Y. Steinberger

Y. Steinberger
Bar Ilan University | BIU · Faculty of Life Sciences

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October 1982 - October 2014
Bar Ilan University
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  • Lecturer , Scientist

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Soil microorganisms are an indispensable component of natural ecosystems and play an important role in agro-management ecosystems. However, the function of soil microbial communities is still a black box. The present study aimed to investigate the effect of organic and conventional agro-management practices in a vineyard on the soil’s bacterial com...
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In a recent study, we found a distinct soil bacterial community associated with male and female plants of the desert gymnosperm Welwitschia mirabilis. In this subsequent study, we also found that the soil fungal community associated with Welwitschia differs between male and female plants, and between unvegetated areas and the soil under plants. Sit...
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Shrub afforestation is an effective way for restoration of soil communities and desertification control in desertified regions. However, little is unknown about how heterogeneous textured soils influence the effectiveness of shrub afforestation on the activities and diversity of ground-active arthropods. In the present study, ground-active arthropo...
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Organic farming aims at improving soil fertility in vineyard soils through a combination of farming practices. We studied the effect of organic management on community traits of free-living nematodes as well as bulk and microstructure properties of soil by comparing them to conventional management, both within vine rows and in interrows. The object...
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Plants regulate their rhizosphere microbiome, which partly comprises the fungal community. We conducted a study in order to determine the effect that five medicinal plant species (Origanum syriacum, Salvia fruticosa, Teucrium capitatum, Myrtus communis and Pistacia lentiscus) have on the fungal community in their rhizosphere. We measured abiotic pa...
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Context: Although both plant cover and mulch are considered for erosion control in arid and semi-arid regions, they have divergent impacts on soil ecology. Aim: We examined the effects of orchard floor management practices on the density and diversity of soil free-living nematode communities and relevant soil abiotic properties. Methods: Soils we...
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The concentrations, composition patterns, transport and fate of PAHs in semi-arid and arid soils such as in Central Asia are not well known. Such knowledge is required to manage the risk posed by these toxic chemicals to humans and ecosystems in these regions. To fill this knowledge gap, we determined the concentrations of 21 parent PAHs, 4,5-methy...
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Conventional, sustainable or organic farming practices are assumed to have distinct effects on soil fertility and health. This is often supported by arguments linking management and resulting soil parameters to crop yield and produce quality. Soil microbial communities are sensitive to management practices that alter soil water fluxes and the pools...
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Predicting responses of litter arthropods to future variation in precipitation is critical for understanding decomposition processes under global climate change. A field experiment on litter arthropods extracted from litterbags using Berlese-Tullgren funnels was conducted under simulated drought and increasing precipitation treatments at a semiarid...
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In order to investigate the vertical distribution of soil nematode community under a playa area in the Nizzana inter-sand dune area in the north-western Negev Desert of Israel, soil samples were collected from 0 – 10, 10 – 20, 20 – 30, 30 – 40, and 40 – 50 cm depths in the playa and loessial plain area (as control) during the dry and wet seasons. E...
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Revegetation with native leguminous shrub Caragana microphylla in the Horqin Sandy Land, China, has been reported to increase plant coverage and diversity, and ameliorate abiotic soil property. However, comprehensive investigation of soil microbial-community composition after revegetation in this area has been rarely conducted. In this study, DNA o...
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Desert and semi-desert plants are often associated with a distinct soil biota under the plants and close to the root system. We aimed to understand if similar effects could be found in the taxonomically isolated desert gymnosperm Welwitschia mirabilis in the Namib Desert, and whether this island effect varied with climate and with gender of plants....
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Microbial biogeographical patterns in Mediterranean ecosystems are becoming widely documented; however, the influences of slope aspect on the microbial community composition and structure are poorly understood. This study tested the hypotheses that slope aspect and organic matter content would influence microbial diversity patterns and distribution...
