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Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology
The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food & Environment
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

P.O. Box 12 
Rehovot 76100 

Tel: 08-9489219
Fax: 08-9466794

Jaacov Katan



The information on these countries was obtained through scientific publications and or journal communication. We are in contact with investigators from many of these countries. If you know about additional countries in which solarization research is carried out, please inform us.

Integrated Control


Combining organic amendments with soil solarization is a nonchemical approach to improvement of the control of soilborne plant diseases. Pathogen control in solarized- amended soil is attributed to a combination of thermal killing and enhanced generation of biotoxic volatile compounds.


Utilization of Soil Solarization

Publication: Grinstein, A. 1992. Introduction of a new agricultural technology - soil solarization - in Israel. Phytoparasitica 20.Suppl.:127S-131S.



Modes of Application

Publication: Grinstein, A. & A. Hetzroni. 1991. The technology of soil solarization. in J. Katan & J. E. DeVay (eds.) Soil Solarization. CRC Publications, Boca Raton: 159-170.


Highlights on Recent Studies and Progress in Soil Solarization

January 1998

Summarized by J. Katan, A. Grinstein and A. Gamliel

Prof. Jaacov Katan

Research Interests:

  • Biology, ecology and control of soil-borne plant pathogens.
  • Soil solarization for controlling soil-borne plant diseases (See the soil solarization home page)
  • Soilborne diseases in vegetables and cotton.
  • Vegetative compatibility grouping of Fusarium and Verticillium.
  • Epidemiology of soilborne pathogens.
  • Interactions between pesticides and plant pathogens and other soil microbes.