Prof. Dan Eisikowitch

Emeritus in Molecular Biology Ecology of Plants
ביולוגיה מול.ואקול.צמחים אמריטוס
Prof. Dan Eisikowitch
Phone: 03-6409849
Another phone: 03-6409849
Fax: 03-6409380
Office: Britannia-Porter, 532




B.Sc; Tel Aviv University, Israel Biology



M.Sc.; Tel Aviv University, Israel Botany



Ph.D.; Tel Aviv University, Israel Botany 
Title of doctoral thesis: Pollination Ecology of Sea-shore plants. 

1972-1973 Oxford University, England. Post doctorate  


Academic Appointments:


Tel Aviv University, Israel, Dept. of Botany, Research Assistant.


Senior Assistant


Lecturer in Botany.


Senior Lecturer in Botany.


Sabbatical in Cambridge University, England, Dept. of Applied Biology (Prof. J.W.L. Beament).


(Summer) Colorado, U.S.A. Excursion with Professor P. Kevan on Pollination of Alpine Plants.


U.S.D.A Tuscon, Arizona, U.S.A . Research in the Carl Hayden Bee Research Centre.


U.S.D.A Tuscon, Arizona, U.S.A. Carl Hayden Bee Research Centre. Research on pollination of hybrid cotton.


(Summer)University of Guelph, Canada. Visiting scientist, the Dept. of Environmental Biology taking part in research together with Prof. P.G. Kevan.


(Summer) University of Guelph, Canada Joint Project with Prof. P.G. Kevan


Associate Professor


Sabbatical,University of Guelph, Canada.


(summer) U.S.D.A Tucson, U.S.A.  Joint Project in Tucson, Arizona on Almond
pollination together with Dr. G. Hoffman, Dr. G. Loper and Prof. R. Thorp.


(Summer) University of Georgia Athens.U.S.A Joint project on Electrostatic and pollination
together with Prof.E.Law and prof. H.Wetzstein.


(Sabbatical) University of Georgia ,Athens U.S.A Joint project on electrostatic and pollination 
together with prof.E Law and Prof. H. Wetzstein


Full professor


Head of the Institute of nature conservation research.  Faculty of life sciences,Tel Aviv University.


Consulting in "Paramount" Company,  Bakersfield California on Almond and Pistachio pollination.


Research Interests

My major interest lies in plant-animals inter relationships, mainly on flower biology, pollinator's behavior and pollination ecology.


Recent Publications

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Since 1990

D. Eisikowitch., P.G. Kevan and M.A. Lachance. The nectar-inhabiting yeasts and their effect on pollen germination in common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca L. Isr. J. Bot. vol.39, 1990 (pp.217-225)


A. Lupo and D. Eisikowitch. Eucalyptus erythrocoris: a source of nectar and pollen for honey bees in Israel. Apidologie, vol. 21, 1990(pp. 25-33)


P. G. Kevan and D. Eisikowitch. The effects of insect pollination on Canola (Brassica napus L. cv. O.A.C. Triton) seed germination. Euphytica, vol.45, 1990(pp. 39-41)


P. Kevan, D. Eisikowitch, J. D. Ambrose and J.P. Kemp. Cryptic dioecy and insect pollination in Rosa setigera Michy. (Rosaceae), A rare plants of Carolinian Canada. J. Linn. Soc. vol.40, 1990(pp.229-243)


D. Eisikowitch, M.A. Lachance, P.G. Kevan, S. Willis and D.L. Collins-Thompson. The effect of the natural assemblage of microorganisms and selected strains of the yeast Metschnikowia reukaufii in controlling the germination of pollen of the common milkweed Asclepias syriaca. Can. J. Bot. vol.68, 1990(pp. 1163-1165)


G. Ish-Am and D. Eisikowitch. Possible routes of avocado tree pollination by honeybees. On seed number and productivity. Acta Horticulturae, vol. 288, 1990(pp. 275-277)


G. DeGrandi-Hoffman, R. Thorp, G. Loper and D. Eisikowitch. The influence of nectar and pollen availability on blossom density on the attractiveness of almond cultivars to honeybees. Acta Horticulture, vol.288, 1991(pp.299-302)


A. Lupo, D. Eisikowitch and P. Brosh. Pollination in the "Murcott" cultivar of Citrus (Rutaceae), the influence on seed number and productivity. Acta Horticulture, vol.288, 1991(pp. 275-277)


G. DeGrandi-Hoffman, R. Thorp, G. Loper and D. Eisikowitch. Identification of Cross-pollinating honeybees on Almonds. J. App. Ecology, vol.29, 1992(pp.238-246)


G. Ish-Am and D. Eisikowitch. New insight into avocado flowering in relation to its pollination. The Avocado Society Yearbook 1993.