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Functional structure and diversity of soil free-living nematodes in a desert environment depend on plant gender and sampling site. The objective of this study was to compare the composition, abundance and tropic group of soil free-living nematodes in the upper 0–10 cm soil layer under the male and female Acanthosicyos horridus Welw. ex Hook. f. pla...
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The sedimentary Marl mudstone soil is composed primarily of CaCO3, and is an important pedologic and geomorphologic element known as Marl, extensively dispersed in slopes and ridges in the northern Negev Desert, Israel. The wide Marl soil-layer areas are barren, with well-developed streamsides and no perennial vegetation cover. Soil systems in the...
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Plant clusters govern soil microbiology in desert systems. Female Acanthosicyos horridus plants in the Namib Desert are preferentially accessed by grazers, especially during fruit availability. We hypothesized that this differential grazing affects the taxonomic diversity of soil bacterial populations. Sampling was carried out at three locations on...
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Restoration of cropland (termed ‘Farm’) after abandonment including shrubs (termed ‘Shrub’), trees (termed ‘Tree’) and natural grassland (termed ‘Grass’) has become a routine process aimed to improve land productivity and control desertification. During this restoration process, soil macro-faunal diversity, and trophic structure were investigated a...
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Tree-canopy and trampling management are reported to influence soil arthropod abundance and diversity. However, there is limited understanding of their interactive effects on a soil microarthropod community at the Safari Zoological Center, central Israel. This study assessed the spatial influence of three dominant tree species (Cupressus sempervire...
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Climate change is predicted to have adverse impacts on terrestrial ecosystems and uncertainties exist on how these systems will respond. Terrestrial plant ecosystems can be divided by how they fix atmospheric carbon- C3, C4 and CAM photosynthesis pathways. However, as for now, no clear answers could be given regarding the future global repartition...
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Livestock grazing and trampling is an important factor in the formation and development of different terrestrial ecosystems. However, despite numerous studies on soil compaction, there is still no consensus as to which kind of effect (positive or negative) animal trampling exerts on soil nematodes. The main goal of this study was to evaluate the an...
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The wellbeing of soils is crucial for securing food production worldwide. The soil health (SH) concept has been introduced due to an evolving understanding that soil is not just a growing medium for crops but that it provides a foundation for other essential ecosystem services (ES). The SH concept requires development of a holistic index for reliab...
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In a xeric environment, plant ecophysiological adaptation helps determine soil microbial-community structure beneath plant canopies. We compared the plant-associated microbiota of the dioecious perennial plant Acanthosicyos horridus (Nara) in the Namib Desert in relation to soil parameters, climate, and plant gender. Abiotic soil attributes (soil m...
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Functional and taxonomic diversities of microbial communities in Arctic soils are governed by the extreme abiotic environment and affected by human activities. We assessed the impact of trampling by humans on biotic and abiotic parameters relevant to soil health at the Kiutaköngäs Trail, Oulanka Nature Park, Finland. Soil was sampled from the 0 to...
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Thermal Plasticity in the Burst Swimming of Bufo bankorensis Larvae Jian-Jhih Lai1 , Ping-Chun Lucy Hou1 and Yosef Steinberger2,* 1 Institute of Biology, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 2The Mina & Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan 5290002, Israel Email: yosef.steinberger@biu.ac.il This manuscript is de...
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The present study examined air pollution effects on soil health applying microbiological parameters. It was carried out near the Angren-Almalyk mining and industrial area in a semiarid region of Uzbekistan. This area was selected in order to establish a national monitoring program for assessing environmental condition of areas remote but downwind f...
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Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus L.) is a potential biofuel feedstock crop in China. To conduct a comprehensive evaluation of energy use efficiency and economic perspectives for this crop, face-to-face surveys were collected from farmers in Gansu and Shandong provinces. The results demonstrated highest energy use efficiency (2.47 in Gansu...
