Ofer Danai , ph.D


E-mail: ofer@migal.org.il

Personal

Born: 1954, Israel

Marital status: Married +3

Army service: 1972-77

Home address: Mitzpeh Hila
24953 Israel

Tel.: 04-9974138; Mobile: 050-396258.

Work address: Migal - Galilee Technology Center
(Kiryat Shmona)
P.O.Box 90000
Rosh Pinna 12100
Israel

Tel.: 06-6953511; Fax: 06-6944980.

Education

1972 Completed High School Diploma, Herzlia Municipal School

1977-82 Studies in Faculty of Agriculture, Rehovot. M.Sc. completed cum laude.

"The suitability of Pleurotus florida as a new crop in Israel"

1990-98 Ph.D. Student, Faculty of Agriculture.

The effect of light on the morphogenesis of Pleurotus spp.

Supervisors: Profs. Y. Hadar and I. Chet, Dr. D. Levanon.

Experience

1982 - Member of research team on Mushrooms in Migal - Galilee Technological Center and R&D North as Director of Mushroom Project.

1990 Israel Ministry of Agriculture Mission to El Salvador.

1990 Guest Lecturer of Div. of External Studies in Course for Tropical Developing Countries, Faculty of Agriculture, Hebrew University.

1999 Visiting Scientist, ATO DLO, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Research interests

- Quality control of compost manufacture for Champignons

- Professional training of Champignon growers in Galilee

- Quality control of compost for Pleurotus prepared in the Migal Pilot Plant

- Training Pleurotus growers.

Participation in International Meetings

1984 Intl. Mushroom Symp., Budapest, Hungary

1986 Intl. Symp. on Edible Fungi. State College, PA, USA.

1987 Intl. Symp. on Mushrooms. Braunschweig, Germany.

1993 Intl. Symp. on Mushroom Biology & Production. Hong Kong.

1995 Intl. Soc. Mushroom Sci. Oxford, UK.

1996 Intl. Cong. on Bacteriology & Applied Microbiology, Jerusalem, Israel.

1997 Indian Mushroom Conf., Solan H.P., India

Publications

Fully reviewed journals

Danai, O., Levanon, D. and Silanikove, N. 1987. Cotton straw silage for Pleurotus production on commercial scale. Mushroom Information 12:2-3.

Levanon, D., Masaphy, S. and Danai, O. 1988. Nutritional and ecological aspects of the use of organic wastes for mushroom casing. Mushroom Information 15:13-14.

Levanon, D., Danai, O. and Masaphy, S. 1988. Chemical and physical parameters in recycling organic wastes for mushroom production. Biological Wastes 26:341-348.

Silanikove, N., Danai, O. and Levanon, D. 1988. Composted cotton straw silage as a substitute for Pleurotus sp. cultivation. Biological Wastes, 25:219-226.

Levanon, D., Danai, O. and Silanikove, N. 1989 Cotton straw silage as a substitute for Pleurotus sp. cultivation. Mushroom Sci. 12:81-90.

Marchaim, U., Danai, O., Masaphy, S., Chen, Y., Inbar, Y. and Klinger, I. 1991. A suggested solution for slaughterhouse wastes: uses of the residual materials after anaerobic digestion. Bioresource Technol. 37:127-134.

Levanon, D., Rothschild, N., Danai, O. and Masaphy, S. 1993a. Strain selection and improved cultivation methods for shiitake mushrooms (Lentinus edodes) on straw. Biores. Technol. 45:9-12.

Levanon, D., Rothschild, N., Danai, O. and Masaphy, S. 1993b. Bulk treatment of substrate for cultivation of shiitake mushrooms (Lentinus edodes) on straw. Biores. Technol. 45:63-64.

Levanon, D. and Danai, O. 1995. Chemical, physical and microbiological considerations in recycling spent mushroom substrates. Compost Sci. & Util. 3:72-80.

Danai, O. and Levanon, D. 1996. The use of cabutz as a means to reduce wet bubble disease in the mushroom industry. Mushroom News 44(11):24-27.

Levanon, D. and Danai, O. 1997. Recycling agricultural residuals in Israel. BioCycle 6:56-57.

