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Mailing Address:
The Robert H. Smith Institute of
Plant Sciences and Genetics
in Agriculture
POB 12, Rehovot 76100, Israel

Administrator: Anat Gazit Booton 
Tel: 972-8-948-9251,
Fax: 972-8-948-9899,

Director: Prof. David Weiss
Tel: 972-8-948-9436
Fax: 972-8-948-9899


Publications in peer reviewed journals:


Sagi N, Grünzweig JM, Hawlena D. 2019. Burrowing detritivores regulate nutrient cycling in a desert ecosystem. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 286: 20191647. (doi:10.1098/rspb.2019.1647)


Oren I, Mannerheim N, Dumbur R, Fangmeier A, Buchmann N, Grünzweig JM. 2019. Patterns and dynamics of canopy-root coupling in tropical tree saplings vary with light intensity but not with root depth. New Phytologist (doi:10.1111/nph.16153).

Preisler Y, Tatarinov F, Grünzweig JM, Bert D, Ogée J, Wingate L, Rotenberg E, Rohatyn S, Herr N, Moshe I, Klein T, Yakir D. 2019. Mortality versus survival in drought-affected Aleppo pine forest depends on the extent of rock cover and soil stoniness. Functional Ecology 33: 901-912 (doi:10.1111/1365-2435.13302).

Hilman B, Muhr J, Trumbore S, Kunert N, Carbone M, Yuval P, Wright J, Moreno G, Pérez-Priego O, Migliavacca M, Carrara A, Grünzweig JM, Osem Y, Weiner T, Angert A. 2019. Comparison of CO2 and O2 fluxes demonstrate retention of respired CO2 in tree stems from a range of tree species. Biogeosciences, 16, 177-191 (doi: 10.5194/bg-16-177-2019).

Gliksman D, Navon Y, Dumbur R, Haenel S, Grünzweig JM. 2018. Higher rates of decomposition in standing vs. surface litter in a Mediterranean ecosystem during the dry and the wet seasons. Plant and Soil 428, 427-439 (doi: 10.1007/s11104-018-3696-4).

Gliksman D, Haenel S, Grünzweig JM. 2018. Biotic and abiotic modifications of leaf litter during dry periods affect litter mass loss and nitrogen loss during wet periods. Functional Ecology  32, 831-839 (doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.13018).

Gliksman D, Haenel S, Osem Y, Yakir D, Zangy E, Preisler Y, Grünzweig JM. 2018. Litter decomposition in Mediterranean pine forests is enhanced by reduced canopy cover. Plant and Soil 422, 317-329 (doi: 10.1007/s11104-017-3366-y).

Dirks I, Dumbur R, Lienin P, Kleyer M, Grünzweig JM. 2017. Size and reproductive traits rather than leaf economic traits explain plant-community composition in species-rich annual vegetation along a gradient of land use intensity. Frontiers in Plant Science 8, 891.

Gliksman D, Rey A, Seligmann R, Dumbur R, Sperling O, Navon Y, Haenel S, De Angelis P, Arnone JA III, Grünzweig JM. 2017. Biotic degradation at night, abiotic degradation at day: positive feedbacks on litter decomposition in drylands. Global Change Biology 23, 1564–1574.

Quentin AG et al. 2015. Non-structural carbohydrates in woody plants compared among laboratories. Tree Physiology 35, 1146–1165.

Kayler ZE, De Boeck HJ, Fatichi S, Grünzweig JM, Merbold L, Beier C, McDowell NG, Dukes JS. 2015 Experiments to confront the environmental extremes of climate change. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 13, 219-225.

Grünzweig JM, Valentine DW and Chapin FS III. 2015. Successional changes in carbon stocks after logging and deforestation for agriculture in Interior Alaska: Implications for boreal climate feedbacks. Ecosystems 18, 132-145.

Sternberg M, Gabay O, Angel D, Barneah O, Gafny S, Gasith A, Grünzweig JM, Hershkovitz Y, Israel A, Milstein D, Rilov G, Steinberger Y and Zohary T. 2014 Impacts of climate change on biodiversity in Israel - an expert assessment approach. Regional Environmental Change 15, 895–906.