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Plant invasions have become one of the biggest threats to natural ecosystems across the globe during the last decade, and there is growing interest in their effect on the native flora and biota in invaded areas. However, little is known about their effect on soil microbial communities, especially non-fungal communities, in harsh environments such a...
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The present study evaluated the effect of crude oil contamination on a microbial community in hyper-arid soils. The Evrona Nature Reserve of Israel, situated in the Arava, was exposed twice in the last 40 years to petroleum-hydrocarbon-spill pollution. The first pollution event took place 40 years ago and was never treated, presenting a unique futu...
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Information on the effects of distance from the seashore on soil biotic communities is limited and restricted to soil arthropods and microarthropods. The aim of this study, conducted in a sand-dune area, was to distinguish the changes of a ground-active arthropod community along a 4-km-transect from the seashore going inland. Pitfall traps were set...
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We examined the ground-active arthropods using pitfall trapping beneath Hammada scoparia and Zygophyllum dumosum shrubs and in adjacent open spaces in wet winter, short spring, dry and hot summer, and autumn in the Negev Desert, Israel. The activity abundance of ground-active arthropods was 244, 424, and 506 individuals trap⁻¹ in open spaces and be...
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The Israeli Mediterranean ecosystem has a distinctive flora with high levels of plant diversity. Previous studies of soil microbial ecology from the region have paid little attention to the possibility of distinctive soil bacterial communities associated with particular habitats. This study looked at bacterial communities present in the bulk soil f...
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The soil microbiome is important for the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems. However, the impacts of climate on taxonomic and functional diversity of soil microbiome are not well understood. A precipitation gradient along regional scale transects may offer a model setting for understanding the effect of climate on the composition and function of...
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Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi may facilitate the revegetation of degraded ecosystems by decreasing abiotic and biotic stresses on pioneer plants. In addition to assessing the AM status of pioneer plants, monitoring the dynamics of an AM fungal community after revegetation can provide key information for the selection of plant-AM fungal combinat...
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In the Negev Desert ecosystems, flint-stone cover on slopes acts as a barrier against water flow. As a result, soil moisture increases and organic matter accumulates under the stone and in the immediate surroundings, both affecting the duration of soil microbial activity. On the other hand, during the dry season (characterized by approximately 210...
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We summarized the literature on foraging strategies, colony sizes, and body sizes of seed harvesting ants to test hypotheses about the relationship between colony size and foraging strategy, and body size and foraging strategy. We used a Wilcoxon-Mann-Whitney test to test hypotheses about body size, colony size, and foraging strategy with the follo...
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Sand dunes are unique ecosystems with distinct features which limited the accumulation of biomass. The distance from seashore affects both the physical properties of the sand dunes and the biota living above- and below ground. The goal of the present study was to determine the effects of the distance from shore to inland on soil bacterial community...
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Microbial function, composition, and distribution play a fundamental role in ecosystem ecology. The interaction between desert plants and their associated microbes is expected to greatly affect their response to changes in this harsh environment. Using comparative analyses, we studied the impact of three desert shrubs, Atriplex halimus (A), Artemis...
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Coastal sand dunes are dynamic ecosystems characterized by strong abiotic gradients from the seashore inland. Due to significant differences in the abiotic parameters in such an environment, there is great interest in biotic adaptation in these habitats. The aim of the present study, which was conducted in the northern Sharon sand-dune area of Isra...
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Abstract The main goal of the present study was to evaluate the effect of ungulate trampling intensity on the abundance and diversity of a soil free-living nematode community under different soil conditions in a man-made safari-zoo area. Our results revealed the impact of trampling on both soil properties and soil nematode communities. Nematode de...
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Increase in human population is accelerating the rate of land use change, biodiversity loss and habitat degradation, triggering a serious threat to life supporting ecosystem services. Existing strategies for biological conservation remain insufficient to achieve a sustainable human-nature relationship and this situation has fueled a debate on the c...