G. Ish-Am and D. Eisikowitch. The behaviour of honeybees (Apis mellifera) visiting Avocado (Persea americana) flowers and their contribution to its pollination J. of Apic .Research vol.32, 1993(pp. 175-186)


R. Dagan and D. Eisikowitch. Calotropis gigantea in Israel: A new arrival or new discovery. Isr. J. Pl. Sci . vol.42, 1994(pp. 167-168)


S.Gan-Mor, Y. Schwarz, A.Bechar, D. Eisikowitch and G. Manor. Relevance of electrostatic forces in natural and artificial pollination. Can.. Agr. Eng. vol.37, 1995(pp.189-194)


A.Dag and D. Eisikowitch The influence of hive location on honeybee foraging activity and fruit set in melons grown in plastic greenhouses.Apidologie, vol.26, 1995(pp.511-519)


Y. Vaknin ,Y Yom-Tov and D. Eisikowitch.Flowring seasonality and flower characteristics of Loranthus Acaciae Zucc.(Lorantaceae): Implication for advertisement and bird pollination. Sexual Plant Reproduction .Sex Plant reproduction. vol.9, 1996(pp.279-285)


D. Eisikowitch and G. Ish-Am The ecology of crop pollination in the Mediterranean region. Bocconea, vol.5, 1996(pp.183-191)


S. E. Law , S. Banerjee, ,H.Y.Wezstein and D. Eisikowitch..Electrostatic application of pollen sprays:Effects of Charging fields Intensity and Aerodinamic shear upon Deposition and Germinability. IEEE/IAS Transaction on Industry applications. Vol36 ,2000 (pp998-1009)


G.DeGrandi-Hoffman,R.Thorp,G.Loper and D.Eisikowitch. Describing the progression of almond bloom using accumulated heat units .Journal of Applied ecology, vol.33, 1996(pp.812-818)


A. Bechar, S. Gan-Mor, Y. Vaknin, I, Shmulevich, B. Ronen and D. Eisikowitch. An image analysis technique for accurate countimg of pollen on stigmas. The New Phytologist, vol.1998 (pp.639-643)


G. Ish-Am and D. Eisikowitch. Low attractiveness of avocado (Persea americana L.) flowers to honeybees (Apis mellifera L.) limits fruit set in Israel. The Journal of Horticultural Science& Biotechnology, vol.73 ,1998 (pp195-2


G. Ish-Am and D. Eisikowitch. Mobility of honey bees ( Apidae ,Apis mellifera L.) during foraging in Avocado orchards . Apidologie vol. 29,1998 (pp 209-219)


Y.Vaknin ,S.Gan-Mor, A.Bechar,B.Ronen and D. Eisikowitch.Effect of desication and dilution of almond pollen.The Journal of Horticultural Science& Biotechnology,vol.74, 1999(pp 321-327 )


D.Eisikowitch and H. Wetzstein.Enhance of pollen germination by promotive factors in compatible pollen.Israel Journal of Plant Sciences.vol.49,1999(pp165-168)


A.Dag.and D. Eisikowitch.Ventilation of greenhouses increases honey bee foraging activity on Melon, Cucumis melo.Journal of Apicultural Research Vol.38 1999 (169-175.)


A.Dag and D. Eisikowitch.The effect of carbon dioxide on nectar production in melons under greenhouse conditions .Journal of Apicultural Research .Vol.40 2000(pp.88-89)


Y.Vaknin,S.Gan-Mor,A.Bechar,B.Ronen and D.Eisikowitch.The role of electrostatic forces in pollination.Plant Systematic and Evolution Vol. 222, 2000(133-142)


Y.Vaknin and D.Eisikowitch .Effect of short -term storage on germinability of Pistachio pollen.Plant Breeding vol.119, 2000(347-350)


Y.Vaknin ,S.Gan-More,A.Bechar,B.Ronen and D. Eisikowitch.Improving pollination of almonds (Amygdalus communisL.; Rosaceae) using electrostatic techniqes.Journal of Horiculture science and biotecnology




Dafni, A. and D. Eisikowitch. Editors. Advances in pollination ecology. Weizmann Science Press, Jerusalem, 1990 (228 pp).
Reves ,Y. Guide to Eucalyps in Israel (Dan Eisikowitch Scientific editor).Nobel Publishers .Tel Aviv (In Hebrew)


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