Klein T, Yakir D, Buchmann N, Grünzweig JM. 2014.Towards an advanced assessment of the hydrological vulnerability of forests to climate change-induced drought. New Phytologist 201, 712-716.

Eshel A, Grünzweig JM. 2013. Root-shoot allometry of tropical forest trees determined in large-scale aeroponics. Annals of Botany 112, 291-296.

Grünzweig JM, Dumbur R. Seed traits, seed-reserve utilization and offspring performance across pre-industrial to future CO2concentrations in a Mediterranean community. Oikos; doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2011.19770.x (in press).

Gelfand I, Grünzweig JM, Yakir D. Slowing of nitrogen cycling and increasing nitrogen use efficiency following afforestation of semi-arid shrubland. Oecologia 168, 563-575.

Grünzweig JM. 2011. Potential maternal effects of elevated atmospheric CO2 on development and disease severity in a Mediterranean legume. Frontiers in Plant Science 2, 30; doi: 10.3389/fpls.2011.00030.

Talmon Y, Sternberg M, Grünzweig JM. 2011. Impact of rainfall manipulations and biotic controls on soil respiration in Mediterranean and desert ecosystems along an aridity gradient. Global Change Biology17, 1108-1118.

Sprintsin M, Cohen S, Maseyk K, Rotenberg E, Grünzweig JM, Karnieli A, Berliner P, Yakir D. 2011. Long term and seasonal courses of leaf area index in a semi-arid forest plantation. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 151, 565-574.

Bahn M, Reichstein M, Davidson EA, Grünzweig JM, Jung M, Carbone MS, Epron D, Misson L, Nouvellon Y, Roupsard O, Savage K, Trumbore SE, Gimeno C, Curiel Yuste J, Tang J, Vargas R and Janssens IA. 2010. Soil respiration at mean annual temperature predicts annual total across vegetation types and biomes. Biogeosciences 7, 2147-2157.

Dirks I, Navon Y, Kanas D, Dumbur R and Grünzweig JM. 2010. Atmospheric water vapor as driver of litter decomposition in Mediterranean shrubland and grassland during rainless seasons. Global Change Biology 16, 2799-2812.

Grünzweig JM, Hemming D, Maseyk K, Lin T, Rotenberg E, Raz-Yaseef N, Falloon PD and Yakir D. 2009. Water limitation to soil CO2 efflux in a pine forest at the semi-arid ‘timberline’. Journal of Geophysical Research 114, G03008.

Maseyk KS, Grünzweig JM, Rotenberg E and Yakir D. 2008. Respiration acclimation contributes to high carbon-use efficiency in a seasonally dry pine forest. Global Change Biology 14, 1553-1567.

Maseyk KS, Lin T, Rotenberg E, Grünzweig JM, Schwartz A and Yakir D. 2008. Physiology-phenology interactions in a productive semi-arid pine forest. New Phytologist 178, 603-616.

Grünzweig JM, Carmel Y, Riov J, Sever N, McCreary DD and Flather CF. 2008. Growth, resource storage, and adaptation to drought in California and eastern Mediterranean oak seedlings. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 38, 331-342.

Grünzweig JM, Gelfand I, Fried Y and Yakir D. 2007. Biogeochemical factors contributing to enhanced carbon storage following afforestation of a semi-arid shrubland. Biogeosciences 4, 891-904.

Bar Massada A, Carmel Y, Even Tzur G, Grünzweig JM and Yakir D. 2006. Assessment of temporal changes in above-ground forest tree biomass using aerial photographs and allometric equations. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 36, 2585-2594.

Klein T, Hemming D, Lin T, Grünzweig JM,  Maseyk K, Rotenberg E and Yakir D. 2005. Association between tree-ring and needle δ13C and leaf gas exchange in Pinus halepensis under semi-arid conditions. Oecologia144, 45-54.

