Dr. Lilach Iasur Kruh

Dr. Lilach Iasur Kruh

Dr. Lilach Iasur Kruh

מחלקה: Biotechnology Engineering
תפקיד נוכחי: lecturer and researcher, Biothecnology Engineering and Microbiology

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Education :

Ph.D 2005-2011, Agricultural Research Organization (ARO), Volcani Center and the Department of Plant Protection at the Faculty of Agriculture, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
Supervised by: Prof. Yitzhak Hadar and Dr. Dror Minz.

M.Sc2004-2005, Summa cum laude, The Department of Environmental Hydrology and Microbiology at the Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies, Ben Gurion University, Israel.
Supervised by: Prof. Ali Najidat and Prof. Zeev Ronen.

B.Sc 2001-2003, Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

Research Interests
  • 1.  endophytes – microbial ecology and applied microbiology

Refereed Papers

  1. Iasur-Kruh L, Hadar Y, Milstein D, Gasith A, Minz D. Microbial population and activity in wetland microcosms constructed for improving treated municipal wastewater. Microbial Ecology 2010; 59:700-9 (IF=3.630, Q1, 9/153 Ecology)
  2. Iasur-Kruh L, Ronen Z, Arbeli Z, Nejidat A. Characterization of an enrichment culture debrominating tetrabromobisphenol A and optimization of its activity under anaerobic conditions. Journal of Applied Microbiology 2010; 109:707-15 (IF = 2.099, Q2, 81/160 Biotechnology and Applied Microbiology)
  3. Meron D, Atias E, Iasur Kruh L, Elifantz H, Minz D, Fine M, Banin E. The impact of reduced pH on the microbial community of the coral Acropora eurystoma. ISME Journal 2011; 5:51-60 (IF = 9.664, Q1, 3/153 Ecology)
  4. Iasur-Kruh L, Hadar Y, Minz D. Isolation and bioaugmentation of an estradiol-degrading bacterium and its integration into a mature biofilm. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 2011; 77:3734-40 (IF = 3.807, Q1, 29/125 Microbiology)
  5. Iasur-Kruh L, Weintraub PG, Mozes-Daube N, Robinson WE, Perlman SJ, Zchori-Fein E. Novel Rickettsiella bacterium in the leafhopper Orosius albicinctus (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae). Applied and Environmental Microbiology 2013; 79:4246-52 (IF = 3.807, Q1, 29/125 Microbiology)
  6. Cass BN, Mozes-Daube N, Iasur-Kruh L, Bondy EC, Kelly SE, Hunter MS, Zchori-Fein E. Bacterial endosymbionts in field-collected samples of Trialeurodes sp. nr. abutiloneus (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae). Research in Microbiology 2014; 165:77-81 (IF = 2.549, Q2, 63/125 Microbiology)
  7. Iasur-Kruh L, Taha-Salaime L, Robinson WE, Sharon R, Droby S, Perlman SJ, Zchori-Fein E. Microbial Associates of the Vine Mealybug Planococcus ficus (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) under Different Rearing Conditions. Microbial Ecology 2014;1-11 (IF=3.630, Q1, 32/125 Microbiology)
  8. Iasur-Kruh L, Naor V, Zahavi T, Ballinger MJ, Sharon R, Robinson WE, Perlman SJ, Zchori-Fein E. Bacterial associates of Hyalesthes obsoletus (Hemiptera: Cixiidae), the insect vector of bois noir disease, with a focus on cultivable bacteria. Research in Microbiology 2016; 168:94-101 (IF = 2.549, Q2, 63/125 Microbiology)
  9. Kurzbaum E, Raizner Y, Cohen O, Suckeveriene RY, Kulikov A, Hakimi B, Iasur Kruh L, Armon R, Farber Y, Menashe O. Encapsulated Pseudomonas putida for phenol biodegradation: Use of a structural membrane for construction of a well-organized confined particle. Water Research 2017; 121:37-45 (IF= 6.942, Q1, 8/229 Environmental Sciences)
  10. Iasur Kruh L, Lahav T, Abu-Nassar J, Achdari G, Salami R, Freilich S, Aly R. Host-parasite-bacteria triangle: the microbiome of the parasitic weed Phelipanche aegyptiaca and tomato-Solanum lycopersicum (Mill.) as a host. Frontiers in Plant Science 2017;8 (IF= 4.298, Q1, 20/212 Plant Sciences)
  11. Gomez‐Polo P, Ballinger MJ, Lalzar M, Malik A, Ben‐Dov Y, Mozes‐Daube N, Perlman SJ, IasurKruh L, Chiel E. An exceptional family: Ophiocordyceps‐allied fungus dominates the microbiome of soft scale insects (Hemiptera: Sternorrhyncha: Coccidae). Molecular Ecology 2017; 26:5855-5868 (IF= 6.086, Q1, 9/153 Ecology)
  12. Lidor O, Dror O, Hamershlak D, Shoshana N, Belausov E, Zahavi T, Mozes-Daube N, Naor V, Zchori-Fein E, Iasur-Kruh L, Bahar O. Introduction of a putative biocontrol agent into a range of Phytoplasma and Liberibacter-susceptible crop plants. Pest Management Science 2017; 74:811-819 (IF= 3.253, Q1, 8/83 Agronomy)
  13. IasurKruh L, Zahavi T, Barkai R, Freilich S, Zchori Fein E, Naor V. Dyella-like bacterium isolated from an insect as a potential biocontrol agent against grapevine yellows. Phytopathology 2018; 108:336-341 (IF= 2.89, Q1, 43/212 Plant Sciences)
  14. Oz YB, Mamane H, Menashe O, Cohen-Yaniv V, Kumar R, Iasur-Kruh L, Kurzbaum E. Treatment of olive mill wastewater using ozonation followed by an encapsulated acclimated biomass. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering. 2018; 6:5014-23 (IF= 4.02, Q1,)
  15. Lidor O, Santos-Garcia D, Mozes-Daube N, Naor V, Cohen E, Iasur-Kruh L, Bahar O, Zchori-Fein E. Frateuria defendens sp. nov., bacterium isolated from the yellows grapevine’s disease vector Hyalesthes obsoletus. International journal of systematic and evolutionary microbiology. 2019; 69:1281-7. (IF= 2.166, Q1)
  16. Kurzbaum E, Raizner Y, Kuc ME, Kulikov A, Hakimi B, Iasur-Kruh L, Menashe O. Phenol biodegradation by bacterial cultures encapsulated in 3D microfiltration-membrane capsules. Environmental technology. 2019 Mar 9:1-9 (IF= 1.918, Q2)
  17. Naor V, Iasur-Kruh L, Barkai R, Weiss N, Yahalomi R, Sharir T, Zahavi T, Zhori-Fein E. Introducing the potential biological control agent Frateuria defendens into pot-and field-grown grapevines. Phytopathologia Mediterranea. 2019 58:341-6 (IF=1.971, Q1)
  18. Naama-Amar A, Gitman S, Shoshana N, Bahar O, Naor V, Zchori-Fein E, Iasur-Kruh L. Antimicrobial Activity of Metabolites Secreted by the Endophytic Bacterium Frateuria defendens. Plants. 2020; 9:72 (IF= 3.712, Q1)
  19.  Iasur-Kruh L, Kumar BV, Abu-Nassar J, Lidor O, Aly R. Characterization of an endophytic bacterium (Pseudomonas aeruginosa), originating from tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.), and its ability to inhabit the parasitic weed- Phelipanche aegyptiaca. Plant Signaling & Behavior. 2020; p.1766292 (IF=1.644, Q1)