Danai, O., Olenik, I., Hadar, Y., Chet, I. and Levanon, D. 1998. The role of light in the morphogenesis of Pleurotus ostreatus. J. Mush. Sci. 2:33-39.

Danai, O., Oleinik, I., Levanon, D., Chet, I. and Hadar, Y. 2000. The effect if light on catalase activity in Pleurotus morphogenesis. Proc. Intl. Cong. On Science and Cultivation of Edible Fungi, Maastricht, The Netherlands (in press).

Articles in Non-reviewed Journals

Platt, M., Danay, O., Chet, I. and Henis, Y. 1981. Pleurotus mushrooms - a potential new crop suitable to Israeli conditions. Hasadeh 61(5):761-763.

Levanon, D. and Danai, O. 1985. The international symposium on mushroom science. Hassadeh, 65(4):704-706.

Danai, O. and Escobar, G. 1990. Profile of the potential for exotic mushroom production in El Salvador. Min. Ag., San Salvador.

Danai, O. and Levanon, D. 1990. Recent developments in speciality mushroom production in Europe. Hassadeh

Proceedings of Symposia

Levanon, D., Motro, B., Dosoretz, C. and Danai, O. 1984. Morphogenesis and nutrition of Agaricus bisporus as affected by synthetic casing. Proc. Int. Symp. on Substrates for Mushroom Growing and the Cultivation of Pleurotus sp. Budapest, Hungary (abstr.).

Levanon, D., Danai, O. and Motro, B. 1985. Morphogenesis and nutrition of Agaricus bisporus as affected by synthetic casing. IX Cong. Eur. Mycologists. Oslo, Norway (abstr.).

Levanon, D., Masaphy, S., Blinki, P. and Danai, O. 1991. Lignocellulytic activity of Pleurotus pulmonarius in liquid culture. Proc. Ann. Meet. Soc. Microbiol. Dallas, TX (abstr.).

Danai, O., Levanon, D., Hadar, Y. and Chet, I. 1993. The effect of light on morphogenesis of Pleurotus spp. Proc. I Intl. Symp. on Mushroom Biology & Mushroom Products. Hong Kong.

Books and invited reviews

Levanon, D., Danai, O. and Masaphy, S. 1993. Aspects of selecting organic wastes as substrates for edible fungi. In: Mushroom Production and Research (M. Zjalic, ed.). FAO REUR Technical Series 23, pp. 109-119.

Levanon, D. and Danai, O. 2000. Environmental aspects of growing mushrooms. In: Manual for Growing Pleurotus (D.J. Royse and J.E. Sanchez, eds.).

Abstracts

Levanon, D., Danai, O. and Motro, B. 1985. Morphogenesis and nutrition of A. bisporus as affected by synthetic casing. 9th Cong. European Mycologists. Oslo.

Levanon, D. and O. Danai. 1986. The use of agricultural waste a synthetic casing. Proc. Technical and Scientific Symp. on Edible Fungi. Penn. State University.

Levanon, D., Danai, O. and Silanikove, N. 1986. The efficiency of lignocellulose degradation by varieties of Pleurotus sp. Proc. Technical and Scientific Symp. on Edible Fungi. Penn. State University.

Levanon, D., Danai, O. and Masaphy, S. 1988. Preservation and use of cotton straw for Pleurotus cultivation. GIAM & INCABB Symp. on Global Impacts of Applied Microbiol. and Biotechnol. Hong Kong.

Danai, O. and Levanon, D. 1996. An alternative material for casing soil in mushroom production. 8th Intl. Cong. on Bacteriology and Applied Microbiology (IUMS ), Jerusalem.

Final research reports

Levanon, D., Dosoretz, C.G. and Danai, O. (1983-86). The use of agricultural wastes for mushroom casing. (Hebrew).

Levanon, D. and Danai, O. 1986. Production of Pleurotus mushroom on cotton waste. Report to Industrial Binational Fund.

Danai, O., Levkovitz, G. and Levanon, D. 1991. The development of technologies for mushroom production in northern Israel. Report to Northern R & D and MIGAL, Kiryat Shmona, Israel.