Pumpanen J, Kolari P, Ilvesniemi H, Minkkinen K, Vesala T, Niinistö S, Lohila A, Larmola T, Morero M, Pihlatie M, Janssens I, Curiel Yuste J,Grünzweig JM, Reth S, Subke J-A, Savage KE, Kutsch W, Østreng G, Ziegler W, Anthoni P, Lindroth A, Hari P. 2004. Comparison of different chamber techniques for measuring soil CO2 efflux. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 123, 159-176.

Morgan JA, Pataki DE, Körner C, Clark H, Del Grosso SL, Grünzweig JM, Knapp AK, Mosier AR, Newton PCD, Niklaus PA, Nippert JB, Nowak RS, Parton WJ, Polley HW, Shaw MR. 2004. The role of water relations in grassland and desert ecosystem responses to rising atmospheric CO2Oecologia 140, 11-25.

Grünzweig JM, Sparrow SD, Yakir D and Chapin FS III. 2004. Impact of agricultural land-use change on carbon storage in boreal Alaska. Global Change Biology 10, 452-472.

Reichstein M, Rey A, Freibauer A, Tenhunen J, Valentini R, Banza J, Casals P, Cheng Y, Grünzweig JM, Irvine J, Joffre R, Law BE, Loustau D, Miglietta F, Oechel WC, Ourcival J-M, Pereira JS, Peressotti A, Ponti F, Qi Y, Rambal S, Rayment M, Romanya J, Rossi F, Tedeschi V, Tirone G, Xu M and Yakir D. 2003. Modeling temporal and large-scale spatial variability of soil respiration from soil water availability, temperature and vegetation productivity indices. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 17, 1104.

Grünzweig JM and Körner C. 2003. Differential phosphorus and nitrogen effects drive species and community responses to elevated CO2 in semi-arid grassland. Functional Ecology 17, 766-777.

Grünzweig JM, Lin T, Rotenberg E and Yakir Y. 2003. Carbon sequestration in arid-land forest. Global Change Biology 9, 791-799.
(Report in Editor’s Choice, Science 300, 1204)

Grünzweig JM, Sparrow SD and Chapin FS III. 2003. Impact of forest conversion to agriculture on carbon and nitrogen mineralization in subarctic Alaska. Biogeochemistry 64, 271-296.

Shaul-Keinan O, Gadkar V, Ginzberg I, Grünzweig JM, Chet I, Elad Y, Wininger S, Belausov E, Eshed Y, Atzmon N, Ben-Tal Y and Kapulnik Y. 2002. Hormone concentrations in tobacco roots change during arbuscular mycorrhizal colonization with Glomus intraradices. New Phytologist 154, 501-507.

Grünzweig JM and Körner C. 2001. Biodiversity effects of elevated CO2 in species-rich model communities from the semi-arid Negev of Israel. Oikos 95, 112-124.

Grünzweig JM and Körner C. 2001. Growth, water and nitrogen relations in grassland model ecosystems of the semi-arid Negev of Israel exposed to elevated CO2Oecologia 128, 251-262.

Grünzweig JM and Körner C. 2000. Growth and reproductive responses to elevated CO2 in wild cereals of the northern Negev of Israel. Global Change Biology 6, 631-638.

Grünzweig JM, Rabinowitch HD, Katan J, Wodner M and Ben-Tal Y. 2000. Involvement of endogenous gibberellins in the regulation of increased tomato shoot growth in solarized soil. Plant Growth Regulation 30, 233-239.

Grünzweig JM, Katan J, Ben-Tal Y and Rabinowitch HD. 1999. The role of plant nutrients in increased growth response of tomato seedlings in solarized soils. Plant and Soil 206, 21-27.

Grünzweig JM, Rabinowitch HD, Katan J, Wodner M and Ben-Tal Y. 1997. Endogenous gibberellins in tomato foliage (Lycopersicon esculentum). Phytochemistry 46, 811-815.

Gruenzweig JM, Rabinowitch HD and Katan J. 1993. Physiological and developmental aspects of increased plant growth in solarised soils. Annals of Applied Biology 122, 579-591.