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Ruth N. Kaplan-Levi


Ph.D. in Genetic, School of Biological Sciences, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia, 2011

Current position

Research assistant, Kinneret Limnological Laboratory, Israel Oceanographic & Limnological research, Migdal, Israel


  1. Kaplan-Levy R. N., Alster-Gloukhovski A., Benyamini Y. and Zohary T. (2016). Lake Kinneret phytoplankton: integrating classical and molecular taxonomy. Hydrobiologia, 764(1): 283-302.
  2. O'Brien, M., Kaplan-Levy, R. N., Quon, T., Sappl, P. G. and Smyth, D. R. (2015). PETAL LOSS, a trihelix transcription factor that represses growth in Arabidopsis thaliana, binds the energy-sensing SnRK1 kinase AKIN10. J Exp Bot 66(9): 2475-2485.
  3. Kaplan-Levy, R. N., Hadas, O. and Sukenik, A. (2015). Deciphering the mechanisms against oxidative stress in developing and mature akinetes of the cyanobacterium Aphanizomenon ovalisporum. Microbiology 161(7): 1485-1495.
  4. Kaplan-Levy, R. N., Quon, T., O'Brien, M., Sappl, P. G. and Smyth, D. R. (2014). Functional domains of the PETAL LOSS protein, a trihelix transcription factor that represses regional growth in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant J 79(3): 477-491.
  5. Sukenik, A., Kaplan-Levy, R. N., Viner-Mozzini, Y., Quesada, A. and Hadas, O. (2013). Potassium deficiency triggers the development of dormant cells (akinetes) in Aphanizomenon ovalisporum (Nostocales, Cyanoprokaryota)(1). J Phycol 49(3): 580-587.
  6. Sukenik, A., Kaplan-Levy, R. N., Welch, J. M. and Post, A. F. (2012). Massive multiplication of genome and ribosomes in dormant cells (akinetes) of Aphanizomenon ovalisporum (Cyanobacteria). ISME J 6(3): 670-679.
  7. Kaplan-Levy, R. N., Brewer, P. B., Quon, T. and Smyth, D. R. (2012). The trihelix family of transcription factors--light, stress and development. Trends Plant Sci 17(3): 163-171.
  8. Kaplan, A., Harel, M., Kaplan-Levy, R. N., Hadas, O., Sukenik, A. and Dittmann, E. (2012). The languages spoken in the water body (or the biological role of cyanobacterial toxins). Front Microbiol 3: 138.
  9. Kaplan-Levy R. N., Hadas O., Summers M., Rücker J. and Sukenik A. (2011). Akinetes: Dormant Cells of Cyanobacteria. In Dormancy and Resistance in Harsh Environments, vol. 21 (ed. E. Lubzens J. Cerda and M. Clark), pp. 5-27: Springer Berlin / Heidelberg.
  10. Ballot A., Ramm J., Rundberget T., Kaplan-Levy R. N., Hadas O., Sukenik A., Wiedner C. (2011). Occurrence of non-cylindrospermopsin-producing Aphanizomenon ovalisporum and Anabaena bergii in Lake Kinneret (Israel). J. Plankton Res. 33 (11): 1736-1746.
  11. Alster A., Kaplan-Levy R. N., Sukenik A. and Zohary T. (2010). Morphology and phylogeny of a non-toxic invasive Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii from a Mediterranean Lake. Hydrobiologia 639, 115-128.
  12. Brewer, P. B., Howles, P. A., Dorian, K., Griffith, M. E., Ishida, T., Kaplan-Levy, R. N., Kilinc, A. and Smyth, D. R. (2004). PETAL LOSS, a trihelix transcription factor gene, regulates perianth architecture in the Arabidopsis flower. Development 131(16): 4035-4045.
  13. Fluhr, R. and Kaplan-Levy, R. N. (2002). Plant disease resistance: commonality and novelty in multicellular innate immunity. Curr Top Microbiol Immunol 270: 23-46.
Protocols by Ruth N. Kaplan-Levi
  1. Induction, Isolation and Counting of Akinetes in Aphanizomenon ovalisporum