Ruth N. Kaplan-Levy

Ruth N. Kaplan-Levy
Tel: 04 – 9008235
Manager of the Israel National Culture Collection of Algae (INCCA)
Ph.D. 2011, Monash University, Vic., Australia
At IOLR since 2006

Research interests:

As a molecular biologist, I am interested in micro-algae and cyanobacteria diversity, taxonomy, biochemistry and cellular differentiation.

Selected publications:

Lang-Yona, N., A. Alster, D. Cummings, Z. Freiman, R. Kaplan-Levy, A. Lupu, N. Malinsky-Rushansky, S. Ninio, A. Sukenik, Y. Viner-Mozzini & T. Zohary, (2022). Gloeotrichia pisum in Lake Kinneret: A successful epiphytic cyanobacterium. J Phycol doi:10.1111/jpy.13301.

Kaplan-Levy, R. N., Alster, A., Shlichter, M., & Zohary, T.(2020). The Israel National Culture Collection of Algae (INCCA) for biodiversity conservation. Nova Hedwigia, 111(3-4), 231–243. doi:10.1127/nova_hedwigia/2020/0603.          

Adar O., Kaplan-Levy R. N. and Banet G.(2016). High temperature Chlorella strains from the Syrian-African Rift Valley- the effect of salinity and temperature on growth, morphology and mode of reproduction. European J. Phycology.  doi: 10.1080/09670262.2016.1193772.

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. doi: 10.1007/s10750-015-2517-5.           

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. doi: 10.1099/mic.0.000101.

Sukenik A., Kaplan-Levy R. N., Viner-Motzini Y., Quesada A. and Hadas O. (2013). Potassium deficiency triggers the development of dormant cells (akinetes) in Aphanizomenon ovalisporum (Nostocales, Cyanoprokaryota). J. Phycology 49(3): 580-587. doi:10.1111/jpy.12069.

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. Microbio. 3:138. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2012.00138.

Sukenik A., Kaplan-Levy R. N., Mark Welch J. and Post A. (2012). Massive multiplication of genome and ribosomes in dormant cells (akinetes) of Aphanizomenon ovalisporum (Cyanobacteria). International Society for Microbial Ecology Journal  (ISME J) 6 (3): 670-679. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2011.128.

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. doi:10.1093/plankt/fbr071.

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.

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.

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