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Desert ecosystems are characterized by sparse vegetation that affects both abiotic parameters and soil biota along the soil profile. This study was conducted in 2010–2011 in a loess plain in the northern Negev Desert highlands, Israel, to test two main hypotheses: 1) the abundance and diversity of microarthropods would vary seasonally in the top 30...
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Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) has been recognized as a potential energy crop. The effect of its plantation on marginal land was investigated in Inner Mongolia. This study determined the dynamics of pH, electrical conductivity (EC), organic carbon (SOC), and total nitrogen (TN) for six soil layers to 90 cm (35.4 in) depth and bulk density of 0 t...
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Different microhabitats along dune slope were found to affect the distribution of plant performances and soil properties in desertified ecosystems. However, the ground-active arthropod responses to rainfall-induced dune microhabitats were largely unknown in desertified regions. At dune top, midslope and bottom, ground-active arthropods were sampled...
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The influence of the shrub canopy on the spatial distribution of above and below ground arthropod communities in desertified ecosystems is largely unknown. Using the shrubs Hedysarum scoparium (H. scoparium) and Artemisia ordosica (A. ordosica) as model systems, the above and belowground arthropod communities were sampled by using pitfall trapping...
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The fatty acid (FA) composition of plant oil prepared for biodiesel has been found to affect the properties of the fuel. This work aimed to evaluate the characteristics of plant oil resources in Northwestern China and to find some suitable plant species for biodiesel production using criteria from FA profile indexes. Eighteen (18) plant species wer...
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In xeric environments, organic carbon is provided by above and belowground plant-litter components. The plants also act as an aboveground physical barrier. Both these biotic and abiotic features contribute to ‘fertile-island’ formation. Fifty Hammada scoparia shrubs and 50 artificial plants were randomly marked at a study site. The latter allowed s...
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The study was aimed to evaluate the potential of existing genotypes of Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus L.) as biomass feedstock for ethanol production. We investigated the biomass productivity and chemical composition of twenty-six Jerusalem artichoke clones grown in a semi-arid region of China. Jerusalem artichoke was demonstrated to be...
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The topography significantly affects microclimatic conditions and the physical properties of soil along and between slopes of different orientations in desert ecosystems. The goal of the present study was to determine the relationship between slope orientation and bacterial, as well as fungal, community composition both in bulk soil and soil partic...
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The crop canopy was reported to have a strong influence on soil moisture and nutrient availability. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) plantations on soil moisture and the levels of mineral nitrogen and microbial biomass carbon. Soil samples were collected from six soil layers to a depth of 90 cm...
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Corn (Zea mays L.) stover is the most common crop residue in China that could serve as a potential raw material for biorefining. In this investigation, a study area of about 100 × 100 km in close proximity to an ethanol plant was chosen to evaluate the variations in chemical components and potential ethanol yield of corn stover of ten widely grown...
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Oat is widely used as a food source in human and animal diets. In China, supplementary cultivation of oat has recently been extended into marginal saline soils, due to its extensive use. The goal of the present study was to explore and compare the agronomic characteristics, biomass production, and distribution of oat in coastal saline soil. A singl...
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The Mediterranean region is both a global biodiversity hot spot and one of the biomes most strongly affected by human activities. Ecologists and land managers are increasingly required to advise on threats to biodiver-sity under foreseeable climate change. We used expert surveys to evaluate current understanding and uncertainties regarding climate...
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Background/Question/Methods The distinctive feature of coastal sand-dune fields is a shore-normal gradient of decreasing physical stress and increasing complexity in the ecosystem landwards. The influences of this environmental gradient, set up by the proximity to the sea, were shown in many macrofaunal species, from insects and arachnids to vert...
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Background/Question/Methods Microbial function, composition and distribution play fundamental roles in ecosystem ecology. Interaction between microbes and plants reciprocally influence both their ecophysiologies. Therefore, adaptation of desert plants to the hot and arid environment may be greatly affected by their associated microbes. Yet it is...