Prof. Elazar (Eli) Fallik, (Ph.D.) Is a Senior Research Scientist at the Agricultural Research Organization (ARO),VolcaniCenter, Bet Dagan,Israel, and a group leader at the Department of Postharvest Science of Fresh Produce since 1990.
He was the Head of the Department of Postharvest Science between 2004 and 2007 and the Head of the Institute of Postharvest and Food Sciences from 2007 until 2013 (2 Departments – 20 Ph.D. scientists, 24 technical staff, 45 Master and Ph.D. students and 10 postdoctoral fellows). Currently he is the Scientific Coordinator of the Agricultural R & D Centers in Israel (8 centers, covering all Israel from the north to the south). He received his B.Sc. (1979), M.Sc. (1981) in Vegetable and Field Crops, and Ph.D. (1988) in Plant Pathology and Microbiology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture, Rehovot, Israel. Between 1981 and 1984 he was a research associate at BiotechnologyGeneral (Israel) Ltd., Rehovot, Israel. He spent two years (1988-1990) as a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia. In 1996/7 he was on sabbatical leave at the University of Kentucky, Department of Horticulture and Landscaping Architecture, Lexington, Kentucky.
His research is focused on physiology, pathology and biochemistry aspects of fresh fruit-vegetables. His current research interests are the use of non-chemical treatment for disease control, fresh produce resistance by physical treatments, sensory (smell and taste), postharvest water loss, the use of 1-MCP in fresh produce, postharvest quality of grafted vegetables and development of quarantine treatments for fresh harvested produce.
He has developed a unique technology which cleans and disinfects fresh harvested produce by hot water rinsing and brushing machine. For this development he received the Kaplan price (the second most important price in Israel), the Invention Award and several more awards from the Israeli Government.
He is an adjunct Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and teaches at the Faculty of Agriculture, Rehovot, Israel and abroad. He is coordinating international courses in postharvest research and development in Israel and around the world.
Prof. Fallik has published more than 150 reviewed papers in international and national journals, invited chapters (one was awarded as the top cited review for 5 years), invited reviewed papers and 3 books. He is a member of the International Society for Horticultural Sciences (ISHS), and a member of several editorial boards of important international journals.