Chet. 2007. 8 Plant disease biocontrol and induced resistance via fungal microparasites. In: C.B.Kubicek and I.S. Druzhinina (eds.), Environmental and Microbial Relationships,2nd ed., SpringerVerlag Berlin Heidelberg, Germany.

Gullino L., I. Chet andU. Gisi (eds). 2009. Plant Pathology in the 21st Century. Contributions to the9th International Congress.

Chet, I. (ed.) 2009. Wolf Prize in Agriculture,World Scientific Publications, 1143 p.

Viterbo, A., U. Landau,S. Kim, L. Chernin, I. Chet.2010. Characterization of ACC deaminase from the biocontrol and plant growth promoting agent Trichoderma asperellum T203. FEMS Microbiology Letters305:42-48.

Sharon, E, I. Chet and Y. Spiegel. 2010. Trichoderma as a biocontrol agent. In: Biological Control of Plant Parasitic Nemtodes. SpringerVerlag (in press).

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