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Ron Ophir


Ph.D. in Molecular Evolution, Department of zoology, Tel Aviv University, 1999

Current position

Senior Scientist at Department of Fruit Trees Sciences, Plant Sciences Institute, Agricultural Research Organization, Israel


  1. Abu-Abied, M., Szwerdszarf, D., Mordehaev, I., Yaniv, Y., Levinkron, S., Rubinstein, M., Riov, J., Ophir, R. and Sadot, E. (2014). Gene expression profiling in juvenile and mature cuttings of Eucalyptus grandis reveals the importance of microtubule remodeling during adventitious root formation. BMC Genomics 15: 826.

  2. Chejanovsky, N., Ophir, R., Schwager, M. S., Slabezki, Y., Grossman, S. and Cox-Foster, D. (2014). Characterization of viral siRNA populations in honey bee colony collapse disorder. Virology 454-455: 176-183.

  3. Cohen, S., Itkin, M., Yeselson, Y., Tzuri, G., Portnoy, V., Harel-Baja, R., Lev, S., Sa'ar, U., Davidovitz-Rikanati, R., Baranes, N., Bar, E., Wolf, D., Petreikov, M., Shen, S., Ben-Dor, S., Rogachev, I., Aharoni, A., Ast, T., Schuldiner, M., Belausov, E., Eshed, R., Ophir, R., Sherman, A., Frei, B., Neuhaus, H. E., Xu, Y., Fei, Z., Giovannoni, J., Lewinsohn, E., Tadmor, Y., Paris, H. S., Katzir, N., Burger, Y. and Schaffer, A. A. (2014). The PH gene determines fruit acidity and contributes to the evolution of sweet melons. Nat Commun 5: 4026.

  4. Cohen, S., Tzuri, G., Harel-Beja, R., Itkin, M., Portnoy, V., Sa'ar, U., Lev, S., Yeselson, L., Petrikov, M., Rogachev, I., Aharoni, A., Ophir, R., Tadmor, Y., Lewinsohn, E., Burger, Y., Katzir, N. and Schaffer, A. A. (2012). Co-mapping studies of QTLs for fruit acidity and candidate genes of organic acid metabolism and proton transport in sweet melon (Cucumis melo L.). Theor Appl Genet 125(2): 343-353.

  5. Frydman, A., Liberman, R., Huhman, D. V., Carmeli-Weissberg, M., Sapir-Mir, M., Ophir, R., L, W. S. and Eyal, Y. (2013). The molecular and enzymatic basis of bitter/non-bitter flavor of citrus fruit: evolution of branch-forming rhamnosyltransferases under domestication. Plant J 73(1): 166-178.

  6. Harel-Beja, R., Sherman, A., Rubinstein, M., Eshed, R., Bar-Ya’akov, I., Trainin, T., Ophir, R. and Holland, D. (2015). A novel genetic map of pomegranate based on transcript markers enriched with QTLs for fruit quality traits. Tree Genetics & Genomes 11, 1–18.

  7. Ophir, R. (2013). Bioinformatics Tools for Marker Discovery in Plant Breeding. Israel Journal of Chemistry 53, 173–179.

  8. Ophir, R. and Sherman, A. (2012). Self-custom-made SFP arrays for nonmodel organisms. Methods Mol Biol 815: 39-47.

  9. Ophir, R., Sherman, A., Rubinstein, M., Eshed, R., Sharabi Schwager, M., Harel-Beja, R., Bar-Ya'akov, I. and Holland, D. (2014). Single-nucleotide polymorphism markers from de-novo assembly of the pomegranate transcriptome reveal germplasm genetic diversity. PLoS One 9(2): e88998.

  10. Goldberg-Moeller, R., Shalom, L., Shlizerman, L., Samuels, S., Zur, N., Ophir, R., Blumwald, E. and Sadka, A. (2013). Effects of gibberellin treatment during flowering induction period on global gene expression and the transcription of flowering-control genes in Citrus buds. Plant Sci 198: 46-57.

  11. Rubinstein, M., Katzenellenbogen, M., Eshed, R., Rozen, A., Katzir, N., Colle, M., Yang, L., Grumet, R., Weng, Y., Sherman, A. and Ophir, R. (2015). Ultrahigh-density linkage map for cultivated cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) using a single-nucleotide polymorphism genotyping array. PLoS One 10(4): e0124101.

  12. Sherman, A., Eshed, R., Harel-Beja, R., Tzuri, G., Portnoy, V., Cohen, S., Rubinstein, M., Schaffer, A. A., Burger, J., Katzir, N. and Ophir, R. (2013). Combining bulk segregation analysis and microarrays for mapping of the pH trait in melon. Theor Appl Genet 126(2): 349-358.

  13. Sherman, A., Rubinstein, M., Eshed, R., Benita, M., Ish-Shalom, M., Sharabi-Schwager, M., Rozen, A., Saada, D., Cohen, Y. and Ophir, R. (2015). Mango (Mangifera indica L.) germplasm diversity based on single nucleotide polymorphisms derived from the transcriptome. BMC Plant Biol 15: 277.

  14. Weng, Y., Colle, M., Wang, Y., Yang, L., Rubinstein, M., Sherman, A., Ophir, R. and Grumet, R. (2015). QTL mapping in multiple populations and development stages reveals dynamic quantitative trait loci for fruit size in cucumbers of different market classes. Theor Appl Genet 128(9): 1747-1763.

  15. Wiemann, P., Sieber, C. M., von Bargen, K. W., Studt, L., Niehaus, E. M., Espino, J. J., Huss, K., Michielse, C. B., Albermann, S., Wagner, D., Bergner, S. V., Connolly, L. R., Fischer, A., Reuter, G., Kleigrewe, K., Bald, T., Wingfield, B. D., Ophir, R., Freeman, S., Hippler, M., Smith, K. M., Brown, D. W., Proctor, R. H., Munsterkotter, M., Freitag, M., Humpf, H. U., Guldener, U. and Tudzynski, B. (2013). Deciphering the cryptic genome: genome-wide analyses of the rice pathogen Fusarium fujikuroi reveal complex regulation of secondary metabolism and novel metabolites. PLoS Pathog 9(6): e1003475.

Protocols by Ron Ophir
  1. Experimental Pipeline for SNP and SSR Discovery and Genotyping Analysis of Mango (Mangifera indica L.)