Academic Appointments

4/2014 – present

Researcher at Newe Ya’ar research center, ARO, Israel.

2013 – present

Adjunct lecturer at ORT Braude College, Israel.

2011 – 2014

Postdoctoral fellow at Newe Ya’ar research center, ARO and at the Faculty of Biology, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa.
Supervised by: Prof. Oded Beja and Dr. Einat Zchori Fein.

Teaching Experience

ORT Braude College
Undergraduate Courses:


Microbiology Course


Microbial technology Lab


Microbiology Lab

The school of Marine Science’s, Michmoret College
Undergraduate Courses:


Marine microbiology Lab

“Beshaar” project
High school students and teachers:


Environmental microbiology

“Noa’ar Shocher Mada”
High school students:


Environmental microbiology


Bacteria in water (Course+Lab)

Academic and Professional Awards and Grants

Lady Davis Fellowship Trust for post-doctorate, Technion, Haifa, Israel.

Iasur Kruh L, COST STSM grant – University of Liverpool Internship, England.

Iasur Kruh L, FEMS congress grant for young scientists,Gothenburg, Sweden.

Summa cum laude of the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben Gurion University, Sede Boker, Israel.

Dr. Gabriel Rubanenko Prize for Excellence in Water Research, Sede Boker, Israel.

The Daniel Falkner Prize for Excellence in Desert Studies, Sede Boker, Israel.

Professional Activities

Refereeing for Journals

Reviewer of manuscript in the journal Ecological Engineering.


Reviewer of manuscript in the journal Phytoparasitica

and Science of the Total Environment (STOTEN).

Membership in Professional Organizations

Member in The Israel Society of Microbiology


Member in Endophytic COST action


Member in The Entomology Society of Israel

2014 – present
Primary endosymbiont in soft scales, with  Dr. Elad Chil (Oranim College, Haifa University).
2013 – present
Bacterial community composition and function in parasitic plants, with Prof. Radi Aly (Newe Ya’ar research center, ARO).
2011 – present
Endophytic bacterium as a solution for phytoplasma in grapevine, with Dr. Einat Zchori-Fein (Newe Ya’ar research center, ARO).

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