Ofir Bahar
  • Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center
Research focus
  • Microbiology
Personal information


Ph.D of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Rehovot, Israel, 2010

Current position

Researcher at the Department of Plant Pathology, Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center, Bet-Dagan, Israel


  1. Bahar, O., Mordukhovich, G., Luu, D. D., Schwessinger, B., Daudi, A., Jehle, A. K., Felix, G. and Ronald, P. C. (2016). Bacterial Outer Membrane Vesicles Induce Plant Immune Responses. Mol Plant Microbe Interact 29(5): 374-384.
  2. Pruitt, R. N., Schwessinger, B., Joe, A., Thomas, N., Liu, F., Albert, M., Robinson, M. R., Chan, L. J., Luu, D. D., Chen, H., Bahar, O., Daudi, A., De Vleesschauwer, D., Caddell, D., Zhang, W., Zhao, X., Li, X., Heazlewood, J. L., Ruan, D., Majumder, D., Chern, M., Kalbacher, H., Midha, S., Patil, P. B., Sonti, R. V., Petzold, C. J., Liu, C. C., Brodbelt, J. S., Felix, G. and Ronald, P. C. (2015). The rice immune receptor XA21 recognizes a tyrosine-sulfated protein from a Gram-negative bacterium. Sci Adv 1(6): e1500245.
  3. Schwessinger, B., Bahar, O., Thomas, N., Holton, N., Nekrasov, V., Ruan, D., Canlas, P. E., Daudi, A., Petzold, C. J., Singan, V. R., Kuo, R., Chovatia, M., Daum, C., Heazlewood, J. L., Zipfel, C. and Ronald, P. C. (2015). Transgenic expression of the dicotyledonous pattern recognition receptor EFR in rice leads to ligand-dependent activation of defense responses. PLoS Pathog 11(3): e1004809.
  4. Tripathi, J. N., Lorenzen, J., Bahar, O., Ronald, P. and Tripathi, L. (2014). Transgenic expression of the rice Xa21 pattern-recognition receptor in banana (Musa sp.) confers resistance to Xanthomonas campestris pv. musacearum. Plant Biotechnol J 12(6): 663-673.
  5. Bahar, O., Pruitt, R., Luu, D. D., Schwessinger, B., Daudi, A., Liu, F., Ruan, R., Fontaine-Bodin, L., Koebnik, R. and Ronald, P. (2014). The Xanthomonas Ax21 protein is processed by the general secretory system and is secreted in association with outer membrane vesicles. PeerJ 2: e242.
  6. Han, S. W., Lee, S. W., Bahar, O., Schwessinger, B., Robinson, M. R., Shaw, J. B., Madsen, J. A., Brodbelt, J. S. and Ronald, P. C. (2012). Tyrosine sulfation in a Gram-negative bacterium. Nat Commun 3: 1153.
  7. Burdman, S., Bahar, O., Parker, J. K. and De La Fuente, L. (2011). Involvement of Type IV Pili in Pathogenicity of Plant Pathogenic Bacteria. Genes (Basel) 2(4): 706-735.
  8. Bahar, O., Levi, N. and Burdman, S. (2011). The cucurbit pathogenic bacterium Acidovorax citrulli requires a polar flagellum for full virulence before and after host-tissue penetration. Mol Plant Microbe Interact 24(9): 1040-1050.
  9. Bahar, O., De La Fuente, L. and Burdman, S. (2010). Assessing adhesion, biofilm formation and motility of Acidovorax citrulli using microfluidic flow chambers. FEMS Microbiol Lett 312(1): 33-39.
  10. Bahar, O. and S. Burdman. (2010). Bacterial fruit blotch: a threat to the cucurbit industry. Isr J Plant Sci 58(1): 19-31.
  11. Bahar, O., Goffer, T. and Burdman, S. (2009). Type IV Pili are required for virulence, twitching motility, and biofilm formation of acidovorax avenae subsp. Citrulli. Mol Plant Microbe Interact 22(8): 909-920.
  12. Bahar, O., Kritzman, G. and Burdman, S. (2009). Bacterial fruit blotch of melon: screens for disease tolerance and role of seed transmission in pathogenicity. Eur J Plant Pathol 123: 71-83.
  13. Bahar, O., Efrat, M., Hadar, E., Dutta, B., Walcott, R. R. and Burdman, S. (2008). New subspecies-specific polymerase chain reaction-based assay for the detection of Acidovorax avenae subsp. citrulli. Plant Pathol 57(4): 754-763.
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