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Prof. Simcha Lev-Yadun


Phone: 972-522-781245




1992 - PhD (Botany), Tel Aviv University

1991 - M.A. (Archaeology), Tel Aviv University

1986 - M.Sc. (Botany), Tel Aviv University

1981 - B.Sc. (Biology), Tel Aviv University

Research Interests

  1. The beginning of agriculture: The biology and genetics of plant domestication and the related archaeological/anthropological aspects.
  2. The ecology and evolution of defensive vegetative coloration in plants.
  3. Developmental processes in plants: meristematic activity and its ecology and regulation, fate of apical meristems, homeosis, pattern formation.
  4. Arabidopsis thaliana as a model for the biology of trees.
  5. Biology and ecology of trees and other woody plants.
  6. Palaeoecology: Dendrochronology, identification of botanical material from archaeological excavations, reconstruction of palaeoenvironments.

Selected Publications

Lev-Yadun, S. & R. Aloni. 1995. Differentiation of the ray system in woody plants. Botanical Review 61:45-88.

Lev-Yadun, S., A. Gopher & S. Abbo. 2000. The cradle of agriculture. Science 288:1602-1603.

Lev-Yadun, S., S. Abbo & J. Doebley. 2002. Wheat, rye, and barley on the cob? Nature Biotechnology 20:337-338.

Lev-Yadun, S., A. Dafni, M.A. Flaishman, M. Inbar, I. Izhaki, G. Katzir & G. Ne`eman. 2004. Plant coloration undermines herbivorous insect camouflage. BioEssays 26:1126-1130.

Lev-Yadun, S. & J.K. Holopainen. 2009. Why red-dominated American autumn leaves and yellow-dominated autumn leaves in Northern Europe? New Phytologist 183:506-512. (Selected for Faculty of 1000 Biology).

Archetti, M., T.F. Döring, S.B. Hagen, N.M. Hughes, S.R. Leather, D.W. Lee, S. Lev-Yadun, Y. Manetas, H.J. Ougham, P.G. Schaberg, & H. Thomas. 2009. Unravelling the evolution of autumn colours: an interdisciplinary approach. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 24:166-173.

Lev-Yadun, S. 2014. The proposed anti-herbivory roles of white leaf variegation. Progress in Botany 76:241-269.




Plant physiology, An introductionary field course in geobotany and plant ecology, Plants‎ and human culture, Plants structure and function